The prior assessment of the Spanish Association Agreement 2014-2020, voluntary for member States according to Regulation (EU) Nº 1303/2013, has been carried out on the initiative of the Directorate General of European Funds in coordination with the units responsible for the four funds included in the Agreement (ERDF, ESF, EARDF and EMFF). The main aim has been to improve the quality of the design of the Spanish Association Agreement 2014-2020 and, in particular to:• Carry out an overall assessment of the strategic approach of the four funds
• Ensure the logic of the action, the focus on results and the integration of the funds and the maximum use of synergies between them
• Improve the design of the monitoring and evaluation system and
• Serve as a starting point for the prior assessments of the Operational Programmes 2014-2020.
The ex ante assessment of the Partnership Agreement has been carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF), an independent body associated with the Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service, and therefore functionally dependent on the Directorate-General of European Funds.