Alpine Convention

Framework convention having as the main purposes the safeguard of the Alpine natural ecosystem and the strengthening of a sustainable development in the area, promoting economics and cultural interests of the resident population.

The convention is an international treaty signed by all 8 Alpine States (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland & the EU) composed by 9 thematic protocols.

To know more about the Alpine Convention’s main bodies, activities and aims, please click here.

Alpine Space contact point (ACP)

Each Partner State of the Alpine Space programme has a contact point, securing a link between the transnational and the national/regional level in the programme implementation. The contact point assists project partners during the project generation, application and implementation.

For more information on the programme management, please click here. To be re-directed to the ACP contacts, please click here.

Alpine Space programme (ASP)

Interreg B programme of transnational territorial cooperation co-financing projects for sustainable regional development in the Alps from the European Regional Development Fund.

Application form (AF)

Binding document which describes the project (objectives, results, outputs, partnership) and gives detailed information on the work plan and financial figures. The AF has to be submitted in the second step of project application process and is assessed by the programme bodies, in order to select the projects to be funded by the programme. Once the project is approved, the AF becomes the reference document for the whole implementation of the project until its closure. The content of it may change to a certain extent during the implementation, but only according to the programme's project modifications rules and procedures.

Assessment procedure

Is a standardised and transparent procedure carried out by programme bodies that allows selection of projects for co-financing. Assessment procedure is carried out after 1st and after the 2nd step of the application procedure. It consists of eligibility check and evaluation against the assessment criteria.

See also Selection procedure and Eligibility criteria.

Audit authority

The audit authority is one of the Alpine Space programme bodies.

To read more about the responsibilities of this body click here.

Call for project proposal

Competition round, where the programme bodies 'call' for project proposals. Specific Terms of References (ToRs) trace the guiding principles to be applied to the above mentioned call. The opening and closing dates of the call are decided by the programme committee. Depending on the availability of funds, it is foreseen to launch one call per year. As soon as a call is launched, it will be announced on this website.

For more information, please contact your relevant ACP or the JS.

Cooperation area

Programme's eligible area composed of regions belonging to the 7 Partner States (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Lichtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland). To see the cooperation area map, please click here. Moreover, also activities carried out outside the cooperation area can be considered eligible.

For further details on the topic, please consult the fact sheet 1.2.

Cooperation Programme (CP)

At the start of each programming period, the Partner States collaborate with regional stakeholders to produce a new set of founding documents, which are then submitted to the European Commission, for review and approval. The final document, known as the “Cooperation Programme”, outlines the programme’s objectives and priorities. It is available here.

E-monitoring system (eMS)

eMS is a programme monitoring system through which all necessary project and programme information is collected and stored. The programme bodies also use the eMS to communicate with beneficiearies electronically via a secure online portal.

Eligibility criteria

These are sets of criteria which are used by JS and ACPs to perform the eligibility check which is the 1st step of the project assessment procedure. Compliance with these criteria assures that the EoI or AF meet the basic programme and call for proposals requirements. Only if the proposal passes the eligibility check, it is further evaluated against assessment criteria. Failure to comply with any of these criteria leads to outright rejection of the application/EoI.

See also Selection procedure.

EoI lead partner

It is the institution appearing as lead partner in the EoI. From the 1st to the 2nd step of application the lead partner role can be taken over by another institution. The EoI lead partner has to remain involved as lead partner or project partner also in the application form.

See also Expression of interest, Lead partner and Project applicant.

ERDF co-financing

The programme financial support provided to the project from ERDF. Combined with contribution it forms the total project budget.

European Commission (EC)

For all the necessary information, please click here.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

An EU fund which is used to invest into several key priority areas, such as, "Innovation & Research", "Digital agenda", "Support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and "Low-carbon economy".The ERDF "aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions."*

Read more about the ERDF here.

*Source: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf/

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