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C 52/22 EN Official Journal of the European Union 27.2.

2004

Call for proposals — Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003 to 2008)

(Official Journal L 271 of 9 October 2002)


(2004/C 52/06)

(Text with EEA relevance)

1. Background and purpose of this call selection and funding of actions under the public health
programme’ (2).
(1) On 23 September 2002 the European Parliament and the
Council adopted a decision on the programme of
Community action in the field of public health (2003 to Eligible countries
2008) (1). This programme entered into force on 1 January
2003. It replaced the previous eight public health (4) The Commission is hereby seeking proposals for action
programmes on health promotion, information, education from bodies active in the field of public health to
and training; cancer; the prevention of AIDS and certain implement the priority actions defined in the programme
other communicable diseases; the prevention of drug decision.
dependence; health monitoring; injury prevention; rare
diseases and on pollution-related diseases. These all came
to an end on 31 December 2002.
In addition to the 15 Member States of the European
Union and the 10 acceding countries, the call is also
open to participation by the EFTA-EEA countries (Iceland,
(2) The general objectives of the programme are: Liechtenstein and Norway) within the context of the
Agreement on the European Economic Area.

(a) to improve information and knowledge for the devel-


opment of public health; Organisations from any of these countries can submit a
project as the main partner, or act as an associated
partner in any project.
(b) to enhance the capability of responding rapidly and in
a coordinated fashion to health threats;
The call is also open to the applicant countries which will
participate in the public health programme in 2004. These
(c) to promote health and prevent disease through are Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
addressing health determinants across all policies and
activities.
Funding of projects submitted or involving any of the
countries listed above, is dependent on completion of the
The programme should contribute to formal legal procedures.

(d) ensuring a high level of human health protection in the Interested parties are invited to submit an application to
definition and implementation of all Community the Commission in accordance with the procedure set out
policies and activities, through the promotion of an in the document on ‘Rules, criteria and procedures for the
integrated and intersectoral health strategy; selection and funding of actions under the public health
programme’.

(e) tackling inequalities in health;


(5) The proposals selected will qualify for Community financial
assistance (grants) on the basis of the shared cost principle.
(f) encouraging cooperation between Member States in the Applicants' attention is drawn to the fact that the
areas covered by Article 152 of the Treaty. Commission will give priority to funding actions which
fall within the scope of the abovementioned work plan
and the priorities specified in that document, taking into
(3) The work plan dated 2004, attached to the information account the general objectives of the new public health
pack available on request (see point 6), sets out details of programme. Applicants should also ensure that their
the priority areas for action in implementing the projects do not duplicate work already done in the
previous eight public health programmes, in the
programme. Within this information pack is a document
framework of the work plan 2003 or under other
with details of the ‘Rules, criteria and procedures for the
Community funding programmes, and that where appro-
priate, projects should build upon work already undertaken
(1) Decision No 1786/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the at Community level.
Council of 23 September 2002 adopting a programme of
Community action in the field of public health (2003 to 2008)
(OJ L 271, 9.10.2002). (2) OJ C 62, 15.3.2003.
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2. Criteria for the selection and funding of actions under 4. Financial framework
the programme (grants for projects)
(1) The financial envelope of the programme for the period
Eligibility of applicants and evaluation criteria (exclusion, 2003 to 2008 is EUR 312 million.
selection, attribution): Applicants must meet criteria set out
by the ‘Rules, criteria and procedures for the selection and The indicative global amount for the call for proposals
funding of actions under the public health programme’ would be estimated at around EUR 48 348 554 (EU
document. The Commission reserves the right to reject 25) (3) (4)/EUR 43 147 800 (EU 15) (4).
proposals that do not meet these criteria and procedures.
(2) As far as the allocation of resources is concerned, a balance
between the programme's different objectives will be main-
3. Financial provisions tained.
The Financial Regulation adopted on 25 June 2002 (1) by the
Council lays down the rules to be applied with a view to 5. Procedures
ensuring that the procedures for protecting Community funds Proposals shall comply with the requirements set out below;
are complied with. This regulation and the associated otherwise they will not be taken into consideration:
implementing rules (2) constitute reference documents for all
financial measures necessary for the implementation of the
public health programme, and their provisions are binding in — they shall be drawn up using the forms obtainable from the
all Member States. address shown below:

Unit C1 — Programme management


The following extracts from the main financial provisions Directorate C — Public Health and Risk Assessment
applying to projects are given for guidance: Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General
European Commission
Bureau JMO — C5/108
Bâtiment Jean Monnet
— After appropriate consultation and selection of projects the Rue Alcide de Gasperi
Commission will determine the amount of financial L-2920 Luxembourg,
assistance to be granted, on the basis of budget availability.
— they shall be submitted in one original version and four
copies,
— Projects are financed under the shared cost principle. If the
amount granted by the Commission is lower than the
assistance sought by the applicant, it is up to the latter — the proposal shall be submitted:
to find supplementary financing or to cut down on the
total cost of the project without diluting either the The final deadline for submission of proposals is set on 26
objectives or the content. April 2004. The candidates may choose to submit their
proposals:

— The amount of the financial contribution under this call (a) either by postal mail, preferably by registered mail,
can, in principle, be up to 60 % of the eligible costs for clearly postmarked on or before the deadline indicated
the projects considered. The normal amount is likely to be above;
less than 60 %. The Commission will determine in each
individual case the maximum percentage to be awarded. (b) by hand-delivery to the Commission services at the
address specified above, either by the candidate in
person or by an authorised representative, and
Exceptionally, however, a maximum co-financing of 80 % confirmed by a duly signed and dated acknowledgment
of eligible costs could be envisaged where a project has a of receipt on or before the deadline indicated above;
significant European added value; involves the acceding
states and applicant countries in a substantial manner, as (c) or by private courier service:
well as having regard to the cross-cutting themes set out in
the work plan. if a dated acknowledgment of receipt is returned to the
candidate by the private courier service, the date of
delivery to the private courier service shall act as
— The running period of any projects to be co-funded, should proof of delivery.
normally not exceed a maximum of three years.
In the absence of a dated acknowledgment of receipt by
(1) Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 the private courier service, the date of delivery to the
on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the Commission services at the address above shall be
European Communities (OJ L 248, 16.9.2002). proven by a signed and dated receipt.
(2) Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23
December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation
of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the (3) Indicative amount, under the approval of the Budget Authority.
Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the (4) Indicative amount: this figure is a maximum and depends on the
European Communities (OJ L 357, 31.12.2002). effective amount of contribution paid by the candidate countries.
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To avoid any delays in the call evaluation procedure, the reference shall clearly be made to this specific call. Once
Commission services reserve the right to disregard a registration number has been attributed by the
proposals sent according to the manner described in Commission services to a proposal received, the applicant
points (a) and (c) first paragraph, which have not been shall use this code in all subsequent correspondence.
delivered to the Commission services within the limit of
one month following the final submission date indicated — Requests for the information pack and application form for
above. funding sent before the publication of the present call for
proposals will not be considered.
— Submission by fax or electronic mail will not be accepted.
6. Information pack
— Proposals must be typewritten and duly signed; all
applications should also be submitted in electronic form An information pack containing all the documents needed for
on a diskette or a CD-ROM in the format Word. submitting an application can be obtained by

— In submitting a proposal, applicants accept the procedures — a written request (letter or fax (3-52) 43 01 381 19) from
and conditions as described in this call and in the the address shown in section 5,
documents to which it refers.
— downloading from the website:
— In all correspondence relating to this call (e.g. when
requesting information, or submitting an application), http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/index_en.html