9. What safeguards are there to prevent fraud?
If you have any further questions, please contact the Directorate General for Regional Policy.
National and regional authorities have to meet certain basic requirements before any project can be granted money from the Structural Funds or the Cohesion Fund. To start with, they must identify which body will perform the following functions for each national and regional programme:
When significant weaknesses are detected, the Commission and the national authorities will agree on a plan of action to redress the situation. If the national authorities do not take prompt action, the Commission may stop or suspend payments. The Commission also takes account of audits by the European Court of Auditors and investigations by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).