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Technical assistance is available to help stakeholders implement Commission-funded programmes and projects. Under the European Union's Cohesion Policy such financial support can be used to pay for preparation, management, evaluation, monitoring, audit and control.
Money for such activities is made available through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and Cohesion Fund.
EU rules place a limit on the proportion of funding from the Operational Programmes that can be allocated to technical assistance. If technical assistance is initiated by or on behalf of the Commission, that ceiling is 0.25% of the annual provision for each fund. If technical assistance comes from the Member States, the ceilings are as follows:
- 4% for programmes that fall under the Convergence and Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objectives
- 6% for programmes that receive funding under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective