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.

ETCP’s Contribution to Simplification

Simplification Special Workshop

Simplified Cost Options and new indicators
Simplifying programming, contracting, verification and monitoring all together

25-27/11 Prague

Simplified Cost Options (SCOs)
Let’s make calculations together

You are looking for some real simplification integrating all administrative and technical burdens for soft & infrastructures dimensions ?

You want to limit repetitive controls and useless verifications of supporting documents (in particular for staff costs and indirect costs) and to shift to an output & result-based approach ?

You want to limit the pressure on Public Procurement and reduce the Error Rate ?

You want to speed up absorption and give a better management declaration of assurance taking into account audit recommendations.

ETCP proposes you a specific tailor made & on site assistance to screen & test together all the possibilities (Unit costs, lump sums, flat rates, hourly rates…) applicable now (following new financial regulation OMNIBUS) and for the next 2021 Programmes.

Steps :

  1. Screening of your programme and next calls
  2. Assessment of possibility to apply unit costs / lump sums /
  3. Specific attention paid to the results and conditions of support
  4. Identification of calculation methods based on data available and beneficiaries capacities
  5. Final conclusion about best options and success conditions

Format : On-the-spot Intensive Training Mission + Report

2 days of preparation on documents

1,5 days on the spot to discuss and screen data available + dialogue between MA/IB/Units

2 days to report and propose you concrete solution

Deliverable : Explanatory Note in the format of Delegated Acts proposing Methodology

What is being done to simplify EU Funds management?

PFM 2.0, yes or no?

Covid crisis. War context. Stagflation maybe. What a context to speak about Public Funds Management (PFM) and to consider whether or not we are changing paradigm. Changing times as well

Gestion de projet : et si la Révolution venait de Bruxelles ?

A quoi bon demander des fonds européens ? C’est complexe, chronophage, le porteur de projet est noyé dans les formulaires, pièces justificatives, contrôles, corrections financières avec autres délais qui dépassent

First Responses to the Omnibus Regulation from Interreg Central Europe

The Omnibus Regulation, simplifying the existing EU financial rules, came out this July and the first echoes are already here: in August, Interreg Central Europe amended their Implementation manual by updating

Simplifying ESF with Unit Costs and Lump Sums for Reimbursement of Expenditure

Increasing the scope of standard scales of unit costs and lump sums is essential for reducing administrative burdens and simplifying the use of the European Social Fund (ESF). Taking into


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


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,