1st Call for Common Project Proposals

CALL DESCRIPTION
Call 1st Call for Common Project Proposals
Opening Date 12/02/2024 Closing Date 27/03/2024
PriorityPRIORITY 1 - A more Resilient and Greener Greece-Bulgaria Cross Border Territory
PRIORITY 3 - A more Inclusive Greece-Bulgaria Cross Border Territory
Policy Objective067. Household waste management: prevention, minimization, sorting, reuse, recycling measures
075. Support to environmentally‑friendly production processes and resource efficiency in SMEs
029. Research & innovation processes, technology transfer and cooperation between enterprises, research centres & universities, focusing on the low carbon economy, resilience and adaptation to climate change
079. Nature and biodiversity protection, natural heritage and resources, green and blue infrastructure
077. Air quality and noise reduction measures
145. Support for the development of digital skills
137. Support for self‑employment and business start‑ups
165. Protection, development and promotion of public tourism assets and tourism services
027. Innovation processes in SMEs (process, organisational, marketing, co‑creation, user and demand driven innovation)
Specific ObjectiveRSO2.6. Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy
RSO2.7. Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution
RSO4.2. Improving equal access to inclusive and quality services in education, training and lifelong learning through developing accessible infrastructure, including by fostering resilience for distance and on-line education and training
RSO4.6. Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
Call Budget 32.050.467,10€ Call EU Financing 25.640.373,68€
Call National Funds 6.410.093,42€
Call Private Funds 0,00€
Eligible Area
  • BG413 - Blagoevgrad
  • BG424 - Smolyan
  • BG425 - Kardzhali
  • BG422 - Haskovo
  • EL511 - Evros
  • EL512 - Xanthi
  • EL513 - Rodopi
  • EL514 - Drama
  • EL515 - Kavala, Thassos
  • EL522 - Thessaloniki
  • EL526 - Serres
Eligible Beneficiaries ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS

Eligible applicants for the present Call for Project Proposals are the entities that fall into the above mentioned categories of potential Beneficiaries:

a) national, regional or local public bodies
b) bodies governed by public law (as defined in Article 2(4) of Directive 2014/24/EU) meaning bodies that have all of the following characteristics:

– they are established for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character;
– they have legal personality; and
– they are financed, for the most part, by the State, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law; or are subject to management supervision by those authorities or bodies; or have 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;

c) bodies governed by private law, non-profit organisations founded according to private law can be eligible under the following conditions as a whole:

– they are not established with the goal to obtain profit,
– they do not distribute profits to the shareholders,
– they should have at least completed one accounting year of operation before the launch of the specific call for proposals. This rule is also applicable for the local-regional subsidiary/branch offices.
It should be noted that private companies, not falling under the conditions listed at point (c) are not eligible.

d) international organisations registered under the national law of the Member States of the Programme can be considered as eligible if they fulfil the criteria foreseen for the non-profit bodies governed by private law. However, international organisations operating under international law are not eligible

e) European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). Eligible EGTC must be governed by the law of one of the participating countries where the EGTC has its registered office. EGTCs located outside the Programme area and not registered in one of the Member states participating in the cross-border Programme are not eligible for funding. An EGTC cannot be a sole beneficiary of a project proposal.

Bodies under categories (b), (c) and (d) should have at least completed one accounting year of operation before the launching of the Call for proposals. If a body governed by public law or a private organization is participating through a branch located at the Programme area, the branch must be operational for at least 12 months before the launching of the call for proposals.

In principle, to become a project beneficiary, the legal address/registration of the beneficiary’s organisation has to be located in the eligible area of the Programme with the exception of:

– bodies of the central government located outside the Programme area (e.g. Ministries or other national authorities/bodies with specific competencies on national level)
– organisations located outside the Programme area but inside the Member states participating in the cross-border Programme if their participation in the project brings added value and expertise to its implementation and benefits the Programme  cooperation area

Organisations located outside the Programme area but having local/regional subsidiary/branch office established in the Programme area are eligible only for Greek Project partners.
Bulgarian partners must have their legal registration located in the eligible Programme area.
Organisation located outside the Programme area not registered in one of the Member states participating in the cross-border Programme are not eligible for funding.

Eligible Activities

Project applicants are invited to submit their project application under one of the specific objectives of the Programme listed above.

See ANNEX ΙI: INDICATIVE ACTIONS PER SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE of the Call for more information.

Activities located outside the programme area
In principle, all activities of a project should take place within the Programme area. If a project plans to finance activities or events outside the programme area, this is possible in the context of cooperation Programmes.

Exceptions to this principle may be granted for EU partners from outside the Programme area and for Assimilated Partners in duly justified cases. If activities (including travel and accommodation) and/ or events are planned outside the programme area, the following conditions need to be satisfied:

a) the activity and/ or event are for the benefit of the Programme area;
b) the activity and/ or event are essential for the implementation of the project;
c) the implementation and/ or the relevance of the activity and/ or the event have been approved by the Programme beforehand (foreseen in the Application Form or, if not, have been previously authorised by the MA/JS).

Infrastructure located outside the Programme area, even if it is directly related to the project either for the development or for implementation, shall not be eligible.

Project Partnership

As a minimum requirement, the project partnership must involve 2 partners one from each Member State. The partnership scheme must not exceed 5 partners.
LIMITATIONS
Each beneficiary may submit up to 5 Project Proposals in the Present Call.
The above limit applies to all types of Beneficiaries (LB, PB) considered as a unique structure (not as single Units/Departments) and it is applied at Call level– not at Specific Objective level.
In case a potential Beneficiary applies to more than 5 Project Proposals, then the first 5 proposals submitted via MIS will be assessed.

Project Budget 1.000.000,000€ - 2.500.000,000€ EU financing 800.000,000€ - 2.000.000,000€
National funds 200.000,000€ - 500.000,000€
Private funds 0,000€
Project Duration

Projects should be concluded within a maximum period of twenty four (24) months after the signing of the Subsidy Contract (SC) between the Managing Authority/ Special Secretary for ERDF and CF Programmes and the Lead Beneficiary.
Projects that have started their implementation before the signing of the contract, and in any case after 1/1/2021, should not have been concluded before the application for funding at the present Call for Project Proposals.
This limit applies for the operative phase of the project and does not include the preparation phase.

CALL DOCUMENTS
1st-Call-for-common-Projects.pdf
Annex-14_-Concept-Note_-Template.docx
Annex-14a_CONCEPT-NOTE_-EVALUATION-GRID.pdf
Annex-10_-Programme-Output-Result-Indicators-Guide.pdf
Annex-13_-Project-Selection-Methodology.pdf
Annex-16_Guidelines-for-applying-in-MIS-2021-2027.pdf
Implementation-Manual_V1_GR_BG.pdf
Annex-17_TG-for-Beneficiary-User-Registration.pdf
Annex-19_Technical-guidance-of-MIS-2021-2027.pdf
DESCRIPTION

Download the info graphic of the Call in pdf format here

APPLICATION

STAGE A – Concept note submission

The concept note is submitted via MIS with reference on present Call for Project Proposals:
– from 12/02/2024, at 09:00am (CET+1)
– until 27/03/2024 at 14:00pm (CET+1) the latest.
The Concept Note should be signed by the Lead Partner and attached in pdf format via MIS.
Concept notes will not be accepted outside of the above deadlines.
The deadline for the project submission for Stage B will be determined after evaluation of all concept notes.

STAGE B – Project proposal submission

Only the approved by the Monitoring Committee Concept Notes can proceed to the next stage (Stage B – submission of full application forms with the attached mandatory documents) exclusively through the MIS.
The project proposal must be submitted no later than 30 calendar days after the date of the notification.
Proposals submitted after the above deadline will not be accepted.

Access to the MIS

The application procedure in both stages, A and B, is carried out via the MIS . To access the MIS, the following requirements should be met:

Your organization is registered in MIS (body code).
The applicant has a user account valid in the programming period 2021-2027

Users who have had access to the MIS in the 2014-2020 programming period, should upgrade their account to access the system developed for the 2021-2027 programming period.

Read the manual “Guidelines for applying in MIS 2021-2027” included in the Applicant’s package and follow the instructions given per case.

Deadline for obtaining a “MIS Body Code”: 18/3/2024
Deadline for obtaining a “MIS User Account”: 20/3/2024

Concept Note (Stage A) submission on MIS

The Concept Note is submitted in MIS by the Lead Beneficiary (LB) of the project, who should have rights for reading, editing, submitting, and deleting an Application Form (AF).
The rights are selected during the application procedure for a MIS user account.
When creating the Concept Note, make sure that you select the correct Operational Programme / Priority Axis and Call S/N.

For Stage A (Concept Note submission), the LB must fill in only the following sections in the MIS, following the instructions given in § 5. APPLYING FOR A CALL – CONCEPT NOTE of the manual “Guidelines for applying in MIS 2021-2027”:

– Project Identification
– Location
– Partnership
– Budget
– Attachments

INFORMATION

The programme provides the following support measures and tools to assist applicants (potential beneficiaries) in submitting quality project proposals. In particular:

Information Events / Info-Days – Applicants can attend informative events in both participating countries with regard to the present Call for Project Proposals related to the Call ToRs, programme features, objective/s and actions, partnership requirements, communication, project finances, etc. in the context of their project proposal (idea). Specific information (date, time, etc.) about the events is posted on the Programme website.

Assistance to Applicants (applicant exchange of project proposal ideas and matchmaking) – In a dedicated section on the programme website, applicants are facilitated with sharing project ideas, checking relevance, project partner searching and finding existing ideas for cooperation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – In a dedicated section on the programme website, applicants are provided with answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the programme funding and application process.
Questions may be posed in written (at interreg@mou.gr) via an e-mail to the Managing Authority, no later than twenty (20) calendar days before the deadline for the submission of proposals (7/3/2024).
Answers shall be published no later than ten (10) calendar days before the deadline for the submission of Project Proposals (17/3/2024).
As the FAQ is regularly expanded and updated, please revisit the programme website regularly for retrieving the most up-to-date information.

Helpdesks for technical support – For questions related to the application system, contact MIS helpdesk (ikalaitzoglou@mou.gr) by email or consult the MIS user manual (see applicant’s package).

National support by Antenna and Info Points (IPs) – Applicants can also reach out to Antenna and Info Points (IP) in both programme countries. They offer national support regarding the calls and provide information in national languages on primarily national application issues.

Applicants are invited to regularly consult the official Programme website for updates and further details regarding all support measures.

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FAQ_1st_1st-Call_GRBG.pdf

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