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Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds


Following the Cohesion Policy proposals of 6th October 2011, the Commission has today presented the "Common Strategic Framework" (CSF). It is intended to help Member States and their regions in setting clear investment priorities for the next financial planning period from 2014 until 2020.

It will enable a far better combining of various funds - not only the Cohesion and Structural Funds, but also the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund- and maximise the impact of EU investments. National and regional authorities will use this framework as the basis for drafting their 'Partnership Contracts' with the Commission, committing themselves to meeting Europe's growth and jobs targets for 2020.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, stated: "The Commission is committed to increasing the coherence between our policy goals and investment on the ground, and  setting out how the Funds can work together with the common goal of achieving smart and sustainable growth for all of Europe's citizens".

EU institutions are invited to submit their views on the overview of the CSF. The Framework will be adopted within three months of the adoption of the legislative package on Cohesion Policy Funds for the next Multiannual Financial Framework proposed on 6th October 2011.

More information on the Common Strategic Framework is available in the Press release.