Dáil Éireann - Volume 445 - 11 October, 1994
Written Answers. - Departmental Technical Assistance.
Mr. J. Bruton Mr. J. Bruton
217. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment the detailed terms and conditions under which his Department received technical assistance amounting to £9.865 million; if he will give details of each project for which it was used; if a copy of the study or studies carried out was supplied to the European Commission; if a copy is available for inspection by  members of the public; and, if not, the reason therefor. [153/94]
Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. Quinn) Ruairí Quinn
Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. Quinn): The European Commission technical assistance provision to my Department of £9.865 million, referenced in my written reply to the Deputy on 29 June 1994, is assigned to a number of headings, as outlined as follows.
European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit
The European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit is funded 100 per cent by the European Commission. The unit was established in January 1992 in partnership between my Department and the European Commission. Its function is to evaluate the effectiveness of all human resource development interventions supported by the European Social Fund and complementary funding provided through the European Regional Development Fund. The unit reports to a management committee representative of my Department, the European Commission and the Department of Education. The work programme for the unit is agreed periodically between my Department, which is the national authority for the European Social Fund, and the European Commission.
By virtue of its reporting structure, all studies carried out by the European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit are submitted to the European Commission. A list of evaluations completed to date is at Appendix I. Copies of all reports are also publicly available.
Human Resources Community Initiatives — Euroform, Horizon and NOW
Preparatory Technical Assistance of £3.553 million under this heading has been made available by the European Commission. This funding, which is fully sourced from the European Social Fund, is provided for two particular purposes.
First, allocations were made to selected sponsors of projects to enable them  to develop their initial proposals for funding under these three Community initiatives and to ensure that they fully complied with the eligibility and funding criteria set down. A full list of the projects which received such support is given at Appendix II. Not all of the projects submitted were subsequently approved for operational funding under the relevant programme.
Support Structure Technical Assistance is also provided, at a 100 per cent intervention rate, through the European Social Fund over the period. This funding facilitated my Department in retaining expertise to provide full-time support and advice to participating projects on operational aspects and to ensure that they realised the programme objectives established at the outset. An important part of this exercise also is to provide support to project sponsors, many of them in the voluntary/ community sector and having access to European Social Fund moneys for the first time, through assistance with financial management and control procedures.
The support structures involved are: The NOW programme — The Council for the Status of Women; The Euroform Programme — Leargas — The Exchange Bureau, The Horizon Programme for the Disabled — The National Rehabilitation Board for the Disadvantaged — The Work Research Centre.
Technical assistance provision for the purposes outlined above is focused on operational support and, although quarterly reporting on projects and the dissemination of information is an integral part of the role of the support structures, the publication/availability of studies in the sense posed in the Deputy's question is not relevant in this context.
Innovative Actions for Vocational Training and Employment
Sixteen projects are currently receiving funding under this programme through the European Social Fund  (ESF). The total ESF budget is £4,236 million and the intervention rate is 75 per cent of project costs. Project details and the individual ESF allocations involved are given at Appendix III.
Support to ensure that the quality, operational and financial requirements are realised has been arranged by my Department and involves an ESF technical assistance budget of £0.155 million.
The support structure for this programme, which discharges an identical role to that described above and related to the Community Initiatives Support Structures, is Leargas — The Exchange Bureau.
ERDF Technical Assistance Received during 1989-1993
Over the period 1989-1993 the Department of Enterprise and Employment Industry-ERDF side received £932,000 in EU funding for technical assistance. This amount is calculated as follows:
External Evaluator: a specific condition of the Industry Operational Programme — OP — under which the assistance from the European Regional Development Fund would be provided, was that the member state, in agreement with the Commission, would contract an outside evaluator to carry out an ongoing evaluation of the operational programme. Deloitte and Touche were engaged as external evaluators and commenced work in 1990. Their  first report was completed in December 1991 and submitted to the Industry Monitoring Committee. The European Commission are members of that committee.
Deloitte and Touche were re-engaged as external evaluators in mid-1992 and commenced their evaluation in November 1992. Their second and final report was submitted to the Department in February 1994. The report was supplied to the Commission and will be considered by the Industry Monitoring Committee at its next meeting which is scheduled for late October. Copies of the report are available on request. The total expenditure for the evaluation was £289,000. That expenditure was grant-aided at 75 per cent from the European Regional Development Fund.
IT equipment for Agencies: to facilitate the provision of physical indicators and financial data required under the Industry OP, the IDA, SFADCo and Eolas were provided with financial support to upgrade their data processing facilities. Expenditure of £421,795 was grant-aided at 75 per cent from the CSF technical assistance programme. Total European Regional Development Fund received by the agencies amounted to £316,350.
Funding of the Industry Evaluation Unit: in mid-1992 the European Commission agreed to fully grant-aid the operation of a full-time Evaluation Unit for the Industry OP. The function of the unit is to carry out reviews and analyses of the measures and subprogrammes of the Industry Operational Programme.
The unit reports to a Steering Group made up of officials from the relevant Government Departments, the European Commission and the Social Partners. Copies of all studies carried out are provided to the Commission. The question of publication of studies is to be considered by the Steering Group in the near future.
Technical Assistance Subprogramme: a provision of 0.1 per cent of the European Regional Development Fund support to measures under the Industry Operational Programme was made  available for technical assistance purposes in order to strengthen the management, co-ordination and control required for monitoring and evaluation of the programme. Total Government expenditure under this heading for the five years amounted to £170,000. That expenditure was grant-aided from the European Regional Development Fund at 75 per cent, i.e. £127,000. The expenditure incurred was for upgrading the industrial data base in the Department and in ABT; information, publicity and printing relating to the launch of the Operational Programme; the engagement of consultants to report on business information centres in Ireland.
Technical Assistance for PRISMA Initiative: the £40,000 European Regional Development Fund received for technical assistance under the PRISMA Initiative was for: printing of the PRISMA OP; engaging consultants in the selection of proposals process; market research study into calibration requirements in Ireland; advertising and publicity of the OP; engaging consultants to carry out an evaluation of the OP and PRISMA Awards Launch at the completion of the OP.
European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit
Evaluation Report on the Advanced Technical Skills Programme in the Universities.
Evaluation Report on the FÁS Industrial Restructuring Programme.
Evaluation Report on the FÁS Specific Skills Training Programme.
Survey of Employers.
Evaluation Report on FÁS Enterprise Measures.
Evaluation Report on the Human Resources Sub-Programme of the Tourism Operational Programme.
Evaluation Report on the Middle Level Technician and Higher Technical and Business Skills Programmes in the Regional Technical Colleges/Dublin Institute of Technology.
Initial Evaluation on Impact Indicators (Placement and Certification).
 December 1993
Survey of Employers.
Follow-up Evaluation on the FÁS Specific Skills Training Programme.
Follow-up Evaluation on the FÁS Industrial Restructuring Programme.
Evaluation of Certification Systems.
Thematic Evaluation on Training of Trainers.
Thematic Evaluation on Women's Training Provision.
Thematic Evaluation on Recording Systems.
Thematic Evaluation on Impact Indicators.
Survey of Micro Enterprise.
Evaluation Report on the Vocational Preparation and Training Programme delivered by the Department of Education.
List of promoters to whom Preparatory Technical Assistance was paid.
 HORIZON PROJECTS
 NOW PROJECTS
Operational Programme for Innovatory Projects/Technical Assistance
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