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Seminar for Beneficiaries 13-14 August Rēzekne, Latvia. Eligibility of costs. Joint Technical Secretariat. Eligible periods. Only costs made during the project implementation period a re eligible. 2. Eligible periods.

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Eligibility of costs

Seminar for Beneficiaries

13-14 August

Rēzekne, Latvia

Eligibility of costs

Joint Technical Secretariat


Eligible periods

Eligible periods

Only costs made during the projectimplementationperiodare eligible

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Eligible periods1

Eligible periods

  • The only exception are costs relating to final reports, expenditure verification and evaluation of the project, which can be incurred not later than the date of submission of the final report

  • Preparatory costs (expenditures before project starting date) are ineligible

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Main eligibility rules

Main eligibility rules

In order to be eligible, costs have to be:

  • Shownin the approvedFullApplicationForm

  • Comply with the visibility requirements

  • Necessary for the implementation of the project

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Main eligibility rules1

Main eligibility rules

  • Identifiable and verifiable, in particular being recorded in the accounting records

  • Incurred in compliance with the relevant procurement procedures

  • Reasonable, justified and comply with the requirements of sound financial management

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Main budgetary principles

Main budgetary principles

The project budget has to be in line with the principles of economy, efficiencyand effectiveness

  • The principle of economyrequires that the resources used by the institution for the pursuit of its activities shall be made in due time, in appropriate quantity and quality and at the best price

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Main budgetary principles1

Main budgetary principles

  • The principle of efficiency is concerned with the best relationship between resources employed and results achieved

  • The principle of effectiveness is concerned with attaining the specific objectives set and achieving the intended results

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Ineligible costs

Ineligible costs

  • Debts and provisions for losses or debts

  • Interest owed

  • Items already financed in another framework (double financing)

  • Purchases of land or buildings

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Ineligible costs1

Ineligible costs

  • Currency exchange losses

  • Taxes (exceptemploymenttaxes, social security charges), including recoverable VAT

  • Credits (loans) to third parties

  • Fines, financial penalties and expenses of litigation

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Human resources

Humanresources

Includes only the cost of the staff of the Beneficiary and the project partner(s) assigned directly to the projectonbaseofemployment (labour) contract– salary (including taxes, health insurance and other remuneration related costs due in the respective country)

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Human resources1

Humanresources

  • Pay attention:

    • Please do not exceed rates and workload stated in the FAF

    • Prepare copy of contracts, orders and other supporting documents

    • Start filling-in the timesheet from the very beginning

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Travel costs

Travelcosts

  • Costs can include - flight, train and bus tickets (economy class), fuel for a car, rent of vehicle for travel, visa and travel insurance costs, accommodation (hotel expenses), local transportation within the place of mission

    • Only costs for staff and participants can be covered

    • Subsistence costs may be paid directly to travel agencies(i.e.the hotel) or to the persons (reimbursement sheets or pay slips)

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Travel costs1

Travelcosts

  • Costs may not exceed those normally borne by the Beneficiary or partner;

  • Any flat-rate for the subsistence (Daily allowance, per diems) must be in accordance with national legislation and not exceed the rates set out in the project budget and published by the European Commission at the time of signing the contract.

    http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/per_diems/index_en.htm

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Travel costs2

Travelcosts

Supportingdocuments:

  • Invoice from travel agency, including proof of payment;

  • Original transportation tickets (plane, train, boat),

  • Boarding passes,

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Travel costs3

Travelcosts

  • Meeting or event related documents: agenda, list of participants, materials, pictures, organisation's internal documents (orders etc.)

    NB! Subsistence costs under “Human resources” may be paid to staff or to participants of seminars and conferences. Any subsistence cost to external experts has to be included in the contract of particular expert under Budget Heading 5 “Other costs and external services”

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Equipment and supplies

Equipment and supplies

The purchase or rental of equipment and supplies (new or used) is eligible if it is specifically neededfor the purposes of the project

The cost of related services, such as transportation or installation is also eligible. The costs have to correspond to market rates

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Equipment and supplies1

Equipment and supplies

  • All equipment must be procured according to the nationallegislation

  • Every co-financed piece of equipment must comply with the information and publicity rules

  • NB! The production equipment, which is used for the profit generation is not eligible under the Programme

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Equipment and supplies2

Equipment and supplies

Supporting documents:

  • Documents related to the award procedure, including a contract and a purchase order. They have to give evidence of the market rates (atleast 3 proposalsmustbecompared)

  • Proof of delivery

  • Invoice from contractor and proof of payment

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Direct local office costs

Direct local office costs

Costs which are invoiced directly to the project - costs of the local office in case a separate office is rented for the needs of the project, office running and transport costs (rent or lending of a car used by the project on daily base)

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Direct local office costs1

Direct local office costs

  • The activity reports have to indicate which is the staff working in the local office and its tasks have to correspond to its cost. The cost has to be reasonable and according to the principle of efficiency

  • Rent of a separate office is rather exceptional and its need has to be clearly justified

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    Direct local office costs2

    Direct local office costs

    Supporting documents:

    • Documents related to the award procedure (procurement)

    • Invoices from contractors and proof of payment

      The cost of the headquarters of the beneficiary and partners has to be financed through the administrative costs

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    Other costs and external services

    Other costs and external services

    All services/works sub-contracted to an external service provider based on the applicable public procurement procedure, such as:

    • Audit

    • Visibilityactivities

    • Bankservices

    • Externalexperts

    • Otherservices

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    Other costs and external services1

    Other costs and external services

    The Beneficiary and the project partner(s) as well as associates are not allowed to sub-contract each other

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    Other costs and external services2

    Other costs and external services

    Supporting documents:

    • Documents related to the award procedure

    • Proof of delivery of services

    • Invoices from contractors and proof of payment

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    Other costs and external services3

    Other costs and external services

    Supporting documents:

    • Materials published

    • Proof of respect of the rules for visibility

    • Additional specific to action documents

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    Infrastructure

    Infrastructure

    • Works and services related to construction, renovation, installation of infrastructure aswellas supervision costs (according to national legislation)

    • Investments co-financed by the Programme should be aimed at public use during the project implementation, i.e. their use can not be limited only to the partners of the project

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    Infrastructure1

    Infrastructure

    Relevant project partner has to be the owner of the land and/or have the building rights on the land

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    Infrastructure2

    Infrastructure

    Supportingdocuments:

    • Documents related to the award procedure

    • Proof of infrastructureworkscompleted

    • Invoices from contractors and proof of payment

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    Infrastructure3

    Infrastructure

    Supportingdocuments:

    • Proof of respect of the rules for visibility (onthesight)

    • Proof of respect of the rule of

      nationality and origin (for materials)

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    Administrative costs

    Administrativecosts

    • Indirect administrative costs are related to office running for the purposes of the project (electricity, heating, consumables, Internet costs…)

    • Indirect costs are eligible if they do not include costs assigned to another heading of the budget

    • The flat rate does not need to be supported by accounting documents

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    In kind

    In-kind

    Unpaid voluntary work and use of the Beneficiary’s and/or the project partner’s own premises for implementation of the project activities (max 10% from the total project budget and not exceed own funds).

    Unpaid voluntary work must be:

    • essential to the project

    • based on a written agreement

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    In kind1

    In-kind

    • proved by timesheets indicating the hours worked for the project and signed by the volunteer and his/her supervisor

    • minimum monthly or hourly official national net salary level is followed when calculating the value of in-kind contribution

    • Ifusingown premises – organisation’s order must be prepared, stating general rent cost for the premises.

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    Supporting documents

    Supportingdocuments

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    Supporting documents1

    Supportingdocuments

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    Supporting documents2

    Supportingdocuments

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    Contingency reserve

    Contingency reserve

    The contingency reserve can only be used in case of unforeseeable circumstances and with thewritten authorisation of the Joint ManagingAuthority

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    10 rule

    10% rule

    Up to 10% of the project's total budget can be spent forimplementation of the project soft activities outside the Programme area:

    • Costshave to beclearlyindicated, specifiedandjustifiedinreports

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    Double financing

    Double financing

    • No single project and activity may be financed by more than one European Community grant

    • The project activities duplicated those already financed from any EU fund, international, national, regional and/or local funds are not eligible as this is considered double-financing

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    Jts contacts

    JTS contacts

    Thank You for Your attention!

    www.estlatrus.eu

    Email:[email protected]

    Phone: +371 6750 9524

    Address: Ausekla Str. 14-3, Riga

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