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					            Annex 1: Action Fiche for occupied Palestinian territory, Israel, Jordan


     1.     IDENTIFICATION
            Title/Number           Middle East Peace Projects (MEPP) – EU Partnership for
                                   Peace programme 2011 (PfPP) (CRIS number 22875)
            Total cost             EU contribution: EUR 10 million (EUR 5 million in 2011 +
                                   EUR 5 million in 2012)
            Aid method /           Project approach – Centralised management and devolved to
            Method of              EU Representation Office in East Jerusalem, EU Delegations
            implementation         in Israel and Jordan
            DAC-code               15220                 Sector                Civil society
                                                                               activities

     2.     RATIONALE

     2.1.   Sector context

            The relations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel and the Middle East
            peace process as a whole are again at a stalemate following the modest optimism
            which the US-mediated peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian
            Authority - resumed under the form of indirect talks in mid 2010 - engendered. The
            indirect talks were upgraded to direct talks in September 2010 but came to yet
            another impasse soon afterwards, following the end of the 10-month partial
            settlement moratorium in the West Bank, which the Israeli government has not
            renewed. Construction has since resumed in West Bank settlements. The Israeli
            government has reiterated its position in November 2010 that there will never be a
            freeze of Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. President Mahmoud Abbas has
            insisted on the refusal to return to negotiations unless Israel halts settlement
            construction, claiming Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state and
            recalling Palestinian refugees’ right to return. The PA has also urged the international
            community to recognise a Palestinian state. International efforts, led by the US, have
            failed to find a way to re-launch direct negotiations including through an additional
            partial freeze on West Bank settlement construction.

            The internal Palestinian political situation continues to be marked by the state of
            division between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. There is no tangible progress to
            bring about national reconciliation and Egypt's draft agreement of October 2009
            cannot therefore be implemented. The divide continues to have direct consequences
            on state-building in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Presidential and legislative
            elections cannot take place as due. The mandate of the President and the Palestinian
            Legislative Council (PLC) are extended for an undefined period, in line with a
            Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership decision. The PLC activities
            continue though to be effectively frozen. More generally, public institutions
            (ministries, security, judiciary etc) in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank continue to
            develop separately, despite recent positive signs in the field of social protection.




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            The Israeli coalition government has remained stable throughout 2010, with only
            minor fluctuations in the approval ratings of most coalition partners. The only party
            that has suffered a significant loss in public support is Labour. While the coalition
            appears stable, there are clear areas of tension, including over the issue of a freeze in
            settlement construction. On the domestic legislative front, a number of controversial
            bills have made progress which can restrict civil society in Israel. The divide
            between religious and secular Jews has gained in prominence. In its international
            relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu has voiced ever-increasing concern at the
            Iranian nuclear threat.

            Due to its geopolitical position, history and its population mix, Jordan is inevitably
            implicated in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and considers itself as stakeholder to
            many final status issues (security, refugees, water, status of Jerusalem). Although
            Jordanian officials from the King down never tire of underlining that there is no
            Jordanian solution to the Palestinian question, any Palestinian state created through
            negotiations with Israel would also depend on close relations with Jordan. More than
            half of Jordanian population is of Palestinian origin. The rest are from Bedouin tribes
            and fear that a "Jordanian solution" will mean the expulsion of hundreds of
            thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank to Jordan, throwing out the
            demographic balance and ending their domination. The King of Jordan has
            repeatedly warned against a resumption of violence in the Middle East should the
            stalemate in peace talks continue.

            Polls show that popular support for the two-state solution remains rather high
            amongst both Israelis and Palestinians. On the Palestinian side civil society
            constituencies which work actively for peace are almost wholly donor driven and
            financed (though no less sincere for all that). On the Israeli side, the traditional peace
            movement is beleaguered and perceived as marginal by mainstream Israeli society.
            The Israeli public remains largely disinterested in the peace process, caring far more
            about economic and other domestic issues. Grassroots contacts between Israelis and
            Palestinians are dwindling, and it is now rare that ordinary Palestinians and Israelis
            meet. The two-state solution is in danger.

            In this context, there is an unsurprising resurgence of those seeking other solutions.
            Extremist voices on both sides are growing louder. Others call for peaceful radical
            alternatives to a negotiated settlement, whether through the unilateral creation of a
            Palestinian State or through putting a one-state solution on the agenda.

            At the regional level, the Arab Peace Initiative remains the principal option for a
            comprehensive settlement of the conflict and normalisation of relations between
            Israel and the Arab neighbours; however, though the Initiative has been welcomed
            anew by the international community including the EU and the US, Israel's response
            has been lukewarm.

     2.2.   Lessons learnt

            In the absence of a dynamic peace process and the deepening internal divides on both
            sides peace building activities are confronted with increased scepticism in the whole
            region. In order to adapt to the deterioration of the situation, the programme will
            continue to support "national" projects in addition to the cross border projects.
            Internal divisions should be addressed as well as segments of the population who



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            support peace but have lost hope. In this context, political leaders and opinion
            formers need to be targeted in order to renew and keep alive the ideas and visionary
            leadership which could result in a peace deal. Activities aiming at revitalising the
            dialogue, exposing them to studies and international experiences will also be
            supported by the programme.

            Analyse of results of previous EU Partnership for Peace programmes have been
            conducted both externally and in house, and were used as a basis to define the
            priorities for the past Call for Proposals.

            The last external evaluation of the programme was conducted from April to
            September 2009. The evaluation highlighted some important features of the
            programme which makes it highly relevant to building peace in the region.
            Meanwhile, it recommended a number of both strategic and logistical adjustments
            that could enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the effort.

            In order to address these recommendations the Call for Proposals 2011 will reinforce,
            in continuity with 2010 call, the following approaches:

            (1)    Connect peace building and education for peace with tangible results likely to
                   impact people everyday's life;

            (2)    Promoting conflict transformation and nonviolent resistance among
                   marginalised groups and new constituencies as alternatives to passive
                   acceptance of the conflict or of armed struggle against it.

            (3)    Opening the political space for political discussion among conflicting parties
                   and support national and intergovernmental leadership to foster the peace
                   process;

            (4)    Develop communication strategies to reinforce the image and effectiveness of
                   the programme and for building capacity of the civil society organisations.

     2.3.   Complementary actions

            The European Council of December 2009 called for the urgent resumption of
            negotiations that lead, within an agreed time-frame, to a two-state solution with an
            independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side
            in peace and security with Israel. It recalled that the European Union would not
            recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders including with regard to Jerusalem,
            other than those agreed by the parties.

            The involvement of the European Union in the Middle East peace process is driven
            by the basic principles and objectives of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
            The relationship between the European Union and its Mediterranean Partner
            Countries aims at “turning the Mediterranean basin into an area of dialogue,
            exchange and co-operation guaranteeing peace, stability and prosperity” through
            “strengthening of democracy and respect for human rights, sustainable and balanced
            economic and social development, measures to combat poverty and promotion of
            greater understanding between cultures, which are all essential aspects of partnership




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             (…).”1 Such a partnership in the Mediterranean area is concretely implemented
             through the ENP and the relevant Action Plans, offering the countries covered an
             increasingly close relationship with the EU, and aiming to prevent the emergence of
             new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours. The Middle East
             Peace Projects – Partnership for Peace is therefore situated in the context of the
             European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Regional Strategy
             2007-2013 and ENPI Regional Indicative Programme 2011-2013.

             Complementarities will be sought with the Instrument for Stability (IfS), more
             specifically with the Peace-Building Partnerships programme, recently set up within
             the IfS. The scope of IfS is very wide since it is one of the EU tools which provides
             for rapid responses in contexts of crisis and emerging crisis. Contrary to the PfP, the
             IfS has global reach and is deployed worldwide. Conversely, PfP has a definite
             objective of promoting and supporting the Middle East Peace Process.
             Complementarities will be drawn from the respective added value of the two
             programmes mainly in the area of mere political dimension. Since IfS is quite
             flexible, it will be available to respond and accompany any possible political
             development at short notice when no other EU instrument is available, while the PfP
             programme priorities and award decisions are fixed once a year within the scope of
             the annual Call for Proposals. Moreover, PfP is the unique instrument that can be
             geared in line with the local context and promote coordination within the peace
             building sector in the region. For these reasons, any IfS proposals in the Middle East
             will be checked for complementarities with actions and priorities under the PfP. IfS
             beneficiaries will be invited to networking and other relevant events organised in the
             peace building sector.

             PfP programme will also take into account and seek complementarities with bilateral
             and regional actions under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human
             Rights.

             Finally, PfP programme will be coherent with the comprehensive approach to the EU
             implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820
             on Women, Peace and Security encouraging applicants to mainstreaming gender in
             their proposals thus ensuring full involvement of women in the search for peace.

     2.4.    Donor coordination

             Donors respective strategies and involvement in peace building actions are quite
             fragmented. In the past, though attempts were made at donor co-ordination, there
             were no tangible results. It is expected that such co-ordination will be promoted more
             firmly during the current project phase where a mapping of the donors' policies and
             programmes in peace-building area will be carried out in oPt, Israel and Jordan. The
             objective of this mapping is twofold: on the one hand, it will help to get a first
             contact with the donors involved in peace-building in the region with a view to
             creating a platform for coordination; on the other hand, it will be disseminated
             among civil society organisations in order for them to increase their capacities to
             leverage funds. In addition, as in the past, the EU will continue inviting the donors to
             some of the events targeting PfP beneficiary and non beneficiary organisations.


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            From the ‘Barcelona Declaration’, see http://www.eeas.europa.eu/euromed/barcelona_en.htm



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     3.      DESCRIPTION

     3.1.    Objectives

             The overall objective of the EU Partnership for Peace Programme is to help support
             the conditions for re-launching the peace process and provide a solid foundation at
             civil society and intergovernmental level for a just and lasting peace in the Middle
             East by strengthening and increasing direct civil society relationships and inter-
             agency/inter-governmental co-operation based on equality and reciprocity between
             Palestinians and Israelis, including the Arab / Palestinian minority in Israel. To this
             end, initiatives under this programme can be undertaken by each country or jointly
             within and between Mediterranean Partner Countries2 or EU Member States or
             countries that are beneficiaries of Pre-Accession Assistance3 or Member States of the
             EEA4.

             The specific objective is to strengthen civil society peace building actions and
             conflict transformation, focusing on initiatives which are likely to have an impact on
             people’s everyday lives. In particular, the programme intends to support practical
             actions aiming at rebuilding mutual trust through reconciliation, building capacity for
             non violent approaches to conflict resolution, empowering marginalized parties and
             launching joint development policies and strategies.

     3.2.    Expected results and main activities

             Expected results would include:

             (1)     Confidence in the peace process is restored amongst key constituencies.

             (2)     Marginalised parties are empowered and new constituencies persuaded to
                     adopt non violent approaches to conflict resolution.

             (3)     Shared development of policies and strategies is renewed and awareness
                     about existing and possible new peace solutions is raised.

             (4)     Commitment to the peace process is strengthened by leaders/decision makers;
                     for example through broadening support for particular initiatives.

             (5)     The capacities of civil society organisations implicated in the process
                     (including community based organisations) are improved.

             (6)     The outcomes of the PfP projects are disseminated widely and the image of
                     the programme is reinforced.

             Results 1 to 4 will be achieved through support for projects under a Call for
             Proposals. Expected results 5 and 6 will be achieved via service contracts, managed
             by the EU, which provide training, conferences, networking, communication and
             media capacity building for NGOs. These services will be funded under the current

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            Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and West Bank & Gaza.
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            Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
            Macedonia.
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            Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and EU-27.



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          MEPP 2010 (component 2) and will be carried out along two years starting in early
          2011.

          The following priorities will be considered for the Call for Proposals:

          (1)     Cross community co-operation: Joint concrete actions for socio-economic
                  development

          For 2011, the programme will maintain its support to practical actions responding to
          local concrete needs (such as environment, health, municipality issues, community
          development, technical disputes or the like) likely to produce tangible results in
          terms of development, quality of life and co-operation between conflicting
          communities.

          (2)     Peace building education, communication and empowerment

          The actions under this priority could include conflict management work such as
          capacity building for non violent approaches to conflict resolution, expose the target
          groups to both their own and the other narratives as well as to their respective rights;
          peace building educational activities; educational programmes designed to introduce
          long term changes in attitudes, stereotypes, prejudices and to increase tolerance and
          understanding both within each of the societies and of the other side; lessons learnt
          from other conflicts in the world.

          (3)     Awareness raising of leaders and opinion-formers, public opinion and
                  media

          Actions under this priority will explore political options in the framework of the two
          state solution, as agreed upon by all involved parties, as well as put into operation the
          existing visions of a future peaceful relationship between Israel and its Arab
          neighbours, through increasing knowledge and awareness of possible solutions to the
          conflict based on justice and rights. These actions are intended to support leaders and
          opinion formers to work toward the resolution of the conflict.

          All actions, regardless of the priority, must be implemented mainly in the occupied
          Palestinian territory and/or Israel and/or Jordan. Specific activities, within the scope
          of the action and for its benefit, can be implemented also in Mediterranean Partner
          Countries5 or EU Member States or countries that are beneficiaries of Pre-Accession
          Assistance6 or Member States of the EEA7.

          Target groups: Pioneer projects, targeting 'veto' and 'blocking' groups (those
          communities considered hostile to the peace process) will be welcomed. Projects
          aiming at expanding the constituencies through the involvement of marginalised
          groups such as youth, women and children and/or targeting sceptical or not
          committed groups are encouraged. Projects involving local communities as a whole,
          thus producing a multilevel and long term impact, will be particularly encouraged.


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         Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and West Bank & Gaza.
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         Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
         Macedonia.
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         Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and EU-27.



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            Working through media for increasing awareness or targeting media for changing
            attitudes and stereotypes will be welcomed as well.

     3.3.   Risks and assumptions

            As previous experience shows, there is a high risk of disruption of activities linked to
            the instability of the political situation. A political crisis, similarly to what happened
            in December 2008/January 2009 due to the war on Gaza, is likely to provoke a
            freezing of the activities and a temporary suspension of the peace non-governmental
            organisations (NGOs) engagement. In this case and depending on the moment when
            it might occurred during the calls for proposals/implementation process, the
            following options will be considered: to stand-by the launch of the call for proposals;
            to delay the evaluation process; freeze the actions implementation and grant a time
            extension to the contracts. These measures should allow the civil society to get back
            to action once the situation is calmed down and the first astonishment is overcome.

            A deterioration of the situation in terms of movement and access could lead to delays
            in the implementation of the projects. It could also affect the monitoring of the
            activities. Increased political tensions could jeopardise the willingness/ability of the
            stakeholders to carry on the project, or even to apply in the first place. Visibility
            could also be affected due to security reasons. In these cases, as learned in previous
            experience, it is suitable to delay some activities and/or adopt a low profile approach.
            In addition, each proposal submitted under the call for proposals will need to assess
            the risks and propose mitigation measures

     3.4.   Crosscutting Issues

            Cross-cutting issues, such as environmental sustainability, gender equality, good
            governance and human rights, are taken into due consideration in the context of the
            programme. In the context of the 2010 programme component 2, special trainings on
            integration of environment issue and gender mainstreaming will be delivered to grant
            Beneficiaries. These trainings will be also an opportunity for EU staff to increase
            knowledge and skill on those issues so as EU staff will be enabled to follow up more
            competently in the future.

     3.5.   Stakeholders

            The main stakeholders of the programme are civil society organisations, including
            Community Based Organisations (CBOs), and leaders and opinion-formers in the
            region as well as their European partners. In the last years, several consultation
            seminars with stakeholders have been undertaken, specifically in December 2007 and
            February 2009, as well as in September 2009 in the context of the external evaluation
            of the programme, in addition to the regular contact between the EU local services
            and the grant Beneficiaries for the managing of their respective contracts and project
            monitoring.

            Among the main outcomes of these meetings it is worth highlighting that there is no
            symbiotic relation between the political peace process and civil society. However,
            the work of civil society is extremely important for contributing to building a
            sustainable peace. Working on common interests can maximize prospects for
            sustainability, and objectives need to be gradual and realistically achievable.



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            Moreover, as recommended also by the external evaluation, the work of peace NGOs
            has to meet the very basic needs of the targeted local communities and ensure their
            mode of operation is relevant, thus ensuring higher impact and sustainability of the
            actions. In addition, given the existing internal political divisions which create
            barriers to the peace process, a broad range of communities and actors need to be
            targeted, and sometimes actions in only one country will be more sustainable. For
            this reason, PfP, notwithstanding its specific peace-building overall objective, it is
            not restricted to peace NGOs, but is open to all kind of civil society organisations
            which are able, through their action, to connect peace building with tangible results
            that change lives and create long-term impact and consolidation.

            In this regard, the involvement of the communities as a whole is key to ensure that
            the civil society organisations agenda is relevant to the targeted communities. NGOs
            consulted in the above mentioned meetings went also further ahead proposing that,
            where possible, special attention could be paid to those communities opposed to the
            peace process (commonly called 'veto' or 'blocking' communities).

            Local Authorities have a significant task in socio-economic development and
            community representation. They have an important role in ensuring social cohesion
            among their constituents and are therefore among the potential stakeholders of the
            programme.

            The final beneficiaries are the peoples of the Middle East and the Mediterranean
            Partner Countries.


     4.     IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

     4.1.   Method of implementation

            Direct centralised management devolved to EU Technical Assistance Office
            (EUTAO) in East Jerusalem (name of EU Delegations in non sovereign territories)
            and the EU Delegations in Israel and Jordan.

            The distribution between the different Delegations in terms of Project Management is
            made on the grounds of the nationality of the applicant. As a general principle,
            Palestinian and European applicants are processed by the EUTAO whereas Israeli
            ones are processed by the EU Delegation in Tel Aviv. Projects which have mainly
            activities in Jordan or Jordanian applicants are managed by the EU Delegation in
            Amman.

            The call for proposal shall be launched by EUTAO in East Jerusalem. Delegation
            services will work jointly for the preparation and evaluation of the Call for Proposals
            and organisation of training and communications events. They will also attend
            events, meetings and monitoring visits together when relevant and keep each other
            regularly informed on the projects progress.

     4.2.   Procurement and grant award procedures

            1) Contracts




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            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations, in force at the time of
            the launch of the procedure in question.

            Participation in the award of contracts for the present action shall be open to all
            natural and legal persons covered by the ENPI Regulation applicable to the general
            budget of the European Union.

            2) Specific rules for grants

            Grants will be awarded to actions targeting local constituencies in the area of peace
            education, media, and joint concrete actions for socio economic development
            (priorities 1 and 2). A dedicated amount (minimum 25% of the total amount of the
            Call for Proposals) will be allocated to actions focusing on political issues,
            researches, studies, etc. to promote dialogue and awareness at the political level both
            in Europe and in the Middle East (priority 3).

            The essential selection and award criteria for the award of grants are laid down in the
            Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions. They are established
            in accordance with the principles set out in Title VI 'Grants' of the Financial
            Regulation applicable to the general budget. When derogations to these principles are
            applied, they shall be justified, in particular in the following cases:

            – Financing in full (derogation to the principle of co-financing): the maximum
              possible rate of co-financing for grants is 80%. Full financing may only be applied
              in the cases provided for in Article 253 of the Commission Regulation (EC,
              Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the
              implementation of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the
              European Union.

            – Derogation to the principle of non-retroactivity: a grant may be awarded for an
              action which has already begun only if the applicant can demonstrate the need to
              start the action before the grant is awarded, in accordance with Article 112 of the
              Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Union.

     4.3.   Indicative budget and calendar

            The total indicative financial contribution of the European Union to the programme
            is of EUR 10 million. EUR 5 million will be committed in 2011 and a further EUR
            5 million in 2012, subject to funds availability.

            A Call for Proposals for an amount of EUR 5 million will be launched in the second
            semester of 2011. Another Call for Proposals is expected to be organised by the end
            of 2012.

     4.4.   Performance monitoring

            Performance monitoring, in order to measure progress of projects implementation,
            will be ensured by the European Commission (through e.g. the EU Representative
            Office in East Jerusalem, EU Delegations in Israel and Jordan, as well as EU



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            Delegations in relevant ENPI countries). A number of actions under PfP will be
            included also in the annual results oriented monitoring (ROM) exercise.

            Objectively Verifiable Indicators have been set (see Logical Framework here
            attached) for the whole programme. Applicants will be requested to thoroughly
            identity Objectively Verifiable Indicators (OVI) for their respective action. A series
            of training courses in Project Cycle Management (PCM), Logical Framework, and
            Monitoring & Evaluation held in the current MEPP 2010-component 2 will provide
            potential applicants and new Beneficiaries with the necessary knowledge and
            practise for improving the quality of their log-frame and therefore efficiently
            implementing their actions.

     4.5.   Evaluation and audit

            Final external evaluations of each project are encouraged and the relevant cost must
            be included in the project's budget. EU staff will facilitate the dissemination of these
            reports, upon authorisation of the grant Beneficiaries, so as to favour exchange of
            best practises.

            An external evaluation of the whole programme is envisaged in 2012. This
            evaluation will be financed on another source other than the budget of the project.

            Although not mandatory, Beneficiaries will be encouraged to submit a certification
            of expenditure in support of every request for payment. The relevant cost must be
            included in the project's budget. This point will be duly highlighted in the Guidelines
            for Applicants in order for them to include it in the proposed budget.

            Some PfPP projects will be included in the Annual Audit exercise, if deemed
            necessary.

     4.6.   Communication and visibility

            Communication and visibility of the whole programme is expected to be increased
            through the services provided by a specialised company in the context of the current
            MEPP 2010-component 2. A dedicated link to PfP has been already created in each
            web site of the three delegations in charge of the programme where a brief
            presentation of the programme, including the list of the awarded grant, is uploaded.
            The three EU Delegations will take due care to always communicate identical
            messages and provide identical information.

            EU visibility guidelines are to be respected by all Beneficiaries. Services on the
            ground will check the visibility component of the actions through field visits and will
            increase public visibility of the actions when possible. Is it worth mentioning,
            however, that given the sensitiveness of this programme, grant Beneficiaries are not
            always keen to disclose information on their activities and on the participating
            people. Visibility issue will be then treated with the utmost care.




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                           Annex 2: Action Fiche for Mediterranean region


     1.   IDENTIFICATION
          Title                  Support to the FEMIP (2011) (CRIS number 23042)
          Total cost             EU contribution: EUR 32 million
          Aid method /           Project approach – centralised indirect management
          Management mode
          DAC-code               32130                 Sector                SME Development
          Preliminary Remark

          This Decision concerns the 2011 contribution to the FEMIP which is needed to cover
          the pipeline of operations in 2011-12. Apart from this, nothing is new in this
          Financing Decision as compared to the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 contributions.

          This Action Fiche does not repeat general elements of the 2007, 2008, 2009 and
          2010 Decisions (EUR 32 million each: C(2007)5134, C(2008)3637, C(2009)3540
          and C(2010)5136/3) regarding EU budget support for the FEMIP, as they remain
          valid. Only updates on programme implementation are presented hereunder.


     2.   RATIONALE

          Background information

          The overall objective of the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and
          Partnership (FEMIP) is to promote sustainable economic growth in the region
          through investments in infrastructure and especially in private sector development.

          The "Support to the FEMIP" finances both technical assistance and risk capital
          operations.

          The objective of risk capital operations is to provide capital to the private sector of
          Mediterranean partner countries on terms that are not available locally. Risk capital
          will be invested directly or indirectly in order to (i) support the private sector, i.e.
          enable the creation, restructuring or growth of enterprises (ii) strengthen the role of
          the local financial sector by supporting the creation of new institutions or the
          establishment of new activities for the benefit of the private sector.

          Technical assistance will be mobilised to strengthen FEMIP operations in the
          Mediterranean region, with a special focus on private sector development.

          "Support to the FEMIP" risk-capital portfolio includes more than 500 operations (co-
          investments, direct operations, investment funds). The European Investment Bank
          (EIB) has committed EUR 182 million under MEDA II (2000-2006) and so far EUR
          105 million under the ENPI (2007-2009) for risk capital operations.

          As regards technical assistance (TA), by end of 2010, 74 technical assistance
          operations amounting to EUR 34.2 million were completed, 29 TA operations


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          amounting to EUR 59.7 million were ongoing and 1 TA operations amounting to
          EUR 0.2 million were approved under the FEMIP Support Fund. The resources
          under the FEMIP Support Fund being now exhausted, EUR 13 million have been
          reserved under the 2010 "Support to FEMIP" funds for TA. By the end of 2010, 2
          TA operations amounting to EUR 4.1 million were ongoing, 4 TA operations
          amounting to EUR 7.8 million were approved and 3 TA operations amounting to
          EUR 3.3 million were initiated by EIB services in close collaboration with project
          promoters.

          The European Union allocates a budget of EUR 32 million to the EIB for the year
          2011. This amount will be paid to the EIB in two pre-financing tranches: one for
          risk-capital operations, one for technical assistance. The distribution of funds
          between risk capital and technical assistance will be decided jointly by the EIB and
          the Commission, based on needs and relevance of proposals.


     3.   DESCRIPTION

          There are no changes regarding objectives, expected results and indicators for the
          2011 commitment in reference those stated under "Support for FEMIP" Decisions
          C(2007)5134, C(2008)3637, C(2009)3540 and C(2010)5136/3.


     4.   IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

          There are no changes regarding implementation issues for the 2011 commitment in
          reference those stated under "Support for FEMIP" Decisions C(2007)5134,
          C(2008)3637, C(2009)3540 and C(2010)5136/3.




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                Annex 3: Action Fiche for the ENPI South Regional Programme


     1.     IDENTIFICATION
            Title/Number          EUMEDRegNet II (CRIS number 23028)
            Total cost            EUR 9.59 million
                                  out of which the EU contribution is EUR 3.79 million
                                  It is foreseen that the beneficiary institutions – Southern
                                  Mediterranean National Research and Education Networks
                                  (NRENs) - will jointly finance around 64.4% of the total cost
                                  of the EUMEDCONNECT3 project for which EUR 3. 2
                                  million is allocated from the EU funds
            Aid method /          Centralised management, managed by the EU Delegation to
            Method of             Egypt
            implementation
            DAC-code              22040                 Sector                ICT

     2.     RATIONALE

     2.1.   Sector context

            Information Society is among the priorities of the European Neighbourhood Policy
            (ENP) Action Plan of each partner country and it has been singled out in the
            Regional Indicative Programme (2011-2013) under “Supporting the Information
            Society” as area of intervention with an earmarked budget.

            Co-operation in the field of Information Society has been declared essential in order
            to contribute to sustainability of economic and social development in the Euro-
            Mediterranean region. The 2005 Dundalk EuroMed Ministerial Conference on
            Information Society adopted a series of recommendations in order to promote sector
            reform and development of the Euro-Mediterranean Information Society. These
            recommendations were followed up by the Cairo EuroMed Ministerial Conference
            on Information Society in 2008 where a new chapter on Information Society was
            introduced.

            Later in 2008, ministers attending the Marseilles Union for the Mediterranean
            Conference stressed the fundamental need to ensure an interconnection of research
            networks in order to support, inter alia, the creation of grid-enabled scientific e-
            infrastructures. These infrastructures make Information and Communication
            Technology (ICT) research and development co-operation between Europe and the
            Southern Mediterranean countries more efficient. Ministers recognised the
            fundamental role that the EUMEDCONNECT network plays in interconnecting the
            National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in the region and with
            European counterparts via the GEANT pan-European research network, thus
            enabling collaboration of high scientific, educational and societal impact in multiple
            domains. Moreover, Ministers considered it essential to guarantee the initiative's
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            Scientific research and education have become key elements and significant
            resources for economic development, technological innovation and knowledge
            creation also in the Southern Mediterranean region. The practice of scientific
            research is changing dramatically. Researchers working in isolation no longer
            contribute to technological innovations or social development. It is only through
            multidisciplinary collaborations among research centres, industry and public entities,
            which are often geographically dispersed, possible that knowledge, innovation, and
            know-how are facilitated. ICT technologies have played a major role in making such
            collaboration possible.

            Today’s research imposes new requirements not only in the way it is being
            conducted, but also in the computational aspects. Therefore, it has become essential
            to maintain the dedicated EUMEDCONNECT network so as to continue to not only
            connect research and education institutions but also keep them linked to a globalized
            world.

            To ensure future sustainability and network ownership by the Southern
            Mediterranean countries, the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN)
            was created in 2010 under the umbrella of the League of Arab States. It is planned
            that ASREN will play an important role in the EUMEDCONNECT project, while
            building its own capabilities, and take over the task of managing this network once
            EU funding runs out in 2014.

            Meanwhile, in the electronic communications sector, regulatory reform and
            harmonisation has taken place through the New Approaches to Telecommunications
            Policy (NATP) projects funded by the European Commission since 2001. These
            efforts have identified clear co-operation benefits among regulatory authorities in the
            Euro-Mediterranean region.

            Thus, in 2008, following the ideals and principles of the Euro-Mediterranean co-
            operation set out in the Barcelona Declaration and further elaborated in the above
            mentioned Cairo EuroMed Ministerial Conference on Information Society, electronic
            communications regulatory authorities in the Euro-Mediterranean region joined
            forces to strengthen their co-operation and set up a network that aims to facilitate
            experience sharing and the organisation of neighbourly co-operation: the Euro-
            Mediterranean electronic communications Regulators Group (EMERG). This
            network is up and running efficiently, but further moderate funding is envisaged by
            the EU in fully exploiting the benefits of this co-operation.

            In addition to the above, recently, various areas if the Digital Agenda for Europe
            have been receiving a great deal of attention at international level, resulting in
            demand for closer co-operation between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean
            countries. Particularly two areas need to be underlined: e-health and trust in e-
            business transactions.

     2.2.   Lessons learnt

            The ongoing European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)° South
            Information  Society   regional  programme     EUMEDRegNet        (including
            EUMEDCONNECT2 and New Approaches to Telecommunication Policy (NATP) 3




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            projects), is constantly being monitored by its Task Manager and a Results Oriented
            Monitoring (ROM) mission took place in 2009. The lessons learnt are the following:

            – The programme is highly relevant. The programme management is efficient and
              effective and impact prospects are high although they need to be better
              documented.

            – While there is a very strong ownership both at user and government levels,
              financial and institutional sustainability remains a challenge.

            – Sustainability is addressed in the project, but more efforts are needed.

            – Evaluation of the impact of project outputs should be integrated from the very
              beginning.

            From previous analysis the EU also learned that:

            – Building awareness and connecting and articulating national and regional
              initiatives in the same areas could be improved.

            – Some degree of implementation flexibility and timely reactions to changes of the
              environment and the stakeholders’ needs are important success factors, in
              particular in the ICT field.

     2.3.   Complementary actions

            This programme is designed to build on past and current EU programmes and
            projects in the field of Information Society in the region, namely the
            EUMEDCONNECT2 and NATP3 projects. It will provide e-infrastructures to
            ongoing Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
            (Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and future Framework Programme (FP8))
            projects in the region.

            The proposed programme will also focus on promoting a coordinated approach of the
            national projects (as per the National Indicative Programmes) in all the related fields
            (research networks and electronic communication regulation).

     2.4.   Donor coordination

            During the EUMEDCONNECT programmes to date the European Commission has
            been the only donor active in the Euro-Mediterranean region in this field. But there
            are some other donors becoming active in the Euro-Mediterranean region: in
            particular, during the last year a high speed link connecting the Egyptian NREN to
            Europe was donated by Tata Communications. Recently Egypt has been, also
            connected to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development
            (GLORIAD) project, an international network supported by the US National Science
            Foundation since 2003 which has connected the scientific communities of the US,
            Russia and China and is now interested in connecting additional countries.
            GLORIAD has no plans to substitute for the support proposed by
            EUMEDCONNECT3, but potential synergies with these activities will be sought
            during the EUMEDCONNECT3.




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              At a bilateral level, there are a few ongoing co-operation projects, financed by the
              EU or Member States, in the electronic communication field: e.g.: twinnings with
              National Telecom Authorities (NTAs) in Egypt and Jordan. EU Members States have
              been briefed on this regional project during the formulation phase.


     3.       DESCRIPTION

     3.1.     Objectives

              The overall objective of this programme is to support and further improve the
              Information Society co-operation between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean
              countries and build on the achievements of the 2 ongoing regional projects in the
              field: EUMEDCONNECT 2 and NATP 3.

              Its specific objectives are following:

              – Component 1 – main component: ensure long-term sustainability of the research
                networking e-infrastructure between the EU and ENPI South counties in order to
                maximise the synergies of bilateral and regional research and education projects;

              – Component 2: moderately facilitate the continued development of a harmonized
                and investment friendly environment in the ENPI South region's electronic
                communications sector via support to EMERG. At the same time the programme
                should help to identify what are the regulatory challenges for the Mediterranean
                region in the field of electronic communications in the light of the strategic
                initiative of the European Commission, Digital Agenda Europe (DAE) launched
                in 2010;

              – Component 3: strengthen co-operation in some specific applications of
                information society technologies, namely e-health, and trust in e-business
                transactions.

     3.2.     Expected results and main activities

     3.2.1.   Component 1:

              Maintaining connectivity between the shores of the Mediterranean requires an
              increased share of national funding from the Southern counties and a rationalisation
              of use. In the short term, connectivity will still be co-supported by the EU. This will
              be the last extension of EUMEDCONNECT projects with EU funds and will provide
              enough time for a regional self-sustained and self-managed organization - ASREN -
              to provide the data networking e-infrastructure between the EU and the ENPI South
              countries. To ensure the above, the following results are expected from this
              programme:

              – The network is in place providing comparable or faster connectivity and
                networking services than in the previous phase, with ASREN partially involved in
                its management.




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              – Documented usage, research impacts and benefits enable the Mediterranean
                member countries of ASREN to successfully lobby for national government and
                possibly other donor funding.

              – ASREN's capacity is enhanced to self manage the EUMEDCONNECT network
                infrastructure and services and sustain interconnection with GEANT.

              – ASREN taking full charge of the network.

              In order to reach the above results, the following activities are planned:

              – Set-up up operational procedures for the EUMECONNECT3 network together
                with ASREN, migrate network and manage jointly day to day operations;

              – Conduct a regional interconnectivity feasibility study in order to further
                rationalise bandwidth use, seek a self-sufficient regional-centric network with
                connections to GEANT, and with the assistance of the League of Arab States
                explore the scope for collaboration with other countries in the region;

              – Support the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) one by one to
                redirect and further rationalise national network traffic;

              – Support specific actions for financial sustainability in coordination with ASREN,
                monitoring commitment at government level, and lobbying and coordinating the
                relevant political actors and potential donors;

              – Prepare case studies on network usage and research the impact and benefit on
                national development;

              – Advocate and convince decision makers to increase support to cover all network
                operation costs;

              – Build capacity and conduct trainings in the Mediterranean member countries of
                ASREN to prepare for takeover;

              – Finalise, approve and execute a strategic plan for ASREN to take over the
                management of the network;

              – Transfer of the network from its current management to ASREN.

     3.2.2.   Component 2:

              Related to facilitating the work of EMERG the programme is expected to achieve the
              following results:

              – A more harmonized regulatory framework and investment friendly environment in
                the region's electronic communications sector;

              – EMERG is self sustainable and strengthened as the main platform of discussion in
                the region for electronic communications regulation;




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              – The regulatory challenges of the region are identified and addressed in the field of
                the infrastructures of electronic communications and for the deployment of ICT
                services.

              In order to reach the above results, the following activities are planned:

              – Technical Assistance support to EMERG via finalisation of work plans, execution
                of benchmarking studies and organising workshops;

              – Assistance to Southern Mediterranean member countries of EMERG lagging
                behind.

     3.2.3.   Component 3:

              Related to facilitating the work of EMERG the programme is expected to achieve the
              following results:

              – Awareness is increased in the region of the importance of developing integrated
                and interoperable eHealth solutions and increased deployment of relevant tools;

              – Data and information on eHealth use and is more widely available in the Southern
                Mediterranean countries;

              – A long-term strategy in the field of eHealth in the Mediterranean region is
                formulated;

              – Assessment of the feasibility of the cross-border interoperability for trust in e-
                business transactions is finalised;

              – Common business needs for cross-border transactions and local resources to
                secure transactions are identified.

              In order to reach the above results, the following activities are planned:

              – Organisation of seminars on the various areas of e-Health and trust in e-business
                transactions which will yield position papers;

              – Execution of a fact finding study on the use of eHealth applications in Southern
                Mediterranean countries.

     3.3.     Risks and assumptions

              The most important risks are:

              – Lack of political support that could lead to a lack of financial resources
                commitment in the longer term and thus potentially failure. The success of
                EUMEDCONNECT to date, the moves to establish ASREN under the auspices of
                the League of Arab States, and the continued commitment of the European
                Commission by supporting EUMEDCONNECT3 together provide a good basis
                for a successful outcome of the programme.




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            – Lack of interoperability between the existing eHealth platforms and national
              initiatives in the region for trust in e-business transactions.

            A slightly less important risk is:

            – Lack of (progressively assumed) partner ownership which could be managed with
              Technical Assistance.

            In order to tackle these risks, the programme prioritises activities that target gaining
            high level political support and strengthen partner capacity.

            To ensure ownership and political support the programme responds to stakeholders’
            needs, articulated via various assessments and evaluations. Another encouraging fact
            is that ASREN and EMERG (the institutions which are there to ensure sustainability)
            are already functioning, although currently with EU assistance. The intervention
            design includes strategies to ensure financial sustainability through strengthening
            active lobbying capacity for political support.

            Finally, another high risk inherent to the region is related to potential social and
            political conflicts.

     3.4.   Crosscutting Issues

            The programme relates to the EU cross-cutting issues of good governance that will
            be indirectly addressed thanks to promoting an enhanced political dialogue, co-
            operation among researchers and the academic community and better public services
            through e-government. It will empower populations at large with better access and
            use of ICT tools.

     3.5.   Stakeholders

            Key stakeholders and target groups (direct beneficiaries) of this intervention include:

            – National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of Southern Mediterranean
              countries and the current EUMEDCONNECT partners in the EU;

            – Researchers and educationalists, both across the southern Mediterranean and
              Europe;

            – Science and Research support organisations in the region;

            – National Regulatory Authorities for electronic communications participating in
              the Euro-Mediterranean electronic communications Regulators Group (EMERG);

            – Ministries for Health; Ministries responsible for ICT, and innovation of
              Mediterranean partner countries;

            – Operators and providers of eHealth solutions;

            – Ministries in charge of electronic signature and identification policies in Southern
              Mediterranean countries;




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            – Chambers of commerce and trade associations in the region.

            Indirect beneficiaries include many stakeholder categories such as public and private
            institutions active in research, technology firms, ICT service providers and all kinds
            of ICT services and ICT-enabled services users.


     4.     IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

     4.1.   Method of implementation

            Direct centralised management.

     4.2.   Procurement and grant award procedures

            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations, in force at the time of
            the launch of the procedure in question.

            Participation in the award of contracts for the present action shall be open to all
            natural and legal persons covered by the ENPI Regulation. Further extensions of this
            participation to other natural or legal persons by the concerned authorising officer
            shall be subject to the conditions provided for in Article 21(7) of the ENPI
            regulation.

            For the EUMEDCONNECT3 project (Component 1 – main component) a direct
            grant contract is foreseen to be signed with DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network
            Technology to Europe, UK), based on Article 168(1)(f) of the Implementing Rules of
            the Financial Regulation. The reasons for a direct award to DANTE are the
            following:

            – DANTE has operated since 1993 four consecutive generations of pan-European
              research and education networks, currently the GÉANT network, and has
              successfully managed the EUMEDCONNECT programme since its inception;

            – It is set up as a non-profit organisation and is owned by a group of National
              Research and Education Networks (NRENs). DANTE acts as the managing
              partner of the projects for its NREN partners;

            – There are currently no alternative organisations capable of developing and
              operating a regional research and education network for the Southern
              Mediterranean (though it is foreseen that ASREN will develop to take on this
              role).

            For the activities under Component 2 to achieve a more harmonized regulatory
            framework and investment friendly environment in the electronic communications
            sector (EMERG Facilitation) a framework contract is envisaged.

            For the activities under Component 3 to strengthen co-operation in some specific
            applications of information society technologies, namely e-health, and trust in e-
            business transactions 2 framework contracts are envisaged.



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     4.3.   Indicative budget and calendar

            The indicative breakdown is as follows:

            – Component 1: EUR 3.29 million for EUMEDCONNECT3 (grant contract with
              DANTE as per section 4.2) which will be complemented by another EUR 5.8
              million from the Southern Mediterranean National Research and Education
              Networks (NRENs) and other donors or regional organisations.

            – Component 2: EUR 0.2 million for EMERG Facilitation (framework contract).

            – Component 3: EUR 0.2 million for eHealth and EUR 0.1 million for trust in e-
              business transactions (2 framework contracts).

            The project implementation will be 42 months from the date of signature of the
            above contracts. The grant contact with DANTE shall be signed on the day of the
            Commission Decision (summer 2011), the contract for EMERG Facilitation shall be
            signed before the NATP 3 project finishes (September 2012) in order minimize and
            gaps in support to EMERG. The 2 contract for Component 3 shall be signed in
            shortly after the Commission Decision.

     4.4.   Performance monitoring

            The programme will be monitored according to standard procedures. Project
            management monitoring and evaluation will be based on periodic assessment of
            progress reports and deliverables.

            The following indicators are proposed for monitoring the project (component 1):

            The proposed impact indicator at the programme's overall objective level is:

            – 10% increase in trade, public and private investments in the information society
              sector between EU and Mediterranean countries (source: EUROSTAT statistics).

            The proposed outcome indicators at the specific objective level are:

            – after 3 years, there is a 5% increase in participation in international collaborative
              research and education projects involving ENPI South countries (source: project
              reports, DG-INFSO and national databases).

            The proposed output indicators at the project results level are:

            – The EUMEDCONNECT3 network is up and running at least as cost efficiently as
              its previous phase (source: project report);

            – At least 3 further countries in the region connect to the EUMEDCONNECT3
              network and their NRENs join ASREN;

            – At least 5 case studies showing the benefits to Southern Mediterranean countries
              are presented to national governments (source: project reports, case studies);




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            – At least 3 dissemination events for regional stakeholders including national
              governments and researchers (source: project reports);

            – 100% funding for the continuation of EUMEDCONNECT after 2014 is secured
              (source: project report);

            – ASREN is a fully operational organisation and assumes the full technical and
              administrative management of the network, through a transition process during the
              project managed by DANTE that will start immediately the project is launched
              (source: project report);

            – Improved co-operation between EU and Mediterranean partners on eHealth
              solutions;

            – Availability of a comprehensive review of eHealth solutions and needs in
              Mediterranean partner countries;

            – Quality of the position papers yielding from the seminars on trust in e-business
              transactions, and in particular the workability of the options recommended.

     4.5.   Evaluation and audit

            A final evaluation will be conducted/ensured by the EU Delegation in Egypt at the
            end of the programme. This process will be entrusted to independent consultants and
            will be funded from the Global Allocation budget of the respective year.

            Expenditure incurred will have to be certified, as part of the obligations of contracted
            parties in the framework of the implementation of this programme.

     4.6.   Communication and visibility

            The programme will work out a specific communication strategy and develop
            specific activities dedicated to communication and visibility.

            The project will adequately take the “EU Visibility Guidelines for External Actions”
            into account, in particular as regards to workshops and conferences.




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            Annex 4: Action Fiche for ENPI South – Regional Transport Co-operation


     1.      IDENTIFICATION
             Title/Number           EuroMed Transport Safemed III (CRIS number 22817)
             Total cost             EU contribution: EUR 3 million
             Aid method /           Direct centralised management
             Method of
             implementation
             DAC-code               21040 (water          Sector                Maritime transport
                                    transport)

     2.      RATIONALE

     2.1.    Sector context

             All of the Mediterranean partner governments subscribed to the in 2007 adopted
             Regional Transport Action Plan (RTAP) which sets out 34 actions on regulatory
             reforms in the transport sector for the years 2007-2013. The implementation of these
             actions is overseen by the EuroMed Transport Forum. As regards the actions on
             maritime transport specifically, the follow-up is guaranteed by the EuroMed
             Transport Forum dedicated working group on Maritime Affairs, Ports and Shipping.
             Detailed discussions on maritime safety take place in the sub-group on maritime
             safety whereas discussions related to short sea shipping take place in the sub-group
             on Motorways of the Seas. A last meeting of the maritime safety sub-group of the
             EuroMed Transport Forum took place in June 2010 in the European Maritime Safety
             Agency (EMSA) premises in Lisbon under the French-Egyptian co-presidency of the
             Union of the Mediterranean. This meeting discussed the progress on the different
             activities being implemented under the EuroMed Transport Safemed II project which
             all at reinforcing the capacity of the maritime administrations in the different partner
             countries and to promote the ratification, implementation and compliance with
             international conventions on maritime safety and security as well as further
             approximation to the EU acquis in the field of maritime safety and security. Having a
             common sea separating the Mediterranean partner countries from EU implies that
             further protection on this sea against accidents caused by shipping, abolishing sub-
             standard shipping and an overall reduction of negative environmental effects caused
             by shipping, is high on the agenda. This was also stressed in the Ministerial
             Declarations laying at the basis of the Union for the Mediterranean which state that
             co-operation in this matter is essential. As such the proposed project also contributes
             to the further implementation of the Union for the Mediterranean priorities. The two
             prior Safemed projects have already created a very solid foundation for
             EuroMediterranean co-operation on maritime safety through the direct involvement
             of Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea
             (REMPEC), the relevant services of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
             and EMSA. Nevertheless keeping in mind the ongoing discussion regarding the
             proposal for a regulation widening the legal mandate for EMSA, a future direct
             involvement of EMSA can be foreseen in the field of maritime safety and security in
             the Mediterranean. Numerous technical assistance activities have been set-up to


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            support maritime administrations which has contributed in some cases also to
            concrete maritime safety improvements (such as the better performance of some
            partner countries on the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Black, Grey
            and White list), but continuous efforts are needed to support further improvement
            and to assure the implementation of the different actions that have been initiated
            under the Safemed I and II.

     2.2.   Lessons learnt

            As this project is a follow-up of the prior two Safemed projects a lot of experience
            has already been gathered about the structure of the maritime administrations, their
            strengths and weaknesses and their needs as regards further capacity building. A
            Safemed II document setting out the profiles of the maritime administrations gives a
            good overview of the performance of each partner country in terms of fleet,
            recognized organisations, maritime legislation and port state control figures. Such
            information is crucial for a proper implementation of all technical assistance
            activities foreseen under EuroMed Transport Safemed III.

            In 2010 the EuroMed Transport Safemed II project was also monitored through
            Results Oriented Montoring (ROM) as to determine which activities could be
            improved. Whereas this ROM indicated a number of issues which could be improved
            as to enhance efficiency of the implementation of the project, it showed that
            generally the project makes a good contribution to the overall achievement of
            enhancing maritime safety in the Mediterranean and creating awareness about the
            importance of this among the beneficiary countries. In addition it should be noted
            that although the stakeholders are generally committed to the project, activities need
            to be organised continuously as to maintain this commitment and to ensure overall
            sustainability of the project. Generally speaking it should also be kept in mind that
            the improvement as foreseen by the project proceed very slowly and require
            sometimes new legislation and cumbersome administrative changes.

            Especially when keeping in mind that maritime environmental pollution does not
            stop at any border, regional co-operation involving all Mediterranean partner
            countries is considered as important. An equal and similar level of legislation is also
            necessary to avoid the movement of sub-standard ships to countries with a low level
            of legal requirements as regards maritime safety. A regional programme is therefore
            deemed necessary to further strengthen the regional awareness and willingness to
            commonly work on enhancing maritime safety and reducing maritime pollution
            caused by ships.

     2.3.   Complementary actions

            The project is contributing to the achievement of the broader objectives of the in
            2007 adopted RTAP for the Mediterranean for 2007-2013. As such the project
            contributes to the overall establishment of an overall well-functioning transport
            system in the Mediterranean. As already stated above the project guarantees the
            continuation of the regional co-operation established under EuroMed Transport
            Safemed I and II.

            The project is furthermore consistent with the overall maritime safety and security
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            Maritime Safety Package. Through a direct contract with REMPEC for Safemed I
            and II a consistent approach of actions was also established as regards IMO actions
            in the Mediterranean region and relevant initiatives under the Barcelona Convention.
            This consistency should be continued under Safemed III. In addition, a more
            prominent role will be foreseen for EMSA as regards the implementation of some of
            the foreseen actions. Keeping in mind that EMSA is the competent authority for a
            number of similar actions within the EU, it seems logical that they are also involved
            in these actions for the benefit of the Neighbouring countries. Keeping in mind the
            efforts of aligning legislation with that of the EU, the involvement of EMSA in a
            number of activities seems fully justified.

            In a number of partner countries (Morocco, Egypt and Turkey) twinnings in the field
            of maritime safety took place in the past years. The results of these twinnings may
            have to be integrated in the foreseen activities under Safemed III. Further
            coordination with Delegations is required as besides twinnings also other bilateral
            assistance related to the proposed activities may be implemented.

            Other regional organisations active in the region such as the Mediterranean MoU on
            Port State Control shall also be kept involved in the implementation of the project.

            In the ideal situation the objectives of the project could in the long run be fully
            integrated into the permanent tasks of EMSA as to ascertain a real Neighbourhood
            policy based upon the full alignment of the regulatory framework in the partner
            countries to the one of the EU.

            Other actions in the field may relate to initiatives launched under the Integrated
            Maritime Policy umbrella, or within the framework of co-operation under the Union
            for the Mediterranean.

     2.4.   Donor coordination

            The project should be based on a sound business case guaranteeing its self-
            sustainability in the longer term without a further need for technical assistance from
            the donors. Even though this particularly difficult to attain in the case of Safemed III,
            when keeping in mind that long process which accompanies ratification,
            transposition and compliance of international conventions, a good coordination with
            EMSA in this respect may support the further integration of the Southern
            Neighbourhood partners into the general logic of pursuing enhanced maritime safety
            and security.

            Where possible this project will develop potential synergies with other donors (e.g.
            European Investment Bank (EIB), World Bank, German development bank
            Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Agence Francaise de Développement (AfD),
            African & Islamic Development banks). Specific co-operation should go out to other
            regional initiatives which are aiming at the same goals. Therefore a close co-
            operation with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, UMA (Union
            Maghrebienne Arabe), GTMO 5+5 (Groupe de Ministres de Transport de la
            Méditerranée Occidentale) and ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social
            Committee for Western Asia) may be deemed necessary.




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     3.     DESCRIPTION

     3.1.   Objectives

            General objective

            The overall objective is to support the further ratification and implementation of
            international maritime safety and security conventions as well as improving the level
            of quality of maritime administrations in the Mediterranean partner countries with
            the overall objective of making shipping safer and more secure. This should promote
            the further alignment of the maritime safety and security legislation with the relevant
            EU acquis in the field and especially with the EU’s Third Maritime Safety Package.
            Although being a regional project, the programme should focus also on specific
            needs at national level of each beneficiary country by taking into account the level of
            improvement of the maritime administration over the past years and keeping in mind
            the different bilateral assistance provided (including Twinning) to some of the
            beneficiary countries.

            In this way the EuroMed Transport Safemed III project also contributes to the
            implementation of the relevant maritime safety and security actions (actions 7, 8 and
            9) of the RTAP for the Mediterranean for 2007-2013. It should also guarantee that
            even though maritime transport is likely to increase (also because of programmes
            which support the development of short sea shipping such as the EuroMed Transport
            Motorways of the Seas programme), that shipping remains sustainable and that its
            environmental impact remains limited.

            Specific objectives

            Component 1: Flag State Implementation

            Further reinforcement of the standard models for flag State administrations and a
            framework for the adequate monitoring classification societies. In depth assistance
            has been offered under Safemed II to those countries who were interested on the so-
            called IMO Voluntary Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS). This effective and
            welcome assistance can be reinforced under Safemed III. Port state control also
            remains a key domain for further assistance as the majority of the partner countries
            remain on the Paris MoU on Port State Control black or grey lists. Further
            monitoring of the flag performance and dedicated assistance to overcome the
            identified impediments should reinforce the overall quality of the maritime
            administrations. Continuation of financing scholarships at the World Maritime
            University and the International Maritime Law Institute can further increase the
            professionalism of the maritime administrations.

            Component 2: Safety of navigation

            Based upon the activities under Safemed II and particularly on the instalment of
            Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment and the efforts to enhance vessel
            traffic monitoring data sharing among the partner countries, this activity is essential
            for the overall safety of navigation. Keeping in mind the experience of EMSA in the
            field of vessel traffic monitoring and reporting services an enhanced co-operation in
            this matter could be foreseen. The efforts to organise trainings for Vessel Traffic &



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            Monitoring System (VTS) managers under Safemed II, should be extended under
            Safemed III also with a view on continuous efforts to create a common VTS sharing
            space among the Mediterranean partners themselves and across the Mediterranean as
            a whole. Depending on the interest of the beneficiaries a pilot project on maritime
            surveillance could be foreseen (potentially also with the involvement of one or two
            EU Member States).

            Component 3: Protection of the marine environment

            Different issues can be regrouped under this very important activity which is aiming
            at making the Mediterranean a clean and common sea. Several initiatives in this
            matter have been developed varying from port reception facilities, to places of
            refuge, as to implementation of Maritime Pollution Convention (MARPOL) and its
            different annexes. Especially the latter is becoming increasingly important due to the
            possible identification of the Mediterranean as a special sulphur emission control
            area. As regards regional initiatives the set-up of a regional network of places of
            refuge can be identified. Other relevant developments in these domains are the Anti
            Fouling convention, the handling of dangerous goods (IMDG) and ballast water
            management. Dedicated training on port reception facilities management and other
            pollution & prevention related activities is quite essential in this matter. Enhanced
            regional co-operation on such pollution & prevention initiatives can be foreseen as
            activity.

            Keeping in mind the key role of REMPEC in relation to the protection of the marine
            environment also linked to their work on the Barcelona Convention, the activities on
            the protection of the marine environment should preferably be implemented through
            REMPEC (while also taking into account the actions carried out in the framework of
            the Horizon 2020 programme).

            Component 4: the Human Element

            The influence of human behaviour still largely affects maritime accidents. Therefore
            qualified staff, seafarers and trainers is essential. Further trainings of inspectors shall
            be foreseen in addition to staff of maritime administrations themselves.

            Component 5: Security of ships and ports

            Maritime security remains a priority as terrorist attacks, piracy- and armed robbery at
            sea are currently among the most important threats against shipping. Initiated
            activities in this matter under Safemed I and II should therefore be continued to
            maintain a secure shipping environment. Efforts to assure the proper implementation
            of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) Regulations should
            be continued also in close coordination with other relevant regional initiatives.

     3.2.   Expected results and main activities

            Main expected results for the five components are:

            • Improved level of quality of maritime administrations;

            • Improvement on Paris MoU Black and Grey lists;



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     • Reduced maritime pollution caused by ships;

     • Better information available regarding vessel movements and increased sharing of
       data among Neighbouring countries;

     • Reducing the importance of the human element as a contributing factor in
       maritime accidents;

     • Better secured port facilities and vessels and enforcement of related measures.

     Activity 1: Towards an effective Flag State Implementation and fulfilment of
     international obligations (EUR 0.8 million)

     Under activity 1 actions will be taken aiming at the further preparation of the partner
     countries for the IMO voluntary audit (VIMSAS). Preparatory activities related to this
     have been set out under Safemed II and this work should be further continued. The
     reports of Safemed II can be further used for this activity (e.g. the report on
     shortcomings and impediments for fulfilment of flag State related obligations).
     EMSA could also extent their work on the overview of maritime administrations to
     the project's beneficiaries. Under Safemed II countries were also enabled to
     participate to the IMO Flag State Implementation Sub-committee (FSI). This can
     also be continued under Safemed III.

     Activities include further reinforcement of the standard models for flag State
     administrations (including the establishment of a quality system), further monitoring
     the flag performance and dedicated assistance to overcome the identified
     impediments (including the follow-up of detentions). Other actions under this
     activity should focus on monitoring of flag performance and improved monitoring of
     classification societies. The EU Directive on classification societies shall serve as
     input for this activity. The experience of EMSA in relation to the checking
     compliance of recognized organisations shall be used as basis for reliance on
     recognized organisations for the survey and/or certification of the ships of the
     beneficiary countries (also based on best practices offered by EU Member States).

     The partner countries will also be more involved in the EU activities related to
     accident investigation. The relevant EU Directive takes due account of the IMO
     voluntary code for the investigation of marine casualties. The experience of EMSA
     in ensuring a common methodology for investigating maritime accidents shall be
     used as basis for further training the accident investigators in partner countries in this
     material. Additionally EMSA can disseminate best practices in setting up an
     independent accident investigation body, calling on EU Member State experience.

     Finally the continued funding of participation of the partner countries into the
     courses of the World Maritime University (WMU) can also be developed under this
     activity depending on the outcomes of Safemed II.

     Port state control as topic will also be addressed under this activity. The co-operation
     between the Paris MoU and the MED MoU on port state control shall continue to be
     promoted. The active involvement of EMSA in this activity is required as to
     ascertain further compatibility with the Med MoU committee on Port State Control
     procedures, to train good port state control inspectors also keeping in mind the EU



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     Port State Control Directive as to arrive at an overall upgrading of Mediterranean
     Port State Control Procedures. Finally also the continued data exchange has to be
     remained as activity. As such EMSA can support the Med MoU information system.

     Activity 2: Safety of navigation (EUR 0.6 million)

     Following the attempts of Safemed II to reinforce the regional exchange of AIS data,
     a number of follow-up activities in this context have to be carried out. An enhanced
     regional vision and sharing of vessel traffic monitoring data is still of crucial
     importance for improving maritime safety and reducing maritime pollution.
     Unfortunately progress made on this sharing of data was limited under Safemed II,
     nevertheless the larger involvement of EMSA in this context in Safemed III, based
     upon their experience with operating the SafeSeaNet server on behalf of the
     Commission, could further strengthen the activities in this domain. The same counts
     for the implementation and use of Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of
     ships.

     EMSA can also organise three (3) information sessions on SafeSeaNet (SSN) (one
     per year) with the objective to prepare and support the ground for future integration
     of Safemed beneficiaries in SSN. EMSA and selected Member States will present
     best practices and examples of Vessel Traffic Monitoring Information System
     (VTMIS) implementation and the beneficiaries will update the status of their traffic
     monitoring infrastructure. The conclusions/recommendations of the information
     sessions will support the European Commission in defining conditions of the future
     incorporation of Safemed countries into SSN.

     As the importance of regional co-operation on this has also been incorporated as an
     action in the Regional Transport Action Plan, efforts to improve this should remain a
     priority within Safemed III. Continued training of VTS supervisors, VTS operators
     and VTS on-job training instructors is therefore foreseen.

     Additionally, a co-operation pilot project between those partner countries that are
     willing to do so, also including Member States who are willing, in the field of
     sharing common AIS and other vessel traffic monitoring data should be carried out.

     Activity 3: Protection of the marine environment (EUR 0.6 million)

     3.1: Technical assistance related to international conventions

     This activity will focus largely on the different annexes of the MARPOL convention
     which all bring considerable challenges for the future to be implemented. Secondly
     an important link needs to be made in relation to the work carried out under the
     Barcelona convention under this specific activity.

     Assistance activities will be provided related to MARPOL Annex I (prevention of
     pollution by oil), Annexes II (pollution by noxious liquid substances) and III
     (pollution by harmful substances carried by sea) and VI (ship emissions) building up
     the assistance delivered under Safemed II.

     Other elements which deserve further assistance are places of refuge, the Anti
     Fouling conventions, ballast water management, port reception facilities and the



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     handling of dangerous goods (IMDG). Regional and national assistance activities
     shall be carried out for these identified domains.

     REMPEC as authority administered by IMO in co-operation with United Nations
     Environment Programme /Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) shall be closely
     involved in the implementation of these activities also keeping in mind their
     important role in relation to the Barcelona Convention (Convention for the Protection
     of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean).

     3.2: Operational activities in the field of prevention and protection of the marine
     environment

     Keeping in mind the different activities EMSA already carries out within the EU in
     co-operation with the Member States the following concrete activities can also be
     foreseen for the benefit of the Mediterranean partner countries:

     – Annual international exercises with EMSA oil recovery vessels and one or more
       beneficiaries;

     – If needed, training on pollution response (mechanical recovery and others);

     – CleanSeaNet service extension for e.g. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (follow-up
       to MARCOAST project) at first instance with possible extension to the other
       beneficiaries based upon the results;

     – Training in CleanSeaNet-2 for operators of those countries identified as potential
       beneficiary.

     Activity 4: the Human Element (EUR 0.3 million)

     This activity will focus largely on the enhanced promotion of the International
     Labour Organisation Maritime Labour Convention (ILO MLC) as well as the
     International Safety Management (ISM) code and the actual implementation in the
     field (best practices with the support of Member States) by trainings provided by
     EMSA. In addition, the importance of the Standards of Training, Certification and
     Watchkeeping (STCW) convention also for recognition of crews comings from third
     countries to work on board of vessels flying a EU flag will be further promoted.
     Appropriate training in this matter is essential to reduce the influence of human
     behaviour affecting maritime accidents. The role of EMSA in this context is crucial
     keeping in mind also their involvement in inspections to maritime administrations
     and education & training institutes should be integrated into this activity.

     Activity 5: Security of ships and ports (EUR 0.3 million)

     Based upon the different in-depth activities that have been carried out under Safemed
     II such as the assessment of the training capacity a continuation of the training
     programme for maritime security personnel is also foreseen under Safemed III.
     REMPEC has developed a considerable knowledge in this field based upon the
     activities carried out under Safemed I and II. The proposed activities under Safemed
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            Nevertheless, based upon their experience and mandate within the EU, EMSA shall
            also be involved in these activities which focus on improving security inspections
            tasks, relevant companies but also the monitoring of Recognised Security
            Organisations (RSOs).

            Activity 6: Supporting activities (EUR 0.4 million)

            EuroMed Transport Forum Working Group on Maritime Affairs, Ports and Short Sea
            Shipping: the project will be in charge of organising at least once a year the meeting
            of the EuroMed Transport Forum working group on maritime affairs, ports, and short
            sea shipping (in collaboration with the EuroMed Transport programme on
            Motorways of the Seas) and/or at least once a year the sub-group on Maritime Safety.

            Communication: the project will be responsible for maintaining the EuroMed
            Transport Safemed website which shall also be linked to the website of the overall
            EuroMed Transport programme. The project shall publish twice a year a newsletter
            on its activities and its relevance.

            Geographic Information System (GIS): the project should contribute to the GIS,
            traffic forecasts and planning as carried out under the so-called Action 18 of the
            RTAP. This action is managed by Centre d'Etudes de Transport pour la Méditerranée
            Occidentale (CETMO) for the benefit of the entire future Trans Mediterranean
            Transport Network. The project shall support CETMO with its activities on the
            maritime traffic flows where necessary.

     3.3.   Risks and assumptions

            The key assumptions underlying the programme intervention can be summarised as
            follows:

            • The high level of commitment of the Government to implement the maritime
              transport reform policies also at a regional level.

            • Main stakeholders will make available sufficient managerial, human and physical
              resources necessary to ensure a smooth implementation of the Programme.

            • Mistrust between the Ministries of Transport and maritime administrations and
              port authorities is overcome.

            • The commitment of other partner countries to substantially improve maritime
              safety and security conditions is sustained also in terms of legal, technical and
              institutional reforms as well as adequate resource allocation.

            • (Sub)regional co-operation and confidence building is maintained.

            • In the absence of a port in the Palestinian Authority, relatively limited assistance
              can be offered to this particular beneficiary country.

            The key risks underlying the programme intervention can be summarised as follows:

            • The level of regional and/or national instability increases significantly.



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            • Change of ministers may change political efforts.

            • There is a lack of inter-ministerial co-ordination as well as coordination between
              ministries and local maritime administrations, port authorities and maritime
              academies.

            • Little funds available to implement necessary equipment (AIS, VTMS, port
              reception facilities) or to train maritime administration and/or ministry staff
              appropriately.

     3.4.   Crosscutting Issues

            Improved transport co-operation and will lead the establishment of a safe, secure,
            efficient and integrated transport system. While the EU supports on the one hand the
            development of maritime transport in the Mediterranean (by means of the Motorways
            of the Seas programme) it should at the same time also assure that a certain level of
            safety and security is maintained. This project will contribute to that. The project will
            guarantee a continuity of work which has been set up during the previous contract
            but with a larger emphasis on country specific needs and regional co-operation in
            those domains where this is deemed necessary. The project furthermore supports
            environmental protection of the Mediterranean.

            The promotion of the application of EU rules and standards will also have a positive
            side effect on the environment, mainly concerning noise and emissions. Gender
            policy principles will be applied in the selection procedures for the staff to be trained.

     3.5.   Stakeholders

            The main beneficiaries of the programme are the Ministries of Transport, maritime
            administrations and authorities, port authorities and maritime academies. Indirectly
            also shipping companies could benefit of the assistance

            Furthermore regional organisations active in the EuroMed region such as Union
            Maghreb Arabe (UMA), GTMO 5+5, ESCWA will be integrated in the
            implementation of the project. Also existing training facilities in the partner countries
            (e.g. Morocco) should be used where possible.


     4.     IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

     4.1.   Method of implementation

            Direct centralised management

     4.2.   Procurement and grant award procedures

            1) Contracts

            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations, in force at the time of
            the launch of the procedure in question.



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     Participation in the award of contracts for the present action shall be open to all
     natural and legal persons covered by the ENPI Regulation.

     2) Specific rules for grants

     In accordance with Article 168 (1)(f) of the Implementing Rules and based on the
     specific characteristics of the foreseen activities and the technical competence
     required, a direct contract of EUR 3 million is to be foreseen with either the
     European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) or with REMPEC for the
     implementation of the foreseen tasks.

     EMSA's main objective is to provide technical and scientific assistance to the
     European Commission and Member States in the proper development and
     implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety, pollution by ships and security
     on board ships. To do this, one of EMSA's most important supporting tasks is to
     improve cooperation with, and between, Member States in all key areas. In addition,
     the Agency has operational tasks in oil pollution preparedness, detection and
     response. As a body of the European Union, the Agency sits at the heart of the EU
     maritime safety network and collaborates with many industry stakeholders and
     public bodies, in close cooperation with the European Commission. Following a
     recent proposal of the Commission the mandate of EMSA may be extended to
     neighbouring countries. In this case a direct contract can be awarded to EMSA.

     Alternatively, a direct contract is to be foreseen with the International Maritime
     Organisation (IMO) which administers REMPEC and on behalf of REMPEC.

     REMPEC is the dedicated body which is active in the Mediterranean in all the
     domains covered by the proposed Safemed III project.

     REMPEC has been in charge of implementing the Safemed I and Safemed II projects
     as the most appropriate body and is administered by the International Maritime
     Organization (IMO) in co-operation with UNEP/MAP.

     REMPEC was originally established in 1976 by the decision of the Contracting
     Parties to the Barcelona convention with the mandate to strengthen the capacities of
     coastal States in the Mediterranean region and to facilitate co-operation among them
     in order to combat massive marine pollution by oil, particularly by developing
     national capacities to combat oil pollution and by establishing a regional information
     system with a view to dealing with marine pollution emergencies. The Centre’s
     mandate was extended over the years in conformity with the decisions of the
     Contracting Parties with a view to addressing relevant emerging issues and the
     respective global developments with a particular focus on preventive measures
     against pollution from ships.

     The objective of REMPEC is to contribute to preventing and reducing pollution from
     ships and combating pollution in case of emergency. In this respect, the mission of
     REMPEC is to assist the Contracting Parties in meeting their obligations under
     Articles 4(1), 6 and 9 of the Barcelona Convention; the 1976 Emergency Protocol;
     the 2002 Prevention and Emergency Protocol and implementing the Regional
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            the Contracting Parties in 2005 which key objectives and targets are reflected in the
            Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD).

            The essential selection and award criteria for the award of grants are laid down in the
            Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions. They are established
            in accordance with the principles set out in Title VI 'Grants' of the Financial
            Regulation applicable to the general budget. When derogations to these principles are
            applied, they shall be justified, in particular in the following cases:

     4.3.   In accordance with Article 253 (1)(e) of the Implementing Rules and based on
            the specific characteristics of the foreseen activities and the technical
            competence required, the financing of an action in full is required for the
            specific cooperation with either the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
            or with REMPEC for the implementation of the foreseen tasks as it is in the
            interest of the European Union to be the sole donor to the action as to ensure
            full visibility of it.Indicative budget and calendar

            The total budget for the proposed project is EUR 3 million for a duration of 3 years
            from the signature of the contracts.

            The indicative budget breakdown could be as follows:

            EUR 0.8 million for Activity 1: Towards an effective Flag State Implementation and
            fulfilment of international obligations

            EUR 0.6 million for Activity 2: safety of navigation

            EUR 0.6 million for Activity 3 protection of the marine environment

            EUR 0.3 million for Activity 4 the human element

            EUR 0.3 million for Activity 5 the security of ships and ports

            EUR 0.4 million for Activity 6 the supporting activities

     4.4.   Performance monitoring

            Main performance indicators for the six components are:

            • Performance on Paris Memorandum port state control list;

            • Ability of seafarers to work in the EU;

            • Level of cross-border co-operation and maritime vessel movement data sharing
              between partner countries;

            • Number of international conventions ratified and implemented;

            • Number of VIMSAS audits carried out;

            • Level of pollution caused by vessels;




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            • Reduced number of maritime accidents and ships in distress.

            Generally speaking, it should be acknowledged that there are limited relevant
            "standard indicators" in the domain as the project is mainly focusing on regulatory
            reforms.

            The European Commission and the project coordinator will pay a particular attention
            at the recommendations expressed by the external experts. Of course, the bilateral
            country progress reports within the scope of the overall European Neighbourhood
            Policy play an important role as well.

     4.5.   Evaluation and audit

            A mid-term progress/monitoring report of the complete RTAP 2007-2013 is foreseen
            for 2010. Within this framework also the actions relevant for maritime transport will
            be reviewed. The proposed project is supposed to deliver input to this overall
            progress/monitoring exercise of the RTAP.

            For the contracts expenditure incurred will have to be certified, as part of the
            obligations of the contracted parties in the framework of the implementation of this
            project. Mid term and final evaluations of the results achieved will be entrusted to
            independent consultants, as well as external audits (which will be carried out if
            necessary).

            Evaluations and audits will be funded from other sources than the project budget,
            since no commitment will be possible once the validity of this Decision has expired
            ("N+1" rule will apply).

     4.6.   Communication and visibility

            A share of the budget of the project should be dedicated to the communication,
            visibility and information activities in order to ensure that the results of the projects
            activities are further disseminated. The project should develop an adequate
            communication plan containing information and communication activities (towards
            local and/or international media, stakeholders, final beneficiaries) and ensuring
            visibility of the project in all material produced (website, newsletter, booklet,
            training material, etc.), in line with the Communication and Visibility Manual for EU
            external Actions. Implementation of the communication plan in the partner countries
            will be also carried out in collaboration with the EU Delegation, when appropriate.
            For the communication through the Head Quarters channels, constant
            communication should be kept with European Commission headquarters and with
            the ENPI Info centre web portal (www.enpi-info.eu). The project will furthermore
            assure close co-operation with the EuroMed transport main project and coordination
            as regards the uploading of information on the general EuroMed transport website:
            http://www.euromedtransport.org/.




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                                 Annex 5: Action Fiche for Egypt


     1.     IDENTIFICATION
            Title/Number           Anna Lindh Foundation III for Inter-Cultural Dialogue (CRIS
                                   number 23023)
            Total cost             EU contribution: EUR 7 million
                                   EU Member States contributions: EUR 6 million
            Aid method /           Project approach – centralised
            Method of              Direct Award Grant Contract
            implementation
            DAC-code               16061                 Sector                Culture

     2.     RATIONALE

     2.1.   Sector context

            The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) has played a fundamental role since 2005 in
            forming a bridge between the Euro-Mediterranean region by promoting
            understanding and intercultural dialogue between cultures, religions and people. The
            Regional Indicative Programme 2011-2013 recognizes that in order for this
            foundation to continue benefitting the Mediterranean, further EU support should be
            provided to enhance mutual knowledge, mutual understanding and dialogue while
            taking into account the following main principles. The activities of the ALF are a
            joint endeavour combining the efforts of its 43 national networks and its
            Secretariat/Headquarters in Alexandria.

            The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, formerly known as the Barcelona Process, was
            re-launched at the Paris Summit in 2008 as the Union for the Mediterranean. The
            Paris Summit conveyed the importance of this Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in
            regards to the recognition it plays in establishing peace, security and shared
            prosperity in the Mediterranean. In addition to this announcement, the Paris Summit
            also communicated that: the ALF would contribute to the cultural dimension of the
            Union for the Mediterranean, the ALF has to take into account the dialogue between
            cultures and ensure complementarities and synergies with the activities of other
            programmes in this field of action.

     2.2.   Lessons learnt

            After acquiring 5 years of experience in intercultural dialogue, the next third phase of
            the ALF must build upon the achievements of the two previous phases, in particular
            its credibility and the institutional legitimacy acquired through the work
            accomplished with all its stakeholders including its Networks. Such third phase will
            also be based on the major conclusions drawn during the Barcelona Forum (March
            2010) which recognizes the need of the Foundation as a bridge between civil society
            and institutions and the findings of the ALF Report launched in 2010 on Intercultural
            Trends .



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            On the basis of the assessments carried out so far and the relevant role played by the
            Networks, the new phase should strengthen and improve the Networks' roles and
            activities. More than 3,000 civil society organizations have joined the Networks as
            partners thus representing the largest network of organizations in the region devoted
            to intercultural dialogue. The new challenge at this stage is to exercise a stronger
            monitor on the role played by the Heads of the Networks and to develop a coherent
            program for all of them, which could ensure a real impact on national civil societies.
            The activities of the new phase therefore will include actions to improve the quality
            of the networking dimension.

            The Barcelona Forum acknowledged the strategic fields of action identified in 2008
            as appropriate areas where the Foundation’s programme must develop. The priority
            areas were therefore also reiterated for the third phase: Culture and Creativity,
            Education and Intercultural Learning, Cities and Spaces of Citizenship, Media and
            Public Opinion.

            On the basis of the lesson learnt (3 calls for proposals launched with a total amount
            of EUR 2.8 million, 664 projects received and 152 projects supported) the call for
            proposals should be improved and consolidated. The Call for Proposals represent the
            main instrument in which to develop the intercultural dialogue at different social
            levels, targeting youth and students, teachers, children and those more in need of
            education in diversity, tolerance and intercultural dialogue. The new generation of
            grants will be built favouring exchanges and co-operation activities among civil
            society organizations (people) from Europe and the Southern and eastern
            Mediterranean countries.

            Due to its nature, the ALF has a long term mandate, with a limited 3 years Grant
            Contract. As recommended in the first Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) report,
            the new phase of the ALF is built on the need for a clearer structure of realistic and
            feasible objectives, activities and results, reflecting the Description of Actions and its
            logical framework in the designed Annual Work Plans.

     2.3.   Complementary actions

            At a regional level, the Anna Lindh Foundation will develop its strategy within the
            context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean
            (Paris, July 2008). It will continue to collaborate with relevant Euro-Med
            programmes as well as those carried out by other regional or international
            institutions.

            In the field of Media, ALF will continue to promote complementary actions
            developed during the EuroMed Media Task Force and the UN Alliance of
            Civilisations.

            The Euro Med Youth IV Programme and the Youth in Action Programme, both,
            promote mobility, youth exchanges, informal learning, mutual understanding,
            training and youth networking projects and support of youth organisations from both
            the EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries which all enhance Euro-Mediterranean
            co-operation in the youth field.




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            Concerning audiovisual activities, complementary actions will be sought with the
            Euro Med Audiovisual III Programme, which will contribute to the strengthening
            and further development of the Mediterranean audiovisual sector. Synergy with the
            Euro Med IV Heritage Programme will also be ensured, focusing on the
            appropriation of cultural heritage by local populations, access to knowledge, and
            institutional and legislative strengthening.

            Some of the ALF’s main actions, for instance, the Forum and the Report are suitable
            fields for the already established partnership strengthening with UNESCO, the
            Alliance of Civilisations, the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the
            Islamic Education, Science, Cultural Organization (ISECO), the Organization of the
            Islamic Conference (OIC), the EuroMed Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA), the
            Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) and
            the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly of Local and Regional Authorities (EMRLA).

     2.4.   Donor coordination

            Financial contributions to the Anna Lindh Foundation’s budget come from the
            European Union and the 43 Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Countries that constitute
            the Foundation's Board of governors. The Board of governors in the presence of the
            EU representative(s) approves the Programme and its provisional budget thus
            representing the best setting to ensure EU donor coordination.

            With a view to ensure stronger coordination, the principle of voluntary Member State
            contributions should become a formal commitment, in order to create a budget based
            on concrete pledges before the starting of the triennial Phase. The Member States
            could contribute through an extra-budgetary project, such as the Children Literature
            Programme funded by Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency
            (SIDA) in the last two Phases.

            Broader donor community coordination is ensured with the Alliance of Civilisations
            (within the United Nations system), whose aim is to promote dialogue through its
            representatives and its universal and regional bodies.


     3.     DESCRIPTION

     3.1.   Objectives

            The overall objective of the ALF is to promote knowledge, mutual respect and
            intercultural dialogue between the peoples of the Euro-Mediterranean.

            In this third phase, the ALF aims to consolidate the achievements reached so far and
            transform them into far-reaching and permanent actions, adapting its programme to
            the new realities and demands that intercultural dialogue addresses in the Region.

            The specific objectives are:

            (1)    To improve mutual perceptions and promote mutual understanding,
                   generating positive changes in intercultural relations and policies in the
                   Mediterranean region. This specific objective will be achieved through
                   avoiding the manipulation of cultural and religious identities; the rebuilding


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                   of trust and bridges between societies in a region affected by conflicts,
                   principally of political nature and the promotion of intercultural practices
                   aimed at sustainable development.

            (2)    To promote the intercultural dialogue at grass roots level of the society
                   through the implementation of civil society's initiatives. The Foundation will
                   create space for exchange and interaction between Euro-Mediterranean
                   individuals and will act as a communication channel from the grassroots level
                   to the decision makers. In order to take advantage of this position and create
                   the conditions for fruitful dialogue, the Foundation will facilitate mechanisms
                   for funding projects proposed by the civil society. These mechanisms
                   contribute to the unique character of the ALF as a meeting point for civil
                   societies from both sides of the Mediterranean.

            (3)    To reinforce ALF networks of civil society and capacity building: best
                   practices of action and management will be built as model for all Networks.
                   The role of the Networks in the development of the programme and in the
                   setting up action tools for the Foundation is crucial. The Networks should
                   play the role of antenna of the ALF within the 43 Member Countries and
                   ensure that the initiatives, actions, interventions of their members (civil
                   society organizations belonging to the national network) converge towards
                   common objectives.

     3.2.   Expected results and main activities

            The new operational phase will develop its major programs, projects and actions in
            the areas of Culture and Creativity, Education and Intercultural Learning, Cities and
            Spaces of Citizenship, Media and Public Opinion which were confirmed as the areas
            where a culture of dialogue can eventually materialize at the Forum in Barcelona.

            The activities' format - Call for proposals, Network Support Development Scheme,
            Anna Lindh Forum, Report on Intercultural Trends, Mobility Funds and Annual
            Initiatives - were identified in the Strategic paper presented and endorsed by the
            Board of Governors in October 2010.

            Objective 1: To           improve   mutual   perceptions   and    promote    mutual
            understanding

            The result will include:

            • Comparative analyses carried out of the evolution of perceptions, values and
              behaviours in the region;

            • A report on Intercultural Dialogue edited presented and disseminated among ALF
              members.

            The main indicators will include: the number of target opinions polled (Indicator),
            number of analyses launched; number of resources edited; number of books
            disseminated in schools and in libraries, press releases; website visitors, number of
            events carried out on Intercultural dialogue.

            The activities include:


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     • Carrying out an opinion poll compiling data and analyses regarding mutual
       perceptions in a sample of countries of the euro Mediterranean region;

     • Preparation and editing of the report in intercultural trends and related activities of
       debate and dissemination in a sample of countries;

     • Editing of resources and tools for formal and informal intercultural learning;

     • Organization of Seminars and education training in intercultural dialogue; website
       communication tools; Euromed Journalist Award, Translation Program: acting as
       observatory of translation in the region.

     Objective 2: To promote the intercultural dialogue at grass roots level of the
     society through the implementation of civil society's initiatives

     The results will include:

     • Best practices and projects carried out by civil society organizations in the North
       and the South promoted and supported;

     • Projects involving more vulnerable beneficiaries (children, women, migrants) and
       dialogue within these communities increased;

     • Presence of institutional and local level in the programme of ALF assured;

     • Exchange and debate for people with different origins, traditions and beliefs
       addressed and promoted, in particularly with the youth;

     • Youth participation regarding intercultural dialogue increased.

     The indicators include: the number of civil society projects carried out by north-
     south institutions on intercultural dialogue, number of opinion makers, local
     administrations and organization mobilized trough activities; number of children,
     youth, families and educational stakeholders benefited from the ALF's actions.

     The activities include:

     • Call for project grants of different nature, long term, short term and thematic will
       be launched ensuring adequate participation from North and South partner
       countries;

     • Organization of the Anna Lindh Forum;

     Objective 3: To reinforce ALF networks of civil society and capacity building:

     The results of this objective include:

     • National dimension of the Foundation activity strengthened;

     • Activities in intercultural dialogue increased at a national level;

     • Involvement of the national networks in the activities of the ALF strengthened;


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            • Networks presence in the design and implementation of the ALF activities
              increased.

            Indicators: number of national activities and national members records, services
            provided to the networks, number of networks involved in the ALF program; Head
            of Network meetings

            The activities include:

            • Common actions of the networks;

            • Tools to improve the quality and social incidence of national network: trainings;

            • Call for network participation in the activities promoted by the Foundation;

            • Services to make the Networks more effective enabling them to better perform,
              operate and generate projects such as contact making meetings, sharing project
              ideas, matching partnerships, support fundraising, developing capacity building,
              creating specific networks around joint policies such as academic co-operation or
              education.

     3.3.   Risks and assumptions

            The main assumption underlying this intervention is that the ALF has to be
            recognised as a tool to improve mutual perceptions and better understanding among
            people of different origins, cultures and beliefs and to create spaces of exchange and
            dialogue based on mutual respect and universal values in the forty-three countries of
            the Union for the Mediterranean. In addition, it worth mentioning that the ALF is
            linked to the EuroMed institutional challenge and that the implementation of its
            strategy has to take into account the evolution of the Union for the Mediterranean
            process.

            The main risks and possible constrains is represented by the fact that the global
            budget of the Foundation is based upon the contributions of the European Union and
            the 43 Euro-Med governments. Any delay in the delivery of EuroMed government
            contributions or in the fulfilment of the corresponding commitments might lead to:
            difficult implementation of the planned activities or even to its termination; and it
            may endanger the Foundation's image and co-operation with its counterparts. The
            ALF which works on the basis of a three year work plan will revise and adapt its plan
            of activities in the case of a substantial budget reduction due to any missing
            contribution by a member state.

     3.4.   Crosscutting Issues

            The Project integrates culture of peace, good governance, citizens participation and
            human rights in its activities, which are both at the basis of respect and preservation
            of cultural diversity. Given the importance of women empowerment policies in the
            region, the Foundation will also encourage and support projects addressing women
            affairs and ensure that gender equality is reflected among the activities' participants.
            The Foundation will target both women working at the policy making level, in order
            to favour regional exchanges and actions promoting advocacy roles for women



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            within their society, and women at the grass root level, in order to create common
            grounds for exchange and understanding around traditional and universal values.

            As mentioned in the last report published by the ALF, concepts as freedom of
            religion and belief and the non manipulation of religions will also be taken into
            account as a cross cutting issue.

     3.5.   Stakeholders

            The Foundation acts as a Network of Networks of the 43 civil societies forming the
            Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. National networks, which are coordinated by Head
            of Network institutions, participate in the Foundation's programme preparation,
            which is presented for approval by the Executive Director to the Board of Governors.
            Their role is essential to give a concrete shape to Euro-Med human and cultural co-
            operation.

            The 43 networks are the constituent element of the Foundation and the major actors
            in implementation of the programme. They are responsible for addressing the
            specific needs and requests of the civil society and reflect them in the development
            and action plans of the National Networks, in project grant schemes, in regional
            actions and operations conceived and co-organized by the Foundation. The networks
            gather more than 3,000 organizations from the civil society, half of them non-
            governmental and the other half non profit public and private foundations, local
            authorities, or academic institutions. Members are active in several fields such as
            international relations, youth, gender and education, arts and heritage, democracy
            and human rights, research, environment and sustainable development, media, and
            religious affairs. It is therefore forecast that at least 2/3 of the Network members will
            benefit in the next three years from the intervention of the ALF through its
            partnership, exchange, and capacity building services, or through co organization of
            events/activities.

            The Foundation also establishes specific partnership agreements with international
            organizations such as the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the Arab League, the Council
            of Europe, UNESCO, as well as regional networks and platforms operating in the
            Euro-Med region. These partnerships aim at implementing specific actions in line
            with the ALF programme and can increase the visibility of the Euro-Mediterranean
            partnerships

            As far as the final beneficiaries of the Euro-Med region are concerned, the
            quantifiable estimation has to be based on official statistics. The total population of
            the 43 Euro Mediterranean countries corresponds to around 773 million and the total
            amount of young population aged between 15 and 24 is estimated to be around 117
            million, corresponding to one sixth of the total population. The estimated target of
            youths who should be reached thorough the Foundation’s activities and grants is
            between 1.2 million and 1.4 million. The estimated target of young people which
            should be reached using media and information technologies and means and in co-
            operation with existing media has been estimated to be at least 10% of the total youth
            population of the Euro-Med region.




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     4.     IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

     4.1.   Method of implementation

            Direct centralised management.

            1) Contracts

            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations, in force at the time of
            the launch of the procedure in question.

            Participation in the award of contracts for the present action shall be open to all
            natural and legal persons covered by the ENPI Regulation. Further extensions of this
            participation to other natural or legal persons by the concerned authorising officer
            shall be subject to the conditions provided for in Article 21(7) of the ENPI
            regulation.

            2) Specific rules for grants

            Based on Article 108.1.b and 168.1.f of the Financial Regulation, an operating grant
            will be directly awarded to the ALF.

            Such modality is allowed for actions that, like the current one, have specific
            characteristics that require a particular type of body on account of its technical
            competence, its high degree of specialisation which is the case of the ALF which
            plays a pivotal role and functions as a network of networks.

            In addition, compliance with Article 108.1.b is ensured not only by the objectives of
            the Foundation but also by the fact that the ALF is a result of a high level advisory
            group on dialogue between peoples and culture in the Euro-Mediterranean area
            called by the European Commission itself.

            The essential selection and award criteria for the award of grants are laid down in the
            Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions. They are established
            in accordance with the principles set out in Title VI 'Grants' of the Financial
            Regulation applicable to the general budget. When derogations to these principles are
            applied, they shall be justified, in particular in the following cases:

            – Financing in full (derogation to the principle of co-financing): the maximum
              possible rate of co-financing for grants is 80%. Full financing may only be applied
              in the cases provided for in Article 253 of the Commission Regulation (EC,
              Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the
              implementation of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the
              European Union.

     4.2.   Indicative budget and calendar

            The action will draw on the following resources:




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            • EUR 7 million from the budget of the European Union; EUR 6.9 million for
              operating grant and EUR 0.1 million for audit;

            • Up to EUR 6 million from funds provided by EuroMed governments.

            The contribution of the European Union will be used for the Foundation's operating
            costs and for part of its managed activities for a duration of 3 years.

            In compliance with Article 113 of the FR and 172.b of the IR the operating grant will
            not finance the entire operating expenditure of the ALF and will be gradually
            decreased in a proportionate and equitable manner in case of renewal.

            The remaining activities will be funded by the EuroMed Governments or from other
            sources.
            EUR 0.1 million will be earmarked for a service contract managed by the EU
            Delegation in Cairo with an audit company (system audit and verification of
            expenditures).

     4.3.   Performance monitoring

            The Foundation is elaborating a coherent Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system
            and impact measurement framework centred on result-based management. In light of
            the above, the Foundation will implement during the next phase the practical
            monitoring and evaluation system which will be managed internally. This system is
            considered to be an evolving process, in line with international principles, norm and
            standards for monitoring and evaluation and inspired by the European Commission
            literature. The system will be used to elaborate the contractual reports.

            The European Union may conduct additional monitoring or evaluation missions,
            using external expertise according to needs. The Foundation and the European Union
            shall analyse the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluations and jointly
            decide on the follow-up action to be taken and any adjustments necessary, including,
            the reorientation of the action.

     4.4.   Evaluation and audit

            Financial execution and statement will be subject to annual external audits, to be
            undertaken by independent auditors directly contracted by the Foundation.

     4.5.   Communication and visibility

            The overarching aim of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s communication activities is to
            maximize the reach and impact of the institution’s strategy and programme at local,
            national and international level. In addition the objective of the ALF phase III is to
            reinforce the centrality of communication at all levels of the institution with the
            active participation of the National Networks and regional partners.

            EU communication and visibility will be addressed in all Euro Mediterranean
            countries in close co-operation with the relevant EU Delegations and in line with the
            EU visibility guidelines applicable to all external actions.




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          Annex 6: Action Fiche for the 2011-2012 Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Regional
                               Action Programme - Global Allocation


     1.        IDENTIFICATION
                Title                   Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Global Allocation for 2011-
                                        2012 (CRIS number 23020)
                Total cost              EU contribution: EUR 17 million
                Aid method/             Project approach – centralised
                Management mode
                DAC code                43010                Sector                Multi-sector

     2.        RATIONALE

               The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Global Allocation for 2011-2012 is a flexible
               “facility” giving the European Commission the possibility to decide to finance small-
               scale measures that are in keeping with the objectives of the Southern dimension of
               the European Neighbourhood Policy and its operational and policy priorities.

               Based on the ENPI Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1638/2006), in particular Article
               16 on “Support measures”, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Global Allocation
               for 2011-2012 provides funding which allows to implement the ENPI Regulation and
               achieve its objectives, e.g. supporting activities and studies relating to the country or
               multi-country programmes, organisation of ENPI South meetings, activities in the
               fields of culture and information or ad hoc operations.


     3.        DESCRIPTION

     3.1.      Objectives

               The objective of this Global Allocation is to ensure a rapid commitment decision on
               action and projects, while enabling the European Commission to act with flexibility
               by means of an instrument which is capable of adapting itself to evolving
               circumstances and/or dealing with unforeseen situations.

     3.2.      Expected results and main activities

               The Global Allocation will be used as a framework for financing activities in the
               following fields:

               Support for project cycle management

               This component includes activities linked to:

               –        identification and formulation of bilateral and regional projects which may
                        result in funding from ENPI South (e.g. sectoral studies, country or region
                        studies, studies on cross-cutting issues or in specialised areas, preparatory
                        activities, etc.);


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     –     small projects and other small-scale activities to back up major projects during
           implementation (programmes carried out under the country or multi-country
           programmes);

     –     audit and evaluation/impact assessment of projects for which financing of such
           activities could not be foreseen due to the N+1 rule or is no longer available.

     The indicative budget for this component is EUR 6 million to be allocated by means
     of framework contracts. In the very few cases where the existing framework
     contracts could not be used (e.g. budget over the EUR 0.2 million threshold, experts
     unavailable for various lots, etc.), other procedures laid down in the Financial
     Regulation (Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002) will be followed.

     (1)    Cultural and information activities

     This component covers activities of the relevant EU Delegations in the
     Mediterranean countries and territories in the following areas:

     –     culture: support to local or regional cultural activities in the field of audiovisual
           and multimedia, arts, cultural festivals (cinema, dance, theatre, etc.), dialogue
           between cultures, etc.;

     –     information: publications and other information and awareness-raising
           activities about the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation and partnership which are
           designed and implemented in coherence with and to complement the regional
           information and communication programme, in order to enhance the visibility
           of Commission's activities in each relevant southern Mediterranean country.

     This component will have an indicative budget of EUR 3.5 million, to be split
     among EU Delegations, based on their annual programme of activities. These
     activities will be implemented by means of grant and service contracts. All grant
     contracts will be awarded following calls for proposals launched locally by EU
     Delegations. The required procedures for service contracts will be applied in
     accordance with the Financial Regulation.

     (2)    Organisation of meetings

     This component covers different kinds of meetings organised by the Commission in
     the framework of the ENPI South , including ministerial conferences conducted in
     co-operation with the EU Presidency and thematic working groups, civil fora,
     sectoral preparatory meetings, etc.

     The indicative budget for this component is EUR 3 million. The technical
     preparations for and logistical organisation of the meetings will come under
     framework contracts or other procedures laid down in the Financial Regulation.

     (3)    Ad hoc operations

     This component will be used to finance operations in specific cases which fall
     outside the scope of the standard country or multi-country programmes, such as the
     EU's financial contribution to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean and
     the information and training seminars for Euro Mediterranean diplomats.


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            Support to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean

            The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean has been established on a
            permanent basis to play a key role in the institutional architecture of the Union for
            the Mediterranean, mainly by taking charge of identifying measures to follow up and
            promote new projects, but also by seeking funding and partners to implement
            projects.

            It was agreed at EU political level that the Commission will co-finance (up to a
            maximum of 50%, declining over time) the Secretariat of the Union on a yearly
            basis. For 2011, Commission has signed with the Secretariat an operating grant
            agreement which amounts to EUR 3,127,498. This co-financing strictly follows the
            provisions of the Financial Regulation. The other sources of funding will have to
            come from the Euro-Mediterranean partners. Spain contributes in-kind by providing
            premises for the Secretariat in Barcelona. Other EU and non-EU partner countries
            ensure their share of the co-financing via the secondment to the Secretariat of
            national civil experts and experts. Additional sources of funding should come from
            EU and non-EU partner countries but are not known to date.

            The information and training seminars for Euro-Mediterranean diplomats

            In the course of the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, and in
            particular the political and security dialogue, the necessity for introducing
            partnership measures among EU Member States and their Mediterranean Partners
            has continually been emphasized.

            It is proposed to continue to finance in 2011 this initiative which started back in
            2001. It consists in a series of training sessions to familiarize diplomats coming from
            Foreign Ministries' departments with the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership process
            and the Union for the Mediterranean. Training sessions mainly focus on the EU
            institutional setting and decision-making patterns, the question of how to deal with
            the EU in practical terms, and selected aspects of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership
            and its implementation.

            The underlying objective of these information and training sessions is to improve the
            flow of information, and the exchange of perspectives and the promotion of dialogue
            among diplomats from Euro-Mediterranean partners. These sessions will also serve
            as valuable networking functions, as officials attending the meetings are all directly
            involved in the current implementation of the Euro Mediterranean partnership.

            The indicative budget for the ad-hoc operations is EUR 4.5 million. The information
            and training seminars for Euro Mediterranean diplomats will be financed via a
            service contract. Financial support from the EU budget to the Secretariat will be
            financed via an operating grant agreement.


     4.     IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

     4.1.   Implementation method

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     4.2.   Procurement and grant award procedures

            1) Contracts

            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations, in force at the time of
            the launch of the procedure in question.

            Participation in the award of contracts for the present action shall be open to all
            natural and legal persons covered by the ENPI Regulation. Further extensions of this
            participation to other natural or legal persons by the concerned authorising officer
            shall be subject to the conditions provided for in Article 21(7) of the ENPI
            regulation.

            2) Specific rules for grants

            All contracts implementing the action must be awarded and implemented in
            accordance with the procedures and standard documents laid down and published by
            the Commission for the implementation of external operations and which are in force
            at the time of the launch of the procedure in question.

            The essential selection and award criteria for the award of grants are laid down in the
            Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions. The maximum rate of
            co-financing for grants is 80%. Full financing is possible only in the cases provided
            for in Article 253 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation where
            financing in full is essential in order to carry out the action in question.

     4.3.   Indicative budget and calendar

            Contracts can be financed under this part of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
            Global Allocation as soon as the relevant Commission Decision is adopted and until
            31 December 2012 in accordance with the “n+1” rule, provided the funds available
            under the previous Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Global Allocation have been
            fully used.

     4.4.   Evaluation and audit

            Certification of expenditure will have to be submitted as part of the contracts
            implementing this decision. Evaluations of the results achieved by some of the
            projects financed under this Decision may be conducted by external experts entrusted
            by the Commission, along with external audits on the initiative of the Commission, if
            necessary. These evaluations and audits will be funded from other sources because
            the “n+1” rule applies after the contracting-out period for this Decision.




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