Eligible regions under the European Regional Development
Fund who wish to co-finance investments through structural
funds in the electronic communications sector might use these
guidelines for the appraisal and selection of their projects.
They are without prejudice to any guidelines or Communication
that the Commission could adopt concerning the applicability
of the state aid rules to Services of General Economic Interest.
Under structural funds, the selection of projects within EU
regional programmes is driven by decentralised management
where the decisions on projects to be co-financed are taken
by the programme partnership, i.e. a range of public and private
bodies which contribute to the realisation of programme goals.
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