New guidelines for a better use of EU money: Commission helping Member States with public procurement issues

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Today the Commission is publishing guidelines to help public officials across the EU identify and avoid the most frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds. In line with the initiative for an "EU budget focused on results", the Commission is acting to ensure that tax payers' money is spent efficiently and transparently. Nearly half of the European Structural and Investment Funds allocations are channelled into the real economy through public procurement.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "One of my priorities is to help Member States improve the way they manage and invest EU funds and these guidelines are a precious tool to this end. I believe that making less mistakes in public procurement will both ensure that EU investments deliver quicker on our jobs and growth objectives and that the EU Budget is safeguarded."

Most common errors in public procurement result from insufficient administrative capacity. This is why the Commission's action in enhancing administrative capacity and improving management and control systems is crucial to comprehensively tackle the issue.

Commissioners Creţu and Bieńkowska will meet on 1 December to discuss this matter. It will be the first of a series of meetings between the two Commissioners who will assess the progress in the efforts to address problems with public procurement in EU cohesion expenditure.

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