Pericles – Exchanges, assistance & training

The Pericles Programme funds exchanges, assistances and training for authorities, banks and others involved in combating euro-counterfeiting – both in the eurozone and in EU countries outside the eurozone.

The aim is better protection for euro banknotes and coins in Europe and worldwide – by ensuring anti-counterfeiting measures throughout the EU have equivalent effect while respecting distinct national traditions and by improving cooperation between authorities.


Meeting of euro anti-counterfeiting experts: “11th Euro South East Conference” organised by OLAF

OLAF gathered experts in the fight against euro counterfeiting in one of the most sensitive regions for this crime – the Balkans. Read more…

What assistance is available?

The technical, scientific and operational support provided by Pericles takes two forms:

  • grants – co-financing for specific projects proposed by the relevant national authorities pdf in response to calls for proposals
    (Estonia recently appointed a new Estonian competent authority pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] )
  • projects initiated by the Commission (OLAF) – transnational conferences, training and workshops, in EU countries and outside the EU.

Who is eligible?

Pericles primarily provides assistance to:

  • national law enforcement agencies, national central banks and issuing institutions and judicial authorities in the public sector and
  • commercial banks, money exchange offices and the cash-operated industry in the private sector.

Past grants & projects

In previous years, Pericles has funded training seminars, workshops and conferences, staff exchanges, operational cross-border activities, scientific studies and the development of technical support tools and educational materials. For a complete list of the projects financed in previous years please follow the links below.

How to apply?

Applications must be introduced according to procedures described in the Call for proposal.

Call for proposals 2014:

Deadlines for submission of applications: 16 June and 29 September 2014


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Last update: 19/09/2014