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Parliamentary questions
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8 February 2018
E-000804-18
Question for written answer E-000804-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sofia Ribeiro (PPE)

 Subject:  Top-up funding not paid for projects in the Azores
 Answer in writing 

Article 24 of the Common Provisions Regulation allows the Commission to make increased payments under ESIF programmes — ‘top-ups’ of 10% above the co-financing rate — to Member States which are experiencing economic difficulties. This can apply to each priority under the ERDF, the ESF and the Cohesion Fund or to each measure under the EAFRD and the EMFF. This was the case with Portugal, which was under an external financial assistance regime from 2011-2014 and had such an authorisation.

Unfortunately, although some promoters of projects, such as city councils, had this right and their applications were approved under it, that did not happen in many cases. The regional government of the Azores has now claimed that reimbursement is impossible, as the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2007-2013 has now closed and there are no funds available to correct the matter. This has created a treasury problem for the city councils, as they had drawn up their budgets expecting a top-up for several projects approved by the regional authorities.

1. Is the Commission aware of this, and does it consider it an illegal action?

2. What can be done to resolve this situation and compensate the promoters of projects?

3. Can the Commission accept that the top-up amounts in question could be paid under by the current MFF?

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