The subject of these Calls concerns the sector of activities: technical assistance for national authorities, in particular: providing specific knowledge, equipment and information technology (IT) tools facilitating transnational cooperation and cooperation with OLAF.
The annual work programme of the Hercule II Programme, as adopted by the Hercule II Financing Decision 2013, provides for the launching of two "Technical Assistance" Calls for Proposals in 2013 in order to invite national and regional administrations to submit applications for actions for "supporting the purchase of special equipment and tools needed in the fight against fraud affecting the EU financial interests including detecting the presence of cigarettes and tobacco and investigating smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products".
The aim of these Calls is to provide financial support to develop activities for purchasing, implementing and installing special equipment and tools needed in the fight against fraud affecting the EU financial interests.
The overall budget in 2013 for "Technical Assistance" amounts to € 7.000.000 will be made available for funding applications submitted under both the "Cigarette" Call and the "Investigation Support" Call by national and regional administrations before the deadline on Friday 12 July 2013.
The maximum EU funding for the proposed actions amounts to 50% of the eligible costs.
The actions must comply with the objectives of the Hercule II Programme and the applicant has to demonstrate how the proposed action will contribute to the prevention and combating of fraud affecting the financial interests of the Union, including the fight against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. Applicants may submit only one proposal per Call.
Indicative budgets envisaged for grant awards: € 7.000.000
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16.00h (Brussels time) of Friday, 12th July 2013.
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
Call for Proposals "Technical Assistance"
Unit D.5 - Hercule, Pericles & EURO Protection
Office: J30 – 09/41
By e-mail to: OLAF-FMB-HERCULE-TA@ec.europa.eu