NGOs to get €250,000 to help use EU Funds

The civic sector will be able to supervise more effectively the implementation and use of European-Union funds, also thanks to extra state funding.

Peter PelelgriniPeter Pelelgrini (Source: SITA)

The office of Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation Peter Pellegrini has set aside €250,000 to be used by non-governmental organisations to produce specific solutions.

The funding is intended to ensure that “[NGOs] will help us to enhance the preparation and launch of calls for proposals and the evaluation and publication of data, helping us to improve the implementation of tools of so-called observers in evaluating EU funds and the system of monitoring and publishing the greatest volume of data possible in a manner ensuring that they’re clear to everybody,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Pellegrini’s office has launched what is the first EU-funded call for proposals to target the third sector specifically. The funds are designed to help NGOs defray the cost incurred in their work towards improvements in the use of EU funds. Government Proxy for Civic Society Development Martin Giertl and the Chamber of Non-governmental and Non-profit Organisations will also collaborate in the project. Giertl will have discretion when choosing third-sector experts with whom the project will be implemented.

“It’s a matter of the next few weeks when a list of all people who will have shown interest in participating in this project will be released,” the proxy said, vowing to ensure that the selection process is transparent.

The results and the pros and cons of the pilot project will be reviewed by Pellegrini’s office after a year. If the project proves to have merit, Pellegrini will aim for further systematic support for the third sector.

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