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EU Call for Proposals for Cross-border Program for Serbia and North Macedonia

EU Call for Proposals for Cross-border Program for Serbia and North Macedonia

Deadline: 27 September 2019

The European Union (EU) is accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Cross-border Serbia Program – Republic of North Macedonia 2016-2020 under the Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II).

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  • Skills improvement and creation of employment opportunities in perspective sectors
  • Development of an inclusive society
  • Mobilising cultural and natural resources for joint development of sustainable tourism products and destinations
  • Fostering joint risk management systems of natural and cultural sites, as well as human settlements, including disaster or emergency preparedness

Cross-Cutting Issues

  • Sustainable Development
  • Equal opportunities
  • Equal treatment for women and men

Size of Grants

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  • Minimum amount: EUR 120.000,00
  • Maximum amount: EUR 200.000,00

Eligibility Criteria

Lead applicant

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person,
    • be non-profit-making,
    • be established in either Serbia or North Macedonia
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary,
  • be a specific type of institution or organisation such as:
    • Central, regional and local government units (ministries, municipalities, departments, agencies, social welfare system institutions) with competencies/responsibilities in the eligible area in the fields relevant to the call (nature protection, water supply, wastewater, solid waste management, and maintenance and development of cultural and historical heritage;
    • Local tourist organisations
    • Civil society organisations/NGOs
    • The zones of protected natural and cultural values
    • Chambers of Commerce and Chambers of Crafts and Trades
    • Professional associations, farmers associations and associations of SMEs
    • Formal and non-formal education and training institutions (e.g. primary schools, VET schools, Universities, etc.)
    • Cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, orchestras, etc. • Research, development and innovation (RDI) institutions
    • Agencies for local or regional development
    • Public utility companies
    • Sport organizations
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.

Co-applicant (s)

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  • The lead applicant must act with at least one co-applicant as specified hereafter.
  • If the lead applicant is established in the Serbia at least one co-applicant must be established in the North Macedonia, and vice versa.
  • At least one legal entity in the partnership (being the lead applicant or the co-applicant) must be effectively established or have an office in the programme eligible area of each participating country.

Affiliated entities

  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
  • Only the following entitles may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
    • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
    • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
      • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
        • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
          • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
      • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2SHtcgo and download the guidelines.

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