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Europe for Citizens - Action 1/ Measure 2.1
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2011. április 29.
Feltöltve:  2011. április 29., 16:56:32
Szakmai terület:  Civilszféra (37); Egyéb (86)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  [ec.europa.eu]

Specific objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme

- bringing together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and to build for the future;
fostering action, debate and reflection related to European citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level;
- bringing Europe closer to its citizens by promoting Europe‟s values and achievements, while preserving the memory of its past;
- encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations from all participating countries, contributing to intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both Europe‟s diversity and unity, with particular attention to activities aimed at developing closer ties between citizens from Member States of the European Union as constituted on 30 April 2004 and those from Member States which have acceded since that date.

Permanent priorities

2. - The future of the European Union and its basic values
3. - Active European Citizenship: civic participation and democracy in Europe
4. - Inter-cultural dialogue
5. - People‟s wellbeing in Europe: employment, social cohesion and sustainable development
6. - Impact of EU policies in societies

Specific features - Measure 2.1

The measure “Citizen‟s projects” aims at exploring innovative methodologies and approaches to encourage citizens‟ active participation at European level and to stimulate the dialogue between European citizens and European institutions. Under this measure a variety of projects of a transnational and cross-sectoral dimension, directly involving citizens will be supported. Priority is given to projects aimed at encouraging local level participation

Citizens’ projects are expected to:

- Collect the opinion of citizens on some key European challenges for the future;
- Explore new methodologies capable of promoting active interaction and discussion between citizens on matters related to EU policies that affect their daily life;
- Create mechanisms that allow European citizens to develop civic competences, to formulate their views and opinions on the European integration process in the form of recommendations for policy makers at European level;
- Encourage the dialogue between European citizens and the institutions of the EU, empowering citizens as regards EU policies and their impact, and ensuring appropriate follow up of citizens' opinions by the EU institutions.

In this regard it is requested that at least 30% of the participants of the project must come from countries other than the country that hosts the project event.

Those objectives can be reached by establishing citizens panels able to formulate recommendations that could be fed into the policy process at European level. A real bottom-up approach in the preparation and implementation of the project has to be encouraged. The citizens' recommendations resulting from these processes represent valuable inputs for the European Commission, because they are different and additional to the kinds of inputs that the Commission receives through the conventional consultation channels.

Applicant and partner

LEGAL STATUS

The applicants and partners must be either public bodies or non profit organisations with legal personality depending on the measure.

Participating countries (eligible countries)
The Programme is open to the Member states of the uropean Union:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. The following countries have joined the Programme and are therefore eligible to participate fully in all actions of the Programme: Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania.

Potentially participating countries

The Programme is potentially open to other countries, namely the EFTA countries which are parties to the EEA4 (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), the candidate country (Turkey) and countries from the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244) , provided that certain legal and financial obligations are fulfilled (i.e. signing a memorandum of understanding laying down details of their respective participation in the Programme).

More information on the developments related to the participation of these countries can be found at:
http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/focus/focus14_en.htm

Type of organisation

- Civil society organisations – CSOs or local authorities.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) include among others, trade unions, educational institutions and organisations active in the field of voluntary work and amateur sport (e.g. NGOs, umbrella organisations, networks, associations and federations, think tanks, universities, religious organisations).

Number of Partners

- project must involve organisations/institutions from at least 5 participating countries of which at least one is an EU Member State

Participants

A project must involve a minimum of 200 participants.

Eligible costs

DIRECT COSTS

- costs of staff: may not exceed 50% of the total direct eligible costs set down in the estimated budget submitted by the applican


- travel, accommodation and subsistence allowances, provided that they comply with the beneficiary‟s usual practices on travel costs.
(http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/funding/2011/index_en.ph)

- costs arising directly from requirements imposed by the grant decision/agreement (i.e. communication and dissemination of information, production, translations, the organisation of training, information, and dissemination events; audit costs etc.), including the cost of any financial services (especially the cost of financial guarantees);

- purchase cost of equipment (new or second-hand), provided that it is written off in accordance with the tax and accounting rules applicable to the beneficiary and generally accepted for items of the same kind. Only the portion of the equipment's depreciation corresponding to the duration of the project and the rate of actual use for the purposes of the action may be taken into account by the Agency, except where the nature and/or the context
of its use justifies different treatment by the Agency;

- costs of consumables and supplies;

- costs entailed by other contracts awarded by a beneficiary for the purposes of carrying out the project provided that the conditions laid down under the point related to the subcontracting and award of procurement contract are met
(http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/programme/documents/2011/programme_guide_ro.pdf, page 25)

IINDIRECT COSTS

A flat-rate amount, not exceeding 7% of the eligible direct costs, representing the beneficiary‟s general administrative costs which can be regarded as chargeable to the project.

Indirect costs may not include costs entered under another budget heading.

Indirect costs are not eligible where the beneficiary is already in receipt of an operating grant awarded under the budget of the European Union.

Ineligible costs

- return on capital;
- debt and debt service charges;
- provisions for losses or potential future liabilities;
- interest owed;
- doubtful debts;
- exchange losses;
- VAT, unless the beneficiary can show that it cannot be recovered;
- costs declared by the beneficiary and covered by another action receiving a grant from the European Union;
- excessive or reckless expenditure;
- expenses for travel to or from countries other than those participating in the programme, unless explicit prior authorisation is granted by the EACEA (i.e. this rule may be waived for Action 4 - Active European Remembrance);
- contributions in kind.

Other sources

- at least 40% of the total estimated eligible expenses must come from sources other than the EU budget

Grant type

The grant may not exceed a maximum rate of 60% of eligible costs of the action concerned.

Minimum eligible grant for a project: 100 000 EUR
Maximum eligible grant for a project: 250 000 EUR

PRE-FINANCING

Pre-financing is applicable: 50% of the total grant.

A pre-financing payment will be done within 45 days following the date when the EACEA signs the Agreement (in case of Grant Agreement) and following the receipt of a written notice from the beneficiary confirming its intention to implement the project (in case of Grant Decision)

Projects must start between

- 1 December of the same year of the deadline and 31 May of the year after the deadline

Maximum project duration is 12 months.

The official application form (eFORM) has to be completed in full in one of the EU official languages, which are listed at http://europa.eu/abc/european_countries/languages/index_en.htm

Deadline:

- 1 June 2011

Applications must be submitted before 12.00 p.m. (mid-day Brussels time) on the final date for applications. If the deadline for submission falls on a weekend, the 1st working day after a week-end must be considered as the day of the deadline

Submission procedure

Once you have downloaded the eForm you must complete all of the data fields. In addition, you must complete and attach the 2 documents considered as integral part of the application (e.g. Declaration of honour and Grant calculation sheet/Budget2 completed and signed by the person authorised to enter into legally binding commitments on behalf of the applicant organisation) using the official forms available on the website at:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.php

A successfully submitted application MUST contain its submission number, which will be automatically recorded upon its submission.

In addition to the above form to be sent electronically, the following documents must be submitted by post:

EACEA
Unit P7 Citizenship
Applications – ‘ACTION X Measure X’
Avenue du Bourget, 1 (BOUR 01/17)
B-1140 Bruxelles, Belgia

Please DO NOT SEND A COPY of the eForm, declaration of honour and grant calculation sheet by post to the Agency.

Complementary documents to be sent by post

:: Check list containing the submission number of the application and indicating the set of attachments sent to the Agency;
:: Legal Entity form (applicants can find the appropriate forms at the following address:
http://ec.europa.eu/budget/execution/legal_entities_en.htm)
- with a copy of an official VAT document if your organization has a VAT number ;

- a copy of the resolution, law, decree or decision establishing the entity in question (applicable only to non profit organizations and twinning committees);

:: Financial Identification form duly completed and certified by the bank preferably with a copy of a recent bank statement (see the corresponding financial identification form for each country at the following address:
http://ec.europa.eu/budget/execution/ftiers_en.htm;)

:: Financial capacity form: applies only to non public bodies if the requested grant is higher than 25 000 euro. In such case, the official profit and loss account and balance sheet of the organisation for the last financial year for which the accounts have been closed (these should not be more than 18 months old) must be attached to the duly completed financial capacity form (applies to all measures except for Measure 1.1 Town Tinning Citizens Meetings);

:: Annual activity report for the last financial year (applies only to the operating grants – Action 2 Measures 1 and 2 – Structural Support for EU Policy Research Organizations and CSOs at EU level);

:: Proof that your organization is acting on behalf of one or more local authorities (applies only to non profit organizations and twinning committees submitting their applications under Measure 1.1 Town Twinning Citizens‟ Meetings and Measure 1.2 Networks of Twinned Towns).

The official forms of these documents are also available at:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.php

Please DO NOT SEND A COPY of the eForm, declaration of honour and grant calculation sheet by post to the Agency.

Further information

EACEA - Unit P7 Citizenship
Avenue du Bourget, 1 (BOUR 01/04A) B-1140 Bruxelles - Belgia Fax:+32 2 296 23 89; http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.php

Measure 2.1 - Citizens' Projects & Measure 2.2 - Support Measures:

Programme Guide: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/programme/programme_guide_en.php

 

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