Structural funds are allocated for Estonia by the EU in order to support the development of Estonian economy and thereby reduce inequality between different regions in Europe, thus improving the competitiveness of the EU economy. Therefore it is reasonable to contemplate the merit of the priorities and how they may be adjusted.
The Estonian Ministry of Finance has organised an evaluation for this reason which will precede the changes to be made in the operational programmes.
The general scope of the evaluation was to provide feedback and make proposals on the appropriate treatment of the problems in the operational programmes and to evaluate the need for replanning the activities and measures and/or diverting the funds.
The data concerning structural funds which is the basis for this evaluation, was provided by the Ministry of Finance, implementing agencies and intermediate bodies.