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The European Union gives money to governments in Europe.

This money should be used to make things better
for people living in different parts of Europe.
For example:

  • to build roads

  • to make sure people can get good jobs

  • to make sure people with disabilities can live in the community

The European Union said that
governments should talk to different people and organisations
about how this money should be spent.

 

On 7 January, the European Commission adopted the European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle. The document strengthens the involvement of civil society and other relevant stakeholders in planning and spending of EU structural and investments funds.

The set of standards requires stronger cooperation between Members States’ authorities responsible for spending EU funds with relevant stakeholders in the area in all phases of the investments - from its preparation until the projects’ evaluation. These stakeholders include institutions such as public authorities, trade unions, NGOs or other organisations responsible for promoting gender equality, social inclusion and non-discrimination.

The Code of Conduct aims to facilitate the communication between the partners and the state authority. Moreover, it should ensure that the funds are spent effectively during the programming period 2014-2020.

The regulation   also defines the criteria necessary to ensure transparency in the decision on future investments. Furthermore, the member states are required to support capacity building of the partners and create a forum for the exchange of good practices and innovative approaches.

The EU structural and investments funds comprise the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Read the information on the website of the European Commission.