New guidelines for a better use of EU fundsOctober 30, 2015
Hat: Publication of new guidelines to support member states efforts to avoid frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by European funds
Funding Scheme: 2015-10-30
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
The European Commission published yesterday guidelines in order to help public officials across the EU to avoid the most frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds.
In line with the initiative for an “EU budget focused on results”, the Commission is acting to ensure that tax payers’ money is spent efficiently and transparently. Nearly half of the European Structural and Investment Funds allocations are channelled into the real economy through public procurement.
Most common errors in public procurement result from insufficient administrative capacity. This is why the Commission’s action in enhancing administrative capacity and improving management and control systems is crucial to comprehensively tackle the issue.Commissioners Creţu and Bieńkowska will meet on 1 December to discuss this matter. It will be the first of a series of meetings between the two Commissioners who will assess the progress in the efforts to address problems with public procurement in EU cohesion expenditure.
The “Public Procurement Guidance for practitioners on the avoidance of the most common errors in projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds” contains examples of good practices, case studies and useful links to help those who are involved in the planning, selection and implementation of EU-supported projects.
It is part of the Commission’s comprehensive action plan on public procurement, aiming to help Member States improve the performance of both administrations and beneficiaries in applying public procurement for EU investments during the 2014-2020 programming period.
These guidelines are also part of a broader initiative to improve how Member States and regions invest and manage Cohesion Policy funds, alongside the development of Peer 2 Peer, a platform for public officials across the EU to exchange expertise and best practice in administrative capacity-building, and Integrity Pacts, a tool to improve transparency and accountability in public procurement
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