'Ask sector on EU budget' - Euclid

The European Commission should formally consult the third sector over EU spending priorities, according to Euclid, the European chief executives network.

The network said the current review of EU budget priorities, which started under the UK's EU presidency in 2005, should call on the sector's expertise in identifying important issues.

It said the process should be more transparent and should not rely so heavily on bargaining between national governments, and that the European Parliament should have more power in the process.

Euclid also called for European funds available to the sector to be better publicised and the application process to be simplified.

Dalia Grybauskait - EU commissioner for financial programming and budget, said the commission wanted greater transparency. "We invite all actors to participate in a frank debate on how EU spending can be focused where it can generate the highest benefit," she said.

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