Delayed payments from FP6, FP7 and CIP programmes are becoming an increasingly frustrating element for researchers and innovators in the EU. In one concrete example (ProNano), payments have been delayed for months; in another project (BIOCHEM) some partners in the consortium have unpaid expenses dating back to 2010.
In many cases payments have been promised the following month, but every time the due date approaches, further delays are communicated by the Commission. It should be pointed out that in most cases all the requirements have been fulfilled by the consortium, while in others the communication relating to minor issues to be resolved takes months, not weeks; hence the delays are related solely to internal problems within the Commission.
Concerning only cases where all the formalities have been met on time by the consortium receiving funding, the Commission is asked to answer the following questions:
What are the main reasons for the high number of delays in these programmes?
What does the Commission intend to do to correct this practice?
Will the Commission commit to its own rules for the delivery of payments in 2012? If not, will the Commission present an overview of which programmes are most likely to suffer from delayed payments in 2012?
What are the reasons for continuous delays, i.e. cases where funds are delayed to a future date, and when this date approaches, further delays are communicated?
When does the Commission expect that payments from these programmes will be made on time?