Improving how funds are invested and managedThe Commission provides support to Member States in order to help them make the best possible use of the Cohesion Policy funding, and to address problems with implementation. This support has been reinforced for the 2014-2020 funding period.
Boosting administrative capacity
The capacity of Member States to manage European Structural and Investment Funds effectively is one of the key factors contributing to the success of Cohesion Policy. The Commission helps to strengthen the administrative capacity of national and regional administrations, through improvements to structures, human resources, systems and tools. As well as investing in capacity to manage the Funds, Cohesion Policy funding in 2014-2020 supports efficient public administration more generally through funding for institutional capacity-building and reform.
TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER: exchanges of regional experts
The TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER expert exchange system is a tool to match needs with expertise in different countries. This demand-driven tool responds directly to specific requests by national or regional authorities managing the funds through expert missions, study visits and specific workshops.
The Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission is committed to look for and test new ways of safeguarding EU funds from the risks of mismanagement, fraud and corruption and increasing transparency in how the funds are used. As one of the initiatives in this field, we have launched a pilot project "Integrity Pacts - Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds Against Fraud and Corruption".The project is implemented in co-operation with Transparency International and seeks to pilot Integrity Pacts in a number of projects co-financed by the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds in the Member States.
For more information about Integrity Pacts and the pilot project please visit here.
Task Force on Implementation
The Commission has created a Task Force for Better Implementation to provide tailored support to eight Member States that are facing particular challenges linked to the implementation of Cohesion Policy Funds (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania)
Lagging regions Initiative
The Commission will examine why regions with a low level of economic development or regions experiencing several years of negative GDP growth are lagging behind. For Cohesion Policy, which aims at reducing disparities between the levels of development between the regions of Europe, this trend is of particular concern.
Lagging regions Initiative
Training for experts on rules and regulations
The Commission provides training for the managing, certifying and audit authorities dealing with the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund. The training focuses on the key new elements in the EU cohesion policy legislative framework for 2014-2020 and is organised in two modules:
- programming and implementation
- financial management and control issues.
Action plan on public procurement
The Commission's Action Plan on Public Procurement sets out a series of initiatives aimed at helping Member States to improve the performance of both administrations and beneficiaries in applying public procurement for EU investments during the 2014-2020 programming period.