The Common Strategic Framework(CSF): Simpler! Better?
Brussels, 14 of March, 2012 Following the proposals for the future cohesion policy last October, the European Commission presented the CSF as a means to support member states in planning investments for the next financial planning period 2014-2020. It will only be adopted after the cohesion policy package has been agreed on by the EU parliament and Council.
The EU-Commission has published a working document and a press release presenting and explaining the CSF. The CSF is meant as a tool for combining and harmonizing various funds helping to avoid overlapping and maximize the impact of EU spending for citizens and businesses.
Instead of separate sets of guidelines for every single fund, the five future funds, namely the Cohesion and Structural Funds, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and the European Social Fund (ESF), will be integrated under a single source of guidance, avoiding duplication and reducing administrative costs.
Furthermore, the CSF will be aligned more strongly with EU 2020 and with EU economic governance than the strategic guidelines before.
The Commission now invites EU institutions to submit their views on the CSF. The framework will be adopted within the three months following the adoption of the Cohesion Policy package.
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