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Aug. 31, 2022

IREAS helps to prepare conditions for the implementation of the Czech OP Fisheries 2021-2027

In the first half of this year, IREAS implemented two important contracts for the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, specifically for the Managing Authority of the Operational Programme Fisheries. Both contracts concern the currently crucial issues of setting eligible expenditure, their evaluation in the context of the market situation and setting financial limits. While the first project is specifically focused on the issue of recirculation facilities and also on the possibilities of future support for aquaponics (including setting the technological parameters for support), the second project focuses on all other planned measures in the aforementioned operational programme and the revision or addition of financial limits. 

Specifics of both projects:
•    Recirculation facilities and Aquaponics in OP Fisheries 2021-2027
The subject of the public procurement is the setting of definitions related to recirculation facilities and hatcheries ("intensive aquaculture systems"), the setting of the code of eligible expenditure for measure 2.1.3 Investments in intensive aquaculture systems of the OP Fisheries 2021-2027 (including Aquaponics) including financial limits; then the setting of minimum technical parameters of the breeding equipment so that the bids submitted under the public procurement are comparable; and finally the setting of the evaluation criteria for measure 2.1.3 Investments in intensive aquaculture systems including Aquaponics facilities.

•    Financial limits of the OP Fisheries 2021-2027
The subject of the contract is the revision of the existing financial limits/sub-limits, the addition of financial limits/sub-limits and the extension of the code list with new items where appropriate. All the sub-performances concern the eligible expenditure dials and financial limits for eligible expenditure for activities 2.1.1 Innovation, 2.1.2 Investment in aquaculture and 2.2.2 Processing of OP Fisheries 2021-2027 products.

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EXPEDITION BEYOND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

The first face-to-face meeting of the partners of the international project "Lost Millennials - Transnational research network for the evaluation of initiatives targeting 25+ NEETs", funded by Norway Grants, took place on 8 and 9 June 2022. The IREAS team travelled with other collaborators to the Arctic Circle, Bodø, Norway.

The project "Lost Millennials", funded by the EEA and Norway Grants for Youth Employment, is implemented with the aim of promoting the work inclusion of the 25+ NEETs group (i.e., people over 25 years old who are not preparing for a future career and are not in employment).

During the two-day meeting, each of the consortium partners had the opportunity to participate in team workshops and training sessions. IREAS representatives were there to lead a one-day training session on evaluation, during which they were able to share their many years of expert experience. Among other things, there was a lively discussion on the outputs of the completed activities and planning the way forward for the project.

IREAS is now leading a sub-part of the project, the so-called "Work Package 5", which aims to map the initiatives or programmes implemented to address the issue of 25+ NEETs across the partner countries and to evaluate them. Key findings will then be discussed during the September partnership meeting in Spain.

More information about the project can be found on the official project website, Facebook page or LinkedIn.

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June 1, 2022

IREAS evaluated the Czech-Polish Interreg Programme 2021-2027 in the context of mainstreaming climate change

In April 2022, IREAS experts evaluated the forthcoming Interreg Czechia-Poland Programme 2021-2027 in terms of its setting and reflection of climate action. The evaluation is being carried out for the European Commission (DG Clima) in a framework evaluation contract coordinated by the evaluation companies COWI A/S (Denmark) and M&E Factory GmbH (Austria). IREAS centrum, Ltd. is fulfilling partial activities of this project for the Czech Republic in the form of subcontracting. 

The Operational Programme (Interreg VI-A) Czech-Poland identifies the key development challenges and policy needs of cross-border cooperation, with attention given at the beginning of the document to the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for key sectors of the economy of the cross-border regions. It then specifies new issues related to the European Green Deal strategy and relevant needs for further development. The programme foresees that scenarios may recur in the reduction of socio-economic life in society due to further pandemic waves of Covid-19 disease variants. One of the affected sectors is tourism, which has been affected by the temporary border closures in 2020 and 2021 and the anti-epidemic measures in both countries. This has resulted in an increase in unemployment and structural problems in the Czech and Polish economies. Therefore, it will be necessary to diversify the economy of the border areas (i.e. support small and medium-sized enterprises), further develop the service sector, especially in the hard-hit tourism sector. The programme's background further emphasises the potential for economic transformation within the framework of the above-mentioned European strategy. The contribution of the evaluated border regions to the ambitious objectives will mainly be to promote biodiversity, combat pollution and move towards a circular economy. Climate change poses new challenges for cross-border crisis management measures. Overcoming historical stereotypes between the Czech and Polish communities remains a long-term priority of the programme.

The evaluation provided a number of partial recommendations for refining or even complementing the intervention areas, as the individual specific objectives describe the measures with varying degrees of detail. Despite the clear specificities of the programme in its focus, it was recommended to reinforce some climate expenditure, e.g. to support climate-neutral tourism models in the context of climate action options (e.g. eco-innovations, environmentally friendly technologies in tourism, or activities focusing on forms of digitisation of transport linked to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions). 

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Jan. 18, 2022

IREAS evaluated the Croatian Competitiveness and Cohesion Programme 2021-2027 in the context of mainstreaming climate change

IREAS experts evaluated the forthcoming Competitiveness and Cohesion Programme 2021-2027 at the end of November and beginning of December 2021 in terms of its setting and reflection of climate action. The main reason for this evaluation by the Czech experts was the workload of the national evaluators in Croatia in evaluating other programmes for the new period. IREAS experts agreed to provide exceptional assistance in this evaluation, which is being carried out for the European Commission (DG Clima) in a framework evaluation contract coordinated by the evaluation companies COWI A/S (Denmark) and Metis GmbH (Austria). IREAS centrum, s.r.o. is fulfilling partial activities of this project for the Czech Republic in the form of subcontracting, however, it can also assist other EU Member States with its evaluation capacities. 

The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the economy through digital and green transition, digitise public administration, improve connectivity and mobility throughout the Republic of Croatia and enhance the quality of life of the population. Socio-economic development and environmental protection in Croatia are significantly addressed by EU funds. The COVID-19 pandemic and two devastating earthquakes have significantly changed the pace of economic recovery after the Great Depression and led to a recession in 2020. The pandemic has clearly shown the lack of diversification of the economy and the predominance of low-productivity sectors, making the economy particularly vulnerable to external shocks. The structure of the economy is characterised by a significant share of services and a dependence on tourism, which have suffered heavily from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the relatively weak public finances and the need to tackle public debt, there is great potential for the use of EU funds.

The programme is very complex and consists of a total of 19 specific objectives, 9 of which have clearly defined climate spending. The programme as a whole is well aligned in its specific objectives and is also balanced in terms of the financial allocations set. However, the evaluation made a number of partial recommendations for the addition of intervention areas, as the individual specific objectives describe a number of measures with varying degrees of detail, but some of them are not sufficiently covered by climate relevant intervention areas.

Mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation in European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund Programmes 2021-2027 Lot 1 (Contract number: CLIMA.A.3/C.3.C.1/SER/2019/0014)
Contracting authority: European Commission
Implementer: COWI A / S (Denmark); Metis GmbH (Austria), IREAS centrum, s. r. o. fulfills partial activities of this project for the Czech Republic in the form of subcontracting.
Contact: Assoc. Prof. Martin Pelucha (pelucha@ireas.cz)

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IREAS will start a two-year international evaluation project funded by Norway Grants on the topic of Lost Millennials

IREAS, in collaboration with 13 other partners from EEA countries, has succeeded in a call for Norway Grants with a new project on "Lost Millennials", which will focus analysis and research on the regularly neglected group of millennials. In the literature and in strategic documents at national level, they are referred to by the acronym NEET ("Not in Education, Employment or Training"). These are young people aged 25-29 who are not in education, employment or training and are mainly supported by their parents. IREAS will guarantee analysis and evaluation activities in this project.

The main objective of the project will be to contribute to the successful integration of 25+ NEETs into the labour market by increasing knowledge on the effects of employment initiatives on 25+ NEETs, building the capacity of stakeholders to carry out impact studies and thus improving the quality of labour market interventions. This will be achieved through the creation of a transnational research network to share know-how and best practices, the evaluation of government and community initiatives targeting 25+ NEETs, and the involvement of stakeholders to increase the policy relevance of the project results. The primary target group is researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders, while the target beneficiaries are 25+ NEETs with a focus on disadvantaged groups.


Evaluation project baseline annotation:
Project title: Lost Millennials - Transnational research network for the evaluation of initiatives targeting 25+ NEETs
Duration: 11/2021 - 01/2024
Contractor: EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment
Implementer: Leader - HETFA Research Institute Ltd. 
IREAS is one of the 13 entities from EU countries that will implement the sub-activities of this project.
Contact: Petr Fanta, Ph.D. (fanta@ireas.cz) and Assoc. Ing. Martin Pělucha, Ph.D. (pelucha@ireas.cz) 

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IREAS evaluated five operational programs in the context of climate change mainstreaming

In the first half of April, IREAS experts evaluated the five prepared operational programs (hereinafter referred to as OPs) for the new programming period 2021 - 2027 in terms of their setting and reflection of climate measures. Specifically, these were the OP Transport, the Integrated Regional Operational Program, the OP Environment, the OP Technology and Applications for Competitiveness and the OP Technical Assistance.In the newly prepared programming period 2021 - 2027, the horizontal priorities are proposed, through which a comprehensive approach in financing from the EU structural funds should be achieved. These are:

(1) adaptation to climate change

(2) society 4.0

(3) the territorial dimension

The purpose of the evaluation was therefore to determine the extent to which the relevant climate change adaptation measures (i.e. the first horizontal priority) have been (or will be) able to be incorporated into the operational programs to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund.
The evaluation was carried out for the European Commission (DG Clima) in a framework evaluation contract coordinated by the evaluation companies COWI A / S (Denmark) and Metis GmbH (Austria), which also prepared a detailed methodology for the evaluation approach. The IREAS centrum, Ltd. fulfills the partial activities of this project for the Czech Republic in the form of subcontracting. Associate Professor Martin Pělucha (IREAS) works as a lead expert in the Czech Republic.

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