The European Commission has published its amended proposal for a new TACIS Regulation following Council's agreement and Parliament's opinion on the proposal to renew the TACIS programme from 1 January 1996 to 31 December 2000. The Commission has accepted many of the Parliament's amendments, including those which: - Increase the duration of the programme to six years, to 31 December 2001; - Propose improved reporting requirements of the Commission to other institutions; - Strive to ensure proper monitoring, audit and assessment of projects; - Strive to foster coordination between the various donors; - Aim to strengthen co-financing of projects with other donors; - Strengthen the role of the environment and public health in the TACIS framework; - Expand the notion of the "human resources" sector in the TACIS programme; - Aim to decentralize further the programme management to recipient countries; - Aim to strengthen the role of NGOs in the provision of assistance; - Attempt to promote multiplier effects and spin-off effects. Amendments which the Commission did not accept principally concerned interinstitutional questions relating to the management and operation of the programme. The proposal will now be returned to the Council of Ministers who will take the final decision on the Regulation.
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