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Call: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

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Programme
Interreg Danube Transnational Programme
Acronym DTP
Type of Fund Structural Funds
Description of programme
"Interreg Danube Transnational Programme"

The cooperation programme is structured across four priority axes (a fifth priority axis is related to the Technical Assistance of the Danube Transnational Programme) that intend to develop coordinated policies and actions in the programme area reinforcing the commitments of the Europe 2020 strategy towards the three dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The projects supported by the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) must form transnational partnerships to cooperate together in the following four thematic priorities and specific objectives:

INNOVATIVE AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

In order to contribute to the implementation of the flagship initiative “Innovation Union of the Europe 2020 Strategy” in the Danube Region countries, the programme pays specific attention to a number of innovation topics of broad relevance in the cooperation area such as eco-innovation, knowledge transfer, cluster policy, social innovation and skilled entrepreneurship including technological and non-technological innovation aspects. The social dimension in innovation (social innovation, educational aspects, and entrepreneurship skills) is given high importance. Research and innovation is interlinked with other thematic objectives addressed by the programme.

Specific Objectives:

  • Improve framework conditions for innovation
  • Increase competences for business and social innovation

ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

The Danube Transnational Programme strengthens joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets in the Danube region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies. Moreover the programme envisages investing in the creation and/or maintenance of ecological corridors of transnational relevance in the Danube region. This intervention is directly interlinked with water management and the control of environmental risk factors such as flood risks. Furthermore, disaster prevention and disaster management (risk management) is addressed related to risks that are caused by non-functioning ecosystems and man-made changes in climate conditions.

Specific Objectives:

  • Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention
  • Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
  • Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors
  • Improve preparedness for environmental risk management

BETTER CONNECTED AND ENERGY RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

The cooperation programme tackles common challenges related to environmentally-friendly (including low-noise), low-carbon and safe transport systems including inland waterways & ports and multimodal links in order to contribute to sustainable regional and local mobility, modal integration and intelligent transport. The programme intends also to support the regional connectivity and the balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas. Better management of regional mobility and better permeability of borders at the regional level should ensure that urban and rural areas benefit from the opportunities created by the major transportation networks which are developed at the European level. On the other hand, energy is a typical issue in which a transnational approach is essential in order to ensure the security of supply of the countries, market integration and more effective regional planning, as well as to jointly identify the most critical infrastructure developments. Regional energy planning and coordination should be improved across the Danube region within the wider context of EU energy policy-making to safeguard the security and efficiency of energy supplies. Another aspect is the development of smart distribution systems where the programme area is still in the early stages. The programme aims to contribute within its specific scope to the development of smart energy distribution systems to make the significant investments of regions in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and smart grids more efficient.

Specific Objectives:

  • Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
  • Improve energy security and energy efficiency

WELL-GOVERNED DANUBE REGION

Institutional cooperation and capacity is a key target and the vital element of the programme at the same time. Institutional capacity is not just a technical matter of training civil servants, but it relates to how public authorities interact with and deliver services to businesses and citizens. "Good governance" is the basis and ultimate objective for institutional capacity building. Good governance builds trust and social capital. States with a high level of social capital tend to perform better economically. The need has been identified by the analysis to develop the capacities of the public authorities and other public and civil society stakeholders to become able to tackle more effectively the challenges of highest relevance for the region. Establishing institutional cooperation by the programme should lead to improving legal and policy frameworks, developing strategies and action plans, development of joint capacities and coordinated delivery of services in areas with major societal challenges such as labour market policies, education systems and policies, demographic change and migration challenges, inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, participatory planning process and involvement of civil society, urban-rural cooperation and partnership, cooperation on safety, justice and security issues. In addition, Priotity 4 addresses the need to strengthen the governance and to ease the implementation of the EUSDR through targeted support measures. 

Specific Objectives:

  • Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges
  • Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR
Link http://www.interreg-danube.eu/
Call
Interreg Danube Transnational Programme
Description of call
"Interreg Danube Transnational Programme"

The Danube Transnational Programme is launching the first call for proposals for its priorities, see programme description. The Programme offers financial support to transnational projects contributing to the development of a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Danube Region. The programme has been designed under the territorial cooperation goal of the European Union. In practice, the programme combines financing from the EU structural funds - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the EU external funds – Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). However the ENI funds are not available for the 1st call.


The first call of the Danube Transnational Programme is organised according to a two-step procedure.

  •  In the “First step”, applicants are requested to submit electronically an Expression of Interest (EoI), outlining mainly the intervention logic of the proposal and the strategic relevance for the DTP. No additional supporting documents are to be delivered at this stage.
  • In the “Second step”, the pre-selected project proposals will be invited to submit an Application Package including a fully developed Application Form (AF), which will contain more in-depth information about the content and it will be the basis for the selection of the project proposals.
Link http://www.interreg-danube.eu/calls/calls-for-proposals/first-call
Thematic Focus Biotechnology, Energy, Research, Infrastructure, Innovation, Capacity Building, Disaster Prevention, Climate, Art and Culture, Agriculture and Forestry, Sustainability, Social affairs, Environment & biodiversity, Regional development, Natural ressources
Funding area Austria / Österreich
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Hungary / Magyarország
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Romania / România
Serbia / Сpбија
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Select Origin of Applicant Austria / Österreich
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Hungary / Magyarország
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Romania / România
Serbia / Сpбија
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO
Applicant details test
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Each project has to involve at least three financing partners from three different countries of the programme area: the Lead Partner and at least two project partners. Out of these financing partners, at least one, the Lead Partner, has to be located on the territory of an EU Member state of the Programme area. Due to the size of the programme area and the cooperation character of the programme a higher number of partners is recommended.

 

Applicants located outside the programme area but within the EU are not eligible to apply for funding as project partners in the 1st call.

 

The following institutions can be lead partners:

 

  • Local, regional, national public bodies/ bodies governed by public law (including EGTCs in the meaning of Article 2(16) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013)
  • International organisations
  • Private non-profit bodies

 

Lead Partners have to be located in an EU Member State of the Programme Area.

Recurring Call No
Project duration max 30 months
Further info

The call will be opened as 2-step procedure starting with 23.09.2015.
The Application Form for Step 1 (Expression of Interest) has to be submitted to the Joint Secretariat latest by 15:00 Central European Time on 03.11.2015. An earlier submission is recommended.
The elaborated Application Form for Step 2 (AF) has to be submitted by the pre-selected projects to the Joint Secretariat between the beginning of April 2015 and mid May 2016.

Financial details

The programme will allocate up to 76 Mio. € of ERDF and 7.5 Mio. € of IPA to the first call for proposals. The maximum EU contribution to the projects is 85% (both for ERDF and IPA project partners).
In case applicants coming from EU countries intent to implement activities being considered as state aid relevant, the maximum grant will be calculated applying the de minimis rule while respecting the co-financing percentage above.

Submission
  • In the first step, applicants are requested to submit electronically, through the programme website an Expression of Interest (EoI), outlining mainly the intervention logic of the proposal and the strategic relevance for the DTP. No additional supporting documents are to be delivered at this stage.
  • In the second step, the pre-selected project proposals will be invited to submit an Application Package including a fully developed Application Form (AF), which will contain more in-depth information about the content and it will be the basis for the selection of the project proposals.
Contact Details

National coordination and contact points:
http://www.interreg-danube.eu/contacts/national-coordination-and-contact-points


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