A big thank you to those of you who have contributed to our first blog – I hope we will have a lot more comments over the coming months. Some of you have asked how you will be consulted about the development of the new programme and how you can become involved.
This blog is just the start of our engagement with you all and it would be good to hear your views on how would you like to be involved or consulted as negotiations continue and we start to think about the future programmes.
As you may now be aware the Common Strategic Framework has now been published and I have summarised some of the main points below;
Multi-fund Approach – better co-ordination and alignment between funds (ESF, ERDF, EAFRD and EMFF) – to ensure a more joined up approach to achieving the thematic objectives.
An integrated approach and partnership working - done at a strategic level through the Partnership Contract/Agreement – but also at a local/regional level through community led local developments, Joint Action Plans and Integrated Territorial Investments.
Simplification through common provisions covering the four funds , particularly around the management and control systems.
Harmonisation of eligibility rules and an extension of simplified cost options
Having read through the Common Strategic Framework and all the fund specific regulations!! I have my own views on the points above. But I am more interested in what your views are on the Framework.
Do the proposals go far enough?
What aspects do you like or not like?
Do you think that there are projects which would have worked better if the funds had been better co-ordinated?