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".