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C 132/4 EN Official Journal of the European Union 6.6.




Call for applications for financial support for the activities of european consumer organisations:
actions providing financial support to European consumer organisations in 2004 under Article 2(b)
of Decision No 283/1999/EC
(2003/C 132/04)

1. INTRODUCTION — have been mandated to represent the interests of

consumers at European level by national organisations
1.1. This is a call for applications for financial support for the of at least half the Member States of the Community
activities of European consumer organisations under that are representative, in accordance with national
Article 2(b) of Decision No 283/1999/EC of the rules or practice, of consumers and are active at
European Parliament and of the Council of 25 January national or regional level.
1999 establishing a general framework for Community
activities in favour of consumers.
2.3. European consumer organisations fulfilling the conditions
and criteria in this notice can accordingly submit annual
1.2. Financial support for annual activities may be granted to action programmes which are eligible for specific financial
European consumer organisations promoting the interests support covering only operational expenditure set out
of the consumers at the Community level, and which fulfil within the strict framework of all or part of the action
the conditions and criteria in points 2 and 3 of this programmes submitted, provided this action relates
notice. exclusively to Community consumer policy.

1.3. The applicant organisations must demonstrate how their 2.4. In addition, the financial support may not, in principle,
program relates to the principal policy priorities of the exceed 50 % of the expenditures involved in carrying out
Community in the field of consumer policy and consumer eligible activities.
health protection. For the purpose, a detailed and clear
account of the organisation's activities in the year 2003 3. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
and related operational expenditure must be submitted.
The decision on the funding will be taken on the basis 3.1. Financial support to European consumer organisations
of this information. will be granted on the basis of the following assessment
1.4. When taking a decision on the funding of the annual
activities of European consumer organisations at — a satisfactory level of cost-effectiveness,
Community level, the Commission shall be assisted by a
Committee of advisory nature composed of the represen- — an added value ensuring a high and uniform level of
tatives of the Member States and chaired by the represen- representation of consumers' interests,
tative of the Commission (see Article 9 of Decision No
— a lasting multiplier effect at national or European level,
ORGANISATIONS — effective and balanced cooperation between the
different parties for planning and carrying out
2.1. European consumer organisations have an essential role to activities and for financial participation,
play in representing, promoting and protecting consumer
interests at the Community level as they are the — the development of lasting transnational cooperation,
Community's principal partners for the purposes of especially through the exchange of experience to raise
assessing and implementing consumer policy. awareness of consumers and economic operators and
by joint utilisation of their results.
2.2. According to Decision No 283/1999/EC financial support
may be granted to European consumer organisations — the widest possible dissemination of the results of the
which: activities and projects supported,

— are non-governmental, non-profit-making organi- — the ability to analyse the situations to be covered, the
sations whose main objectives are to promote and means earmarked for evaluating the activities and
protect the interests and health of consumers, and projects and their suitability for best practice.
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4.1. The standard and obligatory application form is available 5.1. The granting of funding is subordinated to the budgetary
electronically at the following web-address: authority's decision to earmark appropriations for this
5.2. Having assessed the applications on the basis of the
If necessary, it can also be obtained from the address in criteria and conditions in this notice, and in particular
point 4.4. how the applying organisation's work programme relates
to the Commission's policy priorities, the Commission
4.2. All the documents required for each application must be shall within five months of this notice, select with the
sent in triplicate to the address in point 4.4. assistance of the Advisory Committee established under
Article 9 of Decision No 283/1999/EC, such organisations
4.3. The application must be submitted in one of the official as are to receive annual financial support. The
languages of the European Union. Commission decision shall lead to the conclusion of a
contract with the recipients responsible for implemen-
4.4. Applications must be submitted to the following address: tation, concerning the rights and obligations of the
European Commission
DG Health and Consumer Protection 5.3. Applicants will be informed individually in writing of the
Rue Belliard 232 — 5/79 decision pertaining to their application(s).
B-1049 Brussels

4.5. The application must be postmarked before or on 10 5.4. The Commission will publish a list of the recipients and of
July 2003. Proposals sent by express Courier service or the activities funded under this framework in the Official
delivered by hand must arrive by 17h Brussels time on 10 Journal of the European Communities with an indication of
July 2003. the amount of the support. The Commission may also
decide to publish the work programmes of the
4.6. Failure to include the requisite information may lead to European consumer organisations that are granted
the application being rejected. financial support.

Call for proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for research, tech-
nological development and demonstration: ‘structuring the European Research Area’

Scheme: Communication Network Development — Géant

Call identifier: FP6-2003 — Infrastructures-3

(2003/C 132/05)

1. In accordance with Decision No 1513/2002/EC of the In accordance with Article 9(1) of the Regulation of the
European Parliament and of the Council, of 27 June European Parliament and of the Council of 5 November
2002, concerning the sixth framework programme of the 2002 concerning the rules for the participation of under-
European Community for research, technological devel- takings, research centres and universities in, and for the
opment and demonstration activities contributing to the dissemination of research results for, the implementation
creation of the European Research Area and to innovation of the European Community Sixth Framework Programme
(2002 to 2006) (1), the Council adopted on 30 September (2002 to 2006) (4) (referred to as ‘the rules for partici-
2002 the specific programme for research, technological pation’), proposals for indirect RTD actions should be
development and demonstration: ‘structuring the European submitted under the terms of calls for proposals.
Research Area’ (2) (referred to as ‘the specific programme’).
2. The present call for proposals for indirect RTD actions
In accordance with Article 5(1) of the specific programme, comprise the present general part and the specific
the Commission of the European Communities (referred to conditions that are described in the Annex. This annex
as ‘the Commission’) has adopted on 6 December 2002 a indicates in particular, the date of closure for the submission
work programme (3) (referred to as ‘the work programme’ of proposals for indirect RTD actions, an indicative date for
setting out in greater detail the objectives and scientific and the completion of the evaluations, the indicative budget, the
technological priorities of the specific programme, and the instruments and the areas concerned, the evaluation criteria
timetable for implementation. for the evaluation of proposals for indirect RTD actions, the
minimum number of participants, and any applicable
(1) OJ L 232, 29.8.2002, p. 1. restrictions.
(2) OJ L 294, 29.10.2002, p. 44.
(3) Commission Decision C(2002) 4791, unpublished. (4) OJ L 355, 30.12.2002, p. 23.