FAQ

 

01. Programme and Project general information

What is special of INTERREG IVC projects compared to other European funded projects?
INTERREG IVC projects, like PLUSTEX, are fundamentally different from cross-border and transnational cooperation programmes. In particular, they are not primarily dedicated to ‘implementation’ or to ‘experimentation’. Core activities of the PLUSTEX project are always related to the exchange of experiences.
When was PLUSTEX project approved?
PLUSTEX was approved by INTERREG IVC Monitoring Committee on 15th December 2011 in the framework of the 4th Call. The project’s lifetime is 36 months. It started 1st January 2012 and will finish 31st December 2014.

02.Finance, budget and accounting

Is there a budgetary limit for the subcontracting?
It should be noted that the main beneficiaries of an INTERREG IVC project have to remain the partners themselves (i.e. the organisations listed in section 5 of the application form). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the budget dedicated to “external expertise and services” does not exceed 50% of the total budget. In any case, the external expertise or service has to be justified and specified as precisely as possible in the application form.
Where the « audit costs » must be included?
Expenditures for audits, when they are carried out by external auditors, have to be included in the external expertise budget category. If audits are carried out by an internal auditor, independent of the project management, the expenses will have to be budgeted and entered in the budgetary heading “Staff costs”. Each country will provide specific information on expenditures control modalities.
Which is project eligibility period?
With the exception of preparation costs, costs for the projects are eligible from the date of approval by the Monitoring Committee to the end of the month quoted as “finalisation month” in the approved application (it means 31stDecember 2014).  In order to determine the end date of a project it is important to take into consideration that all payments have to be made before this date in order to be eligible (incl. payment for the financial control of the last progress report).
Can the administrative costs be reported as flat rate?
In order to simplify the reporting of administration costs, a flat rate has been introduced for projects to be approved under the fourth call such as  PLUSTEX. For projects approved under the fourth call, the reporting of administration costs will be based on a flat rate of 12% automatically applied to the actually reported and certified staff costs.
In which budget line should travels and accommodation costs for external expertise be included?
When travel and accommodation expenses are related to persons not directly employed by the project partners as staff personnel, they must be included in the external expertise budget line.
Is there a budgetary limit for the subcontracting?
It should be noted that the main beneficiaries of an INTERREG IVC project have to remain the partners themselves (i.e. the organisations listed in section 5 of the application form). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the budget dedicated to “external expertise and services” does not exceed 50% of the total budget. In any case, the external expertise or service has to be justified and specified as precisely as possible in the application form.
Where the « audit costs » must be included?
Expenditures for audits, when they are carried out by external auditors, have to be included in the external expertise budget category. If audits are carried out by an internal auditor, independent of the project management, the expenses will have to be budgeted and entered in the budgetary heading “Staff costs”. Each country will provide specific information on expenditures control modalities.
Which is project eligibility period?
With the exception of preparation costs, costs for the projects are eligible from the date of approval by the Monitoring Committee to the end of the month quoted as “finalisation month” in the approved application (it means 31stDecember 2014).  In order to determine the end date of a project it is important to take into consideration that all payments have to be made before this date in order to be eligible (incl. payment for the financial control of the last progress report).

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PLUSTEX is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the INTERREG IVC Programme. The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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