Public Hearing on Simplification and cutting red tape in ESI Funds

József Antall, room 4Q1, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium

The Committee on Regional Development (REGI) organised a Public Hearing entitled "Simplification and cutting red tape in European Structural and Investments Funds," during its meeting on 15 October 2015. Simplification has been a constant feature of discussions about Cohesion Policy and was a key item during the negotiations on the legislative package for the programming period 2014-2020.

The aim of simplification is to improve policy implementation and increase the efficiency and effectiveness as well as the accessibility of European Structural and Investments Funds. This has become even more important in the challenging context of the economic and financial crisis.

The scrutiny of the implementation of the wide range of simplification measures in Cohesion policy is an essential responsibility of the REGI Committee as they have an impact both on the set up and on the policy on the ground.