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‘Gold-Plating’ in ESI Funds

The Romanian Case

Ecaterina Comiș

In the context of the debate on proposed measures for Cohesion Policy simplification, the potential impact of reducing the ‘gold-plating’ phenomenon requires special attention. This article will assess the level of existing over-regulation in ESI Funds implementation in Romania, presenting some case studies in which a high level of over-regulation has been identified. It analyses the regulatory framework and the main irregularities caused by the gold-plating phenomenon within the Competitiveness Operational Programme in the period 2014-2020. The second part of the article analyses the impact that measures such as a ‘single set of indicators’ or ‘simplified cost options’ can have on reducing the level of over-regulation and, at the same time, reducing the error rate and the level of financial corrections.

Ecaterina Comiș is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy Evaluation at the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest and an Expert at the Ministry of European Funds of Romania. For correspondence:


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