29 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Start of negotiations on 2016 EU budget
Today marks the start of the 21-day-period during which the European Parliament and the Council have to reach an agreement on the EU budget for 2016. The two institutions, together with the Commission in its role of an honest broker, have until 18 November to agree on how much EU money entrepreneurs, farmers, regions and students across Europe and beyond will receive next year. A quick guide on the procedure and the different scenarios is available here.
New guidelines for a better use of EU money: Commission helping Member States with public procurement issues
Today the Commission is publishing guidelines to help public officials across the EU identify and avoid the most frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds. In line with the initiative for an “EU budget focused on results“, the Commission is acting to ensure that tax payers’ money is spent efficiently and transparently. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “One of my priorities is to help Member States improve the way they manage and invest EU funds and these guidelines are a precious tool to this end. I believe that making less mistakes in public procurement will both ensure that EU investments deliver quicker on our jobs and growth objectives and that the EU Budget is safeguarded.” Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “A large part of the EU’s regional funding is channelled through public procurement. Transparent tendering of public contracts is essential to ensure the best value for public money. Today we are providing new guidance to ensure the rules and possibilities are well understood and applied, thereby allowing EU funding programmes to unroll in a timely manner to support cohesion and growth.” A press release, an infographic and more information on how the Commission helps Member States improve their management of EU funds are available online.
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