What are the Structural Funds implementation principles
?The work of the Structural Funds is based on four principles:
- The concentration of measures on the priority
objectives for development.
which results in multi-annual development programmes, the result of a process
leading to a decision taken thorough partnership. The process has a number of
stages. The adopted measures then become the responsibilty of the managing authority.
- Partnership, which implies the closest possible co-operation
between the Commission and the appropriate authorities at national, regional or
local level in each Member State from the preparatory stage to the implementation
- Additionality, which means that Community
assistance complements the contributions of the Member States rather than reducing
them. Except for special reasons, the Member States must maintain public spending
on each Objective at no less than the level reached in the preceding period.
Furthermore, relations between the Commission and the member States are
governed by the principle of subsidiarity, which is enshrined in
the Treaty of Maastricht. In general terms, this means that a higher authority
may not and must not act if an objective can be achived satisfactorily
at a lower level. One consequence of this is that it is up to the managing
authorities appointed by the Member States to select the projects to be
financed and to supervise their implementation.