Prevention in civil protection and marine pollution (UCPM-2017-PP-AG )
Specific Challenge:The present call for proposals aims at funding projects in the area of prevention, preparedness and awareness-raising in civil protection and marine pollution.
The term prevention refers to any action aimed at reducing risks or mitigating adverse consequences of disasters for people, the environment and property, including cultural heritage.
The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) aims at achieving a higher level of protection and resilience against disasters by preventing or reducing their potential effects, by fostering a culture of prevention and by improving cooperation among civil protection actors as well as with other relevant services.
To enhance prevention, the UCPM focuses on improving the knowledge base, promoting risk assessments and risk management planning as well as risk management capability assessments. Prevention is also linked to other policy fields, such as climate change adaptation. Various Union funds and policies support sustainable disaster prevention
Support and complement the efforts of Member States in the field of disaster prevention, focusing on areas where cooperation provides added value and complement existing cooperation frameworks/instruments provided by relevant EU macro-regional strategies.
Support the IPA II beneficiaries and the European Neighbourhood Policy countries in the field of disaster prevention and improve their cooperation with the Mechanism and its Participating States.
The total budget for the co-financing of prevention projects:A) Internal budget item: EUR 2 800 000 for projects benefitting Participating States in the UCPM.B) External budget item: EUR 1 400 000 for projects benefitting countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy and IPA II beneficiaries, not yet participating in the UCPM.Applicants have to choose under which budget item to apply and indicate this clearly in their project proposal.
The EU co-funding rate amounts to 75 % of total eligible costs, with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 800 000, whereby the EU contributes to the eligible cost of each beneficiary at a 75% rate.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must be:a) legal persons; applications from natural persons are not eligible;
b) belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities, or international organisations as defined by Article 43 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union ('Rules of Application').
c) be established in one of the UCPM Participating States.
d) for projects under the external budget item, be established in eligible third countries which are:- IPA II beneficiaries not participating in the mechanism: Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina, Kosovo12;- European Neighbourhood Policy countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine;- Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
Important: eligible entities from third countries can participate in theimplementation of projects under the external budget item but cannot act as the Coordinator. Therefore, applications submitted by third countries which are not Participating States to the Mechanism will be considered ineligible.
e) be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project with other beneficiaries, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
f) notify their national competent authority (applicable only to the leadapplicant, coordinator of the consortium) of their proposal in order toensure consistency between activities financed at EU level and national civil protection and marine pollution policies. With the proposal, the coordinator must enclose supporting documents (Notification form signed by the competent authority) showing that the relevant national authority has been notified in writing before submitting the proposal to the Commission. This does not apply to applicants which themselves are the national competent authority.
As a minimum the partnership should include one of the following combinations:(a) 3 entities from Participating States,(b) 2 entities from Participating States + 1 International Organisation (Branch office/office of International Organisation from Participating States)(c) 1 entity from Participating States + 2 International Organisations (Branch offices/offices of International Organisations from Participating States)
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