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Objectives and purpose of the Handbook
EU Cohesion Policy provides around one-third of the European Community budget to increase economic and social cohesion throughout the EU. The primary objective for the upcoming funding period will be to promote growth and jobs, in accordance with the Lisbon Strategy and as defined in the Community Strategic Guidelines 2007-2013.
For the 2007-2013 period, the programming system will be simplified to include a national framework document at the political level and national and regional programmes at the operational level. For the first time in Cohesion Policy history, the requirements of Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (hereinafter SEA Directive) will apply to plans and programmes prepared for Cohesion Policy funding.
Nature of the Handbook
This Handbook is purely advisory and does not serve as interpretative guidance for the transposition or implementation of the SEA Directive in EU Member States.