Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP)
Official information sourcehttps://www.coe.int/en/web/corruption/programme/srsp
The Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) is an EU programme that provides tailor-made support to all EU countries for their institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms. The SRSP support covers the entire reform process, from preparation and design to implementation of the reforms. It is demand driven and does not require co-financing from EU countries. In 2020, the European Commission Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) has partnered up with the Council of Europe to support member states in effectuating structural reforms in governance and public administration and the financial sector. As part of this envelope, the Economic Crime and Cooperation Division of the Council of Europe will be supporting three EU member states (Czech Republic, Cyprus and Romania) in implementing anti-corruption and anti-money laundering/countering terrorist financing reforms. The overall CoE/EU SRSP programme has started on 15 June 2020, and will last for 36 months.
Structural Reform Support
The Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) helps EU countries to design and implement reforms as part of their efforts to support job creation and sustainable growth.
The Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) coordinates and provides tailor-made technical support to EU Member States, in cooperation with the relevant Commission services. The support is primarily provided through the Technical Support Instrument (TSI). The goal is to support Member States’ efforts to design and implement resilience-enhancing reforms, thereby contributing to the EU’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, improving the quality of public services and getting back on the path of sustainable and inclusive growth.
In addition, DG REFORM coordinates the Commission's efforts to support the process led by the United Nations for the reunification of Cyprus. DG REFORM is also responsible for the implementation of the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community and for monitoring the Green Line Regulation.
Furthermore, DG REFORM is the Commission’s coordinating service for the broad and crosscutting topic of public administration and governance. The DG aims to pool the Commission’s knowledge on public administrations in the EU Member States, the challenges they face and to build a coherent approach in this policy area. The Expert Group on Public Administration and Governance is a platform to facilitate the dialogue between the Commission and representatives of the Member States.
The Commission’s Quality Administration Toolbox provides a reference and resource by pointing readers to existing EU policies and international practices in the field of public administration and governance
Plans and reports
Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year
Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024
Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year
Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year
DG REFORM brochure - General
DG REFORM brochure - Technical support for implementing the European Green Deal
DG REFORM brochure - Governance and public administration
DG REFORM brochure - Growth and business environment
DG REFORM brochure - Labour market, education, health and social services
DG REFORM brochure - Revenue administration and public financial management
DG REFORM brochure - Financial sector and access to finance
About the SRSP
The Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) is an EU programme that provides tailor-made support to all EU countries for their institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms. The SRSP support covers the entire reform process, from preparation and design to implementation of the reforms. It is demand driven and does not require co-financing from EU countries.
The SRSP is coordinated by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support. DG REFORM took over this mandate, previously carried out by the Structural Reform Support Service, in January 2020.
SRSP support for reform
- starts with a request for support from an EU country
- is tailor-made to address the country's needs
- provides a unique combination of expertise (from the European Commission, EU countries, international organisations and/or the private sector)
- strengthens the capacity of an EU country to design and implement reforms
- requires no co-financing
€222.8 million over the period 2017-2020
Types of support
EU countries wishing to request SRSP support can do so to implement:
- reforms undertaken at their own initiative
- economic adjustment programmes
- growth-sustaining reforms in the context of EU economic governance (e.g. Country-Specific Recommendations under the European Semester and implementation of EU law)
How does it work?
An EU country wishing to receive support under the SRSP submits a request to the Commission, via a national Coordinating Authority for the SRSP. This request must be submitted by 31 October of each year.
The Commission analyses requests received and enters into dialogue with the national Coordinating Authorities to assess the country' specific needs and the options to support design and implementation of the reforms.
Support may be provided directly through the Commission’s in-house expertise or with other providers of technical support:
- experts from national administrations
- international organisations
- private firms and consultancies
- individual experts from the private sector
TAIEX-SRSP Peer 2 Peer is an instrument managed in cooperation with the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) to implement part of the SRSP of DG REFORM. The instrument allows experts from national administrations to exchange expertise through expert missions, study visits and workshops.
The instrument is only available for projects selected under the SRSP.