The results of the first call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) has been released. The Monitoring Committee (MC) has decided in its meeting held in Bucharest (Romania) on 27th and 28th September 2016, that 55 projects are approved with conditions, among the 91 proposals submitted for the 2nd step. After the condition clearing process, the final approval of the projects will be decided by the MC on 8th December 2016. The final list of approved projects will be published in the programme website.
The first call was open to priorities 1,2, 3 and Specific Objective 4.1 of the DTP. Out of the 55 approved projects, 17 address topics covered under Priority 1 of the Programme (Innovative and Socially Responsible Danube Region), 15 under Priority 2 (Environment and Culture Responsible Danube Region), 14 under Priority 3 (Better Connected and Energy Responsible Danube Region) and 9 under Priority 4 (Well-Governed Danube Region). The Specific Objectives 1.1 (Improve framework conditions for innovation) and 3.1 (Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas) were the ones achieving more approved projects, with 11 projects each of them. More information about all priorities and Specific Objectives of the programme can be found here.
Concerning the partners, 704 institutions are involved in the 55 approved projects. Hungary, with 102 partner institutions; Romania, with 96; and Austria, with 85: are the countries of origin with the highest number of partner institutions. In regard to the Lead Partners, Austria (15), Slovenia (12) and Hungary (11) are the countries gathering more partner institutions leading the projects. According to the Call regulations, the LP can only be chosen among the ERDF partners (EU member states).
More than 50% of the programme budget will be committed for those 55 projects, whereas the rest of the budget will be allocated in future calls. The second call for proposlas is foreseen to be launched at the beginning of 2017.
As a recall, the first DTP call for proposals was launchded on 23rd September 2015. The official launch of the first call took place during the Kick-off event organised in Budapest on 23 and 24 September 2015. 576 Expressions of Interest (EoIs) were received for the 1st step by the 3rd November 2015. Out of those 576 EoIs, 547 proposals were considered for assessment. 5223 institutions from all the Danube region were involved as project partners in the EoI considered for assessment.
After a a double analysis of the eligibility and quality criteria, 100 projects were pre-selected to submit a full Application Form in the 2nd step.The 2nd step was launched on 29th March and it lasted open until 9th May 2016. The JS organised a Lead Applicants' Seminar in Budapest on 11 April 2016 addressed to those selected projects. 91 application forms, out of the 100 projects invited, were received by the 2nd step deadline. Following the assessment (eligibility and quality) of these applications, 55 projects have been approved with conditions.