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3 key things you should know about the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS)

By December 5, 2017News
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The Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) has been set up by the European Commission to help the EU Member States effectively design and implement structural reforms.

We (as a sole partner in a consortium led by Deloitte Belgium) were selected as a successful bidder for ‘LOT 1, Support for the development and implementation of reforms’, and we are excited to start the journey of assisting the EC and the beneficiary countries, including all current Member States, to apply the reforms.

As a Member State official, if you are interested in SRSS, you will find a lot of official information from the EC, spread across different documents. Here we summarise and remind you of the top 3 things you should keep in mind:

What are the SRSS services, and how does it work?

Lot 1 includes the following 3 main types of services:

  • Policy and strategy development
  • Assessment of service provisions and re-organisation proposals
  • Consultancy assistance for reform implementation

The above services are to be delivered across 37 policy areas, clustered in 5 sectoral categories:

1. Governance and public administration

  • state governance and better policy making
  • human resources management
  • efficiency of the State organization and service delivery
  • transparency, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering activities
  • judicial systems
  • e-Government
  • migration and border policy

2. Revenue administration and public financial management

  • revenue collection
  • budget preparation
  • spending reviews
  • fiscal strategy and tax policy
  • supreme audit institutions / fiscal council

3. Growth and business environment

  • investment licensing
  • competition policy
  • trade issues
  • digital society
  • land registry
  • energy union
  • better regulation
  • SOE management, sectoral expertise
  • transport
  • environment
  • water
  • agriculture

4. Labour market, health, social services

  • labour market and social cohesion policies
  • long-term care policies
  • welfare system
  • pension system
  • healthcare system
  • education; vocational education and training; research

5. Financial sector & access to finance

  • access to finance
  • capital markets union
  • bank supervision & resolution
  • non-performing loans
  • insolvency
  • insurance and pensions
  • competition issues

What is the duration of the SRSS? 

The FWC Lot 1 will run for 24+24 months. It has a global ceiling of 18 million euros, and re-opening of competition.

What is the process and deadline?

The SRSS project cycle is triggered by requests for support.

The EC analyses the request and potentially comes to an agreement with the member state concerned.  Following this, the SRSS may utilise the FWC by circulating a request for services to the successful bidders for its different lots.

So if your Member State is interested in receiving support, please remember to submit your application to the EC by  October 31 of a given calendar year.

If you would like further understanding about the SRSS program, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@eipa.eu.