Commission Statement on eTEN Call 2002/1
The eTEN call 2002/1 was published on 23rd August 2002 and closed on 23rd September 2002. This call was made in the context of a new orientation aimed at stimulating the deployment of Trans European public services and at using the eTEN programme as a key instrument to support the eEurope 2005 Action Plan.
The Commission started to evaluate the proposals received on the 7th October 2002 with the assistance of independent experts. However, the evaluation process contained flaws to the extent that fair and equal treatment of all proposals could not be sufficiently guaranteed. Fair and equal treatment of proposers is a basic principle that must be upheld for all evaluations conducted by the Commission.
Furthermore, a careful analysis of the proposals submitted shows that the call largely failed to address the new orientation of the program and did not sufficiently reach the new constituency for which it was intended.
Therefore, after careful consideration, the Commission decided to cancel the eTEN call 2002/1.
As a consequence none of the proposals submitted will be selected for funding and the evaluation is declared null and void.
The Management Committee of the eTEN programme and the coordinators of the submitted proposals have all been informed.
Future orientations for the eTEN programme
In a meeting of the eTEN Management Committee, held in December 2002, the future of the programme was discussed. A new workprogramme for 2003 is now under preparation and will include interaction with the programme constituency through workshops and consultancy via this website. The workprogramme will continue to focus the role of the eTEN programme, and its resulting projects, in terms of overcoming barriers to the Trans-European roll-out of public interest services in the Member States. In the preparation for the next call it is also planned to streamline the documentation for proposal preparation and proposal evaluation procedures with aim of ensuring that participation in eTEN is closely aligned to a natural process of service roll-out.
Please follow this web-site regularly to get more information on the on-line consultation of the work programme and the announcement of the date of the 2003 eTEN call.
27th January 2003