Regulation 2018/1671 - Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2017/825 to increase the financial envelope of the Structural Reform Support Programme and adapt its general objective - EU monitor

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Current status

The regulation has been published on November 12, 2018 and entered into force on November 13, 2018.


Key information

official title

Regulation (EU) 2018/1671 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/825 to increase the financial envelope of the Structural Reform Support Programme and adapt its general objective
Legal instrument Regulation
Number legal act Regulation 2018/1671
Original proposal COM(2017)825 EN
CELEX number i 32018R1671


Key dates

Document 23-10-2018; Date of signature
Publication in Official Journal 12-11-2018; OJ L 284 p. 3-5
Effect 13-11-2018; Entry into force Date pub. +1 See Art 2
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 284/3



of 23 October 2018

amending Regulation (EU) 2017/825 to increase the financial envelope of the Structural Reform Support Programme and adapt its general objective


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular the third paragraph of Article 175 and Article 197(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions (2),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (3),




The Union may support the efforts of Member States, upon their request, to improve their administrative capacity to implement Union law.



The Structural Reform Support Programme (‘the Programme’) was established with the objective of strengthening the capacity of Member States to prepare and implement administrative and growth-sustaining structural reforms of interest to the Union, including through the provision of assistance for the efficient and effective use of the Union funds. Support under the Programme is provided by the Commission at the request of a Member State, and can cover a wide range of policy areas. Developing resilient economies and a resilient society built on strong economic, social and territorial structures, which allow Member States to efficiently absorb shocks and swiftly recover from them, contributes to economic and social cohesion and unlocks growth potential. Member States should encourage, in accordance with their legal framework, suitable contributions and involvement of national and regional public administration and stakeholders. The implementation of institutional, administrative and growth-sustaining structural reforms, which are important for Member States, and the ownership on the ground of structural reforms of interest to the Union are important tools for achieving such developments.



Effective communication of the Programme’s actions and activities and of their results at Union, national and regional levels, as appropriate, is essential for raising awareness of the achievements of the Programme, for ensuring visibility and for providing information on its effects on the ground.



Given that demand for support could exceed the Programme’s funding, the requests should be prioritised, where appropriate, by the Member State concerned during the request for support procedure. In that context, attention should be paid to requests for support that have links to the European Semester and to policy areas related to cohesion, innovation, employment, and smart and sustainable growth. The Programme should complement other instruments in order to avoid overlaps.



Given that the Programme does not provide funding to Member States, but only technical support, it does not aim to replace or substitute funding from national budgets.



Member States have increasingly taken up support under the Programme, beyond the initial expectations. Based on their estimated value, the requests for support received by the Commission during the 2017 cycle have significantly exceeded the available annual allocation. During the 2018 cycle, the estimated value of requests received was five times the financial resources available for that year. Almost all Member States have requested support under the Programme, and the requests have been distributed across all policy areas covered by the Programme.



Strengthening economic and social cohesion through structural reforms,...

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