Commission adopts €6.4 billion partnership agreement with Lithuania for 2021-2027 – Regional policy

Cohesion policy funds will continue to support Lithuanian regions in promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion, supporting key EU priorities such as green and digital transition. The funds will also contribute to the country’s competitive, innovative and sustainable growth.

For a greener and more innovative Lithuania

Lithuania has planned more than €2.1 billion (nearly 33% of the total) of investments to support the green transition in line with the EU Green Deal, thus contributing to the country’s energy security. In particular, the country aims to renovate 4,000 multi-apartment buildings and to move towards its national targets of 50% electricity and 67% heating to be produced from renewable sources. A significant part of the funds will be devoted to the protection of biodiversity, the development of the circular economy and sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.

Lithuania will also devote €954 million to transforming its economy by investing in research and innovation, science-business cooperation and knowledge commercialization. Priority will be given to the deployment of advanced digital technologies to increase the productivity and overall competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

More social cohesion

Lithuania will strongly promote social cohesion, with more than €1.8 billion (corresponding to around 29%) allocated to this objective. The funds will help implement the 2020 Country Specific Recommendations for Lithuania under the European Semester. These include recommendations on reducing poverty and income inequality by improving the design of the tax and benefit system and providing better access to good quality health and social services.

Lithuania will also improve access to inclusive education services, especially for those most in need. The country plans to use EU funds to continue the transition from institutional care services to community-based services. The investments will enable more people to acquire the relevant labor market skills needed for the digital and green transition. Food support and basic material assistance will be provided to the most vulnerable.

Involve local citizens in the development of projects on the ground

Around €962 million is dedicated to supporting sustainable urban development and integrated territorial development in rural and non-urban areas. Citizens and local administrations will be involved and placed more at the center of decision-making, from the development of territorial strategies to the implementation of the project on the ground.

Sustainable fishing

The fishing programme, worth around 61 million euros, will improve the conditions for fishing activities and contribute to reducing the environmental impact of fishing. It will also support data collection and the implementation of control measures.

College members said:

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreiramentioned: “I am happy to welcome the third partnership agreement for 2021-2027. The adoption of partnership agreements is accelerating! Adopt ition of this strategic investment framework will guide Lithuania on the path to a greener, more digital, more innovative and more resilient evolution. Cohesion policy funding will support all citizens, wherever they are in the country, because cohesion policy is the instrument for all regions to reap the benefits of growth and leave internal disparities in the past.”

Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas schmitmentioned: “I welcome the fact that Lithuania allocates around a third of its cohesion policy funds to social cohesion measures. The provision of quality social services, health care and access to education will contribute to reducing the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The financing of the The European Social Fund Plus will also enable many people in Lithuania to acquire the skills needed for a rapidly changing labor market. I congratulate Lithuania for being one of the first to adopt its partnership agreement!

Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius mentioned: “Cohesion policy funds have been essential for the social and economic development of Lithuania and the improvement of the living conditions of its population over the past decades. But the EU and an entire global community are facing new challenges ranging from energy prices and Russian aggression against Ukraine to the climate crisis. This agreement will allow Lithuania to advance the social, economic, energy, health, education and green transformation, which will bring many benefits to society, starting with lower energy bills, new and better labor market opportunities, a healthier environment, and a reduction in poverty and income inequality. in general.”

Background

The partnership agreement covers cohesion policy funds: the European Regional Development Fund – ERDF; the European Social Fund Plus – ESF+; the Cohesion Fund – CF; the Just Transition Fund – JTF; and the European Fund for Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture – FAMPEA.

The partnership agreement with Lithuania paves the way for implementation on the ground and covers 11 programmes: 3 national programs and 8 INTERREG programs (concerning cross-border cooperation). In addition, it establishes the eligibility and implementation of the Just Transition Fund in regions whose carbon-intensive industrial installations are most affected by the climate transition.

Finally, the Partnership Agreement reflects Lithuania’s strong commitment to the coordinated use of Cohesion Policy funds with the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Within the framework of the cohesion policy, and in cooperation with the Commission, each Member State prepares a partnership agreement, a strategic document for programming the investments of the funds of the cohesion policy and the Feampa during the multiannual financial framework. It focuses on EU priorities, defines the strategy and investment priorities identified by the Member State, and presents a list of national and regional programs to be implemented on the ground, including financial allocation annual indicative for each program. The partnership agreement with Lithuania is the third agreement for the funding period 2021-2027, after those with Greece and Germany.

More information

EU long-term budget 2021-2027 and NextGenerationEU

Questions and Answers on the EU Cohesion Policy Legislative Package 2021-2027

Cohesion Open Data Platform

Breakdown of cohesion policy allocations by Member State

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