EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND Introduction to INTERREG IVC
EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND Introduction to INTERREG IVC Romanian National Information Day 25 January 2011 Thorsten Kohlish, Project Adviser, Zornitsa Tsoneva, Communication & Project Adviser INTERREG IVC Info Point East 1 Agenda 1. Programmes main features 2. Programme state of play 3. Fourth call for proposals 4. Recommendations and advice 2 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
1. Programmes main features Eligible area All EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland Total budget 302 million for project funding 3 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Overall Objective Improve the effectiveness of regional development policies
by Enabling exchange of experiences and knowledge Matching less experienced and more advanced regions in the fields of Innovation and the knowledge economy Environment and risk prevention 4 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Programme Priorities Priority 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy Innovation, research & technological development Entrepreneurship and SMEs Information society Employment, human capital and education 5
Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Programme Priorities Priority 2: Environment and risk prevention Natural and technological risks; climate change Water management Waste prevention and management Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage; air quality Energy and sustainable transport Cultural heritage and landscape 6 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features
Eligible partners Regional and local authorities as main target group In justified cases, also bodies governed by public law See Directive 2004/18/EC on public procurement rules, Art. 1 7 In case of doubt, National Contact Points are responsible for confirming the legal status of partners based on their territory Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
1. Programmes main features Types of Interventions Type 1: Regional Initiative Projects Cooperation between project partners on a shared regional policy issue within the thematic priorities of the programme Type 2: Capitalisation Projects Transfer of good practices into EU Structural Funds mainsteam programmes of the participating regions 8 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Regional Initiative Projects Classic type of interregional cooperation projects: Cooperation projects between partners on a shared regional policy issue within the programmes thematic priorities
Intensity of cooperation from networking activities to joint development of policy tools and pilot actions Regardless of the intensity, one core requirement for all: specific focus on the interregional exchange of experience at policy level 9 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Regional Initiative Projects Size of partnership Recommended number of partners depends on the level of intensity of cooperation basic level (networking): up to 20
medium level (pilots, transfer): up to 15 Duration 36 months (including project closure) Budget Expected average ERDF budget: 1-2 million 10 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Main activities Exchange of experience e.g. thematic seminars, workshops, conferences, study visits, staff exchange, joint training sessions, etc. Pilot actions (optional)
testing good practice in selected partner regions NB! has to benefit all partners Communication and dissemination e.g. conferences, publications, website Management and coordination 11 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Requirements for activities Relevance to the programme Activities have to be in line with the programmes overall objective - contributing to the improvement of policies Interregionality Joint implementation of interregional activities In case of pilot experimentation: transfer from one region to another, but benefiting all partners Additionality Activities would be different from the normal and regular
tasks of the partners involved 12 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Co-financing rates 13 75% ERDF Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom 85% ERDF Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus,
Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia 50% NO funding Norway Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 1. Programmes main features Finances: good to know No pre-financing! Eligibile costs are later reimbursed Own financing can come from public sources at national, regional, or local level; not other EU funding! Staff costs count as cash contribution (if properly paid out) Recommendation: avoid shared costs! Public procurement: EU, national, and internal rules apply Equipment costs considered exceptional 14
Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 2. Programme state of play 15 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 2. Programme state of play Approved projects and ERDF committed Projects Submitted Approved Funds committed Regional Initiative Projects
TOTAL 68% of available ERDF budget 16 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 17 6 5 0 4 5 Cultural heritage & landscape 20
Energy & sust transport 10 Biodiversity & natural heritage 11 Waste management Sub-themes of Priority 1 Water management 12
Nat & tech risks; climate change 15 Employment & human capital 25 Information Society 30 Entrepreneurship & SMEs Innovation & RTD
Number of projects 2. Programme state of play Approved projects by sub-theme (1-3 Call) Sub-themes of Priority 2 26 22 19 13 4 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 2. Programme state of play Country representation in approved projects
18 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 Fourth call for proposals 19 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 3. Fourth call for proposals Core features of the call Timing of the call - Open: 1 December 2010 Close: 1 April 2011 All priorities / sub-themes open Types of intervention: open only to Regional Initiative Projects (excluding mini-programmes) Budget available: all remaining funds Around EUR 100 million ERDF: EUR 62 million for priority 1
EUR 38 million for priority 2 20 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 3. Fourth call for proposals Specific requirement: Elaboration of Implementation Plans Additional output required in component 3 (Exchange of experience component) To be produced by each participating region It specifies how each region will work to integrate the lessons learnt from the cooperation into its policies Aim: to professionalise the exchange of experience and to contribute to improve the durability of projects results 21 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
3. Fourth call for proposals Specific requirement: geographical coverage At least one partner from each of the four Information Point areas IP North: DE, DK, EE, FI, LT, LV, NO, SE IP East: AT, BG, CZ, HU, PL, RO, SK, SI IP South: CY, EL, ES, IT, MT, PT IP West: BE, CH, FR, IE, LU, NL, UK At least one partner from the 12 newer Member States (joined 2004 or later): BG, CY, CZ, EE, HU, LT, LV, MT, PL, RO, SK, SI 22 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 3. Fourth call for proposals Importance of the innovative character To clearly demonstrate the added-value of fourth call
applications compared with the 122 approved projects in particular regarding: the topic tackled the partners involved An analysis of the current programme thematic & geographical coverage is available in the programme evaluation on www.interreg4c.eu 23 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 3. Fourth call for proposals Innovation & RTD sub-theme: 22 projects already 24 Index Acronym
Project title Mainstreaming Innovative Instruments for SME development in Europe 0004R1 MINI EUROPE 0055C1 ERIK ACTION ERIK ACTION - Upgrading the innovation capacity of existing firms 0086R1 0120R1 0230C1 0326R1 0499R2 0557C2
0787R2 DISTRICT+ 0799R2 0806R2 SMART+ EURIS Creating Local Innovation through a Quadruple Helix Innovation for Welfare Regional Action Plans for Innovation Development and Enterprise Nanotechnology for Market Forwarding Resgional Sustainable Environmental Hierarchies Making Knowledge Work Knowledge Network Management in Technology Parks Partnership on European Regional Innovation Agencies European Clusters and Regions for Eco-Innovation Network Plus Interregional Partnership Platform
Innovation Hubs for Edge Cities Improving Innovation Capacity in European Chemical Clusters Innovation Policy in University City Regions Disseminating Innovative STRategIes for Capitalization of Targeted Good Practices Mini-Programme for SME Innovation and Promotion of RTD European Collaborative and Open Regional Innovation Strategies 0809R2 PROSESC Producer Services for European Sustainability and Competitiveness 0842C2 0945R2 0969R2 SCINNOPOLI INOLINK ERMIS
SCanning INNOvation POLicy Impact Connecting the territory through the innovation network Effective Reproducible Model of Innovation Systems Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 3. Fourth call for proposals Financial simplification on administration costs Administration costs = all types of office running costs (direct and indirect) Up to now, all expenditure reported based on real costs (=> extensive evidence) For fourth call applications, administration costs are automatically calculated as 12% of budgeted (and later on reported) staff costs (NB!) 25 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
4. Recommendations & advice 26 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Eligibility requirements Almost 20% of submitted applications ineligible during the previous calls Main reasons for ineligibility: wrong co-financing statements (60% of the ineligible cases) Please check the eligibility rules carefully !
27 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Quality of the work plan in the application form Activities of the work plan need to be described as precisely as possible: To allow a proper assessment (without detailed information, the whole application remains vague and the compliance of the activities with programmes requirements cannot be checked) To allow a proper monitoring in case of approval (the work plan is the main basis for monitoring projects implementation Description of the work plan need to be consistent (i.e. perfect correspondence between indicators / activities / outputs)
28 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Quality of the work plan in the application form Activities and outputs not consistent NO! YES! 29 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice
Importance of the programmes rationale! Programme strategic objective: improvement of regional policies INTERREG IVC = capitalisation programme Interregional cooperation cross-border cooperation Interregional cooperation transnational cooperation Capitalisation: process of collecting, analysing, disseminating and transferring good practices in a certain policy area with the objective of optimising the results achieved in this specific domain of regional policy 30 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Importance of the programmes rationale! Key elements derive from this programmes rationale: Local & regional authorities = natural target group of IVC Other bodies may be involved only if their link with regional and local policies is clearly demonstrated
Exchange of experiences = core activities of all IVC projects Pilot actions / experimentations possible but only under very strict conditions (relevance, interregionality & additionality) 31 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Partner search Project Idea Database at www.interreg4c.eu Four Information Points National Contact Points Partner search
events 32 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Upcoming events Interregional partner search forum 3-4 February 2011 in Budapest, Hungary Lead Applicant Seminar, followed by individual consultations 3 March 2011 in Vienna, Austria Individual consultations in Katowice, Poland /IP East premises/ 8 February 2011 22 February 2011 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 March 2011
33 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011 4. Recommendations & advice Additional Information Reference documents at www.interreg4c.eu Terms of reference for the 4th call Programme Manual FAQ section Programme publications Assistance Project Assistance Forms Lead Applicant Seminars Individual consultations Advice by phone and e-mail 34 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
Contact us! Contact us and share your interesting ideas! www.interreg4c.eu [email protected] Zornitsa Tsoneva Thorsten Kohlisch Communication & Project Adviser IP Coordinator & Project Adviser [email protected][email protected] +48 (0) 32 205 32 30 35 +48 (0) 32 205 32 30 Romanian INTERREG IVC Info Day 25 January 2011
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