Question to the Commission for written answer
Could the Commission provide details of the criteria it uses to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of EU-funded projects?
Answer given by President Barroso on behalf of the Commission (12.9.2014)
The 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is now in place. The legal bases of the new generation of EU spending programmes under this MFF have been adopted by the co-legislators and are based upon a comprehensive performance framework. This includes general and specific objectives, quantitative and qualitative indicators measuring their achievement together with coherent arrangements for monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the programmes’ performance.
The monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for the spending programmes under the 2014-2020 MFF has been summarised in a Staff Working Document – SWD(2014)200final – accompanying this year’s Article 318 Evaluation Report adopted on 26 June. The Staff Working Document was formally transmitted to the European Parliament and is available online at:
At project level, the description of the projects supported by the EU is accompanied by a description of their expected results, which reflect the general and specific objectives of the programme in question and make it possible to determine whether the project was implemented as planned and whether the EU intervention served its intended purpose.