Partner declaration

A statement signed by each project partner confirming their awareness of programme rules and requirements, and that they are familiar with what they are committing to. It includes partner’s confirmation of their financial contribution to the project budget, VAT status and State Aid declaration.

Tags : Project partner

Partnership agreement

In order to secure the quality of the implementation of the project, as well as the satisfactory achievement of its goals, the Lead Partner and the partners have to conclude a Partnership Agreement using the templete provided by the Interreg MED Programme containing all duties and responsibilities of each project partner before, during and after the project implementation. The Partnership Agreement allows the Lead Partner to extend the arrangements of the Subsidy Contract to the level of each partner.

Tags : Lead partner, Project partner, Subsidy contract

Pilot action

A pilot action means the implementation of schemes of an experimental nature to test, evaluate and/or demonstrate its feasibility with the aim to capitalise on those results and transfer practices to other institutions and territories.

Platform project (Axis 4)

The Platform project is a structured regional and multi-sectorial discussion forum. In the framework of Axis 4, it aims at enhancing Mediterranean governance. Its role is to bring valuable input from the results of MED projects to a more global "mainstreaming" level. It is a "top-down" project approved by the Monitoring Committee and managed by the participating States.

Tags : Governance

Policy paper

A policy paper is a decision-making tool that :

  • defines an urgent policy issue
  • identifies and evaluates policy options
  • recommends a preferred alternative

It does not aim at gathering and analysing data about a policy problem (i.e. research), but at developing a set of recommendations for action. The policy paper should provide comprehensive and persuasive arguments justifying the policy recommendations presented and serve as a call to action for the target audience.
Achieving this usually involves :

  1. Defining an urgent policy issue which needs to be addressed
  2. Outlining the possible ways (policy alternatives) in which this issue can be addressed
  3. Evaluating the probable outcomes of these options
  4. Recommending a preferred alternative (policy recommendation) and providing a strong argument to establish why your choice is the best possible option
Tags : Deliverable

preparation costs

Costs borne by project partners when carrying out activities directly linked to preparation of the project (eg : development of the project idea, meetings with project partners, programme authorities, preparation of the application, etc.). In the framework of the Interreg MED Programme those expenditures are only eligible for ERDF partners and are covered by a lump-sum.

Private contribution

The programme funds meet only a proportion of the project expenditure. The remainder has to be covered from other sources, which can be the partner's own resources or it can come from external sources, but not from another EU fund. Private contribution refers to the amount secured by the partners from sources having a private legal status.

Reference : CBC Wales-Ireland

Tags : Public contribution, Contribution, Automatic public contribution

Pro-rata allocation of costs

Proportionate allocation of costs, revenue, shares, etc. to a project or project partner on the basis of a fair, equitable and verifiable calculation method.

Process innovation

This involves a new or significantly improved production or delivery method.

Tags : Product innovation, Marketing innovation, Organisational innovation

Product innovation

This involves a good or service that is new or significantly improved.

Tags : Process innovation, Marketing innovation, Organisational innovation

Programme co-financing

The programme financial support provided to the project. The Interreg MED Programme entails support from ERDF and IPA funds.

Tags : ERDF, IPA, Co-financing rate

Programme language

The language to be used in all communication between the applicants/beneficiaries and the programme bodies. In the framework of the Interreg MED Programme the two official two languages are English and French.

Programme Manual

The Programme Manual is intended to assist applicants in drafting applications, as well as in implementing and finalising the approved operations.

Programme Priority Axis

Area of thematic intervention defined in the Interreg MED Cooperation Programme. The Interreg MED Programme has selected 4 priority axes for the 2014-2020 programming period :

  • Priority axis 1: Promoting Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth
  • Priority axis 2: Fostering low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency in specific MED territories (cities, islands and rural areas)
  • Priority axis 3: Protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources
  • Priority axis 4: Enhancing Mediterranean Governance
Tags : Programme Specific Objective

Programme result

The change sought (in the reference situation) in view of the specific objective to be achieved.

Tags : Programme Specific Objective, Result indicator

Programme Specific Objective

Sub-area of thematic intervention defined in the Interreg MED Cooperation Programme.
The Interreg MED Programme has selected 7 Specific Objectives for the 2014-2020 programming period :

  • Specific Objective 1.1 : To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area
  • Specific Objective 2.1 : To raise capacity for better management of energy in public buildings at transnational level
  • Specific Objective 2.2 : To increase the share of renewable local energy sources in energy mix strategies and plans in specific MED territories
  • Specific Objective 2.3 : To increase capacity to use existing low carbon transport systems and multimodal connections among them
  • Specific Objective 3.1 : To enhance the development of a sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism in the MED area
  • Specific Objective 3.2 : To maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems through strengthening the management and networking of protected areas
  • Specific Objective 4.1 : To support the process of strengthening and developing multilateral coordination frameworks in the Mediterranean for joint responses to common challenges
Tags : Programme Priority Axis

Programme Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, whose rules of procedures are approved by the Monitoring Committee, is responsible, with the assistance of the Joint Secretariat, for the selection, in each single step of the assessment procedure, and the approval or rejection of changes of all types of projects (uni-module, multi-module, horizontal etc.) under axis 1, 2, 3.

Tags : Monitoring Committee

Progress report

A written document describing the findings of an assessment that takes place during the project by project partners, that conveys details such as what objectives have been achieved, what resources have been expended, what problems have been encountered, and whether the project is expected to be completed on time and within budget.

Project assessment

Tags : Assessment

project development assistance (PDA)

The European Commission has set up a series of facilities to support ambitious public authorities – regions, cities, municipalities or groupings of those – and public bodies in developing bankable sustainable energy projects.
The PDA facilities aim to bridge the gap between sustainable energy plans and real investment through supporting all activities necessary to prepare and mobilise investment into sustainable energy projects.
These activities can include feasibility studies, stakeholder and community mobilisation, financial engineering, business plans, technical specifications and procurement procedures The Project Development Assistance (PDA) concept started in the programming period 2007-2013 under IEE programme.


Project implementation phase

All activities performed by project partners which were presented in the application form and approved by the Interreg MED Programme.

Tags : Project preparation phase

Project modification

Change of the agreed-upon project scope as defined by the approved application form.

Tags : Application Form

Project output

An output can be defined as what comes out of an activity, what is produced. Project outputs are the outcomes obtained following the implementation of project activities. Each output should be captured by a programme output indicator and should directly contribute to the achievement of the project result.

Tags : Output indicator, Project result, Activity

Project overall objective

Provides overall context for what the project is trying to achieve, and aligns to programme priority specific objective. It relates to the strategic aspects of the project.

Project Partner

All project partners other than the Lead Partner.

Tags : Lead Partner, Partneship agreement

Project preparation phase

All activities performed by project partners when developing project proposal and preparing the application form.

Tags : Project implementation phase

Project result

The immediate advantage of carrying out the project, telling us about the benefit of using the project main outputs. It should indicate the change the project is aiming for.

Tags : Project (main) output, Result indicator

project specific objective

Project specific objectives further define the project overall objective that should clearly express the change the project intends to bring about compared to the initial situation and that should outline the strategic focus of the project.
The project specific objectives should describe what the project aims to achieve. They should be concrete and verifiable during implementation and should address the territorial challenges identified by the project.

Tags : project (main) output, programme specific objective

Project steering committee

The project steering committee is composed by representatives of all partners of the project and decides on the project implementation.

Project verification

Tags : Verification

Prospective study

A prospective study aims at synthetising the risks and foresee scenarii for the future as a support tool for strategic decision making.

Tags : Deliverable

Protected Area

A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.


Tags : Environmental Protection, Ecosystem, Ecosystem services

Public Building

Building owned or managed by a public authority (eg : offices, leisure centres, museums, public housing, hospitals, etc.)

Public contribution

The programme funds meet only a proportion of the project expenditure. The remainder has to be covered from other sources, which can be the partner’s own resources or it can come from external sources, but not from another EU fund. Public contribution refers to the amount secured by the partners from sources having a public legal status.

Reference : CBC Wales-Ireland

Tags : Private contribution, Contribution, Automatic public contribution

Public equivalent body

Any legal body governed by public or private law :

  • established for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character
  • having legal personality
  • either financed, for the most part, by the State, regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law, or subject to management supervision by those bodies, or having an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities or by other bodies governed by public law.

Reference : Article 2(1) of Directive 2014/24/EU