Who manages the money
Who manages the ESIF in England?
The European Commission works with Managing Authorities to ensure the funds are used effectively to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
In England, European Structural and Investment Funds are managed by the:
- Department for Communities and Local Government for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- Department for Work and Pensions for the European Social Fund (ESF)
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
- Marine Management Organisation for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
ESIF Programme Monitoring Committee
The Growth Programme Board is the Programme Monitoring Committee for England.It is responsible for monitoring the funds and will assume its role to review, examine, and provide an opinion on ESIF implementation.
The Voluntary Sector's voice on the Growth Programme Board
The Growth Programme Board has representatives from government departments, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, voluntary sector, rural sector and higher education organisations. In addition, membership includes social partners, equalities experts and affiliates from the European Commission.
The voluntary sector has two seats on the board to represent national and local interests. The current representatives are:
- Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands. (Rachel was formerly Deputy Chair of the East Midlands Local Monitoring Committee for the European Regional Development Fund between 2007 and 2013.)
The EAFRD and the EMFF have their own programme monitoring committees.
Meetings of the Board take place quarterly. Forthcoming dates for 2015 are:
- Thursday 24 September 2015
- Wednesday 16 December 2015
- Thursday 16 June 2016
Local ESIF sub-committees
The Growth Programme Board is supported by 39 LEP –area ESIF sub-committees which have been established with local partners to consider the Fund’s strategic relevance to the local area. Sub- committees have an advisory role only. Membership mirrors that of the Growth Programme Board and conforms to the European Code of Conduct on Partnership.
The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle provides a strong role for partners and least one representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) is required on each local sub-committee. Along with representatives from the managing authorities, local authorities, and LEPs, there are also members from the following sectors:
- Voluntary and Community
- Equalities and Non-discrimination
- Social Enterprises
NCVO hosted an event in May 2015 to bring together the representatives from the VCS to learn how best to work together and help each other in the next phases of implementation and monitoring.
If you would like to find out the names of your representatives on your LEP-area ESIF Sub-committee, please get in touch with us.