Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions
JASPERS, the Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions, is a technical assistance facility providing the countries concerned with the support they need to prepare high quality major projects, which will be co-financed by EU funds. These eligible countries are the ones who joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Slovenia. Greece, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are also eligible.
Four joint initiatives were developed by the European Commission (Directorate General for Regional Policy) in co-operation with the European Investment Bank group and other financial institutions in the framework of the 2007-2013 programming period in order to make cohesion policy more efficient and sustainable. Two of them refer to the promotion of financial engineering instruments (JEREMIE and JESSICA) and the other two (JASPERS and JASMINE) operate as technical assistance facilities.
JASPERS' assistance is not limited to individual state projects but is available as well for horizontal studies that cover more than one country or more than one project.