Simplification of EU Funds Management
for managing authorities and beneficiaries

Thematic corner devoted to simpler, more results-oriented EU Funds management

Why Simplification?

EU Funds often come with heavy administrative burdens for managing authorities, beneficiaries and everyone involved in their management. In an effort to cut red tape, a number of simplification proposals have been put forward by the Commission to ensure the simplification of control systems, programmes and projects: reducing the number of controls, making EU financial rules simpler and more focused on results. Our Simplification thematic corner brings the latest news and trainings on this issue.

ETCP’s Director Franck Sottou has identified 10 Key Simplification Areas in the context of EU Funds Management. Watch the video and let us know what are your burning questions / areas requiring simplification.

What is being done to simplify EU Funds management?


Omnubus  amends the financial regulation governing the implementation of the EU budget, as well as 15 sectorial legislative acts, including the field of agriculture and cohesion policy. The technical improvements to the Common Agricultural Policy entered into force on January 2018, amending direct payments, rural development, common market organisation and horizontal regulation in CAP.


Since 2015 the High Level Group, appointed by the Commission has been monitoring simplification for beneficiaries of ESI Funds. The HLG has been issuing recommendations primarily dedicated to simplificiation and alignment of rules between EU Funds, reinforcing subsidiarity and proporcionality, setting a fixed, stable framawork, implementing a single audit principle…


Commission’s Guidance providing technical guidance on three kinds of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) applicable to the European Structural and Investment Funds: Flat rate financing, unit costs, lump sums. It entails calculations, statistics, examples and best practices to encourage Member States to use Simplified Cost Options.

ETCP’s Contribution to Simplification

Simplification Training

14-15 June 2018, Sofia
Ensuring simplification of projects, programmes & control systems

Simplified Costs Options & Financial Instruments

13-14 December 2018, Hamburg
Mixing Simplified Costs Options (SCO) & Financial instruments efficiently