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Specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for European territorial cooperation (ETC) programmes

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Specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for European territorial cooperation (ETC) programmes

 

SUMMARY OF:

Delegated Regulation (EU) No 481/2014 — supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 with regard to specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for cooperation programmes

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

It sets out specific rules on the eligibility of expenditure for cooperation programmes between EU countries with regard to particular categories of expenditure.

KEY POINTS

European territorial cooperation (ETC)

  • This programme is more commonly known as Interreg.
  • It is one of two goals of EU cohesion policy 2014-2020 and provides a means to implement joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different EU countries.
  • Its aim is to promote the harmonious economic, social and territorial cohesion of the EU as a whole.
  • It is built around 3 strands of cooperation:
    • cross-border (Interreg A) — addresses common challenges identified jointly in the border regions;
    • transnational (Interreg B) — supports a wide range of project investment related to innovation, environment, accessibility, telecommunications, urban development, etc.;
    • interregional (Interreg C) — provides a means for exchanging experience between regional and local bodies in different countries.
  • To facilitate cooperation across these 3 strands, European groupings of territorial cooperation were established in 2007 under Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006.
  • Funding is provided by the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Categories of expenditure

The regulation sets out rules for the following categories of expenditure:

  • staff costs;
  • office and administrative expenditure;
  • travel and accommodation costs;
  • external expertise and service costs;
  • equipment expenditure.

Eligible expenditure

  • Eligible expenditure must relate to the costs of initiating or initiating and implementing an operation or part of an operation.
  • The following costs are not eligible:
    • fines, financial penalties and expenditure on legal disputes and litigation;
    • costs of gifts, except those not exceeding €50 per gift where related to promotion, communication, publicity or information;
    • costs related to the fluctuation of foreign exchange rates.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 14 May 2014.

BACKGROUND

For more information see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 481/2014 of 4 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for cooperation programmes (OJ L 138, 13.5.2014, pp. 45-50)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, pp. 320-469)

The successive amendments and corrections to this regulation have been incorporated in to the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on a European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) (OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, pp. 19-24)

See consolidated version.

last update 01.02.2019

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