Article 30 (4) management checks
Article 30 (4) of Council Regulation (EC) 1260/1999 requires:
The Member States shall ensure that an operation retains the contribution from the Funds only if that operation does not, within five years of the date of the decision of the competent national authorities or the managing authority on the contribution of the Funds, undergo a substantial modification:
a) affecting its nature or its implementation conditions or giving to a firm or a public body an undue advantage; and
b) resulting either from a change in the nature of ownership in an item of infrastructure or a cessation or change of location in a productive activity.
The requirement relates to the purchase or creating of assets. As funding from the European Social Fund (‘ESF’) is not utilised for this purpose, all ESF projects are specifically excluded.
WEFO will be undertaking visits on a sample basis to those projects which received grant for capital works for the 2000 -2006 programmes to review compliance with Article 30(4).
Contact WEFO Project Inspection and Verification for further information.