Who decides what activities receive E.U. Structural Funds?
To draw down E.U. Structural Funds each Member State must draw up and submit to the European Commission a plan setting out its investment priorities for E.U. Structural Funds. This plan, in Ireland's case the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013, forms the basis of negotiations between the Member State Government and the European Commission on the allocations of E.U. funding. The NSRF document includes an outline of priorities for action, objectives and targets, anticipates financial resources, and monitoring, evaluation and control systems.