A lack of clarity about how Compact principles apply to
European funding programmes has prompted a research study
to be undertaken by the Commission for the Compact.
Many third sector organisations receive funding from European
programmes and they are often affected by policy decisions
made at European level.
Initial background research by the Commission for the Compact
in autumn 2008, found that there may be confusion around
the application of the Compact, the agreement which sets
out shared commitments and guidelines for working between
government and the voluntary and community sector, and the
administration of European Structural Funding.
Structural funds are a significant source of European Union
funding for economic and social development.
They account for over one third of the European Union budget
and are used to tackle regional disparities and support
regional development through developing infrastructure and
telecommunications, developing human resources and supporting
research and development.
The Commission’s research study will focus on 15
case studies of third sector organisations who have applied
for European Structural Funding.
Each example explores whether Compact principles have been
applied, and, if not, whether they have been overridden
by rules derived from the European Union European Structural
Sir Bert Massie CBE, commissioner for the Compact, said:
“European Structural Funding is an important source
of income for many third sector organisations. We have commissioned
this research to gain greater clarity in this complex area.
"Furthermore, it will help us to analyse occurrences
where the application of the Compact is being interpreted
correctly or incorrectly and remove uncertainty and barriers
to effective partnership working.”
The tender for the Commission’s research study has
been awarded to In Auriga Consultants and a report highlighting
the findings will be published in late spring 2009.