Out of 871 applications submitted for START funding, 651 have passed the formal check. The pre-selection of the most promising projects will now be conducted by the Priority Area Coordinators and their Steering Group until the end of November.
Individual applicants will be notified next week, whether they have passed the formal check.
The first call for project proposals of the new pilot initiative "START - Danube Region Project Fund" was a great success, with 871 applications received, stemming from all Danube Region countries. The largest number of applications come from Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary.
The results of the assessment and selection procedure will be communicated until the end of the year.
The Coordinators of the Danube Region Strategy's Priority Areas (PACs) are expected to submit an annual Progress Report to the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission on the progress made regarding the implementation of the targets and actions of the Strategy. The report has been submitted to DG Regio in July 2014.
The Progress Report contains information on the realisation of the targets and actions set for Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" of the Strategy during the third year of its implementation.
With the Award for Roma Integration, the European Commission wishes to honour the commitment of civil society organisations in assisting the integration of Roma communities across the Western Balkans and Turkey, and to give visibility to best practices and ideas.
The winning projects will have to demonstrate an original approach, offering holistic, sustainable solutions for overcoming the existing social gaps between the majority communities and the Roma population. Applications are accepted from EU and non-EU funded projects as well as non-funded initiatives.
Civil society organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo may apply.
The best project from each country will be awarded with a prize of €14,000. The winners together with the 2nd and 3rd placed from each country will be invited for a study visit to Brussels.
The evaluation gives a comprehensive overview of the achievements of the last three editions of the DFDs which were held in Vienna, Belgrade and Bucharest. With three upcoming editions of the DFD, it also identifies challenges and opportunities as well as new target groups in the Danube Region.
Technical assistance is now completed for several of the projects selected within the first call of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects(TAF-DRP).
A few examples:
The partners of the DREAM projects were supported in preparing and submittting an application for funding from the HORIZON2020 Programme.
For the DanReGeotherm project, important milestones have been completed towards the submission of a project application for the HORIZON2020 Programme, which could take place in 2015. The outputs reached by the beneficiary and the TAF-DRP experts include a project concept and inputs for the project proposal, incl. indicative budget and project structure, work packages.
The second call for project ideas in the framework of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) is now open. Interested organisations are invited to contact the Priority Area Coordinator in charge of the topic addressed by their project idea, to receive further information and application pack.