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Parliamentary questions
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28 March 2017
Answer given by Ms Creţu on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000383/2017

1. The Commission would like to refer to the detailed financial data transmitted to the Parliament in the last Quarterly report on the evolution of Structural Fund payments, which provides the state of play of payments for end December 2016(1). Member States reported that 28% of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation was covered by projects selected at national level at the end of 2016. The corresponding expenditure will be translated into EU payments in due course. Implementation of the projects takes time. First expenditure is declared to national authorities, which then certify it to the Commission. 2. The decommitment rule will apply at the end 2017 to 282 cohesion policy programmes adopted in 2014 and financed from the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund as well as the European Social Fund (and the Youth Employment Initiative). Whereas currently a total amount of EUR 4.6 billion for these programmes should still be covered by a request for payment by the end of 2017, it is premature to speculate on any decommitment risk in the beginning of 2017. 3. The Commission is actively monitoring the speed of implementation. Programmes which perform less well are subject to special monitoring and corrective action taken together with the Member State concerned. The Commission also promotes administrative capacity building actions which have been planned in the programmes but also good practice sharing(2) and the JASPERS facility. The Commission will inform the Member State in good time whenever there is a risk of application of the decommitment rule.

(1)Note from Ms Calviño, Director-General of DG Budget, to Mr Arthuis, Chairman of the Budgetary Committee (Ref. Ares(2017)292818 — 19/01/2017).
(2)i.e. REGIO TAIEX Peer2Peer.

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