TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER - A new tool bringing together cohesion policy experts
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Across the EU, roughly 24 000 staff members are involved in the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF). Altogether these people possess a wealth of knowledge and invaluable know-how which could be exchanged in order to further improve the management of the investment programmes. A study commissioned by the Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy has confirmed that there is high demand for a peer-to-peer exchange instrument among bodies managing the ERDF and the CF.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu, has underlined that good administrative capacity has a direct impact on the way in which structural and investment funds are managed at national, regional and local level and she has also stressed the importance of exchange of best practices among the Member States.
Against this background, and after consulting programme authorities across Europe, the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, has taken the initiative to establish a new tool for peer-to-peer exchange of expertise among managing, certifying and audit authorities in Member States dealing with the ERDF/CF. It is called TAIEX-REGIO PEER 2 PEER and is based on the existing TAIEX toolii, already in use by the Directorate-General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
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