Compact Commission investigates Euro funding

Research to establish whether European structural funding is subject to the Compact

The Commission for the Compact is investigating the confusion surrounding European funding and Compact principles.

European structural funds provide a significant source of revenue for charities engaged in economic and social development.

However, there is widespread uncertainty over whether this source of funds should be subject to the Compact - the partnership agreement in England between the public and voluntary sectors that sets out how they should treat each other.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that although funding originates from Europe, which does not have a Compact, it is often distributed by UK government departments or bodies that are signed up to the Compact.

The commission has paid £39,000 to Auriga Consultants, whose project team consists of Jo Durning, Simon Hebditch, Carol Coventry and Alison Bye, to investigate 15 case studies of third sector organisations that have applied for European structural funds. They will produce a report publishing their findings before this summer.

Each case study will consider whether Compact principles have been applied and, if not, whether they have been over-ridden by EU rules.

"We have commissioned this research to gain greater clarity in this complex area," said Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact.

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