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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Permanent Representatives Committee agreed, on behalf of the Council, its negotiating stance on a proposed regulation establishing a structural reform programme to help member states implement reforms...The Commission will provide the best practices with technical assistance to Cyprus and Greece...EU

28/04/2016                                       Press Release

Structural reforms in the member states: Council agrees position on support programme


On 28 April 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed, on behalf of the Council, its negotiating stance on a proposed regulation establishing a structural reform programme to help member states implement reforms.

The programme would be established for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2020, with a financial envelope of €142.8 million. 

Coreper asked the Netherlands presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament.
Objectives 

The aim of the programme is to contribute to institutional, administrative and structural reforms in the member states with a view to enhancing competitiveness, productivity, growth, jobs, cohesion, and investment, in particular in the context of economic governance processes, including through assistance for the efficient and effective use of EU funds. The programme would finance actions and activities of European added value. 
Financing 

Member states would have to submit a request for financial support by 31 October of each calendar year. The financial resources available under the programme would be redirected from other technical assistance programmes under the common provision regulation for structural funds and the Rural Development Fund. 
Monitoring and implementation 

The Commission would carry out the programme, which would build on best practices with technical assistance to Cyprus and Greece. The Commission would also monitor the implementation of actions financed by the programme. 




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