Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund - Funds Management

Funds Management

Although the Structural Funds are part of the EU budget, the way they are spent is based on a system of shared responsibility between the European Commission and the member state authorities:

  • The Commission negotiates and approves the NSRFs and OPs proposed by the member states, and uses these as a basis for allocating resources.
  • The member states and their regions manage the programmes. This includes implementing the OPs by selecting individual projects, controlling and assessing them.
  • The Commission is involved in overall programme monitoring, pays out approved expenditure and verifies the national control systems.

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