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Sir,

Regarding ‘MEP: European research grants becoming ‘unattractive’‘:

From a practical experience, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) agrees that applying for EU funds, especially for NGOs, is almost impossible.

This holds for DG Research and DG Sanco, although the agency dealing with DG Sanco projects is more transparent. Nevertheless, the paperwork stays the same.

The same holds for supporting national and regional stakeholders applying for Social Cohesion Funds. All members states have different formats to apply and this could be easily sorted out by providing ONE generic application form (DG Regio).

Reduce the paperwork so we can focus on content and implementation of project outcomes.

Paul De Raeve

European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)

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