On Thursday 28 March 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a rapid case review on the allocation of Cohesion policy funds to Member States for 2021-2027.
The rapid case review provides an overview of how the EU allocates funds for its cohesion policy – designed to close the gap between rich and poor European regions – to individual Member States and regions.
It compares the amounts proposed for the 2021-2027 period with the amounts for the previous period, 2014-2020, as well as providing examples of how the calculations involved in the process work.
The review is expected to acknowledge improved transparency of the allocation process, although it remains complicated.
Cohesion policy is designed to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion among Member States. The funding is channelled to countries through the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus and the Cohesion Fund.
The EU is currently negotiating its 2021-2027 budget. The European Commission has proposed an EU budget for 2021-2027 of €1 279 billion, of which €373 billion would be dedicated to cohesion spending.
The Commission's proposals include amounts per Member State. The European Parliament and Council are expected to decide on the proposed amounts of cohesion funding per Member State within the next twelve months.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website
eca.europa.eu in 23 EU languages on Thursday 28 March at 11.30 a.m. CET.
The ECA Member Iliana Ivanova, responsible for this review, and the audit team will be available for telephone interviews or statements: please contact
A rapid case review presents and establishes the facts surrounding a specific issue or problem; it is not an audit report.