POLICY: "The level of consumption of European funds is very satisfactory in Saint-Martin"


In six months, consumption credits from European funds by Saint-Martin increased by 30 points. "Today, the level of consumption is very satisfactory," said Pierre Dirlewanger, member of the monitoring committee for European funds traveling to Saint-Martin.

At the level of the ERDF, which largely finances private or public projects linked to developmentt economic, the commission notes consumption of 72% of the € 38 million. At the level of the ESF, the European social fund (€ 20 million), the rate is 42%. Almost a year from the end of the programs, Pierre Dirlewanger does not show concern: given the needs of the territory, the envelopes will be fully consumed by December 31, 2020, the deadline for submitting a project.

"We have not had any automatic decommitments yet," he insists. However, it is necessary to send the invoices quickly and regularly so as not to lose the allocated funds, admits Jack Plaisir, head of service for regional cooperation, European funds and contractual policies at the prefecture of Saint Martin . Indeed, if the expenditure is not justified within the time allowed, the European Commission cancels its funding, therefore the payment of funds. (soualigapost.com)

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