MDI analyses Gold Plating among EU Programmes

MDI analyses together with Sweco the provisions on simplification of management of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The aim is to observe gold plating, national implementation of legislation that exceeds the demands of EU legislation. In other words the programme becomes unnecessarily more complicated and expensive. The study compares the situation in Member States, illustrates in which parts of the programming process gold plating is most frequent and why, and clarifies the administrative costs by Member States. In Finland the study consists of analysing the structural fund programme and rural development programme. The data will be gathered through interviewing the managing or payment authorities and sending a survey to the beneficiaries. DG Regio has commissioned the work through a framework agreement.