JASPERS stands for Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions and helps cities and regions to absorb European funds for high-quality projects. Its aim is to speed up the absorption of EUR 350 billion of ESIF Funds intended to achieve greater cohesion in Europe, through projects which are planned, prepared, procured, and implemented to the highest technical, social, and environmental standards possible. In a similar way, JASPERS also helps with the absorption of funds available under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).

The main tasks of JASPERS are:

  • Advising authorities on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors with a view to initiate better projects
  • Supporting promoters in preparing projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards
  • Improving the capacity of administrations and promoters by transferring knowledge about project preparation, environmental issues, EU legislation or any related needs they may have
  • Speed up the EU approval process by carrying out an independent quality review which prepares the ground for the European Commission’s decision

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank entrust JASPERS to support projects in Europe through specific mandates. Since its beginning, JASPERS has assisted more than 500 projects in 28 countries (total project costs exceeding EUR 80 billion).

What is the relevance for Circular Cities?

JASPERS can contribute to the circular transition by supporting projects which are conducted to the highest possible environmental standards. Besides this support, JASPERS advises authorities on their strategic planning. The JASPERS website external link icon provides examples of circular projects supported under the JASPERS programme. As a city or regional government, you can apply for JASPERS assistance for preparing circular projects in your city. Learn more external link icon on how they can assist you.

Interested in support from JASPERS?

JASPERS assistance is free of charge for local authorities and promoters. Local authorities that are interested in JASPERS assistance can call or email one of its offices, which can be found on the JASPERS website external link icon.