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Programming refers to the administrative mechanism used to pursue the objectives of the Structural and Cohesion Funds. Multi-annual programmes - known as Operational Programmes - ensure consistency and continuity over a seven-year period. Programmes relate to specific geographical areas at national or sub-national level, depending on the governance arrangements in place. Programme aims include identifying strategic priorities and indicative actions, outlining financial allocations, and summarising management and control systems. The current programming period runs from 2007 until 2013.