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This document was produced by the European Commission in response to a request of the European Council in March 2003 in Corfu for guidelines on "criteria and modalities of implementation of Structural Funds in support of the electronic communications sector, especially for broadband, in particular in rural and remote areas of geographic isolation and low population density".

These guidelines are intended to help those regions who wish to co-finance investments through structural funds in the electronic communications sector. Under structural funds, the selection of projects within EU regional programmes is driven by decentralised management where the decisions on projects to be co-financed are taken by the programme partnership, i.e. a range of public and private bodies which contribute to the realisation of programme goals. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is the main financial instrument in support of EU cohesion and regional policy.

The main focus of the present guidelines is on communications infrastructure, whilst maintaining the relevance of demand and content related measures. They also address the issue of second generation mobile telephony, which may arise in particular contexts over the period 2004-2006.

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Record Number: 5038 / Last updated on: 2003-07-31
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