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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A common programming tool for all structural funds

Employment, Social Affairs, Agriculture - Fisheries, Transport, Education - Training, Health, Energy, Environment, Innovation, SME Policy,Local and Regional authorities,Administrations States,SMEs,

News Following the preparation of the next 2014-2020 strategic paper, the Commission has presented its Common Strategic Framework which aims to maximize the use of EU funds in Member States. This framework will serve as a benchmark for national and regional authorities to develop "partnership contracts" with the Commission.

With the desire to enforce priorities and key areas financed by the funds, the Commission has identified key actions to be supported by the whole Cohesion Fund and structural funds, but also by the EAFRD and EFMFA. In fact, the CSF changes the current policy orientations in a sense of a more important suitability to the Europe2020 strategy, and will replace the current separate strategic orientation for cohesion policy, rural development policy and fisheries policy to be the only guidance document for all five funds (ERDF, ESF, cohesion Fund, EAFRD and EFMFA).
The reform was widely supported by various Commissioners concerned: Maria Damanaki, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has told that "these measures will give the fisheries reform a real footing towards a healthy, profitable and strong sector" while Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development has not been less positive:" our proposals are seeking a better coordination of measures so that projects are more efficient and help to achieve the full potential of rural areas ".
New directions will focus on innovation, ICT, SMEs, environmental protection and sustainable development, education and transport. The CSF will be adopted as a final document when the legislative package will be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

Meanwhile, all the structural funds for 2007-2013 have not been consumed yet: it remains a large number of funding opportunities for your projects through the ERDF and ESF.

To be accompanied by Welcomeurope in the identification of funds or setting up projects, please contact Sophie Le Grand:

For more information on the Commission website.

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