Evaluation of the European Union's Structural Fund Operations

01-02-1997

About one third of the EU's budget is used for the Structural Funds. The study gives the arguments concerning the evaluation procedure currently used inthe Commission and the various Member States. It also sets out the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of evaluation. At the end of the study ideas are given for improving the evaluation procedure and certain practical changes proposed are intended to introduce the fourth phase of the structural funds which will start in the year 2000.

About one third of the EU's budget is used for the Structural Funds. The study gives the arguments concerning the evaluation procedure currently used inthe Commission and the various Member States. It also sets out the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of evaluation. At the end of the study ideas are given for improving the evaluation procedure and certain practical changes proposed are intended to introduce the fourth phase of the structural funds which will start in the year 2000.