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Is there any pre-financing?

There is no pre-financing from the Programme to ERDF partners. Nevertheless, it exists for IPA partners.
Partners may contact their NCPs whether to enquire there are arrangements in their country.  

 

 

Category : Programme Budget construction (application phase)

What does national co-financing mean?

National co-financing means the counterpart of Project Partner participation in the project by its own budget or any other source of financing. It can be 15% or 50% depending on the co-financing rate granted.
It is called national since it comes from the country the Project Partner is located.  Only in the case of Italy and Greece a national system covering it exits.
For further information, kindly contact your NCP.

 

 

Category : Programme Budget construction (application phase)

Can an institution be a partner simultaneously in a modular project and in a horizontal project ?

The same institution can integrate proposals in modular and horizontal projects. Nonetheless, it cannot integrate a modular project and a horizontal project approved in the same specific objective. Should an institution be involved in  approved horizontal and modular projects of the same specific objective, it will be requested to abandon one of them.

More detailed information may be found in the relevant Terms of Reference.

Category : Eligible partners and areas (application phase)

Are preparations costs eligible and which is the total maximum amount?

Yes, preparation costs are covered by a lump sum of EUR 30 000 of total eligible expenditure per project. The reimbursement of these costs will follow the principles detailed below:

  • The lump sum is not automatic. Preparation costs budget must be indicated in the Application Form, giving concrete information on the amount allocated to the concerned ERDF project partner(s);
  • The co-financing rate of the preparation costs will be in line with the co-financing rate applicable to the partner(s) to which the lump sum is allocated;
  • Only ERDF partners are entitled to budget and claim preparation costs.

Preparation costs are covered by a lump sum and there is no possibility for the projects to opt for real preparation costs. The lump sum covers all costs linked to the preparation of the project. Any difference between the granted lump-sum and the real costs occurred for preparation is neither checked nor further monitored by the Programme.

 

 

Category : Budget construction (application phase)

Is it possible to create additional budget lines?

No, project budgets must be structured according to the following 5 budget lines (predefined):

1) Staff costs
2) Office and administrative expenditure
3)Travel and accommodation costs
4) External expertise and services costs
5) Equipment expenditure

 

 

Category : Budget construction (application phase)

What is the procedure to include associated partners after the start of the project, this is during its implementation? 

To include new associate partners during the implementation of a project, the Lead Partners should  communicate this information to the JS, through the PO in charge of following its project, accompanied by the Associated Partner Declaration signed by the new associated partner.
The modification in Synergie CTE will be carried out taking advantage of any other major modification of the application form.

 

 

Category : Programme Eligible partners and areas (application phase)

Is it possible to revise the Partnership between the pre-application phase and the full application phase? 

As a general rule, it is. However, kindly note that the specificities on the changes can be adapted for each call. It is therefore recommended to read carefully the Terms of Reference of each call.

 

 

Category : Programme Eligible partners and areas (application phase)

Is there an eligibility criterion for private partners and international organisations specifying they have to be operational for at least 2 years?

Based on the Factsheet of the Programme Manual “Partnership architecture, requirements and relevance”, the Programme has not set any eligibility criterion regarding the number of years an entity has to be operational prior to its participation in a proposal.

Partnership architecture, requirements and relevance

Category : Programme Eligible partners and areas (application phase)

Can “International Organisation (IO) under international law” integrate the partnership of MED projects ?

International organisations acting under international law are only eligible as partners and they cannot act as Lead Partners.

They can participate in projects only upon their explicit acceptance of all requirements deriving from the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union and the regulations applicable in the framework of the Interreg MED Programme, including – but not limited to – the following:

  •  Adherence to applicable community policies, including the respect of rules on public procurement;
  • Acceptance of the national control requirements set in the framework of the Interreg MED Programme by the Member State in which the organisation acting as partner is located;
  • Acceptance of controls and audits by all those bodies entitled to carry out such controls in the framework of the Interreg MED Programme, including the Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat, the Audit Authority and the European Court of Auditors as well as the relevant national authorities of the Member State in which the international organisation acting as project partner is located. Storage of all documents required for these controls must allow performing them in the geographical area covered by the Interreg MED Programme;
  • Final financial liability for all sums wrongly paid out.
  • A project proposal involving international organisations acting under international law in the partnership must include an ad hoc declaration to be provided and signed by these institutions. For reasons of legal security, additional legal information may be requested to these institutions prior to granting the fund.

The non-compliance with these requirements could lead to the exclusion of such partners

Partnership architecture requirements and relevance

Category : Eligible partners and areas (application phase)

Which are the available methods of searching for suitable project partners?

The available partner search methods are the following:

  • register to the programme website, section Platform Workspaces (https://interreg-med.eu/account-section/register/), which serves as the programme forum where you can search for potential partners and initiate discussions on different programme-related questions. The platform is administered by the Joint Secretariat.
  • in the project database (https://interreg-med.eu/projects-results/our-projects/) you can find projects already funded in your desired priority axis and identify potentially interesting project partners. On the outlined link, in the upper right corner, you can also download an Excel table with a list of existing project partners.
  • you can contact your National Contact Point (https://interreg-med.eu/about-us/national-information/) with an outline of your potential project and desirable partner information, as they are able to facilitate the project search in cooperation with other National Contact Points.

 

 

Category : Programme Eligible partners and areas (application phase)