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Call for Proposals 2013 HERCULE II Training, Seminars and Conferences

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Call for Proposals 2013  HERCULE II   Training, Seminars and Conferences: to support, enhance and develop the legal and judicial protection of the EU Financial interests against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities.

 DEADLINE: Tuesday, 30 April 2013

 This Call relates to the legal part of the “training, seminars and conferences” category, and particularly furthers the enhancement of the degree of development of the specific legal and judicial protection of the financial interests against fraud.

 LEGAL TRAINING

The Commission European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will award grants to support training actions and legal studies  aimed at enhancing and developing the legal and judicial protection of the EU financial  interests against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities. Examples of actions which  can be co-financed are:

– organisation of seminars and conferences;

– studies in comparative law;

– dissemination, including publication, of scientific knowledge concerning the

protection of the EU’s financial interests;

– publication and distribution of a scientific periodical on the protection of the EU’s financial interests;

– organization of the annual meeting of the chairpersons of the European Lawyers Association for the protection of the financial interests of the EU.

Grants in this sector may not exceed 90% of the total eligible costs

 Specification:

 The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has been created in 1999 with the following mission:

1. to protect the financial interests of the European Union by combating fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities;

 2. to protect the reputation of the European Institutions by investigating serious misconduct by Members and staff and that could result in disciplinary proceedings, and:

 3. to support the European Commission in the development and implementation of fraud prevention and detection policies.

 

Bodies and legal entities that can submit proposals

 Proposals eligible for funding can be submitted by the following applicants:

  • all national or regional administrations of a Member State, an acceding country or a candidate country, as defined in the Decision of 21 April 2004 (Hercule Programme), as modified, and which promote the strengthening of the EU’s actions in the field of the protection of the EU’s financial interests;
  • all research and education institutes that have had legal personality for at least one year and are established and operating in a Member State or in a country outside the Union, as defined in the Decision of 21 April 2004 (Hercule Programme), as modified, and that promote the strengthening of the EU’s action in protecting its financial interests;
  • all non‑profit‑making bodies that have had legal personality for at least one year and are legally established in a Member State or a country outside the Union, as defined in the Decision of 21 April 2004 (Hercule programme, cited above), as modified, and that promote the strengthening of EU action to protect the EU’s financial interests.

 

Topics 2013

The activities that can be funded in 2013 have to relate to the topics listed below:

  1. Future development of OLAF and other European bodies in charge with the protection of the financial interests of the EU (past experience and forward-looking suggestions);
  2. Legal aspects of the cooperation between OLAF and all anti-fraud agencies, including the customs, police and judicial authorities;
  3. Law and administrative practices relating to the fight against fraud in the Member States, including inspections and penalties in relation to VAT, in particular cooperation between fiscal and judicial authorities to investigate VAT fraud;
  4. Law and administrative practices relating to OLAF investigations, with special reference to procedural guarantees;
  5. Law and administrative practices in the field of fraud prevention and fraud awareness raising, in particular blacklisting and early-warning system procedures in the policy areas in which the European Union provides substantial financial support or in which the European Union plays a significant role, such as External Assistance and Research and Development;
  6. Penalties and limitation periods:
    1. comparitive law study on the impact of limitation periods on the protection of financial interests under criminal law, and the relation between criminal law procedures and limitation periods for recovery;
    2. administrative penalties, disciplinary penalties and criminal penalties notably in the field of customs and smuggling and the relation between such and the procedures for applying them, taking into account administrative penalties in criminal law procedures and vice versa.
    3. National and/or EU rules on evaluating the financial dimension of fraud against the Union’s financial interests and recovery of funds;
    4. Mechanisms to facilitate and improve the gathering, the quality and the reliability of evidence, both for and against (“à charge et à décharge”) the person(s) under investigation during an investigation into and the trial of irregularities and suspected fraud against the financial interests of the EU;
    5. Prospects for criminal law at EU level regarding the protection of the EU’s financial interests:
      1. approaches to specify the relations between national and European law for better synergies between the legislators and the authorities at a national and an EU level;
      2. liability of company directors in a comparative criminal law context;
      3. same treatment for European and national officials;

10. Enhancement of the exchange of information on suspicious transactions and its effectiveness for anti-fraud purposes:

  1. banking secrecy, fiduciary secrecy and tax secrecy (Steuergeheimnis) and effective (administrative or judicial) assistance with regard to economic crime;
  2. transnational corporate structures and enhanced (criminal and civil) liability for financial offences;

11. The identification of new threats against the EU’s financial interests (both revenues and expenditures) as the result new (policy) developments. 

Budget:

The total amount available in 2013 for proposals to fund projects within the scope of this Call is € 700.000. Grants will not exceed 90% of the total eligible costs.

  • The total amount of assistance granted by the Commission for each project will not exceed:

–      € 50 000 for a one‑day seminar; € 100 000 for a two‑day seminar;

–      € 300 000 for a comparative law study;

–      € 25 000 for the dissemination of expertise;

–      € 60 000 for the publication and distribution of a periodical publication by the associations for one year;

–      € 45 000 for the meeting of presidents of the associations.

 

 For more information click here.

For Annual Work Programme Hercule II click here.

 

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