6.5.4. Additional information before the deadline for submission of proposals

During the time between publication and the deadline for the submission of proposals, in addition to any information session held (see section 6.5.1.), applicants should be able to ask questions to help them fill in the form and put together their applications. The contracting authority should therefore provide a contact point to which questions may be addressed. Lead applicants may submit questions in writing up to 21 days before the deadline for the submission of proposals. The contracting authority must reply to all such questions at least 11 days before the deadline for submission of proposals. Replies will be published on the relevant website(s), i.e. there is no need to provide individual replies. In the interest of equal treatment of applicants, the contracting authority cannot give a prior opinion on the eligibility of an applicant, an affiliated entity, an action or specific activities.

In the interest of transparency and equal opportunities, the answer provided to applicants on points which may be of interest to other applicants shall be made available to all applicants. The way to achieve this is to publish on the Europeaid website (and other websites, where appropriate) a document containing all the questions and answers provided. This document must be updated regularly until 11 days before the deadline for submission of proposals. Under direct management (i.e. where PROSPECT is used) the publication on the Europeaid website is done via PROSPECT.