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1 EuropeAid Co-operation Office Brussels TACIS CBC SPF TACIS Cross-Border Co-operation Small Project Facility

2 The Tacis Programme n Links the EU to 13 partner States in Eastern Europe and Central Asia n Actual redeployment of financial resources in favour of the Western CIS countries, at the new external borders of enlarged EU n The total budget of the Tacis programme for the period is billion n Tacis comprises both national and multi- country programmes n Cross-border co-operation is one of the multi-country programmes n Tacis CBC SPF has a budget of 8,4 m in

3 The Tacis CBC SPF Team in Brussels n Stefanos GOUVRAS Programme Manager n Catherine BODSON Programme Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Kaliningrad and SW Russia n Mia-Fatima DUBOIS-BOUSSAID Project Manager, NW Russia - Leningrad Oblast n Martin EISENBEIS Project manager, Belarus and Moldova n Stéphane DJERDET Project Manager, Ukraine

4 n Impact on living standards in the border regions of Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine n Cross-border impact: to foster co- operation between regions and local authorities in the NIS, EU and CEC n To support projects addressing a common CBC problem or developing the partners competencies The Tacis CBC Small Project Facility Overall Objectives

5 Focuses on: n The cross-border dimension of projects n The sustainability of co-operation n The co-ordination with other funding sources

6 Budget and duration n budget: 8,4 M n SPF projects: min max n MPF (Micro Project Facility): min max n Partners co-financing: min 20% n Max. duration: 18 months SPF 6 months MPF

7 The other Small Programmes Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP) n City Twinning n Civil Society n Lien n Key Institutions

8 Spheres of Co-operation n Local Economic development n Environment and Energy Efficiency n Administrative Reforms n Social Affairs

9 Spheres of co-operation Administrative Reforms Management of local and regional self- government Local & regional democracy Finance and budgeting Decision-making procedures in local and regional authorities Relations with the public (e.g. information provision) Local Economic Development SME support and development Economic planning and industrial conversion Economic development with sectoral focus Development and tourism strategies Strategies for tackling unemployment Rural diversification Social Affairs Urban and social health policy Integration of national minorities Youth policy Education Environment & Energy Efficiency Environmental protection and improvement Waste treatment strategies Transport and traffic management Efficient energy supply and monitoring of energy use Use of alternative sources of energy

10 Who can participate ? (1) Core partners n Local or Regional Authorities n Association of Local and Regional Authorities n Entity closely linked to the local or regional authority (Regional Development Agency) and mainly owned by the authority n Min 2 core partners NIS/EU or NIS/Phare

11 Who can participate ? (2) Additional partners n Local or Regional Authorities n NGOs n Public Utilities n Locally or Regionally based education centres n Subcontractors for a limited and specific part of the project (may even be commercial enterprises)

12 Examples of Eligible Activities n Training of personnel n Study visits n Establishment of best practice and procedures n System analysis and transfer of knowledge n Establishment of advisory and development functions n Sectoral and regional studies n Environmental management n Human and institutional capacity building measures

13 Types of non-eligible projects n Individual sponsorships n Individual scholarships n One-off conferences n Projects exceeding 18 months n Projects submitted by other than local/regional authorities or associations of local/regional authorities n Singular cultural events

14 Project Selection Cycle Statistics SPF proposals received n 58 Eligible proposals n 55 Missing Documents n 31 Ineligible proposals 12 MPF n 5 Eligible n 5 Missing documents n 2 Ineligible

15 1. Registration 22 March Project Selection Cycle 2. Opening Session 9 April 3. Check administrative compliance and eligibility 10 April- 24 April 4. Evaluation Committee I Decisions on administrative compliance and eligibility 29 April Copies sent to Delegations 5. Letters to ineligible applicants: Request for missing documents: (deadline : 7 June) up to 10 May Start preparation of Fact Sheets 6. Evaluation by experts (Panel) May Deadline for Comments of Delegation : 7 June 7. Fact Sheet Completion with Comments of Delegation and Experts Evaluation June 8. Evaluation Committee II - Final decision on administrative compliance and eligibility - Selection of projects 26 June 9. Approval of recommendations of the Evaluation Committee 12 July 10. Preparation of contracts July 11. Contracts signed By 30 September

16 Evaluation and Selection Criteria n Administrative Compliance n Eligibility of applicants, partners and project n Evaluation of the quality of the proposal n Financial Evaluation of project n Evaluation grid

17 Grounds for rejection of a proposal n Application received after the closing date n Application is incomplete n The applicant or partners are ineligible n The project is ineligible n The project is not relevant n The relevance and quality of the proposal is lower than that of the selected proposals n Financial quality is insufficient n After consultation with other services, project is rejected (overlap, bad experience, etc)

18 Other Sources of Funding n INTERREG: Finnish / Russian border n Phare CBC on CEEC / NIS borders

19 Co-ordination with the other sources of funding n Exchange of information with Delegation, INTERREG Secretariats and other services of the Commission n Developing common procedures with INTERREG and Phare in view of the future guidelines n Priority to support projects with a clear link to an INTERREG or a Phare project

20 Before designing a project proposal n Identify the needs/problems of the beneficiary country n Identify if these needs/problems are met by potential partners in the border regions n Identify the solutions adopted by other countries / border regions / partners n Identify possible partnership with border regions and eventual EU countries

21 When designing a project proposal n Be clear ! n Be consistent n Transparency with the project partners n Communication with the partners n Budget / Expenses Staff Equipment Travel expenses and per diems n Sustainability of the project

22 How can we help ? n Information dissemination n Regular updates of the Tacis CBC SPF website n Partner search is put on the web n Contacts with the Delegations, Liaison Offices, NCU s, Tacis Branch Offices, other DGs

23 Assistance to Applicants n Russia u Kaliningrad and Southwestern Russia: Catherine BODSON (EU Commission) u Leningrad Oblast and Northwestern Russia: Mia-Fatima DUBOIS- BOUSSAID (EU Commission) u St Petersburg Liaison Office n Belarus u Martin EISENBEIS (EU Commission) u National Co-ordinating Unit (NCU) u EC Delegation in Minsk (Tacis Branch Office)

24 Assistance to Applicants n Moldova u Martin Eisenbeis (EU Commission) u NCU u EC Delegation in Chisinau (Tacis Branch Office) n Ukraine u Stéphane DJERDET (EU Commission) u NCU u Delegation of the EU in Minsk

25 And now ? n Final Conference of the Tacis CBC SPF March 2000 Submission Round in Brest (Belarus): 27-28/06/2002 n Completion of current project selection cycle by end July 2002: +/- 40 projects should be awarded n Revision of the Tacis CBC SPF guidelines in September 2002 n Information Campaigns in all Tacis CBC regions and the border countries as from last quarter 2002 n Launching Days for the awarded projects end 2002 in Odessa (Ukraine)

26 Belarus n Tacis Branch Office n National Co-ordinating Unit (working in close co-operation with TBO): - Provides information about the Calls for Proposals to regional executive committees - Organises consultations with the applicants and gives advice on the project ideas - Clarifies some unclear points of guidlines

27 Contact details Tacis CBC SPF Website: The European Commission 1049 Brussels - Belgium Tel: Fax:

28 Russia St Petersburg Liaison Office Malaya Konyushennaya str., 1/3A, office B13a St-Petersburg, Russia Tel: ( 7 812) Fax: (7 812)

29 Belarus National Co-ordinating Unit - Belarus for the European Union's TACIS Programme Leonid Orlov Room 513, top floor 10, Kollectornaya St Minsk, Belarus Tel: / / Fax:

30 Belarus Tacis Branch Office 21 Internatsionalnaya St. 2nd Floor Minsk - Belarus Tel: Fax:

31 Moldova NCU Technical Assistance Division Foreign Economic Relations Department Ministry of Economy Mr. Veaceslav Scobioala Piata Marii Aduranii, of.216 Nationale 1, MD-2033 Chisinau Tel:

32 Moldova Tacis Branch Office Corobceanu Street, Chisinau Tel: Fax:

33 Ukraine NCU 3rd floor, r. 302, 303, , Druzhby Narodiv Blvd Kiev - Ukraine Tel: Tel/Fax: Ms Natalia V.Ryabtseva Tel: Mobile:

34 Ukraine EC Delegation vul. Kruglouniversitetska Kiev - Ukraine Tel: Fax:

35 Thank you for your attention!

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