September 07, 2010

Commissioners call for fund streamlining


Four EU Commissioners have written to European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, calling for a streamlining of the administration of major EU funds from 2014 onwards. The letter, signed by Commissioners Johannes Hahn (Regional Policy), Laszlo Andor (Employment and Social Affairs), Dacian Ciolos (Agriculture and Rural Development) and Maria Damanaki (Fisheries) argues that bringing the funds associated with their portfolios - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund, European Social Fund (ESF), European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and European Fisheries Fund (EFF) - under a common strategic framework.

The arguments in favour of this approach are that it would theoretically lead to more consistent rules and procedures for project implementation, improve efficiencies, and promote much greater overall coherence between the different elements of EU-funded activity for delivery at national, regional and local level within Member States. This would most probably create the conditions for better territorial evaluation of the impacts of planned projects for integrated local and regional development. The European Parliament has previously indicated support for such a change, citing a need for greater synergies to be achieved between the various policies underpinning the funding instruments.

Posted by iroronan at September 7, 2010 11:18 AM

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