EU: "CODE A CONDUCT" FOR ACCESS TO AND EFFECTIVENESS OF EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUNDS

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "Partnership" as one of the key principles in the management of the European Union’s Funds becomes a binding rule on the EU member states that intend to use funds from the EU budget. This "means that the national, regional and local public authorities, the private sector and other players must closely cooperate". This new rule is the result of a number of measures taken by the European Commission "to improve consultation with, participation of and dialogue with the partners" (regional, local, municipal and other public authorities, trade unions, employers, NGOs and agencies that promote social inclusion) "in the planning, implementation, supervision of the projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds". This concerns in particular the – financially – substantial Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and Maritime and Fisheries Fund. "We want to make sure – the EU Commissioner Laszlo Andor explained – the States will cooperate in constructive partnerships with the parties concerned to plan and implement the schemes funded by the European Funds, so as to maximise the impact of such money". The "European Code of Conduct" on partnership includes rules aimed to make sure partners are selected transparently and the EU Funds are used effectively.” “

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