News: Call for proposals: “DG ENV/MSFD 2020” Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Support to the preparation of the next 6-year cycle of implementation

The call aims to foster cooperation between Member States and eligible countries for the protection of environment in marine regions and subregions. An application should be submitted by at least two different legal entities from at least two different Member States or eligible countries. The activities to be co-financed will assist regional or subregional cooperation in the field of implementation of the MSFD. The purpose is to finance at least 1 proposal per region or per subregion.


Eligible Applicants:

Applicants should be non-profit organisations (private or public), public authorities (national, regional, local), international organisations, universities, educational institutions, research centres or profit-making entities.


In particular, applications involving public authorities competent for the implementation of the MSFD in the selected areas, are encouraged.


Natural persons are not eligible for the present call.


The coordinators must be entities or bodies registered in an EU Member State, or international organisations.


The potential co-beneficiaries or partners of the grant must either be registered in an EU Member State or be an international organisation, or fulfil the following condition:


- Partners from non-EU countries which are a Contracting Party to one of the four European Regional Sea Conventions can be associated to the action on a no-cost basis or at a maximum of 10% of the total cost for the action for each third country partner and a maximum total of 20% for all non-EU country partners together, if this is necessary for the implementation of the action.


- Legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation (e.g. networks, federations, trade unions), may take part in the action as affiliated entities and may declare eligible costs as specified in section 11.1. For that purpose, applicants shall identify such affiliated entities in the application form. These affiliated entities have to fulfil the eligibility and exclusion criteria and therefore provide the appropriate supporting documents.


Proposals from applicants in candidate or associated countries may be eligible provided that, on the date of award, agreements have entered into force setting out the arrangements for the participation of those countries in the programme.

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News Posted on 27/08/2020