The European Court of Auditors has published a ‘special report’ on the simplification measures in Horizon 2020. The report is named after its main conclusion: “The majority of simplification measures brought to Horizon 2020 have made life easier for beneficiaries, but opportunities to improve still exist”.
The report notes that the Common Support Structure (CSC) was a major contribution to simplification, as were the improvements to the Participant Portal and the introduction of electronic signatures. The Research Enquiry Service still may improve. Simplification of rules on staff costs didn’t really work well yet. Among the recommendations to the Commission are better testing of lump sums, more use of two-stage proposals, and improved audit quality.