The European Commission presented its proposals for cohesion policy 2014-2020 in October 2011. The proposals are currently the subject of negotiation with the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament with the aim of agreement well in time to facilitate a smooth launch of the new programmes. The Commission adopted on 8 February a Communication dedicated to simplification listing the main elements of simplification per policy area and intends to monitor progress in the delivery of the final acts. The Commission would like to draw stakeholders’ attention to the key aspects of... simplification included in the regulatory proposals. Some of these build upon earlier changes introduced in the 2007-2013 period, while others are newly proposed for the next period. As the delivery of the policy relies on numerous authorities, organisations, enterprises, etc. all over the European Union, awareness of the new possibilities is necessary to make sure all can benefit from reduced bureaucracy. A thorough and technical description of all simplification proposals included in the regulations has been given to the EU Member State authorities and will be discussed in detail during the negotiations. In view of preparations for the next period, this brochure explains to the beneficiaries and managing authorities the main practical improvements proposed in terms of simplification.