European Commission’s new consultation on EU Structural Fund

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Mon, 02/04/2012

The European Commission’s new consultation on its EU Structural Fund represents a major opportunity for the sector, says NCVO, who is urging civil society organisations to contribute.

According to NCVO, approximately £430m has been allocated to civil society organisations from the EU Structural Fund (ESF) other the last three years.

The direction for the ESF from 2014-2020 is currently under consultation with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on behalf of England.

This informal consultation asks for initial views on the various delivery options for the four Funds in England and is only open for one month. This is because initial views received will be followed up in greater detail with all responding organisations. The final results will inform the development of the UK Partnership Agreement relating to England.

As part of the consultation, NCVO will hold a free event on the new programme on 27 April 2012, which will include stakeholders from the European Commission, European Parliament, BIS, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Organisations and individuals can reply to the Consultation online here

The closing date for responses to this informal consultation is Friday 27 April. The Government will issue its response by 27 July.

When the UK Partnership Agreement has been drafted, the UK Government will then open a formal 3 month consultation on the proposed content. This is likely to be in early 2013.