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In Prospect 152303 - MedFilm - Mediterranean Region
Deadline: 04 Jul 2016   CALL EXPIRED

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1 MEDFILM 1.1 BACKGROUND

In a context where extremisms and attacks against freedom of expression are growing both in Europe and in the South Mediterranean, films are a powerful tool to promote understanding across populations, gender and social groups within the Mediterranean. Images, in particular documentaries and films, can convey messages to citizens, regardless of their level of education, which address important challenges and offer alternative views of their society and the world in general.

As such films can play a transforming role and be an agent in changing cultural stereotypes about women and men. They can contribute to legitimizing alternative values and practices which promote equal rights for men and women, access of women to essential social and economic services and opportunities. At the same time they allow women a creative expression which can contribute to their dignity and the improvement of the quality of their lives.

Research in the field reveals that there is a gender gap in choice of topics and perception of the movie treatment of topics. What is lacking is hearing the voice of women, seeing characters who bring to the screen the complex experiences of women, seeing movies that represent women’s lives and not merely sexual objects This contributes to standardize the reality of women in the Arab world. On the other hand, emerging cinema trends, often branding themselves as “independent” are disseminating more progressive messages. These productions however are less accessible to the general public as they are often screened in cinema festivals abroad and in capital cities of the region but rarely broadcasted on TV or screened in remote and rural areas.

The cinema sector in the Arab world is male dominated and Arab women have difficulties developing their own projects despite their skills and creativity. They are thus not able to fully participate in a growing economic sector. The creative economy3 is not only one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, it is also a highly transformative one in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings. Between 2002 and 2011, developing-countries averaged 12.1 % annual growth in exports of creative goods4. Thus promoting the participation of women in this sector at a creative and decision making level is essential in the economic and democratic development promoting equity, prosperity and dignity for all citizens.

This programme will focus on the audiovisual sector in the sense of fiction, documentary and animation, be them for theatrical release, TV programmes or the web. This sector is also called "film sector" in the text.

1.2 OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME AND PRIORITY ISSUES

The global objective of this call for proposals is:

To contribute to cultural diversity and development, especially human development by promoting social issues, in particular gender equality, in the southern Mediterranean region through support to the film industry and its development as a job creating sector.

Providing sub-grants across the region for specific activities described below will be an important tool in achieving this objective. 

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  •   To promote the role of women in the film industry on screen by offering alternative perceptions of women and behind the screen as professionals (e.g. directors, producers, script writers) and thus fighting stereotypes

  •   To promote freedom of expression by encouraging film makers from the region to tackle sensitive issues including gender equality

  •   To facilitate the access to market and exchanges of films throughout the Mediterranean and thus contribute to the development of the film industry as a job creating sector.

    The programme will focus on the capacities of cultural operators in the film sector including short/feature fiction films, short/feature documentaries, animation and TV/web series and soap operas.

    All professionals of the 10 countries of the southern Mediterranean, namely Algeria, Egypt, Israel5, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine 6, Syria 7 and Tunisia will be targeted.

    Priority issues:

  •   Methodology should outline the criteria for the selection of applicants of sub-grants and how continued technical support to the sub-grantees will be ensured.

  •   Methodology should outline how the regional dimension of this call can be used to ensure best possible impact of the activities.

  •   Fight against inequalities in the film industry, especially inequalities towards female film professionals

  •   Fight against stereotypes of men and women in the content of the films produced in the south Mediterranean region

  •   Development of the film industry as a job creating sector through the development of audiences

  •   Audience development in remote and rural areas for films from across the region, especially for

    movies tackling social issues, including gender issues.

1.3 FINANCIAL ALLOCATION PROVIDED BY THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 4,500,000. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.

A maximum of three (3) grants will be attributed to “re-granters”/ “grant givers” in charge of allocating sub grants to south Mediterranean organisations following competitive calls to be launched at least on an annual basis. 

Indicative allocation of funds per Lot: Lot 1: EUR 1,000,000
Lot 2: EUR 1,500,000
Lot 3: EUR 2,000,000

If the allocation indicated for a specific lot cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to (an)other lot(s).

Lot 1: Enhance the image of women in the film sector:

The objectives of Lot 1 are threefold:

  •   Promote freedom of expression by encouraging film makers from the region to tackle sensitive issues such as gender equality,

  •   Promote the role of female film professionals in the region by giving them space to create and express their own concerns,

  •   Fight gender related stereotypes by offering alternatives perceptions of women in films.

    The expected results are:

  •   Improved recognition of female film professionals in the region as an important voice of society.

  •   Improved access for female film professionals from the region to markets and networks including at international level.

  •   Messages promoting a more positive image of women in society are widely spread.

  •   Censorship and auto-censorship decreases in the region especially on social issues (gender, etc...)

    These results can be achieved through capacity development and sensitisation activities at individual and organisational/institutional level.

    Lot 2: Support the audience development for films tackling social issues including gender issues

    The objectives of Lot 2 are:

  •   Fighting stereotypes and promoting gender issues by ensuring the screening/dissemination of films tackling such issues to a wide audience in the region particular to young people and rural areas.

  •   Reinforcing links between the different actors from the film industry and civil society organisations (CSO)8 aiming at achieving sustainability of audience development, 

The expected results are:

 

The access of the wider public, especially the youth and people in rural and remote areas, in the region to films tackling sensitive issues, in particular gender is enhanced;

Films tackling sensitive issues are being watched by a wider audience especially the young and people in rural and remote areas which contributes to the overall debate on challenges faced by society.

Lot Mediterranean

3: Support the access to market and the south-south distribution of films across the

The specific objectives of Lot 3 are:

 

Promote freedom of expression by ensuring that productions tackling sensitive issues such as gender reach the screens at local and regional level

Enhance the role of female film professionals in marketing, selling and distributing their productions Development of the film industry as a job creating sector.

The expected results are:

  •   Increased access of a wider public, especially the youth and people in rural and remote areas in the region to films tackling sensitive issues, in particular gender

  •   Reinforced exchange/circulation of audio-visuals throughout the Mediterranean fostering in turn inter-cultural dialogue and cultural co-operation.

  •   Strategies and mechanisms to ensure continued/repeated reach of productions tackling sensitive issues reach the screens are developed and shared

  •   Increased number of people trained and possibly recruited in the distribution sector.

    If the allocation indicated for a specific lot cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to (an)other lot(s).

    Size of grants per lot

    Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

For Lot :

1:
minimum amount: EUR 800,000 maximum amount: EUR 1,000,000

2:
minimum amount: EUR 1,300,000 maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000 

For Lot 3:

  • minimum amount: EUR 1,800,000

  • maximum amount: EUR 2,000,000 

 

 Maximum percentage 80 % of the total eligible costs of the action (see also section 2.1.5).

The balance (i.e. the difference between the total cost of the action and the amount requested from the Contracting Authority) must be financed from sources other than the European Union Budget or the European Development Fund9. 

  1. Any grant requested under this call for proposals may not go beyond maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:

 

2 RULES FOR THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS

These guidelines set out the rules for the submission, selection and implementation of the actions financed under this call, in conformity with the Practical Guide, which is applicable to the present call (available at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/document.do?locale=en) 10.

2.1 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

There are three sets of eligibility criteria, relating to: (1) the actors:

  •   The lead applicant, i.e. the entity submitting the application form (2.1.1),

  •   if any, its co-applicant(s) (where it is not specified otherwise the lead applicant and its

    co-applicant(s) are hereinafter jointly referred as "applicant(s)") (2.1.1),

  •   and, if any, affiliated entity(ies) to the lead applicant and/or to a co-applicant(s). (2.1.2);

    (2) the actions:

 Actions for which a grant may be awarded (2.1.4);

(3) the costs:
 types of cost that may be taken into account in setting the amount of the grant (2.1.5).

Lead applicant

2.1.1 Eligibility of applicants (i.e. lead applicant and co-applicant(s))

(1)

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  •   be a legal person and

  •   be non-profit-making (except for Lot 3) and

  •   be a local authority11, public body12, NGOs/CSOs working in the audiovisual sector, economic operators such as SMEs working in the film or audiovisual sector as its 

  • professional core activity13, international (inter-governmental) organisation14 as defined by Article 43 of the Rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation and

  •   be established in15 a Member State of the European Union or in the ENI south countries, EFTA and IPA countries16. This obligation does not apply to international organisations, and

  •   be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co- applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary. 

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Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations listed in section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide;

In Annex A.2, section 5 (‘declaration by the lead applicant’), the lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations.

The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter.

If awarded the grant contract, the lead applicant will become the beneficiary identified as the Coordinator in Annex E3h1 (Special Conditions). The Coordinator is the main interlocutor of the Contracting Authority. It represents and acts on behalf of any other co-beneficiary (if any) and coordinate the design and implementation of the action.

Co-applicant(s)

The Lead- applicant has to be in a consortium with at least two co-applicants based in two different countries of the southern Mediterranean countries. These co-applicants shall have a strategic role in the implementation of the project.

Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.

Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant.

CSOs tackling gender or social issues can be involved in a consortium but only as co-aplicants.

Co-applicants must sign the mandate in Annex A.2., section 4.

If awarded the grant contract, the co-applicant(s) will become beneficiary(ies) in the action (together with the Coordinator). 

2.1.2 Affiliated entities

Affiliated entity(ies)

The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies)

Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):

Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.

This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:

  1. (i)  Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:

    Entities affiliated to applicant may hence be:

    • -  Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;

    • -  Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;

    • -  Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

  2. (ii)  Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

The structural link shall as a general rule be neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation. This means that the link would exist independently of the award of the grant; it should exist before the call for proposals and remain valid after the end of the action.

By way of exception, an entity may be considered as affiliated to an applicant even if it has a structural link specifically established for the sole purpose of the implementation of the action in the case of so- called “sole applicants” or “sole beneficiaries”. A sole applicant or a sole beneficiary is a legal entity formed by several entities (a group of entities) which together comply with the criteria for being awarded the grant. For example, an association is formed by its members.

What is not an affiliated entity?
The following are not considered entities affiliated to an applicant:

  • -  Entities that have entered into a (procurement) contract or subcontract with an applicant, act as concessionaires or delegatees for public services for an applicant,

  • -  Entities that receive financial support from an applicant,

  • -  Entities that cooperate on a regular basis with an applicant on the basis of a memorandum of

    understanding or share some assets,

  • -  Entities that have signed a consortium agreement under the grant contract (unless this consortium agreement leads to the creation of a "sole applicant" as described above). 

How to verify the existence of the required link with an applicant?

The affiliation resulting from control may in particular be proved on the basis of the consolidated accounts of the group of entities the applicant and its proposed affiliates belong to.

The affiliation resulting from membership may in particular be proved on the basis of the statutes or equivalent act establishing the entity (network, federation, association) which the applicant constitutes or in which the applicant participates.

If the applicants are awarded a grant contract, their affiliated entity(ies) will not become beneficiary(ies) of the action and signatory(ies) of the grant contract. However, they will participate in the design and in the implementation of the action and the costs they incur (including those incurred for implementation contracts and financial support to third parties) may be accepted as eligible costs, provided they comply with all the relevant rules already applicable to the beneficiary(ies) under the grant contract.

Affiliated entity(ies) must satisfy the same eligibility criteria as the lead applicant and the co-applicant(s). They must sign the affiliated entity(ies) statement in Annex A.2., section 5. 

2.1.3 Associates and Contractors 

The following entities are not applicants nor affiliated entities and do not have to sign the "mandate for co-applicant(s)" or "affiliated entities' statement":

 Associates

Other organisations or individuals may be involved in the action. Such associates play a real role in the action but may not receive funding from the grant, with the exception of per diem or travel costs. Associates do not have to meet the eligibility criteria referred to in section 2.1.1. Associates must be mentioned in Annex A.2., section 6 — ‘Associates participating in the action’.

 Contractors

The beneficiaries and their affiliated entities are permitted to award contracts. Associates or affiliated entity(ies) cannot be also contractors in the project. Contractors are subject to the procurement rules set out in Annex IV to the standard grant contract. 

 2.1.4 Eligible actions: actions for which an application may be made 

Definition
An action is composed of a set of activities.
Duration
The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months. Sectors or themes

  •   Enhance the image of women in the film sector

  •   Support the audience development for films tackling social issues, including gender issues

  •   Support the access to market and the south-south distribution of films across the Mediterranean 

Location

Actions proposed under the grants must cover at least 6 of the following Southern Neighbourhood partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine1718, Syria and Tunisia.

Activities supported through sub-grants may focus on one or more countries.

Types of action

  •   Promote participation and involvement of women in the film industry

  •   Support the access to market of films, both south-south and across the Mediterranean through commercial and non-commercial channels.

  •   Support the audience development for films tackling social issues, including gender issues, on a regional level,

    The following types of action are ineligible:

  •   actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;

  •   actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;

  •   actions concerned only with one-off conferences or one off training courses . Conferences can only be funded if they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented in the life-time of the project. For these purposes, preparatory activities for a conference and the publication of the proceedings of the conference do not, in themselves, constitute such “wider activities”; Training courses can only be funded if they can be eventually integrated into an existing curriculum.

  •   actions supporting individual political parties;

  •   actions including proselytism

  •   production or co-production of films.

    Types of activity

    Lot 1: Enhance the image of women in the film sector

    Activities supporting the improvement of the image of women in the film sector: awareness raising campaigns/ lobby activities on gender issues targeting production companies, TV programmers and distributors (from ENPI countries but also from GCC whenever they have an impact in the south Mediterranean countries), support to script doctoring analysing the portrayal of women and men, training in script development with a gender dimension, including for soap operas and TV series, etc...

    Activities supporting the female involvement in the film industry such as: training activities, awareness raising campaigns on gender equality among film professionals, especially producers, in film schools and audiovisual curricula, mentoring and career development activities for (young) female film professionals, peer-to-peer learning (by women for women to also create an identification and emulation process) 

 

Lot 2: Support the development of audiences for films tackling social issues, including gender issues

Activities supporting the screening of films tackling sensitive issues, including gender and youth issues on a regional level in rural and remote areas, through internet, on national and local TV, in cultural centres, youth centres, premises managed by local authorities, schools, refugee camps, including but not limited to screenings in remote and rural areas, cultural debates etc... The focus shall be on innovative and strategic initiatives that take the local popular culture of the target audiences into account so that their lives and experiences can relate to the proposed films/programmes.

Lot 3: Support the access to market and the south-south distribution of films across the Mediterranean

Capacity development activities in terms of marketing, sales and distribution skills as well as to enhance the internationalisation of regional south Mediterranean films festivals and markets, support mechanisms to support the distribution of south Mediterranean films in the region (building on existing Euromed Audiovisual-supported networks), support to the development of innovative VOD platforms and online film festivals for “independent" movies, awareness (and fund) raising campaigns to attract private investors.

Financial support to third parties19

Under this Call financial support to third parties is the main purpose of the action. At least 65% of the grant allocated under Lot 1, 2 and 3 must be redistributed as sub-grants for actions as described here above.

In compliance with the present guidelines and notably of any conditions or restrictions in this section, the lead applicant should define mandatorily in section 2.1.1 of the grant application form:

  1. (i)  the objectives and results to be obtained with the financial support

  2. (ii)  the different types of activities eligible for financial support, on the basis of a fixed list

  3. (iii)  the types of persons or categories of persons which may receive financial support

  4. (iv)  the criteria for selecting these entities and giving the financial support

  5. (v)  the criteria for determining the exact amount of financial support for each third entity, and

  6. (vi)  the maximum amount which may be given.

In all events, the mandatory conditions set above for giving financial support (points (i) to (vi)) have to be strictly defined in the grant contract as to avoid any exercise of discretion.

Persons or categories of persons eligible for financial support must :

  • be a legal person and

  • be non-profit-making (except for Lot 3) and

  • local authorities, public bodies, NGOs/CSOs, economic operators20 such as SMEs working in the film or audiovisual sector as its professional core activity

  • be established in the ENI south countries. 

Activities eligible for financial support are those described in section 2.1.4. under Lots 1, 2 and 3. They must last for a minimum of 1 year.
Grants should not be lower than € 80,000 and not above €100,000.

Visibility

The applicants must take all necessary steps to publicise the fact that the European Union has financed or co-financed the action. As far as possible, actions that are wholly or partially funded by the European Union must incorporate information and communication activities designed to raise the awareness of specific or general audiences of the reasons for the action and the EU support for the action in the country or region concerned, as well as the results and the impact of this support.

Applicants must comply with the objectives and priorities and guarantee the visibility of the EU financing (see the Communication and Visibility Manual for EU external actions specified and published by the European Commission at https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/communication-and-visibility-manual-eu- external-actions_en).

Applicants must ensure that they sub –grantees comply with the same rules and take all necessary steps to publicise the fact that the European Union has financed or co-financed the activity(ies).

Number of applications and grants per applicants / affiliated entities

The lead applicant may not submit more than one (1) application per lot under this call for proposals.

The lead applicant may not be awarded more than one (1) grant per lot under this call for proposals.

The lead applicant may not be a co-applicant or an affiliated entity in another application of the same lot at the same time.

A co-applicant/affiliated entity may not submit more than one (1) application per lot under this call for proposals.

A co-applicant/affiliated entity may not be awarded more than one (1) grant per lot under this call for proposals. 

 

2.1.5 Eligibility of costs: costs that can be included 

Only ‘eligible costs’ can be covered by a grant. The categories of costs that are eligible and non-eligible are indicated below. The budget is both a cost estimate and an overall ceiling for ‘eligible costs’.

The reimbursement of eligible costs may be based on any or a combination of the following forms:

  •   actual costs incurred by the beneficiary(ies) and affiliated entity(ies)

  •   one or more simplified cost options.

    Simplified cost options may take the form of:

  •   unit costs: covering all or certain specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance by reference to an amount per unit.

  •   lump sums: covering in global terms all or certain specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance.

  •   flat-rate financing: covering specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance by applying a percentage fixed ex ante.

    The amounts or rates have to be based on estimates using objective data such as statistical data or any other objective means or with reference to certified or auditable historical data of the applicants or the affiliated entity(ies). The methods used to determine the amounts or rates of unit costs, lump sums or flat- rates must comply with the criteria established in Annex K, and especially ensure that the costs correspond fairly to the actual costs incurred by the beneficiary(ies) and affiliated entity(ies), are in line 

    with their accounting practices, no profit is made and the costs are not already covered by other sources of funding (no double funding). Refer to Annex K for directions and a checklist of controls to assess the minimum necessary conditions that provide reasonable assurance for the acceptance of the proposed amounts.

    Applicants proposing this form of reimbursement, must clearly indicate in worksheet no.1 of Annex B, each heading/item of eligible costs concerned by this type of financing, i.e. add the reference in capital letters to "UNIT COST" (per month/flight etc), "LUMPSUM" or "FLAT RATE" in the Unit column. (see example in Annex K)

    Additionally in Annex B, in the second column of worksheet no.2, "Justification of the estimated costs" per each of the corresponding budget item or heading applicants must:

  •   describe the information and methods used to establish the amounts of unit costs, lump sums and/or flat-rates, to which costs they refer, etc.

  •   clearly explain the formulas for calculation of the final eligible amount21

  •   identify the beneficiary who will use the simplified cost option (in case of affiliated entity, specify first the beneficiary), in order to verify the maximum amount per each beneficiary (which includes if applicable simplified cost options of its affiliated entity(ies))

At contracting phase, the Contracting Authority decides whether to accept the proposed amounts or rates on the basis of the provisional budget submitted by the applicants, by analysing factual data of grants carried out by the applicants or of similar actions and by performing checks established by Annex K.

The total amount of financing on the basis of simplified cost options that can be authorised by the Contracting Authority for any of the applicants individually (including simplified cost options proposed by their own affiliated entities) cannot exceed EUR 60 000 (the indirect costs are not taken into account).

Recommendations to award a grant are always subject to the condition that the checks preceding the signing of the grant contract do not reveal problems requiring changes to the budget (such as arithmetical errors, inaccuracies, unrealistic costs and ineligible costs). The checks may give rise to requests for clarification and may lead the Contracting Authority to impose modifications or reductions to address such mistakes or inaccuracies. It is not possible to increase the grant or the percentage of EU co-financing as a result of these corrections.

It is therefore in the applicants' interest to provide a realistic and cost-effective budget 

The simplified cost option may also take the form of an apportionment of Field Office's costs.

Field Office means a local infrastructure set up in one of the countries where the action is implemented or a nearby country. (Where the action is implemented in several third countries there can be more than one Field Office). That may consist of costs for local office as well as human resources.

A Field Office may be exclusively dedicated to the action financed (or co-financed) by the EU or may be used for other projects implemented in the partner country. When the Field Office is used for other projects, only the portion of capitalised and operating costs which corresponds to the duration of the action and the rate of actual use of the field office for the purpose of the action may be declared as eligible direct costs.

The portion of costs attributable to the action can be declared as actual costs or determined by the beneficiary(ies) on the basis of a simplified allocation method (apportionment). 

The method of allocation has to be:

1. Compliant with the beneficiary's usual accounting and management practices and applied in a consistent manner regardless of the source of funding and

2. Based on an objective, fair and reliable allocation keys. (Please refer to Annex K to have examples of acceptable allocation keys).

A description prepared by the entity of the allocation method used to determine Field Office's costs in accordance with the entity's usual cost accounting and management practices and explaining how the method satisfy condition 1 and 2 indicated above, has to be presented in a separate sheet and annexed to the Budget.

The method will be assessed and accepted by the evaluation committee and the Contracting Authority at contracting phase. The applicant is invited to submit (where relevant) the list of contracts to which the methodology proposed had been already applied and for which proper application was confirmed by an expenditure verification.

At the time of carrying out the expenditure verifications, the auditors will check if the costs reported are compliant with the method described by the beneficiary(ies) and accepted by the Contracting Authority.

Adequate record and documentation must be kept by the beneficiary(ies) to prove the compliance of the simplified allocation method used with the conditions set out above. Upon request of the beneficiary(ies), this compliance can be assessed and approved ex-ante by an independent external auditor. In such a case, the simplified allocation method will be automatically accepted by the evaluation committee and it will not be challenged ex post.

When costs are declared on the basis of such allocation method the amount charged to the action is to be indicated in the column "TOTAL COSTS" and the mention "APPORTIONMENT" is to be indicated in the column "units" (under budget heading 1 (Human resources) and 4 (Local Office) of the Budget).

It has to be noted that the EUR 60.000 limit, otherwise applicable to costs declared on the basis of simplified cost options, is not relevant for costs declared following apportionment of Field Offices. 

 

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