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Additionality

Additionality is a fundamental principle of the Cohesion Policy, which aims to ensure the added value of the policy. EU Structural Funds complement, but do not replace public expenditure of the Member States. This is respected if the average annual level of national public expenditure in real terms equals at least the levels that were determined at the beginning of the programming period. This safeguards that Cohesion Policy genuinely complements national investments with EU funds.

Common Provisions Regulation (EU) 1303/2013 suggests that the European Commission should concentrate on the Member States in which less-developed regions cover at least 15% of the total population.  In  Member States in which less-developed regions cover at least 65 % of the total population, the verification should be carried out at national levels. Otherwise, it should be carried out at regional level. 

Source: Regulation (EU) 1303/2013, Article 95 

 

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