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Information and publicity
The European Commission and the EU Member States must keep the public informed about Cohesion Policy and the funded projects which it supports. With billions of euro being spent through the Structural Funds, it is vital that local communities receive clear details of how they are to benefit and how EU taxpayers' money is being spent.
EU rules governing Cohesion Policy for 2007-13 formally require Member States and managing authorities to publish a list of projects being co-financed by the EU, including sums received and details of beneficiaries.
The relevant Member States must also submit communication plans to the Commission for each of the 450 Operational Programmes that are being co-funded during the latest Cohesion Policy programming period. In addition, managing authorities must arrange at least one major event each year to publicise their programmes, their outcomes and the role played by the EU.