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  • TNC - General - Why can I no longer upload the Transnational Cooperation Projects (EAFRD) as an Excel file?

    EN (FR & DE versions below)

    We are pleased to inform you that the new structured module for LEADER Transnational cooperation projects (EAFRD) is planned to be available for encoding as of Monday 20th November.

    Users with MSMA update access for EAFRD will be able to create, edit and validate the Transnational cooperation project (EAFRD) in a structured way via the Programming > Transnational cooperation project (EAFRD) menu in SFC2014.

    In order to make the transition from the current Excel format for the Transnational cooperation project (TNC) to the new structured module the following steps will occur:

    • From 13th November, the old TNC Excel module will not be available anymore for the creation of new TNC projects (But existing TNC projects can still be consulted by Member States/Commission during this period).
    • From 20th November, the new TNC structured module will be available for encoding.

    Note that any TNC Excel projects already created will be imported by the Commission into the new TNC structured module. Member States will have to verify the encoded information and submit the projects to the Commission.

    We will inform you by mail as soon as the Transnational cooperation project (EAFRD) structured module is activated, and further information and updates will also be posted on our portal: https://ec.europa.eu/sfc/en/2014/home





    Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que le nouveau module structuré Projet de Coopération transnationale (Feader) LEADER sera disponible pour encodage à partir du lundi 20...

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  • General - I have added a document but the Commission cannot see it, what can I do?

    If a Commission user cannot see the other documents you uploaded, this is because these are type 'Other Member State Document' and are sent independently (as you can see below there is no 'sent date') of the Object (PA, OP, RDP IR etc.).

    The following steps should be taken for each document in order for them to be sent to the EC:

    Select the document to be sent (1) and click on the edit button (2):



    Click on the Update &Send link to send the document to the EC:


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  • General - I have sent a document by mistake, can I delete it?

    Once a document has been sent (there is a date visible in the 'sent date' column) it cannot be deleted.

    However, if you are the sender of the document you may choose to 'hide' a sent document so that it is no longer visible within your programme by following the steps below:

    1. In the Documents section of your OP (1) select the document from the list (2) and click the Edit button (3):

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  • General - What is the document Size Limit and restrictions for file formats in SFC2014?

    The size limit per file is 1GB.

    There is no limit on the number of files or the total size of all files in an object.

    The following file extensions are allowed:

    ".7z", ".bmp", ".csv", ".docm", ".docx", ".jpeg", ".jpg", ".msg", ".ods", ".odt" ,".pdf" ,".png", ".pptx", ".rar", ".rtf", ".tif", ".tiff", ".txt", ".xlsb", ".xlsm", ".xlsx", ".zip", ".gif"

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  • General - How can I validate the signature in the Acknowledgement documents?

    The acknowledgement of receipt is signed with an electronic certificate guaranteeing the date and time of the signature as well as the integrity of this document. The certificate used to sign this document is held by the European Commission and can be verified by the corresponding public key.

    The first step to validate the signature is to install the certificate in Acrobat.

    (This step is only necessary once per machine)

    • First download the SFC certificate file named CertExchangeSFCRootCA.FDF.
    • Decompress the zip file and store the certificate on your computer.
    • Open Acrobat.
    • Go to File > Open and select the certificate from your computer.
    • A pop up will be displayed. Click "Set Contact Trust…":

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    SFC Root CA
    SFC Root CA
    • On the next screen specify that this is a trusted root certificate by checking the option "Use this certificate as a trusted root" and click OK.


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  • General - I cannot open any document attached to my object, why?

    Unfortunately this is a problem in the Microsoft Edge browser, not in SFC2014.

    The browser doesn't recognize it's a .pdf file. As a workaround you should save the file and give it the name and extension as indicated on the screen, then you will be able to open it in your downloads folder.


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  • General - Document - Why can't the EC see the MS documents before they are sent?

    The content of a programme can be seen by an EC user even before it is submitted to the Commission. This is to help the Member States during the amendments process.


    Documents can only be consulted when they are sent. This is because documents do not have a full workflow as is the case for the structured data and their content is unknown and could contain sensible data which the Member State doesn't want the Commission to know before it is officially submitted.


    Therefore, the "Other MS document" type and the "Informal Commission's Observations" document type were foreseen, so that the Member States could send whatever they want to send during the amendment process on an informal basis and the Commission could send them their observations already before the official submission.

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Status changes & actions
  • General - I cannot fit my text within the character limit of the text box, what can I do?

    The text boxes provided in SFC2014 follow the official templates. The limits are defined by the Commission implementing act and cannot be extended.

    You can provide additional information in other documents which may help the Commission in its assessment of the programme by adding an 'Other Member State document' type in the document section. However, according to article 2(2) of Commission implementing regulation 184/2014 you cannot make references to this in the programme and the additional information will not form part of the programme covered by the Commission decision.


    Article 2

    Content of electronic data exchange system

    1. The electronic data exchange system (hereinafter referred to as ‘SFC2014’) shall contain at least information specified in the models, formats and templates established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013, Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013, Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 3 ) and the future Union legal act establishing the conditions for the financial support for maritime and fisheries policy for the programming period 2014-2020 (the ‘EMFF Regulation’).

    2. The information provided in the electronic forms embedded in SFC2014 (hereinafter referred to as ‘structured data’) may not be replaced by non-structured data, including the use of hyperlinks or other types of non-structured data such as attachment of documents or images. Where a Member State transmits the same information in the form of structured data and non-structured data, the structured data shall be used in case of inconsistencies.

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