The Working Group (WG) on EU Funding was established in 2012 by representatives belonging to the following ENoP member organizations: CEVRO/Liberálně-konzervativní akademie (The Czech Republic), Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (Germany), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany), Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy (Greece), Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (Germany), Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Germany), Fondazione Magna Carta (Italy) and Fundación para el análysis y los estudios sociales (FAES).
The objective of the working group is to follow the reform process of financial instruments such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), The Instrument for Stability (IFS), Horizon 2020, Youth in Action and others in the framework of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.
The members who bring along project implementation experience under the current instruments constructively engage in the consultations with EU institutions on the financial regulations as well as on the programming of instruments as such. They feed their experiences and recommendations into the process and disseminate discussion results and reform products amongst ENoP members. The debate is deepened by policy papers that the WG will formulate on relevant topics such as the experiences with EU project implementation from the practitioners’/beneficiaries’ perspective.
Additionally the working group “EU Funding” also serves as a platform for the discussion of problems and challenges concerning the implementation of EU-co-funded projects, identified by the ENoP members which are then communicated to relevant interlocutors within the EC. The working group will take a fresh look at the new rules and regulations regarding contracting procedures applying to all EU external aid contracts and discuss these with the ENoP members.
Furthermore, some experienced WG members act as trainers for workshops on EU proposal writing as well as EU project implementation offered to other ENoP member organizations.