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On 26 April 2018, the Council adopted revised rules on the funding of European political parties and foundations.
The new rules target certain abusive practices such as the creation of spurious entities for the purpose of receiving EU funding. Some of the changes will facilitate access to EU funds; others will help tackle fraud. Transparency will be increased.
"This reform is important and timely. It will ensure that EU funds go to European political parties with a distinct political agenda, corresponding to the European citizens' needs and expectations. It also includes tougher measures against misspending and abuse. I very much hope that, with elections to the European Parliament coming up next year, there will also be much greater public awareness of the links between political life at the European level and in member states."
Monika Panayotova, Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council
Read the full press release on the website of the Council of the European Union.