The Commission is launching a call for proposals for carrying out surveys, as part of the Joint Harmonised European Union Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys (BCS), in the 28 EU Member States and in the Candidate Countries: Iceland, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey. This co-operation between the Commission and future partners shall be in the form of a framework partnership agreement over a period of maximum six years (May 2015 – April 2021), covering the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014-2020.
The BCS programme was set up based on the Commission's institutional prerogatives and constitutes an important source for decision-making of EU economic policy makers. The programme was initiated by a Commission decision in November 1961 and was modified through subsequent Council and Commission decisions. It was last approved through Commission decision C(97) 2241 of 15 July 1997 and presented in Commission communication COM(2006) 379 of 12 July 2006.
The BCS programme is designed to gather information on the state of the economies in the EU Member States and Candidate Countries, in order to be able to compare their business cycles for EMU (Economic and Monetary Union) management purposes. It has become an indispensable tool in the EMU economic surveillance process, as well as for general economic policy purposes. It constitutes an essential tool for the European Commission (Commission) in fulfilling its Treaty-based obligations of surveillance of the EU economies. The surveys target managers in the manufacturing sector (industry and investment surveys), construction, retail trade and services sectors as well as consumers.
Instructions and rules for drawing up and submitting proposals, covering all relevant information, formalities and documentation:
Questions and Answers (until 13 June)
Please note that we corrected the e-mail address provided in chapter 14.1 of the specifications, which specifies where the Excel documents must be sent. The correct e-mail address is ECFIN-BCS-CALL-Budgets-Methodology@ec.europa.eu
Specifications of the call for proposals
The proposals must be presented in three sections:
Grant application form containing compulsory standard forms (unless explicitly indicated that documents are to be submitted in free format):
Model framework partnership agreement (FPA) and its annexes:
Model specific grant agreement (SGA) and its annexes:
Guidelines for the financial management of grant agreements
Please note that all forms must be duly completed and signed; where needed free format documentation must be included.
Applications must be sent no later than 18 June 2014 (date of postmark or date of deposit slip to courier service or date of receipt by Commission when delivery by hand) to the address specified in point 14.1 of the specifications of the Call for proposals.