Call summary and aims
The call for proposals 2018 aims at concluding framework partnership agreements for a duration of maximum three years – covering the operating years 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The framework partnership agreements shall include a multi-annual work programme for the period 2019-2021. The beneficiary who has concluded a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) shall be invited to submit a simplified grant application, together with a detailed work programme and the corresponding budget for each operating year. Signing a FPA does not guarantee annual co-funding as the partnership does not per se constitute an obligation to award grants to the partner.
This call for proposals refers in particular to Objective II of the Consumer Programme – Consumer information and education and support for consumer organisations.
The "New Deal for Consumers" package adopted on 12 March 2018 includes a Communication accompanying two proposals for Directives to, respectively, ensure better enforcement and to modernise EU consumer protection rules, in particular in light of digital developments3 and on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers and repealing the "Injuctions directive" 2009/22.
The Commission’s 2018 annual work programme sets out the specific priority areas for action to be implemented through this call for proposals and states that call for proposals aiming at providing financial contributions (operating grant) to the functioning of Union level consumer organisations should be launched.
According the WP 2018 of the Consumer programme: "The priorities of the year concern, in particular, the following objectives: contribution towards the integration of consumer interests into the priority actions under the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, financial services, the Circular Economy, collaborative economy and also enforcement and consumer rights including redress; contribution towards strengthening the representation of consumer organisations in the Member States; representing consumer interests and expressing consumers' concerns to institutions, interest groups, media and the general public; encouraging consumer organisations to take a more active stance on European issues, including social cohesion and convergence, with their various contacts and partners at both European and national level". Under the above priorities, particular attention will be given to activities aimed atfacilitating the preparedness of consumer organisations in being active in representativeactions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Under the New Dealfor Consumers, it will be possible for a qualified entity, including a consumerorganisation to seek redress, such as compensation, replacement or repair, on behalf of agroup of consumers that have been harmed by an illegal commercial practice.The beneficiary(ies) will be expected to organise capacity building activities, such astraining, awareness raising, networking and exchange of best practices to strengthenconsumer organisations capacity to act in such a role under collective redress procedures.This may include acquiring/improving litigation skills and/or supporting networkingactivities for consumer associations to develop their cooperation. The awarding authority will only accept proposals for FPA which fall under the scope of the above mentioned Decision and the priorities specified in this call for proposals.