domenica 9 marzo 2014

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Final "simplification scoreboard": 120 measures to cut red tape on EU funding

The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules for Europe's businesses, towns, regions, scientists and NGOs.

Together with the adoption of the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF) and of the sectoral funding programmes, much has been achieved in terms of making access to EU funds simpler for would-be beneficiaries. However, the EU institutions and Member States must continue to deliver on simplification through the adoption of the necessary implementing and technical measures.

"Starting from this year access to EU funds will be easier without compromising on monitoring the way they are used, says Commissioner for financing programming and budget Janusz Lewandowski. However, simplification is an ongoing business requiring continuous action by the EU institutions and Member States. Some 80% of the EU budget is implemented by Member States, therefore efforts at EU level can only succeed if they are followed up by simplification measures at national, regional and local level. We invite Member States to follow suit by further reducing the administrative burden on beneficiaries".

Nevertheless, more could have been achieved. Simplification efforts have sometimes been hampered by divergent positions of the Member States: these have led to the introduction of numerous derogations and too detailed rules (for instance in funding for agriculture and structural funds) as well as on the execution of the budget in various programmes managed by the Commission

Examples of simplification:

Simplified procedure to get reimbursement in research: single reimbursement rate for all participants to a project ("one project-one funding rate") and a flat rate for indirect costs;

Shorter deadline for payments to beneficiaries (90 days) in cohesion policy;

E-cohesion: electronic systems for beneficiaries to submit data, to use existing databases and to store documents in cohesion policy;

Shorter duration to keep documents: beneficiaries would need to keep documents related to EU funded projects for maximum three years.(...)

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