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High Level Group on Simplification 2015-2016

European Commission Press Release 

Today the High Level Group on Simplification, launched by the Commission in July, held its first meeting in Brussels. 

In 2015-2016, the High Level Group will address identified administrative bottlenecks in the access to the European Structural and Investment Funds as well as promote good practices in the following areas:

  • Increasing the use of online procedures ("e-cohesion") and of simpler ways to reimburse costs
  • Facilitating the access to funding for SMEs
  • Tackling the "goldplating" practice, where extra requirements or administrative hurdles are added at national or regional level.

The Group will also monitor the progress of the Member States in their uptake of the simplification measures as set out in the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations 2014-2020. In 2017 the High Level Group will focus on the post-2020 framework and its final report will be one of the cornerstones of the Commission's reflection on the future of Cohesion Policy.

To read more, read the full press release by accessing the link below. 

Source: European Commission - Press release: Easier access to the European Structural and Investment Funds: High Level Group on Simplification tackles bottlenecks, IP-15-5867, October 20, 2015. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5867_en.htm