EC to resume payments into some Czech operational programmes


The European Commission will resume payments into seven Czech operational programmes, Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas said on Monday referring to a telephone conversation with European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn. Payments into 14 out of 17 Czech programmes were put on hold earlier this year over control and auditing issues. After a review of a Czech strategy to remove these problems, the European Commission will renew payments in the coming days, Mr Nečas said. The Czech Ministry for Regional Development said around 900 million euro could be released as part of these programmes until the end of 2012; however, it’s not clear if and when funding of the remaining programmes could resume as well.