A strategy for the EU integration of the Ukrainian and Moldovan rail systems was published by the European Commission on the 11.07.2023.
The strategy will guide the future implementation of the EU-gauge corridors in Ukraine and Moldova. The document suggests that the European track gauge on lines to Lviv and Chiṣinău should be deployed as a first step to improving connections between Poland and Ukraine, and between Romania and Moldova.
In 2022 JASPERS, the advisory programme run by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and funded by the EIB and the European Commission, worked on 491 advisory assignments in the European Union, of which 43 were completed during the year. Support was provided for the preparation of projects in a variety of sectors: transport; energy; innovation; digital and human capital; water and environment; climate change mitigation and adaptation; urban development; circular economy; and capacity building.
JASPERS’ support in EU Member States is needed more than ever in light of the impacts of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, causing time delays and higher construction costs, as well as the ever-growing challenges of climate change adaptation and the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
JASPERS helps cities and regions deliver high-quality projects.
Our experts provide independent, hands-on support in strategies, programmes and projects to make EU-funded investments that promote growth and pave the way to a greener, more connected and more innovative Europe.
JASPERS assistance is free of charge for local authorities and promoters, and is available to most EU and pre-accession countries. Learn more about how JASPERS can help you.
Through specific mandates, two powerful partners, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) entrust JASPERS to support Europe-based projects. These partners also co-chair our Steering Committee.
The JASPERS team is composed of more than 120 staff within the EIB who cover a broad range of expertise and deal with the whole project cycle, from planning to execution.
To be closer to our beneficiaries, we work from six locations: Beyond the Luxembourg headquarters, more than 70% of our experts are based in Brussels, Bucharest, Sofia, Vienna and Warsaw.
The role of public administrations is changing radically. Local, regional and national governments are expected to act as enablers for the rest of society, utilising their limited budgets to create better economic and living conditions.
JASPERS helps you rise to this challenge in three ways:
First, we advise on how to set your sector strategies at national, regional and local level, helping you screen projects and decide where you can make a difference.
Next, we work alongside your teams and promoters to prepare top-quality projects that improve people’s lives. The better the project, the higher its chances of being approved for EU funding. We can also streamline the approval process by providing our independent opinion on specific projects.
Last, but not least, we equip your teams and promoters with tailored knowledge and skills. Whether through on-the-job support (on individual projects) or bespoke training (including online), we improve capacities in areas like integrated strategic planning, compliance with EU environmental, State aid or procurement regulations, and many more.
The shortest route to earning citizens’ trust is to boost those projects that will make a tangible difference in their lives, making the best possible use of EU resources.
JASPERS experts cover a wide range of sectors and work at both European and national level, putting us in a unique position to facilitate the absorption of EU funds.
Our experts simultaneously support beneficiaries and mManaging Authorities to ensure that available EU grants are utilised in an optimal manner.
Our combination of sector expertise and local knowledge also makes JASPERS a natural sounding board and partner for collaborating with the European Commission on the technical aspects of policy decisions.
Right from the start, lenders are faced with a complex task. They can only fund projects that serve their lending policy objectives, meet stringent quality standards and achieve an acceptable risk profile.
Their next challenge — making those projects a reality — is no less daunting, and requires the alignment of multiple stakeholders from various sectors.
From start to finish, we offer lenders seamless, comprehensive support in the appraisal and selection of projects, with one goal in mind: getting them ready for funding.
JASPERS-assisted projects are “good to go, good to fund”. Left to our experts, projects are given solid preparation and made implementation-ready. This improves access to co-financing by international financial institutions like the European Investment Bank, as well as commercial lenders.
JASPERS operates based on country work programs prepared through cooperation with the beneficiary country and the European Commission.
These plans list the investment projects that JASPERS may assist through individual assignments.
A Managing Authority acts as the central coordinator for each country and requests assistance from JASPERS. Our experts work in close cooperation with the beneficiary, Managing Authority and relevant intermediate bodies.
Member States or Enlargement Countries remain the owners of the projects.