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Programme Documents

Management and Control System (MCS)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Programme Evaluation Reports

Evaluation Plan of Interreg VI-A Greece-Bulgaria 2021-2027 CBC Programme
(approved by the MC on 9.10.2023 – 1st written procedure)

Annual Programme Reports

Annual Programme Reports description

Complaints Against Corruption

The National Transparency Authority was established with  Law 4622/2019 (Government Gazette 133 A’/2019): “Organisation, operation and transparency of government, governmental institutions and Central Public administration.”

Submit a complaint regarding corruption/fraud in co-funded (by the EU) projects to the independent National Transparency Authority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraud in the co-funded projects concerns a series of actions and / or omissions done by the involved administrative bodies which may lead to irregularities or illegal acts which are characterized by deliberate misleading or falsification and harm the interests of the European Union, in the use of European budget resources.

Complaints about a violation of National and EU law relating to corruption and / or fraud can be submitted by natural and legal persons.

FAQs

Project Documents

Project Implementation Manual
First Level Control

First Level Control description

Other: SC, PA, Declarations etc

Other: SC, PA, Declarations etc description

Communication / Capitalisation

Capitalisation Srategy

Capitalisation Srategy description

Online Tool for posters & signs

Online Tool for posters & signs description

MIS Manuals

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Link to access MIS: https://logon.ops.gr

 

Required Information for Body Code application/update (register your organisation in MIS):

- for Greek Beneficiaries/Applicants: Organisation Information Excel (Body Code)

- for Bulgarian Beneficiaries/Applicants: Organisation Information Excel (Body Code)

 

Technical guidance of MIS 2021 - 2027

BENEFICIARY USER REGISTRATION AND ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING IN MIS 2021-2027

USER INTERFACE

Monitoring Committee

Minutes & Decisions of the MC meetings

02/06/2023 , Thessaloniki, GR)

On the 2nd of February 2023 the 1st Monitoring Committee meeting of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Interreg VI-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2021-2027” took place in Thessaloniki.

Agenda / PresentationsMinutes

 
10/01/2024 , Online)

The 2nd Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) Programme INTERREG VI-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2021-2027” was conducted online, on the 10th of January 2024.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and take decisions on the 1st Call for Common Projects Proposals; the Project Selection Methodology & Evaluation Criteria; the Timetable of the Planned Calls of the Programme. In addition, a discussion was raised concerning “Post 2021-2027”.

Agenda / Presentations/ Minutes

Decisions of the MC written procedures

1st MC written procedure (29.9.2023-9.10.2023)

Approval of:

  1. Programme’s Evaluation Plan
  2. Technical Assistance’s Budget Rationale and Multiannual Plan

 

2nd MC written procedure (6.11.2023-11.11.2023)

Approval of:

  1. Internal Rules of Procedure of the Joint Secretariat

Framework

EU Regulations

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1058 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund  Document 32021R1058
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1059 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 on specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the European Regional Development Fund and external financing instruments  Document 32021R1059

Greek Regulations

  • Κανόνες επιλεξιμότητας δαπανών, διαδικασία ελέγχου δημοσίων συμβάσεων και διαδικασία υποβολής και αξιολόγησης ενστάσεων των δικαιούχων πράξεων των Προγραμμάτων INTERREG 2021-2027. (ΝΕΑ ΥΠΑΣΥΔ_FEK-2023-Tefxos B-03281-17_05_2023)
  • Σύσταση Ειδικού Μητρώου Αξιολογητών, για την αξιολόγηση του περιεχομένου των προτάσεων πράξεων προς χρηματοδότηση, που υποβάλλονται στο πλαίσιο των Προγραμμάτων Συνεργασίας INTERREG της Προγραμματικής Περιόδου 2021-2027, των οποίων η Ειδική Υπηρεσία INTERREG 2021-2027 έχει την ευθύνη διαχείρισης. (ΚΥΑ ΜΗΤΡΩΟΥ ΑΞΙΟΛΟΓΗΤΩΝ_FEK-2023-Tefxos B-03271-17_05_2023)

Bulgarian Regulations

Bulgarian Regulations description

Training Material

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If someone from one unit of an organization creates a new account, will he/she be able to “see” and submit all the proposals made by the organization? Is it possible to modify and submit only one proposal?

The user with “Submit AF” role can see (and submit) all proposals.
The user without “Submit AF” and access to all proposals of the organization can see his proposal at any status and all proposals after their approval by the MA.The user without “Submit AF” and access only to his projects can see only his proposals/projects.

Since there are 4 potential beneficiaries tables in the concept note – can we remove the unnecessary ones if there are only two partners (for example…)? Or do we write N/A in the tables?

You may add or omit tables if necessary in this section of the concept note depending on the number of partners you have in your project proposal.

What kind of supporting documents do we need to present to justify the specific budget lines? At Stage A Concept note and at Stage B Project Proposals?

No supporting documents are required at this stage (Stage A). All needed supporting documents will be submitted in Stage B according to the relevant information which will be given analytically in the relevant Call for Project Proposals.

The proposal is prepared by all beneficiaries and is submitted by the Lead Beneficiary. Should it be signed only by the lead beneficiary?

The project proposal should be signed only by the legal representative of the Lead Beneficiary

Should all beneficiaries be registered in MIS?

For the submission of the Concept Note, only the Lead Beneficiary is necessary to be registered in the MIS.
However, for the submission of the Application Form – at the STAGE B’ of the procedure – all the Beneficiaries should be registered in the MIS. We strongly recommend, all Potential Beneficiaries to be registered in the MIS from the begging of the procedure.

Is there any limitation of words or characters in the Concept Note Document?

As far as the length of the Concept Note is concerned, there is no word or character limit on the length of the Concept Note. Nevertheless, in general, all parts in the Concept Note must be answered concise and comprehensive.

Is there a minimum or maximum requirement for the number of output and result indicators a project must have? Are there expected target numbers for each project?

There are no maximum or minimum requirements for the number of the selected indicators that a project proposal must have.
However, the output and result indicators selected and analyzed by the potential beneficiaries are crucial for the successful assessment of the project proposal and in particular:
During the evaluation of the Stage A – see Concept Note Evaluation Grid, criterion 11, and during the evaluation of the Stage B – see Quality Assessment Phase B2, part A2 criterion (a) & (b)

Is it mandatory the Project proposal to contribute to all Programme Output Indicators for the relevant Specific Objective?

Project applicants are invited to submit their Project application under one of the Specific Objectives of the Programme. The Project objectives and the proposed activities shall be clear and in‐line with the Programme Priorities and both shall have an impact on the Greece-Bulgaria area. Each Project is asked to select those indicators that will fit best to the planned results and outputs of the Project. Therefore, a Project applicant can apply a Project proposal only under one Specific Objective and select only the best suitable indicators (see Programme Output & Result Indicators Guide). In any case, each Project is treated as a whole and shall be evaluated as such.

Are the submitted project proposals evaluated per Priority or per Specific Objective?

The submitted project proposals are evaluated and ranked per Specific Objective. Beneficiaries may submit more than one project proposal at the same Specific Objective. In this case, in which the same organization is participating in more than one project proposal, the proposals are competitive.

Do we have to select only one Specific Objective or can we submit a proposal in more than one?

Project applicants are invited to submit their Project application under one of the Specific Objectives of the Programme. The Project objectives and the proposed activities shall be clear and in‐line with the Programme Priorities and both shall have an impact on the Greece-Bulgaria area. Each Project is asked to select those indicators that will fit best to the particular planned results and outputs of the Project. Therefore, a Project applicant can apply a Project proposal only under one Specific Objective.

In case a Project Proposal is rejected after the evaluation procedure, is there a legal administrative complaint procedure to submit our complaints?

During the Evaluation Procedure an administrative “Complaint Procedure” is foreseen:

• After the completion of the Stage A’ / Concept Note Evaluation
• After the completion of the Stage B’ – Phase B1 & B2 / Administrative & Quality Assessment
• After the completion of Stage B’ – Phase B3 / Eligibility & State Aid check

If we will participate in more than five (5) project proposals, which will be the consequences? Will all the project proposals in which we will participate be rejected?

In case a potential Beneficiary will participate in more than five (5) proposals, not all the Project Proposals will be rejected. The first five (5) Project Proposals submitted via MIS will be assessed, the other will be rejected before the evaluation. If all the proposals are submitted during the same day then the time of submission will be the essential criterion for the acceptance or rejection of the proposal.

Does the limitation for a beneficiary to participate in five (5) project proposals apply on Priority of Specific Objective base?

The limitation of maximum five (5) participations apply at Call level – not at the Priority of Specific Objective level.

What is the limitation for a Beneficiary to participate in project proposals? Does this limitation apply for a specific category of Beneficiary e.g. Lead Beneficiary or Beneficiary?

A potential Beneficiary may participate up to five (5) Project Proposals in total for this Call. The above limit applies to all types of Beneficiaries, Lead Beneficiary or Project Beneficiary.

Which will be the documentation needed in this call for the justification of the land and/or buildings property (in the 2nd phase)?

During the 2nd Stage and taking into consideration the input of the project proposals Concept Notes, further instruction will be provided.

In RSO 4.2 Life-long learning we still have the limitation of 600.000 ?

There is no limitation in the ToR of the 1st Call regarding this issue. It is a recommendation.

Taking into account the recommendation for budget of soft measures up to 600 000 EUR per project, is it possible to submit a completely „soft“ project, containing only soft actions and measures ? If yes, how is it supposed to comply with the minimum project budget of 1 000 000 EUR? This question is highly important for Specific objective: RSO4.2, which in fact contains only soft indicative actions and it is logical that projects under this objective should be soft  projects, and adding investment actions to them will most probably be artificial and will put into question the effective usage of programme funds?

According to the Terms of Reference of the 1st Call for Project Proposals paragraph 7.14 “It is strongly recommended that the total Budget of expenditure in categories 2,4,8 and 10 (soft measures), cannot exceed the amount of 600.000€. Nevertheless, we will accept projects exceeding the amount of 600.000€, if well justified, in these categories. However, RSO 4.2 does envisage actions which would result to the purchase of equipment or even expenditure related to infrastructure according to the Programme Document (page 74). Please don’t declare any “artificial” actions to your project as it will be easily detected by the assessors and will result to the rejection of your proposal. Please read pg.73 of the Operational Programme for more information regarding specific objective 4.2. The aim is to receive project proposals that would leave tangible results and that their sustainability would be ensured after the lifetime of the project.

What is the limit for Staff if it is Real costs? If the staff costs is Flat rate, what is it meant by: “up to 20 % of the direct costs other than the direct staff costs of the operation”. What does “direct staff costs mean”?

No limit is set in the Call for project proposals for real costs budgeted under the budget line “Staff costs”.
However, the budget of each beneficiary and project should be well balanced in terms of budget lines and activities.

If flat rate is used for staff costs, the percentage should be up to 20% and is calculated on the budget lines “external expertise and services”, “equipment” and “infrastructure and works” costs of the beneficiary’s budget.

Direct staff costs are those costs that are directly related to the implementation of the project

The choice of flat rate or real cost has to be applied to the whole partnership or at partner level?

The choice of flat rate or real costs under specific budget lines is declared per beneficiary for each project.

If an organization prefers in one project the flat rate for travel, can it choose a real cost methodology in another project at the same time?

The flat rate for “travel and accommodation” costs applies per project and per beneficiary. The same beneficiary can choose flat rate option for “travel and accommodation costs” in one project and real cost option in another project for the same budget category of costs.

Is it possible to apply all categories of flat rate into one project?

Yes, you may use flat rate in the 3 categories (staff costs, office and administration costs and travel and accommodation costs) into one project.

It is possible to use flat rate to all 3 categories – staff costs, office and administration and travel and accommodation – within one project, per beneficiary and within the relevant category limit set in the Call. In this case, first the calculation of the flat rate for staff costs should be made (up to 20% calculated on the budget lines “external expertise and services”, “equipment” and “infrastructure and works” costs of the beneficiary’s budget) and then the flat rates for “office and administrative costs” and the “travel and accommodation costs” applied on the “staff costs”.

Staff can be calculated as 20% of the direct costs. Which are they? Travel are included in direct costs?

Staff costs calculated on flat rate basis should be up to 20% of the direct costs. These are the budget lines “external expertise and services”, “equipment” and “infrastructure and works” costs of the beneficiary’s budget.
Travel and accommodation budget category is not included in the direct costs.

The advance payment is not part of the published documentation of the call and we highly recommend that it should have been included, so that the candidates are aware of the financial conditions of the projects. During the previous info day it was clarified that the Greek partners will have access to up to 100% advance payment, and the Bulgarian partners – only to 80% of national co-financing, which is appr. only 12% advance payment. Is there any possibility for increase of the percentage of the advance payment also for the Bulgarian partners, since this low rate is restricting and puts beneficiaries into unjustified unequal position, especially when the projects are supposed to be implemented in parallel and introduce joint activities and solutions. This problem is highly important for the non-government organizations, which usually do not have significant own funding and rely on the bridge program financing. Most of the national programs also have significantly higher rates of advance payment, reaching the level of 50%.

The advance payment was not included in the call as it is not part of the Terms of Reference of the Call. However, the relevant information is included in present document (see above Q1.4 & Q1.3). This matter concerns the implementation of the project. The amount of pre-financing is decided and provided by the state budget of each country.

Will de minimis ceiling be applied according to the amended EU Regulation from 13 December 2023 according to which the ceiling for a company was increased to 300 000 EUR? (in force as of 1 January 2024).

Yes the de minimis ceiling will be applied according to the amended EU Regulation.

Which one should be considered as correct? a) 1st-Call-for-common-Projects: Page 8, Paragraph 7.13. Communication’ costs cannot exceed 8% of the total project budget and no more than 100.000€, without limits at beneficiary level. b) Implementation Manual_V1_GR_BG: Page 65, Communication’ costs cannot exceed the 15% of the total project budget, without limits at beneficiary level.

The implementation Manual provides guidance and information for all Calls for Project Proposals. If the Terms of Reference of the Call sets other limitations, then those prevail.

Therefore, the first limits (a) apply to the Project proposals of the present Call.

Can the digitization of a space, such as a museum, be in the cost calculation of the equipment?

It depends on the way this digitization will be implemented. It may belong to external expertise cost or equipment cost or both. Moreover, it could also include staff costs in case of in-house development.

Are Digital platforms, ICT tools and software development, counted as equipment / infrastructure?

The development of platforms ICT tools and software is considered as an external expertise cost. If the IT hardware and software are purchased, then they are considered as equipment. Please refer to the Programme and Project Implementation Manual (v. Project Budget Categories (Budget Lines), p.51) for details and exhaustive lists of items that are considered eligible under each category. The above items cannot be declared under the category “infrastructure”.

Are there any travel, accommodation and daily allowance rates per country that need to be taken into consideration when developing the project budget?

These rates are defined by the national law in each country participating in the Greece – Bulgaria Programme and may vary according to the legal status of each Project partner.

Are there any limitations regarding the distribution of budget among the Work Packages?

Specific budget limits are defined in the Terms of Reference of the 1st Call for Project Proposals and in Programme & Project Implementation Manual/ Section B: Project Development and must be respected by all Project Beneficiaries.

Is it possible to create additional budget lines?

No, Project budgets must be structured according to the following predefined six (6) budget lines:
1) Staff costs
2) Office and administrative expenditure
3) Travel and accommodation costs
4) External expertise and services costs
5) Equipment expenditure
6) Infrastructure and works

At STAGE A, for the Submission of Concept Note on MIS, there is an additional Budget Line ‘Cost based on Concept Note’, which you need to select ONLY ON MIS Application Form. This is required solely for technical reasons at STAGE A and applicants should fill in the total budget of the proposed project in this Budget Line. For more information, please consult MIS Guides.

Does the State Aid legal framework apply for Interreg Projects? If yes, what will be the consequences if a specific activity of a Project Partner will be considered as State Aid?

The ERDF co-financing to beneficiaries may be reduced in case of State aid relevance of project activities, in compliance with relevant rules on State aid (see PPIM p.25-29). In such a case State aid is granted under the de minimis regime or GBER within the project.

Do preparation costs need to be declared in a separate Work Package or in a specific Deliverable? Can invoices for preparation costs be issued after the project is approved?

The provision for the preparation costs are set out in the Programme & Project Implementation Manual. Preparation cost must be included in the Application Form/Stage B in the Deliverable 1X1 “Preparation Activities” (where X is the number of the beneficiary).

The services or activities must be implemented and there must be at least a commitment decision for them between 1st of January 2021 and the date of submission of the Application Form. The related invoices and payments could be issued and made after the project is approved. The payments for preparation costs should be included preferably in the first request for verification.

We represent a small nonprofit organization with limited financial resources. In case of the approval of the project proposal in which we will participate, are we obliged to cover the national co financing from our own budget? If not, who will be responsible to cover the national co financing?

All types of Beneficiaries are entitled to receive the national co financing, during the Project Implementation and after signing the Subsidy Contract and the Partnership Agreement.
The Beneficiaries from Greece will receive the national co financing from the Public Investments Programme.
Beneficiaries from Bulgaria will receive the 20% national co financing from the state budget. Beneficiaries shall ensure the needed own contribution (public and/or private), if applicable. The Bulgarian partners can find the needed documents for National co-financing contract and payment request documents at the website of the Ministry of Regional Development and public Works: HERE

We represent a small nonprofit organization with limited financial resources. In case of the approval of the project proposal in which we will participate, are we entitled to receive a pre financing and up to which amount?

All types of Beneficiaries are entitled to receive a pre financing after signing the Subsidy Contract and the Partnership Agreement. The Beneficiaries from Greece will receive pre financing from the Public Investment Programme.
A pre-financing up to 80 % of the national co-financing will be given to Bulgarian partners after the proposal in which they participate is approved and the relevant contract is signed.

Which is the minimum budget limitation of a single beneficiary to participate in a project proposal?

A Beneficiary may participate in a Project Proposal with the minimum budget of 150.000 €.

Which are the minimum and maximum budget limitations of a proposed project?

A Project Proposal should have a minimum budget of 1.000.000€ and a maximum budget of 2.500.000 €.

The goals of the circular economy also involve utilizing waste for clean energy (e.g., heating from agricultural residues). We don’t see to have an intervention category for these actions. Can such initiatives by municipalities be incorporated into any existing  intervention field?

In general if the relevance of each project proposal fits the aim of the specific objective given at the Programme Document is subject to assessment. We advise you to consult the Programme Document (pg.37-48) to judge if your project proposal is relevant.

Separate project webpage for the interreg project on the official page of the beneficiary, this applies for all beneficiaries or only for the LB?

According to Regulation (EU) 2021/1059: Interreg Regulation/Article 36:
“Each partner of an Interreg operation or each body implementing a financing instrument shall acknowledge support from an Interreg fund, including resources reused for financial instruments in accordance with Article 62 of Regulation (EU) 2021/1060, to the Interreg operation by:

providing on the partner’s official website or social media sites, where such sites exist, a short description of the Interreg operation, proportionate to the level of support provided by an Interreg fund, including its aims and results, and highlighting the financial support from the Interreg fund”.

If the project consortium decides that only the LB (or any other PB) will create this page dedicated to the project on their official website, then the least all other PBs have to do is: add on their official website a banner with the project logo which will be an active link redirecting the user to the page dedicated to the project on the website of the LB (or in general on the website of the PB who was in charge to create the page dedicated to the project on their official website).

Can the PBs create a project website?

Project websites are not eligible under this call and for the programming period 2021-2027 in general. Instead, each project will have a dedicated page on the programme website where all project news, events and deliverables will be uploaded/published. In addition, all Project Beneficiaries should provide on their official website a short description of the project, including its aims and results and highlighting the financial support of the Programme (Regulation (EU) 2021/1059: Interreg Regulation/Article 36).

Is it eligible as a capitalization action to widely implement already co-funded tools demonstrating added value and transfer potential?

Capitalization is welcome. However, there must be no double-financing.

An institution located outside the eligible area can participate under conditions. Can it include deliverables of “equipment” and “infrastructure” in its budget? Or no equipment and no infrastructure can take place outside the eligible area?

Regarding the “infrastructure” please check par. 1 of the ToR and the Programme & Project Implementation Manual page 53 “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”.

“Equipment” may be considered as eligible if it will be used in favor of the programme’s area.

What is the preferred number of beneficiaries? Is the participation of local or central governmental bodies compulsory or highly recommended?

The minimum number of participants in a project proposal is (2) – on of each partner country – and the maximum number of participants in a project proposal is five (5). The number and the type of participants within this limits depends of the scope of the project, the activities proposed for financing and the authorization of the participating organizations and will be evaluated during the evaluation procedure.

If a project partner is registered outside of the Programme’s eligible area but has an officially registered branch inside the Programme Area is it considered an eligible partner for this call?

In the Terms of Reference of the 1st Call for Common Project Proposals: Paragraph 5. ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS: 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.

Are there any specific criteria, in order to appoint a Lead Beneficiary?

A Lead Beneficiary will be designated by all partners participating in a project to ensure implementation of the entire project (carry out the tasks laid down in Article 26 of Interreg Regulation) and will sign a Subsidy Contract with the Managing Authority.
The Lead Partner must be located either in Greece-Bulgaria:
• be a legal entity.
• hold a dedicated bank account for the project.
• be legally able to transfer funds to foreign countries.
• have a technical and financial capacity and competency to manage the proposed common project.

Can an NGO with relatively low balance sheets participate in the Greece-Bulgaria Programme as Beneficiary?

Each Project Beneficiary must submit specific documents to prove its eligibility, administrative and financial capacity. The partnership scheme and the administration and financial capacity of the Project Beneficiaries are part of the evaluation procedure at STAGE B.

ONLY FOR GREEK BENEFICIARIES – Can Municipalities, Universities and other bodies conclude Programming Agreements (προγραμματικές συμβάσεις) in Greece-Bulgaria Programme?

The case of assuming responsibility for the implementation of a Project instead of the owner of the project, by another body, is provided for in Article 8, point 3 of the YPASYD of INTERREG Programmes 2021-2027 (Government Gazette 3281/Issue B’/17.05.2023), as follows:
“In the cases of actions for which the responsibility for the implementation of the action is assumed by another entity as beneficiary instead of the project owner on the basis of a programming agreement, in accordance with article 44 of Law 4412/2016, as it applies each time, the eligible costs are paid for the act by the project owner or by the beneficiary, depending on what is specified in the programming contract,…”.
Furthermore, the YPASYD lists in detail (points a to h) the conditions that must be met in order the relevant Programming Agreement and the costs derived from it to be eligible.

In addition, article 44 of Law 4412/2016 states that:
“Article 44. Technical competence of contracting authorities in public works contracts and studies

1. The contracting authorities who judge that they do not have technical competence, or their technical competence is incomplete, may in particular:

a) enter into programming agreement, within the meaning of paragraph 6 of Article 12, for concluding, supervising, and overseeing a public procurement for work or study,
b) conclude contracts for the provision of technical services within the meaning of article 52
and
c) be supported by the EKAA of par. 1a of article 41 in the context of its exercise of ancillary purchasing activities.

2. The contracting authority is responsible to the project owner for the proper performance of its duties and to third parties it is jointly and severally liable with the project owner. If the programming agreement does not specify otherwise,
it represents the project owner in court and out of court against third parties during the exercise of its duties until the end of the contract. The ruling bodies are determined by the programming agreement.”

Therefore, from the above it is clear that the conclusion of Programming Agreements is allowed only in cases in which conditions of Article 44 of Law 4412/2016 are met and exclusively for the services described in paragraph 1a of Article 44.
More specifically, the following should apply cumulatively:
a) documented non-existence or inadequate existence of Technical Competency of a Contracting Authority/ potential Beneficiary,
b) assumption of responsibility by another body, exclusively for the services referred to in Article 44 par.1, i.e. “for concluding, supervising and overseeing a public procurement for work or study”, and not for the
provision of other services.

The potential Beneficiary should document, during the submission of the proposal in Stage B, the need to conclude a Programming Agreement in the context of the above.

In Project Selection Criteria for the evaluation of project proposals for funding are included criteria concerning the ability of the potential Beneficiaries to respond to the implementation of the projects, in which case the above
approach should be taken into account during the process of submitting the proposals that will include Programming Agreements.

Is the 20% rule from the project budget for entities not established in the eligible region still applicable? Such a limitation is not specifically highlighted in the call documents. Can Bulgarian universities (research organisations), state institutions, NGOs, etc., from Sofia, Plovdiv, etc., participate in the partnerships without limitations to their budget as a percentage of the overall project budget?

The rule of 20% from the project budget for entities not established in the eligible area does not apply in the present Call.
Organizations/Bodies that are located outside the Programme area and wish to participate as Beneficiaries should demonstrate that they fall into the eligible beneficiaries set in the Call. All beneficiaries should take into consideration the requirement that ‘in principle, all activities of a project should take place within the Programme area’.

Which is the level of eligibility for universities?

Universities may participate in Greece-Bulgaria Programme at University level.

We are representing a nonprofit organization, oriented to environmental issues. Are we eligible to participate in this Call for Proposals?

The Potential Beneficiaries, before participating in a Project Proposal, should check if they are eligible to participate in the Call. For this they should take into consideration the categories of the eligible partners as described in the Call and the legal form of the Potential Beneficiary (e.g. statute, establishment act, tax registration documents and other legal operating documents). In any case, the Potential Beneficiary holds the full responsibility of the decision to participate in a Project Proposal as the eligibility check is a part of the evaluation procedure and will be performed by the MA / JS. In case of non-eligibility during the evaluation procedure, the Project Proposal will be rejected.

Under which conditions an International Organization may participate in this Call for Proposals?

International Organizations, registered under the national law of the Partner States of the Programme, can be considered as eligible if they fulfil the criteria foreseen for the nonprofit bodies governed by private law. International Organizations operating under international law are not eligible.

Under which conditions an EGTC may be considered as eligible?

An Eligible EGTC must be governed by the law of one of the participating countries where the EGTC has its registered office. EGTC located outside the Programme area and not registered in one of the Partner states participating in the cross-border Programme is not eligible for funding. An EGTC cannot be a sole beneficiary of a project proposal.

Who can be considered as an eligible partner and participate in a project proposal?

The following categories of Beneficiaries may be considered as eligible:
• national, regional or local public bodies
• bodies governed by public law (as defined in Article 2(4) of Directive 2014/24/EU)
• non-profit bodies governed by private law,
• international organizations
• European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC).

(For Greek Beneficiaries only) Are spin off companies that are registered in the Greek National Startup Registry considered eligible? If not, can you inform us if there will be an opportunity for such companies to participate in an open call of the Greece-Bulgaria Programme?

Spin off companies are not considered eligible for the 1st Call for Project Proposals. In the future there is a plan to launch a call for small scale funds however, the Terms of Reference are not drafted yet.

Is there a percentage of expenses for actions outside the eligible area? I am interested in participating in exhibitions in Europe and case visits of good practices.

There is no percentage of expenses set in the Call, for actions outside the eligible area. However, these actions should be well justified and approved by the MA.

According to page 54 of the P&PM “Purchase of land (over 10% of total eligible cost) is not eligible”. What is the exact meaning and how this rule applies on the project level?

According to article 64 para 1 (b) of EU Regulation 1060/2021 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE “the purchase of land for an amount exceeding 10 % of the total eligible expenditure for the operation concerned; for derelict sites and for those formerly in industrial use which comprise buildings, that limit shall be increased to 15 %; for financial instruments, those percentages shall apply to the programme contribution paid to the final recipient or, in case of guarantees, to the amount of the underlying loan”
Meaning that the cost for land purchase is eligible if this cost does not exceed the 10% of the eligible TOTAL PROJECT’S COST.

Is VAT an eligible expense?

VAT is eligible expense for all projects with budget under 5.000.000€ for all types of beneficiaries.

What is the difference between ‘Equipment’ and ‘Infrastructure & Works’ budget lines?

The budget line ‘Equipment costs’ refers to expenditure for the financing of equipment purchased, rented or leased by a partner, necessary to achieve objectives of the project.
The budget line ‘Infrastructure & Works costs’ refers to expenditure for the financing of infrastructure and construction works related to investments in infrastructure that do not fall into the scope of other budget lines.

What is project expenses eligibility period?

The expenses eligibility period starts at January 1st, 2021, and after the signature of the Subsidy Contract.
Projects’ activities which have started being implemented before the signing of the Subsidy 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.
The last date for the expense’s eligibility period is December 31st, 2029.

Are the preparation costs eligible? What is the limitation? Does the limitation apply on Beneficiary or on a Project level? They will be calculated on Real Cost or on Simplified Cost bases?

Costs within the budget lines “staff costs, travel and accommodation costs and external expertise and services”, which have been incurred for the preparation of the project, are eligible for funding if they do not exceed the amount of €30.000 at project level and should be calculated on Real Cost basis.

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