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Phare ACCESS Programme

Support to cooperative initiatives for
local economic development in Central and
Eastern European Countries


Official title

"Phare ACCESS Programme".


Legal references

  • Council regulation (EEC) No 3906/89 of 18 December 1989 (OJ L 375 of 23.12.1989) concerning economic aid to certain countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1266/99 of 21 June 1999 (OJ L 161 of 26.06.1999) and in particular Article 9 thereof.



ACCESS is an “institution building” programme aimed at strengthening the civil society and preparing the ten candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe for accession. It replaces the Phare LIEN and Partnership programmes which were in operation between 1993 and 1999.

In particular, ACCESS aims to:

    a) promote the implementation of the acquis communautaire in policy areas in which governmental activities are absent or are complementary to those in the third sector, and to raise public awareness and acceptance in these areas;

    b) encourage the inclusion and participation of individuals and groups who are at risk of being economically, socially or politically isolated in the transformation process;

    c) support non-governmental organisations - NGOs and non-profit organisations - NPOs to create sustainable transnational or interregional partnerships and to allow the NGOs/ NPOs of the candidate countries to get involved in the activities of the European-wide NGO/NPO platforms and networks.


Target Public/ Beneficiaries

ACCESS will co-finance projects that shall be carried out by NGOs and NPOs that are officially registered in a candidate country of Central and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) or in an EU Member State. Local and regional authorities may be associated as partners or co-financers to projects but they may not apply as project leaders.



The Phare ACCESS progamme will run for a two year period, from the 1 January 2000 until the 31 December 2002. The Commission delegations from each candidate country shall launch one or more calls for proposals in the autumn of 2000.


Eligible Measures/ Nature of Activities

Projects should be directly relevant to the three objectives set out above. The programme will notably support local and transnational projects operating within one or more of the following areas of activities:

  • public health and social integration (targeted at the minorities, the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, abused children, the unemployed etc.)
  • environmental protection
  • socio-economic development (consumers, workers rights, social dialogue, promotion of the third sector)

However, in order to respond to the specific local needs of each beneficiary country, the assistance priorities will be defined on a country by country basis. The projects will be managed by non- profit-making, non-governmental organisations from the EU and the candidate countries.

ACCESS is to provide co-financing grants to support two types of projects:

  • Transnational ‘macroprojects’ are to be carried out in partnership with organisations from at least two accession or EU countries. The lead organisation must be based in one of the candidate countries and is obliged to submit the project proposal to the Commission delegation in its own country. The participation of local and regional authorities is strongly encouraged. The project duration may not exceed 24 months.

  • Local ‘microprojects’ can be carried out by a single organisation based in a candidate country. The projects should be implemented within a year.

Each project should include at least the two following components:

    1. Activity related component: concrete activities for the benefit of the sector or target group

    2. Capacity related component: training activities which are targeted at the beneficiary NGO’s staff (eg. management, bookkeeping, human resources, marketing, fund-raising etc.). Applicants ahould clearly demonstrate the positive organisational impact of the projects and their sustainability.

One-Off conferences, academic research and feasibility studies not followed by an implementation phase will not be accepted for funding.

A Networking Facility is also included in the programme to provide support for NGOs/NPOs in the candidate countries who wish to participate in activities organised at EU level. This facility will mainly cover travel and living expenses for attendance at events organised by bodies such as the EU-wide NGO platform.


European Union Financial support

A budget of 20 MEURO has been allocated for Phare ACCESS. The programme must be implemented by 31 December 2002.

Grant allocations per country are foreseen to be (in MEUROS):

Bulgaria 1.9
Estonia 0.85
Hungary 1.585
Latvia 1.060
Lithuania 1.165
Poland 5.575
Czech Republic 1.585
Romania 4.105
Slovakia 0.85
Slovenia 0.325

EU support will cover up to 80% of costs for projects involving one or more EU partner and up to 90% of costs where all partners are based in Central and Eastern Europe. ‘Macroprojects’ can receive a maximum contribution of EUR 200,000 while ‘Microprojects can avail of up to EUR 50,000 in funding.



The ACCESS programme will be managed locally by the Commission delegations in each of the candidate countries. Each delegation will publish calls for proposals in 2000. The delegations will also evaluate and select projects for funding, conclude contracts and follow up the projects throughout their implementation.


Communication means

More information on ACCESS will shortly be available at:


Information offices and additional sources of information

The delegations of the European Commission in the following countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

Ms Isabel Uribe
"Interpred", World Trade Centre, Dragan Tasankov Bld. 36 Blok A, 3rd floor
1040 Sofia
Tel: +359 2 973 3240
Fax: +359 2 973 3872

Czech Republic
Ms Kate Watson
Pod Hradbami 17
16000 Prague 6
The Czech Republic
Tel: +420 2 2431 2835
Fax: +420 2 2431 2850

Ms Reet Zeisig
Kohtu 10
Estonia 10611
Tel: +372 626 44 00
Fax: +372 626 44 39

Ms Katalin Somody
1016 Budapest
I. BERC U. 23
Tel: +36 1 209 97 30
Fax: +36 1 466 42 21

Joelle Noirfalisse
Mr Simone Pieri
Tornu street 4-1C
Jacob's Barracks
LV-1050 Riga
Tel: +371 732 52 70
Fax: +371 732 05 56

Ms Audroné Steiblyté
Naugarduko 10
2000 Vilnius
Tel: +370 2 313191
Fax: +370 2 313192

Ms Alyssa Boulares
Aleje Ujazdowskié 14
00-478 Warsaw
Fax: +48 22 520 82 82

Ms Ioana Derscanu
St. Grigore Mora 11
Tel: +40 1 203 54 56
Fax: +40 1 230 24 53

Ms Mojca Krisper
Trg Republike, 3/XI
1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 1 425 13 03
Fax: +386 1 425 20 85
E-mail:, to the attention of Mojca Krisper.

Slovak Republic
Ms Monika Hanzelová
Panská 3
811 01 Bratislava
The Slovak Republic
Tel: +421 7 5443 17 18 or 5443 17 27
Fax: +421 7 5443 29 80
E-mail: Monika.Hanzelová

The Phare internet service at:


date of publication: 05/01

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