127 applications received for the 2nd call for proposals
The second call for proposals was officially launched by the Danube Transnational Programme on 9th May 2017 and it was closed on 6th June 2017. The relevant documents approved by the Monitoring Committee were available on the website since January 2017, which provided a large span of time to potential applicants to get acquainted with all the details on the call.
The 2nd call was open to the Specific Objectives 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 3.2, and restricted to some topics for the other SOs, except SO 4.1, which was not addressed.
On 6th June 2017, deadline of submission, 127 applications were received.
The Specific Objectives 1.2 (Increase competences for business and social innovation) and 2.2 (Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources) were the ones receiving the highest number of proposals. 1322 institutions from all the Danube region were involved as project partners in the AF considered for assessment.
The interest of stakeholders in taking part in DTP projects does not come only from EU countries, but also from IPA countries, as it is demonstrated by the high number of institutions from Serbia involved: 97 applications out of the 127 received have at least one Serbian partner. Concerning the distribution of Lead Applicants (LA) per country, most LA came from Hungary, Romania and Slovenia.
On Monday 12th of June, the European Commission adopted the revised Cooperation Programme, allowing the integration of the ENI funds for both Moldova and Ukraine. It ensures the effective participation of these two countries in the DTP, being the first programme to manage three funds at the same time (European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)), in an integrated way.
The programme will allocate up to 50,834,974.48 EUR of ERDF, 4,420,498.53 EUR of IPA and 4,653,192.00 EUR of ENI to the second call for proposals.