Don't haste nor waste: allocate!
Through our latest launched project, CEEweb keeps on working towards the proper expenditure of EU funds in Central and Eastern Europe.
National Plans are submitted to the European Commission, Member States starting to receive money for implementation. However, in order to actually achieve the “promised 1.5° C,” it is important to assure that no corruption is involved and money is spent on "green" projects and reforms.
In collaboration with eight national NGOs from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and the Environmental European Bureau (EEB), CEEweb for Biodiversity has launched its latest project, Towards a climate neutral EU: Efficient allocation of EU funds, which stands as the continuation of already accomplished work within the Towards a climate-neutral EU: funding and incentives for a transformative European Green Deal and Recovery Plan project. The aim of the new project is to contribute and support the efficient use of EU money in the participating countries — namely, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia — highlighting best practices and 'lessons learnt', and widely disseminate these observations, both nationally and internationally. Thus, the project will help to improve the level and quality of EU funding and fiscal policy for EU climate action and the European Green Deal (EGD) deliverance by focusing on the game-changing actions at the national level. At the same time, it will also provide valuable inputs for the efficient use of EU funds related to climate protection at the EU level.
The project consists of four main pillars:
- Empowering civil society to engage in assessing programmes and projects and to propose recommendations for their implementation
During the project, a Best Practise Database will be created and continuously updated. Moreover, every stakeholder will have the opportunity to upload examples of best practices and avoidable mistakes in EU funding.
- Transferring knowledge about the current situation on the national level, and preparing assessments
The project's country partners will prepare assessments with concrete comments and proposals for the Partnership Agreements on EU funds' (PAs) and the Operational Programmes' (OPs) most relevant to the climate and environment in each participating country. Partners will also prepare monthly update reports based on the most important and relevant concrete programmes and projects assessing the implementation of the PAs, OPs and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) in the included member states.
- Preparing policy recommendations and disseminating best practices examples for climate-related policy reforms through direct communication to target groups
The project partners will carry out regular interventions targeting national and EU decision-makers through direct communication.
- Communication campaign to raise awareness of all stakeholders