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Capacity building for cohesion policy

Administrative capacity is essential for the successful implementation of cohesion policy funds. The Commission provides support on themes which are particularly important for administrative capacity building (ACB), and it has developed tools to help the Member States make the best possible use of cohesion policy funding.

Tools for developing ACB roadmaps

A practical toolkit helps Member States to develop roadmaps that include strategies and actions on how to build capacity. A self-assessment instrument helps to identify capacity gaps, actions on how to tackle them, and to self-evaluate progress over time.

REGIO Peer2Peer+

The REGIO peer learning scheme for short-term exchanges and communities of practice.

Competency Framework

A tool to help programme authorities identify and address potential competency gaps in as managing cohesion policy funds.


Training sessions for programme authorities on key topics related to the management of cohesion policy funds.

Partnership and citizen engagement

The involvement of stakeholders, including citizens, in partnership with the managing authorities is a key principle of EU cohesion policy.

Events and studies

Seminars and conferences on good governance of EU regional policy.
Studies to improve the understanding of administrative capacity issues.

Anti-fraud and corruption

The EU Funds Anti-fraud Knowledge and Resource Centre provides guidance and tools – including the ARACHNE data mining IT tool – to help Member States to detect and prevent fraud in the use of EU funds.

Integrity Pacts

An innovative tool to ensure efficient, transparent and strategic public contracts that involves civil society monitoring.

State aid

Actions to support knowledge and skills in state aid to ensure the correct granting of public aid implementing Cohesion Policy programmes.

Public Procurement

Actions to support knowledge and skills in public procurement to ensure efficient, transparent and strategic public contracts.


Simplified cost options (SCOs) and financing not linked to costs (FNLC) are key ways to reduce administrative burden and costs for beneficiaries and authorities of Member States.