Issue 234

csf-logo2nd Call for Project Proposals under EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme

15 January 2016

Sourse: EaP CSF website

RegrantingFollowing the success of the previous year, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat is launching the 2nd Call for Proposals in order to support projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that can contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the EaP CSF.

This call aims to support the work of the five thematic Working Groups of the EaP CSF. Applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that would contribute to the effective policy-making and advocacy of the objectives of the EaP CSF at the EU level.  They should focus on advancing reforms in the EaP countries and should encourage activity of the civil society in policy domains where the civil society has not been active so far. The projects proposals should particularly focus on connecting the envisaged activities with the interests and needs of the wider public. Proposals that comply with more than one of these objectives are especially encouraged.

The specific objectives, priorities for each Working Group and the application process are described in the Guidelines for Applicants.

Any project funded through this Call for Proposals should cover at least three EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with the aim of developing results with a regional perspective.

The overall amount for this call for proposal is 307.500 EUR. Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount per project: EUR 10.000
  • maximum amount per project: EUR 25.000

Proposals must be submitted to the following email address: applications@eap-csf.eu by 21 February 2016, midnight (24.00 CET).

Project proposals should be submitted in line with the guidelines and using the provided templates:

 

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EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders

Brussels, 7 January 2016

The European Commission has adopted a series of cross-border cooperation programmes totalling €1 billion, supporting social and economic development in the regions on both sides of the EU’s external borders.

The European Commission has adopted a series of cross-border cooperation programmes totalling €1 billion, supporting social and economic development in the regions on both sides of the EU’s external borders.

“Cross-border cooperation plays a key role in avoiding the creation of new dividing lines. This new funding will further contribute to a more integrated and sustainable regional development in the neighbouring border regions and to a more harmonious territorial cooperation on EU’s external borders.” said Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

I am very glad that the European Regional Development Fund can contribute to bringing the EU and its neighbours closer together. Cross border cooperation programmes are concrete examples of how the EU is working to help citizens address common challenges, hence creating a real sense of solidarity, while boosting the competitiveness of local economies.” said Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu.

This type of cross border cooperation is an important element of the EU policy towards its neighbours. It will prioritise projects supporting sustainable development along the EU’s external borders, thus reducing differences in living standards and addressing common challenges across these borders. For each of the programmes, the participating countries have selected up to four priorities, such as SME development, culture, environment and climate change, fight against poverty, education and research, energy, accessibility, border management.

The new package will finance projects in 30 countries: Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in the east; Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia; EU Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia) as well as Norway and Turkey. The funding comes under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). Financing agreements will be finalised between the partner countries and the EU by the end of 2016. Grants will be awarded through calls for proposals expected to be launched in the course of 2016 or early 2017.

An example:

Through the “Clean river” project between Romania and Ukraine – worth EUR 3.8 Million – ENI Cross Border Cooperation will help preserve the ecological value of the Danube River basin by enhancing cooperation in man-made disasters prevention.

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