On 11 February 2016 in Skopje, at the premises of the Delegation of the European Union (EU), representatives of Lithuanian and Beneficiary Country (BC) institutions successfully launched implementation of the EU Twinning light project “Support for efficient prevention and fight against fraud and irregularities of EU funds”. It is already the 5th EU Twinning project implemented by Lithuania in the Beneficiary Country, the Republic of Macedonia.
Lithuania has successfully implemented 2007–2013 Operational Programmes. Till the end of 2015 all projects have finished their activities. More than 8 300 projects were implemented. 3/4 of Lithuanian people state, that they feel personal benefit from EU funded projects.
Lithuania has made a plan how to embed EUSBSR into the ESIF programmes. The Lithuanian case is described in the attachment below.
Efficient energy use is a key driver for a greener economy and saving public and private expenditure. Therefore, energy efficiency is one of the main strategic objectives in the Lithuanian operational programme for the European Union Investment Funds 2014–2020.
The European Commission invites those interested to take part in a competition for the best evaluations of EU Cohesion Policy.
Livonia Partners Fund I, a pan-Baltic private equity fund, has held its first close. Fund’s investors from the Baltics, Nordics, and Western Europe include leading pension funds, insurance companies, and developmental finance institutions. The fund plans to invest €3 to €15 million of equity and mezzanine capital per investment in 8 to 12 companies active in the Baltic and adjacent regions.
The innovative fund-of-funds investment initiative - the Baltic Innovation Fund (BIF), dedicated to boosting equity investments made into Baltic enterprises, launched by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the European Investment Fund (EIF), has been increased. The EUR 30 million increase of BIF is expected to translate into an additional EUR 100 million of private equity and venture capital funding available in the Baltic States over the next 5-7 years.
On 20-21 May 2015 6th International evaluation conference “Evaluation results for decision making: Use, challenges and examples” in Vilnius was held. Conference was organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance and ESTEP. The conference took place in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
What distinguishes Lithuania on the map of EU member states preparation toward 2014-2020 frameworks is agile and also transparent preparation process. From the governance system point of view it looks similar to other EU countries, as there is a “super ministry” coordinating the EU funds related process in general, and various Management Authorities (ministries, national funds, development agencies), which operate closer to final beneficiaries.
On the 18th of February an agreement establishing Energy Efficiency Fund (ENEF) was signed. The agreement was signed by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Energy and Public Investment Development Agency.