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06 Nov 2018

Administrative burden for Horizon 2020 participants has been reduced European Court of Auditors finds

The European Court of Auditors has released a Special Report on simplification measures for Horizon 2020. The auditors assessed whether the European Commission’s simplification measures had reduced the administrative burden for beneficiaries.

With Horizon 2020, the Commission introduced changes designed to simplify the rules in this area. The auditors concluded that the majority of the simplification measures have been effective, although not all actions produced the desired result and opportunities to improve still exist. Beneficiaries need more user-friendly guidance and tools, and the Commission has to further test the appropriateness and usability of new funding schemes. Stability in the rules is also important and, while beneficiaries are able to adapt to complexity, frequent modifications to guidance can cause confusion and uncertainty, the reports finds.

The report can be downloaded here.

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