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The Commission provides financial support for the activities of European Consumer Organisations. These are non-governmental, non-profit making, independent of industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests, and have as their primary objectives and activities the promotion and protection of the health, safety and economic interests of consumers in the Community. A complete definition of the eligibility criteria, including representativeness membership, sources of founding and internal rules is included in the text of the call for applications below.


2010

Financial contribution for the functioning of European consumer organisations

The Call for Proposals 2010 aims at providing financial contributions (operating grants) to the functioning of European consumer organisations through the conclusion of framework partnership agreements for a duration of four years - covering the operating years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - thus establishing a long-term cooperation (partnerships) between the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and the selected partners. Further information, the general invitation to tender, the tender specifications and the technical annexes are available at the EAHC website.


Financial contributions to the operation of European consumer organisations representing consumer interests in the development of standards for products and services at European Union level

The Call for Proposals 2010 aims at providing financial contributions (operating grants) to the operation of European Consumer Organisations representing consumer interests in the development of standards for products and services at European Union level through the conclusion of framework partnership agreements for a duration of four years - covering the operating years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - thus establishing a long-term cooperation (partnerships) between the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and the selected partners. Further information, the general invitation to tender, the tender specifications and the technical annexes are available at the EAHC website.


2009

The call for proposals 2009 for actions 5 and 6 of Decision 1926/2006/EC can be found on EAHC's website at this address:
http://ec.europa.eu/eahc/consumers/consumers_calls.html


2008

Applications must be entered by 26 September 2008 at the latest.

The grant awarded is paid out in the following year.

1. Call for applications PDF Updated 27-06-2008

2. Forms to use
It should be noted that only applications presented on the application form below, completed by required supporting documents, will be considered.

Application form Action 5 Updated 27-06-2008

For more information about Action 5 please contact:

Ms Vassiliki PELLENI
European Commission
Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection
B-1049 Brussels
Telephone: +32-2-296.12.25

Application form Action 6 Updated 27-06-2008

For more information about Action 6 please contact:

M. Michele PIRAS
European Commission
Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection
B-1049 Brussels
Telephone: +32-2-299.20.50

Financial identification

3. Other useful documents

Consumer policy strategy 2007-2013

Decision No 1926/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 establishing a programme of Community action in the field of consumer policy (2007-2013)

New Financial Regulation Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1995/2006 of 13 December 2006 amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002

New Implementing Rules Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 478/2007 of 23 April 2007 amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002

Archives 2006

Archives 2005

Evaluation of financial contributions 2000-2003 to European Consumer organisations

For more than three decades the European Community has promoted organisations which are partly or fully aimed at promoting consumer interests at European level. It gives them financial support so as to sustain their existence and growth, to underpin and encourage development of consumer policy at European level, and to defend and promote the interests of European consumers.

During 2005 and 2006 an evaluation of the financial contributions made to European Consumer Organisations was carried out by the Centre for Industrial Studies, a group of independent consultants external to the European Commission who obtained the contract through a restricted call for tender.

The main objectives of the evaluation were to analyse:

  • the relevance of the financial contributions to the EU consumer policy,
  • whether the scale of inputs from the community funds can be justified on the basis of ouputs and performance, and whether it is possible to reduce the organisations´ dependence on community financial support. and
  • the extent to which the organisations contribute to the development of consumer policy at European level as well as to the promotion and representation of consumer interests at the European level.

The evaluation final report presents the evaluators´ independent view of the issues described above. It needs to be stressed that the report presents the conclusions reached by the consultants on the basis of their analyses, as well as the recommendations they have considered appropriate to make to the European Commission. These conclusions and recommendations have been assessed by the European Commission experts. The results of this assessment are published below. These analyses will result in an action plan describing the level of acceptance of each of the recommendations and the actions agreed to be taken, with the correspondent timing.

 
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