NGOs bemoan European funding difficulties

Many NGOs that responded to the European Commission’s consultation on its future spending priorities complained about the difficulty of obtaining European funding, according to Dalia Grybauskaite, the commission’s finance commissioner.

Grybauskaite told the commission's Reforming the budget, changing Europe conference this month, that 20 per cent of the 300 responses to the consultation had come from NGOs.

The next EU budget cycle begins in 2014, but Grybauskaite said there was scope in the current framework to simplify procedures. She said less onerous procedures for small grants had been introduced last year. Last month, a number of UK charities complained about the delays and red tape associated with EU funding (29 October page 4).

Filippo Addarii, head of chief executive body Acevo's international programme, said: "There is good will from the commission but it is only the beginning of the process."

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