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Agriculture > General framework

Financing the common agricultural policy

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy [See amending acts].

Summary

This Regulation establishes a single legal framework for financing CAP spending, creating two new funds: the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Although operating in a similar fashion, each has certain specific features. Since some of the measures financed by these funds are those managed jointly with Member States, the Regulation sets out conditions under which the Commission may exercise its responsibilities for implementing the general budget and clarifies the areas in which Member States are obliged to cooperate.

The Regulation lays down the conditions under which Member States can accredit and withdraw accreditation from paying agencies and coordinating bodies. The agencies are responsible for making payments, whilst the bodies monitor the accounting carried out by the paying agencies. It also provides for the creation of certification bodies, public or private legal bodies appointed by the Member States which are responsible for certifying the management, monitoring and control systems implemented by the accredited paying agencies and the agencies’ annual accounts. The Member States are asked to take all necessary steps to effectively protect the financial interests of the Community. In addition, only expenditure incurred by accredited paying agencies will be financed by the Community and payments will be made in full to the beneficiaries.

EAGF

As regards expenditure managed jointly by the Member States and the Commission, the EAGF finances:

  • refunds for exporting farm produce to non-EU countries;
  • intervention measures to regulate agricultural markets;
  • direct payments to farmers under the CAP;
  • certain informational and promotional measures for farm produce implemented by Member States both on the internal EU market and outside it;
  • expenditure on restructuring measures in the sugar industry under Council Regulation (EC) No 320/2006;
  • programmes promoting the consumption of fruit in schools.

As regards expenditure managed centrally by the Commission, EAGF financing covers:

  • the Community’s financial contribution for specific veterinary measures, veterinary inspection and inspections of foodstuffs and animal feed, animal disease eradication and control programmes and plant-health measures;
  • promotion of farm produce, either directly by the Commission or via international organisations;
  • measures required by Community legislation to conserve, characterise, collect and use genetic resources in farming;
  • setting up and running farm accounting information systems;
  • farm survey systems;
  • expenditure relating to fisheries markets.

The monies to cover expenditure financed by the EAGF are paid by the Commission to the Member States in the form of monthly reimbursements. These are made on the basis of a declaration of expenditure and other information provided by the Member States. If funds are committed without following the Community rules, the Commission may decide to reduce or suspend payments.

The Commission sets the net balance available for EAGF spending and will put in place a monthly early-warning and monitoring system for such spending. Every month, it will present the Parliament and Council with a report examining spending trends in relation to the profiles set at the beginning of the financial year and assessing how these are likely to develop in the current year.

Any amounts recovered as a result of irregularities or negligence are paid to the paying agencies, which must book them in the month they are actually received as revenue earmarked for EAGF spending only.

EAFRD

The EAFRD finances rural development programmes implemented in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 solely where expenditure is jointly managed.

The budget commitments for this purpose will be made annually in the form of prefinancing, interim payments and payment of the final balance. Interim payments will be made for each rural development programme subject to the budget funding available within the ceiling limits established by Community legislation and the increased amounts laid down by the Commission in applying provisions laid down for direct payments to farmers and for the wine market. These payments will be made subject to certain conditions: for example, the Commission must be sent a declaration of expenditure and a payment claim certified by the accredited paying agency. If this declaration does not comply with the Community standards, the Commission may reduce or suspend payments.

In the event of any irregularities, Community financing will be totally or partially cancelled or, if the monies in question have already been paid to the beneficiary, they will be recovered by the accredited paying agency. The cancelled or recovered amounts may be used by the Member State for a different operation planned under the same rural development programme.

As regards payment of the balance, this is not made until the Commission has received the final implementing report on the implementation of a rural development programme and the corresponding clearance decision. If the necessary documents are not sent to the Commission, the balance will be automatically decommitted.

Commission controls

The Commission will ensure that the financial management of the Community Funds is sound, mainly through a two-stage clearance procedure: clearance of accounts and conformity clearance. The Member States must keep for the Commission all the information needed for the smooth running of the Funds. To supplement checks made by the Member States under national legislation, the Commission may organise on-site audits of its own. Payments made to a Member State under the EAGF and EAFRD may be reduced or suspended where certain serious and persistent deficiencies are detected.

The names of the beneficiaries of the Agricultural Funds, and the amounts they have received, must be made public after payment has been made.

References

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005

18.8.2005

OJ L 209 of 11.8.2005
Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 320/2006

3.3.2006

OJ L 58 of 28.2.2006

Regulation (EC) No 378/2007

12.4.2007

OJ L 95 of 5.4.2007

Regulation (EC) No 1437/2007

15.12.2007

OJ L 322 of 7.12.2007

Regulaton (EC) No 479/2008

13.6.2008

OJ L 148 of 6.6.2008

Regulation (EC) No 13/2009

16.1.2009

OJ L 5 of 9.1.2009

Regulation (EC) No 73/2009

1.2.2009

OJ L 30 of 31.1.2009

Regulation (EC) No 473/2009

9.6.2009

OJ L 144 of 9.6.2009

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated versionis for reference only.

RELATED ACTS

Available amounts and excluded expenditure

Decision 2008/321/EC [Official Journal L 109 of 19.4.2008].

This Decision contains a list of expenditure items excluded from Community financing because they do not comply with the CAP financing rules. The exclusion of such expenditure items, incurred by the paying agencies of certain Member States between 2002 and 2007, is a consequence of verifications, bilateral discussions and conciliation procedures and entails the deduction of the amounts concerned.

Decision 2009/379/EC [Official Journal L 117 of 12.5.2009].

The Decision lays down the amounts made available to the EAFRD and EAGF for the period 2007-2013.

Detailed rules for application

Regulation (EC) No 883/2006 [Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the keeping of accounts by the paying agencies, declarations of expenditure and revenue and the conditions for reimbursing expenditure under the EAGF and the EAFRD.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 884/2006[Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the financing by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) of intervention measures in the form of public storage operations and the accounting of public storage operations by the paying agencies of the Member States.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 885/2006 [Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the accreditation of paying agencies and other bodies and the clearance of the accounts of the EAGF and of the EAFRD.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 259/2008 [Official Journal L 76 of 19.3.2008].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the publication of information on the beneficiaries of funds deriving from the EAGF and the EAFRD. This information must be published on a single website by 30 April of each year and must include beneficiaries’ personal details and the amounts received.

Clearance of accounts

Regulation (EC) No 941/2008 [Official Journal L 258 of 9.10.2009].

This Regulation lays down the form and content of the accounting information to be submitted to the Commission for the purpose of the clearance of the accounts of the EAGF and EAFRD, as well as for monitoring and forecasting purposes.

Decision 2009/373/EC [Official Journal L 116 of 9.5.2009].

This Decision presents the clearance of the accounts of the paying agencies of Member States concerning expenditure financed by the EAFRD for the 2008 financial year.

Decision 2009/367/EC [Official Journal L111 of 5.5.2009].

This Decision presents the clearance of the accounts of the paying agencies of Member States concerning expenditure financed by the EAGF for the 2008 financial year.

Irregularities, fraud and recovery

Regulation (EC) No 1848/2006 [Official Journal L 355 of 15.12.2006].

This act sets out information and investigation measures to be taken by the Member States in cases of fraud in connection with the financing of the CAP and sets up an information system in this field.

Surveys

Regulation (EC) No 78/2008 [Official Journal L 25 of 30.1.2008].

This act relates to the measures to be undertaken by the Commission in 2008-2013 making use of the remote-sensing applications developed within the framework of the common agricultural policy.


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Regional policy > Provisions and instruments of regional policy

Financing the common agricultural policy

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy [See amending acts].

Summary

This Regulation establishes a single legal framework for financing CAP spending, creating two new funds: the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Although operating in a similar fashion, each has certain specific features. Since some of the measures financed by these funds are those managed jointly with Member States, the Regulation sets out conditions under which the Commission may exercise its responsibilities for implementing the general budget and clarifies the areas in which Member States are obliged to cooperate.

The Regulation lays down the conditions under which Member States can accredit and withdraw accreditation from paying agencies and coordinating bodies. The agencies are responsible for making payments, whilst the bodies monitor the accounting carried out by the paying agencies. It also provides for the creation of certification bodies, public or private legal bodies appointed by the Member States which are responsible for certifying the management, monitoring and control systems implemented by the accredited paying agencies and the agencies’ annual accounts. The Member States are asked to take all necessary steps to effectively protect the financial interests of the Community. In addition, only expenditure incurred by accredited paying agencies will be financed by the Community and payments will be made in full to the beneficiaries.

EAGF

As regards expenditure managed jointly by the Member States and the Commission, the EAGF finances:

  • refunds for exporting farm produce to non-EU countries;
  • intervention measures to regulate agricultural markets;
  • direct payments to farmers under the CAP;
  • certain informational and promotional measures for farm produce implemented by Member States both on the internal EU market and outside it;
  • expenditure on restructuring measures in the sugar industry under Council Regulation (EC) No 320/2006;
  • programmes promoting the consumption of fruit in schools.

As regards expenditure managed centrally by the Commission, EAGF financing covers:

  • the Community’s financial contribution for specific veterinary measures, veterinary inspection and inspections of foodstuffs and animal feed, animal disease eradication and control programmes and plant-health measures;
  • promotion of farm produce, either directly by the Commission or via international organisations;
  • measures required by Community legislation to conserve, characterise, collect and use genetic resources in farming;
  • setting up and running farm accounting information systems;
  • farm survey systems;
  • expenditure relating to fisheries markets.

The monies to cover expenditure financed by the EAGF are paid by the Commission to the Member States in the form of monthly reimbursements. These are made on the basis of a declaration of expenditure and other information provided by the Member States. If funds are committed without following the Community rules, the Commission may decide to reduce or suspend payments.

The Commission sets the net balance available for EAGF spending and will put in place a monthly early-warning and monitoring system for such spending. Every month, it will present the Parliament and Council with a report examining spending trends in relation to the profiles set at the beginning of the financial year and assessing how these are likely to develop in the current year.

Any amounts recovered as a result of irregularities or negligence are paid to the paying agencies, which must book them in the month they are actually received as revenue earmarked for EAGF spending only.

EAFRD

The EAFRD finances rural development programmes implemented in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 solely where expenditure is jointly managed.

The budget commitments for this purpose will be made annually in the form of prefinancing, interim payments and payment of the final balance. Interim payments will be made for each rural development programme subject to the budget funding available within the ceiling limits established by Community legislation and the increased amounts laid down by the Commission in applying provisions laid down for direct payments to farmers and for the wine market. These payments will be made subject to certain conditions: for example, the Commission must be sent a declaration of expenditure and a payment claim certified by the accredited paying agency. If this declaration does not comply with the Community standards, the Commission may reduce or suspend payments.

In the event of any irregularities, Community financing will be totally or partially cancelled or, if the monies in question have already been paid to the beneficiary, they will be recovered by the accredited paying agency. The cancelled or recovered amounts may be used by the Member State for a different operation planned under the same rural development programme.

As regards payment of the balance, this is not made until the Commission has received the final implementing report on the implementation of a rural development programme and the corresponding clearance decision. If the necessary documents are not sent to the Commission, the balance will be automatically decommitted.

Commission controls

The Commission will ensure that the financial management of the Community Funds is sound, mainly through a two-stage clearance procedure: clearance of accounts and conformity clearance. The Member States must keep for the Commission all the information needed for the smooth running of the Funds. To supplement checks made by the Member States under national legislation, the Commission may organise on-site audits of its own. Payments made to a Member State under the EAGF and EAFRD may be reduced or suspended where certain serious and persistent deficiencies are detected.

The names of the beneficiaries of the Agricultural Funds, and the amounts they have received, must be made public after payment has been made.

References

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005

18.8.2005

OJ L 209 of 11.8.2005

Amending act(s)
Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 320/2006

3.3.2006

OJ L 58 of 28.2.2006

Regulation (EC) No 378/2007

12.4.2007

OJ L 95 of 5.4.2007

Regulation (EC) No 1437/2007

15.12.2007

OJ L 322 of 7.12.2007

Regulaton (EC) No 479/2008

13.6.2008

OJ L 148 of 6.6.2008

Regulation (EC) No 13/2009

16.1.2009

OJ L 5 of 9.1.2009

Regulation (EC) No 73/2009

1.2.2009

OJ L 30 of 31.1.2009

Regulation (EC) No 473/2009

9.6.2009

OJ L 144 of 9.6.2009

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated versionis for reference only.

RELATED ACTS

Available amounts and excluded expenditure

Decision 2008/321/EC [Official Journal L 109 of 19.4.2008].

This Decision contains a list of expenditure items excluded from Community financing because they do not comply with the CAP financing rules. The exclusion of such expenditure items, incurred by the paying agencies of certain Member States between 2002 and 2007, is a consequence of verifications, bilateral discussions and conciliation procedures and entails the deduction of the amounts concerned.

Decision 2009/379/EC [Official Journal L 117 of 12.5.2009].

The Decision lays down the amounts made available to the EAFRD and EAGF for the period 2007-2013.

Detailed rules for application

Regulation (EC) No 883/2006 [Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the keeping of accounts by the paying agencies, declarations of expenditure and revenue and the conditions for reimbursing expenditure under the EAGF and the EAFRD.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 884/2006[Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the financing by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) of intervention measures in the form of public storage operations and the accounting of public storage operations by the paying agencies of the Member States.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 885/2006 [Official Journal L 171 of 23.6.2006].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the accreditation of paying agencies and other bodies and the clearance of the accounts of the EAGF and of the EAFRD.
See consolidated version .

Regulation (EC) No 259/2008 [Official Journal L 76 of 19.3.2008].

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the publication of information on the beneficiaries of funds deriving from the EAGF and the EAFRD. This information must be published on a single website by 30 April of each year and must include beneficiaries’ personal details and the amounts received.

Clearance of accounts

Regulation (EC) No 941/2008 [Official Journal L 258 of 9.10.2009].

This Regulation lays down the form and content of the accounting information to be submitted to the Commission for the purpose of the clearance of the accounts of the EAGF and EAFRD, as well as for monitoring and forecasting purposes.

Decision 2009/373/EC [Official Journal L 116 of 9.5.2009].

This Decision presents the clearance of the accounts of the paying agencies of Member States concerning expenditure financed by the EAFRD for the 2008 financial year.

Decision 2009/367/EC [Official Journal L111 of 5.5.2009].

This Decision presents the clearance of the accounts of the paying agencies of Member States concerning expenditure financed by the EAGF for the 2008 financial year.

Irregularities, fraud and recovery

Regulation (EC) No 1848/2006 [Official Journal L 355 of 15.12.2006].

This act sets out information and investigation measures to be taken by the Member States in cases of fraud in connection with the financing of the CAP and sets up an information system in this field.

Surveys

Regulation (EC) No 78/2008 [Official Journal L 25 of 30.1.2008].

This act relates to the measures to be undertaken by the Commission in 2008-2013 making use of the remote-sensing applications developed within the framework of the common agricultural policy.

General provisions ERDF – ESF – Cohesion Fund

General provisions ERDF – ESF – Cohesion Fund

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General provisions ERDF – ESF – Cohesion Fund (2007-2013)

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 [See amending acts].

Summary

The aim of the Regulation is to strengthen economic and social cohesion in order to promote the harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of the European Union (EU) regions for the period 2007-2013. European cohesion policy aims to respond to the challenges linked to economic, social and territorial inequalities, the acceleration of economic restructuring and the ageing of the population.

This Regulation:

  • defines the context for cohesion policy (including the Community strategic guidelines for cohesion, growth and employment);
  • defines the objectives to which the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (hereinafter referred to as “the Funds”) are to contribute;
  • defines the criteria Member States and regions must meet to be eligible for the Funds;
  • defines the financial resources available and the criteria for allocating them;
  • defines the principles and lays down the rules on partnership, programming, evaluation, management, monitoring and inspection on the basis of responsibilities shared between the Member States and the Commission.

THREE NEW OBJECTIVES

A total of EUR 308.041 billion will be allocated to financing regional policy between 2007 and 2013 to work towards the three new objectives: Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment and Territorial Cooperation. These objectives will supersede the former Objectives 1, 2 and 3 for the 2000-2006 programming period.

Convergence

The Convergence objective is quite close to the previous “Objective 1”. It aims to help the least-developed Member States and regions catch up more quickly with the EU average by improving conditions for growth and employment. It covers the Member States and regions whose development is lagging behind. The fields of action will be physical and human capital, innovation, knowledge-based society, adaptability to change, the environment and administrative effectiveness. It will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund.

The total resources allocated to this objective are EUR 251.163 billion, equivalent to 81.54 % of the total. The following are eligible:

  • for the Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF):
    1. regions where per capita GDP is below 75 % of the European average. They must be at NUTS II level. They will receive 70.51 % of the funds allocated for this objective;
    2. regions where per capita GDP has risen above 75 % of the European average (due to the statistical effect of EU enlargement including more deprived regions) will benefit from transitional, specific and degressive financing. They will receive 4.99 % of the total allocation;
  • for the Cohesion Fund: Member States whose per capita Gross National Income (GNI) is below 90 % of the European average and which are running economic convergence programmes. They will receive 23.22 % of the resources allocated for this objective. Regions where per capita GNI has risen to above 90 % of the European average (due to the statistical effect of EU enlargement including more deprived regions) will benefit from transitional, specific and degressive financing;
  • for specific financing from the ERDF: the outermost regions. The aim is to facilitate their integration into the internal market and to take account of their specific constraints (such as compensation for excess costs due to their remote location).

For this objective, the following ceilings apply to co-financing rates:

  • 75 % of public expenditure co-financed by the ERDF or the ESF. The ceiling can be raised to 80 % where the eligible regions are located in a Member State covered by the Cohesion Fund, and even to 85 % in the case of the outermost regions;
  • 85 % of public expenditure co-financed by the Cohesion Fund;
  • 50 % of public expenditure co-financed in the outermost regions (a new additional allocation from the ERDF to compensate for excess costs).

Regional Competitiveness and Employment

The Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective aims to strengthen the competitiveness, employment and attractiveness of regions other than those which are the most disadvantaged. It must help to anticipate economic and social changes, promote innovation, entrepreneurship, protection of the environment, accessibility, adaptability and the development of inclusive labour markets. It will be financed by the ERDF and the ESF.

The eligible regions are:

  • regions which fell under Objective 1 during the period 2000-06, which no longer meet the regional eligibility criteria of the Convergence objective, and which consequently benefit from transitional support. The Commission will produce a list of these regions. Once adopted, the list will be valid from 2007 to 2013;
  • all other EU regions not covered by the Convergence objective.

With regard to the programmes financed by the ESF, the Commission proposes four priorities within the European Employment Strategy (EES): to improve the adaptability of workers and businesses, to increase social inclusion, to improve access to employment and to implement reforms in the fields of employment and inclusion.

The resources intended for this objective total EUR 49.13 billion, equivalent to 15.95 % of the total and divided equally between the ERDF and the ESF. Of this amount:

  • 78.86 % is intended for the regions not covered by the Convergence objective.
  • 21.14 % is earmarked for transitional degressive support.

Under this objective, measures can be co-financed up to 50 % of public expenditure. The ceiling is 85 % for the outermost regions.

European Territorial Cooperation

The European Territorial Cooperation objective aims to strengthen cross-border, transnational and inter-regional cooperation. It is based on the old European INTERREG initiative and will be financed by the ERDF. It aims to promote common solutions for neighbouring authorities in the fields of urban, rural and coastal development, the development of economic relations and the creation of networks of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Cooperation will be based around research, development, information society, the environment, risk prevention and integrated water management.

13 Regions eligible for funding are those regions at NUTS III level which are situated along internal land borders, certain external land borders and certain regions situated along maritime borders separated by a maximum of 150 km. The Commission will adopt a list of eligible regions.

In the case of networks of cooperation and exchange of experience, the entire EU territory is eligible. The ceiling for co-financing is 75 % of public expenditure.

The resources intended for this objective total EUR 7.75 billion, equivalent to 2.52 % of the total, fully covered by the ERDF. This amount will be distributed between the different components as follows:

  • 73.86 % for financing cross-border cooperation;
  • 20.95 % for financing transnational cooperation;
  • 5.19 % for financing interregional cooperation.

PROVISIONS SPECIFIC TO THE THREE OBJECTIVES

Principles of operation

The Funds will provide assistance which complements national action, including action at regional and local levels. The Commission and the Member States will ensure that assistance from the Funds is consistent with the activities, policies and priorities of the EU and complementary to other European financial instruments.

The objectives of the Funds will be pursued according to multiannual programming and close cooperation between the Commission and each Member State.

Strategic approach

The Council adopts the Community strategic guidelines for Cohesion before 1 January 2007. These guidelines define the priorities and objectives of the cohesion policy for the period 2007-2013. They therefore contribute to the coherent and effective implementation of the structural funds

Based on these guidelines, Member States then adopt a national strategic reference framework. This framework therefore serves as the base for programming actions financed by the Funds. It ensures the that interventions of the funds are in-line with the strategic guidelines.

Operational programmes

The Member States’ operational programmes are to cover the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013.Operational programmes deal with only one of the three objectives and receive financing from a single Fund. The Commission appraises each programme proposed to determine whether it contributes to the objectives and priorities of:

  • the national strategic reference framework;
  • the Community strategic guidelines on cohesion.

Operational programmes relating to the Convergence and Regional Competitiveness and Employment objectives must include:

  • justification for the priorities in view of the strategic guidelines on cohesion and the national strategic reference framework;
  • information on the priority areas and their specific objectives;
  • a financing plan;
  • the implementing provisions for the operational programme;
  • a list of major projects linked to an operation comprising a set of works, activities or services whose total cost exceeds EUR 25 million in the case of the environment and EUR 50 million in the other fields.

Management, monitoring and inspections

Member States will be responsible for the management and control of operational programmes. They will ensure that the management and control systems are set up in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation. They will also prevent, detect and correct irregularities and recover amounts unduly paid.

The management and control systems of operational programmes set up by Member States will provide for:

  • the definition of the functions of the bodies involved in management and control;
  • compliance with the principle of separation of functions between these bodies;
  • procedures for ensuring the correctness and regularity of expenditure declared under the operational programme;
  • reliable accounting, monitoring and financial reporting systems;
  • a system of reporting and monitoring where the responsible body entrusts the execution of tasks to another body;
  • arrangements for auditing the functioning of the systems;
  • systems and procedures to ensure an adequate audit trail;
  • reporting and monitoring procedures for irregularities and the recovery of amounts unduly paid.

For each operational programme, the Member State will designate the following:

  • a managing authority (a national, regional or local public authority or a public or private body which manages the operational programme);
  • a certifying authority (a national, regional or local public authority or body which certifies statements of expenditure and applications for payment before they are sent to the Commission);
  • an audit authority (a national, regional or local public authority or body designated for each operational programme and responsible for verifying the effective functioning of the management and control system).

Information and publicity

The Member States and the managing authority for the operational programme will provide information on and publicise operations and programmes which receive co-financing. The information will be addressed to EU citizens and the beneficiaries, with the aim of highlighting the role of the Community and ensuring that assistance from the Funds is transparent.

BACKGROUND

The other provisions on cohesion policy for the period 2007-2013 are set out in the four specific regulations on:

  • the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
  • the European Social Fund (ESF);
  • the Cohesion Fund;
  • the European grouping of cross-border cooperation (EGCC).

Politically speaking, the financial basis of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013 is the Interinstitutional Agreement and the Financial Framework for 2007-2013.

SUMMARY TABLE

Objectives Financial instruments
Convergence ERDF
ESF
Cohesion funds
Regional competitiveness and employment ERDF
ESF
European territorial cooperation ERDF

References

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006

1.8.2006

OJ L 210 of 31.7.2006

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1341/2008

24.12.2008

OJ L 348 of 24.12.2008

Regulation (EC) No 85/2009

30.1.2009

OJ L 25 of 29.1.2009

Regulation (EC) No 284/2009

9.4.2009

OJ L 94 of 8.4.2009

Regulation (EU) No 539/2010

25.6.2010

OJ L 158 of 24.6.2010

Regulation (EU) No 1310/2011

23.12.2011

OJ L 337 of 20.12.2011

Regulation (EU) No 1311/2011

20.12.2011

OJ L 337 of 20.12.2011

Regulation (EU) No 423/2012

23.5.2012

OJ L 133 of 23.5.2012

Subsequent amendments and corrections to Regulation No 1083/2006 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated versionis for reference purposes only.

Related Acts

Commission Decision 2010/802/EU of 21 December 2010 exempting certain cases of irregularity arising from operations co-financed by the Structural Funds and by the Cohesion Fund for the 2000-2006 programming period from the special reporting requirements laid down by Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1681/94 and by Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1831/94 [Official Journal L 341 of 23.12.2010].

Commission Decision 2007/766/EC of 14 November 2007 drawing up the list of regions and areas eligible for financing under the Cross-border Cooperation Component of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance for the purpose of cross-border cooperation between Member States and beneficiary countries for the period 2007 to 2013 [Official Journal L 310 of 28.11.2007].

Commission Decision 2006/769/EC of 31 October 2006 drawing up the list of regions and areas eligible for funding from the European Regional Development Fund under the cross-border and transnational strands of the European Territorial Cooperation objective for the period 2007 to 2013 [Official Journal L 312 of 11.11.2006].

Commission Decision 2006/597/EC of 4 August 2006 drawing up the list of regions eligible for funding from the Structural Funds on a transitional and specific basis under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective for the period 2007-2013 [Official Journal L 243 of 6.9.2006].

Commission Decision 2006/596/EC of 4 August 2006 drawing up the list of regions eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund for the period 2007-2013 [Official Journal L 243 of 6.9.2006].

Commission Decision 2006/595/EC of 4 August 2006 drawing up the list of regions eligible for funding from the Structural Funds under the Convergence objective for the period 2007-2013 [Official Journal L 243 of 6.9.2006].