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PROGRESS Programme - Call for Proposals VP/2011/010
Data limită:  29 iulie 2011
Data încărcării:  19 mai 2011, 15:53:37
Domeniu:  Social (23)
Țara:  Hungary; Romania
Sursa:  [ec.europa.eu/social]

PROGRESS is the EU employment and social solidarity programme, set up to provide financial support for the attainment of the European Union’s objectives in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities as set out in the Social Agenda2, as well as to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This new strategy, which has a strong social dimension, aims at turning the EU into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The European Union needs coherent and complementary contributions from different policy strands, methods and instruments, including the PROGRESS programme, to support the Member States in delivering on the Europe 2020’s goals.

Objective of the call for proposals

The main objectives are to encourage mutual learning at all levels and enhance transferability of the most effective policies to: 1) implement the skills dimension of the flagship initiative "An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs" and 2) implement the flagship initiative "Youth on the Move".

Each proposal must be linked to one domain only. If applicants would like to apply for both domains, 2 different complete proposals need to be submitted.

Domain 1): Implement the skills dimension of the flagship initiative "An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs"

The European Union has agreed on an employment rate target for women and men of 75% for the 20-64 years age group by 2020: an ambitious commitment to the sustainability of Europe’s social model, welfare systems, economic growth and public finances.

Bridging the gap to the target will be no easy task. The recent economic crisis has highlighted the crucial need for workers to update their skills in order to be able to adapt and contribute to new patterns of work organisation and to technological change. The current skills gap and skills mismatches observed on our labour markets risk impacting negatively the competitiveness of our economies, jeopardising a sustainable economic recovery based on innovation and job creation. Lack of skilled and qualified professionals in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in green-related activities, in the health sector and in the ICT field are challenges that will need to be addressed now and over the next 10 years.

To meet those challenges, investments in education and training systems, guided by improved monitoring and understanding of present and future skills shortages, are needed. Education and training systems must be able to deliver the right mix of skills to maximise the chance of a smooth and rapid transition to and between employments. Increased cooperation between guidance centres and employment services as well as between employers and education and training institutions should be encouraged and should contribute to more dynamic and responsive interactions between the worlds of work, education and training.

Domain 2): Implement the flagship initiative "Youth on the Move"

The situation of young people in the EU labour markets constitutes a serious social and economic issue: the crisis has led to a dramatic increase in youth unemployment in the EU, which has reached 21% in the fourth quarter of 2010 from 15.7% in spring 2008.4 However, the crisis only exacerbated structural obstacles for young people in accessing remunerative and sustainable employment. This is not productive for the economy and society as a whole and hinders young people in developing their potential.

The Europe 2020 strategy wants to respond to these challenges in the framework of a ten-year strategy for growth – smart, sustainable and inclusive – agreed upon by the Member States.5 Launched in March 2010, it focuses on growth and job creation through the modernisation of the labour markets in an inclusive perspective: it is essential that nobody is left behind and that everyone can realise their own potential. One of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy focuses exclusively on youth. "Youth on the move"6 sets out a policy framework including a set of concrete priority actions to reduce youth unemployment and to improve the job prospects of young people.

Priority areas for co-operation for both domains:

Among priority areas for cooperation are activities mentioned (the below list is not exhaustive):
– workshops on benchmarks, supporting good practices on equipping people with the right skills for employment addressing different aspects of policy formulation, decision making and policy execution;
– organisation of seminars, round-table events, study visits, staff exchange and communication activities to publicise the results of sharing of experiences in the policy fields covered by this call;
– focused information campaigns and awareness raising efforts targeting key stakeholders and other relevant groups;
– reinforcing existing or new networks devoted to the advancement of the targeted policy issues and practices.

These activities may possibly be combined with the following:
– small-scale studies in order to gain greater knowledge on improving the first transition people with the right skills for employment;
– literature and desk reviews in the policy fields covered by this call, where such are not already available.

Participation for both domains:

The present call for proposals will be financed by the PROGRESS Programme, budget heading 04-04-01-01, and is open to participants from PROGRESS participant countries: EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey) and potential candidate countries (Serbia).

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that involve different partners coming from different PROGRESS countries.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit proposals that involve different levels of governance, i.e. national, regional and local level.

The European dimension of the actions proposed needs to be ensured through:
• the involvement of a greater number of different partners coming from different PROGRESS participating countries or
• the impact of the actions proposed on different PROGRESS countries.

Such projects are considered as priority within this call.

If the proposal includes partners:
- the application must be submitted by a single applicant. The applicant will sign the grant agreement with the Commission, receive and manage the grant from the Commission and be responsible for the implementation and reporting to the Commission on the progress of the overall project, as well as ensuring on-going monitoring and evaluation. The Commission will only deal with the applicant organisation.
- the effective contribution of each individual partner, including the amount of its financial contribution, must be clearly described in the project application.

Exclusion and Eligibility of applicants:

Applicants must be legal persons properly constituted and registered in one of the EU Member States or in the other PROGRESS participating countries.

PROGRESS participating countries are: EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey) and potential candidate countries (Serbia).

Eligible applicants are:
- public authorities or semi-state agencies at central, regional or local level;
- non-profit organisations and higher education institutions and research institutes active mainly in the area of employment policy, quality of work or social
inclusion. These organisations are encouraged to establish partnerships with other stakeholders including with public authorities or semi-state agencies;
- in application of Article 114 of the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and assume financial liability.

Eligibility of the proposal:

The application must be:
– submitted in written following the standard application form;
– submitted electronically on line and by post in 3 hard copies (1 original and 2 copies);
– sent by the deadline indicated in section 10 below;
– complete and include all the documents indicated in the checklist (section 13);
– the application must be linked to the objective of the call as described under section 3 above;.
– the application must comply with the European Union co-financing percentage of maximum 80% and with the rules of start dates and duration of the project defined in section 9 below. It is therefore not possible to use other Union funds, including ESF funds, to cover at least the 20% co-financing obligation.
– each proposal must be linked to one domain only. If applicants would apply for both domains, 2 different complete proposals need to be submitted.

Financial conditions

The total available budget for this call is € 2.000.000. In keeping with the open nature of this call, no minimum and maximum grant amounts are being fixed.

The Union's financial contribution will not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the activities involved. Sources of co-financing can be public or private.

Only costs directly linked to the performance of the action will be accepted.

Contributions in kind are not eligible.

Start date and duration of projects

The projects should start after signature of grant agreements, expected within six months of the date of submission. Duration of each project is 12 months maximum, unless specific circumstances require longer duration (to be justified).

Date for submission

The proposals must be submitted electronically online and sent by post in 3 hard copies (original + two copies) to the Commission not later than the 29 July 2011.

Practical modalities

Applicants are invited to fill in the application form and present the project proposal preferably in English, French or German, in order to facilitate the treatment of the proposals and carry through the evaluation as soon as possible. However, it should be noted that proposals in other Union languages will be accepted.
The Application form, the Financial Guidelines for Applicants and further information related to the call for proposals is provided on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=630&langId=en

Questions can also be sent by email to .

The Application form is an electronic form which must be filled in online. Annexes, which are compulsory, must be also filled in and uploaded online (see part E of the online Application form). For this purpose, the Internet Web application SWIM must be used.

SWIM enables you to introduce, edit and submit a grant application. You can access to SWIM at the web site https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/swim/external/displayWelcome.do. Before starting, please read carefully the "User's guide", which you will find at the top of the page ("Help on SWIM").

Applications accompanied by the annexes and all the required documentary proof should also be submitted in hard copy in triplicate to the addresses cited below by the 29 July 2011 (their submission date will be taken as the date of dispatch, as evidenced by the postmark or the express courier receipt date) and proposals submitted after this date will not be eligible:

a) by post to the following postal address:
European Commission
Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG
Unit C2 – New Skills for New Jobs, Adaptation to Change, CSR, EGF – Call for
proposals VP/2011/010
Archives-Courier service J27 0/115
B-1049 Brussels

b) or by personal delivery against a signed receipt from the Commission's central mail service (direct or through any authorised representative of the applicant, including private messenger service etc.) by 16.00 hours on 29 July 2011 at the latest to the following address:

European Commission
Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG
Unit C2 – New Skills for New Jobs, Adaptation to Change, CSR, EGF – Call for
proposals VP/2011/010
Central Courier Service
Avenue du Bourget, 1
1140 Evere

Failure to submit the application by post and online by 29 July 2011 will entail the ineligibility of the request for subsidy. Complementary documents sent by post, by fax or by electronic mail after the deadline mentioned above will not be considered for evaluation.

Please do make sure that the full set of the application form and all accompanying documents as listed above are included in your sending by post by the closing date. Unsigned application forms, hand-written forms and those sent by fax, will not be taken into consideration.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=630&langId=en&callId=306&furtherCalls=yes