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National regulations have to be followed just as well as those of the EU in areas such as ways of procedure, specification of services, threshold values, eligibility and acceptance criteria and proper assessment of tenders. Learn more about European and national law and how to apply them successfully in your work.
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The European Union provides various funds and instruments to support stakeholders such as universities, research centres and companies in the fields of research and development and the commercialisation of research results. However, financial accounting and reporting of EU-funded projects are considered very time consuming and complex.
In early 2014, a comprehensive reform of EU public procurement law will be adopted. The current directives 2004/18/EC on procurement in public works, supply and service contracts, as well as 2004/17/EC on procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors will be updated. Additionally, the new proposed directive 2011/0437 on the award of concession contracts will give an orientation previously only provided by CJEU case law.
R&D projects and cooperation, whether with or without European or national funding, need a safe and sound legal contract design. In most cases, the legal framework decides about the success of a project and lays the foundation for a smooth pursuit of research activities.
The decrease of external funding and the increase of competition between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) make it essential to think and act more strategically. Therefore, a targeted development strategy is crucial for the institution’s success.
EU Member States have already made some practical experiences with Financial Engineering Instruments. However, in the last programming period, only 5% of the entire ERDF resources were distributed through Financial Instruments (FI). For the current programming period 2014-2020, the European Commission demands an increased use of this innovative tool.
The separation of economic and non-economic activities is obligatory for all universities and research organisations in the European Union that receive public funding. The European Commission applies specific criteria to evaluate the State aid character of public funding for universities and research organisations.
Public administrations and projects funded by institutional donors such as the EU or the UN spend billions of euros each year on goods and services they need to function. In times of shrinking public budgets, even experienced procurement staff is struggling to ensure that their organisations are not wasting money in procurement.
According to the latest control results it is the public procurement law that causes the most difficulties while applying European funding. All bodies involved in EU funds administration need to ensure that the beneficiaries of EU funding spend grants also along with the public procurement law.