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Phare ACCESS Programme
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"Phare ACCESS Programme".
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:
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:
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):
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.
information on ACCESS will shortly be available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pas/phare/pt/index.htm
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.
date of publication: 05/01