Considerable participation in the second call for standard projects

The answer of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership to the second call for standard projects was beyond any expectations. This last opportunity for the 2007-2013 programming period attracted 1095 grant applications.

The value of the proposals submitted is € 1,6 billion and a total amount of € 1.4 billion ENPI contribution was requested. This is more than 24 times the budget available of the call, which is € 56.5 million.

As seen in the attached graphs, Priorities 1 (“Promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories”) and 2 (“Promotion of environmental sustainability at the basin level”) received large attention from the Applicants notwithstanding the limited available funds (indicatively 25% of the call budget while more than half of the proposals focus on these two Priorities). Environmental protection was once again highlighted as the major challenge at Mediterranean level: the related Measure of the call (2.1 “Prevention and reduction of risk factors for the environment and enhancement of natural common heritage”) gathered the highest number of proposals.

Topics related to cultural dialogue, artistic creativity and support to local governance under Priority 4 (“Promotion of cultural dialogue and local governance”) also proved to be highly relevant for the reinforcement of cooperation in the Mediterranean region: 43% of the proposals concern this Priority.

Another finding of this call is the constant commitment of Mediterranean Partner Countries in the Programme. With almost 43% of total actors (Applicants and partners), the 7 participating Partner Countries confirmed the level of involvement achieved in the two previous calls.

Over the three calls for projects issued by the Programme, € 3.3 billion of the ENPI contribution were requested by almost 2000 proposals. This is more than 18 times the overall budget dedicated to project financing, i.e. € 182 million.

The administrative check of the Concept Notes is ongoing. Due to high number of proposals received, an updated calendar of the evaluation process will be soon published on the Programme website.

Second call for standard projects: statistics on submitted Concept Notes