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First Calls for EU Structural Assistance for 2007-2013

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2008 03 31

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Vilnius, March 31. After preparation and approval of all binding legal acts necessary for absorption of EU structural assistance for 2007–2013, the first calls for applications and to participate in the tender for assistance have already been announced.

The Ministry of Economy and the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA) announced first three calls for applications for EU structural assistance for 2007–2013. The calls are announced under the operational programmes for economic growth and cohesion promotion – enhancement of business productivity and improvement of business environment, R&D for economic competitiveness and economic growth, as well as local and urban development, preservation of cultural heritage and nature and readjustment for tourism development.

Under these calls, the applications may be submitted by private legal persons that meet particular measure specifications: “Intellect LT+” is designated for the projects related to promotion of R&D, “Leader LT” – direct assistance to business, “Development of diversity of tourism services (products) and quality improvement of tourism services” – development of tourism services. 

The Ministry of Social Security and Labour and the European Social Fund Agency will, in near future, also announce first calls for applications for the Tender Development of Human Resources in Enterprises. Under them the following activities will be supported: training for staff and heads of enterprises, implementation of new work organisation forms and methods, organisation of in-house training and etc. This assistance is designated for the staff of enterprises, personnel specialists and heads. The applications for projects designed for vocational training of the unemployed, promotion of the return of Lithuanian emigrants and integration of social risk persons with social isolation into labour market selected under state planning will also be received in the short run.

At present all national legal acts and those attributed to the competence of the Ministry of Finance necessary for the use of EU structural assistance for 2007–2013 are approved and the last documents and forms necessary for responsible institutions to prepare and announce calls for applications for financing of projects, i.e. operational programme complements, rules for project administration and financing, General Part (A) of the application for project financing and the instruction on filling in the application, methodical guidelines for evaluators and etc. Responsible ministries are in the process of preparation of descriptions of project financing facilities.

As it was informed, in the period of 2007–2013 the major part of EU assistance is allocated to public sector projects, which will be selected under state or regional planning. These projects will not enter the tenders, as their financing is planned under separate measures. At present, 65 public projects launched in 2007 are already under implementation, the expenses of which are planned to be reimbursed from EU assistance for 2007–2013.

A new way of project selection for 2007–2013 is planning of regional projects. More than LTL 2.5 billion, i.e. about 13 per cent of total allocations of EU funds will be distributed by regional development councils formed of the representatives from the county administration. Regional development councils will make lists of projects considering various criteria, i.e. significance of projects to regional development, EU structural assistance operational programmes and the criteria approved by the Monitoring Committee. This will be the way of supporting the development of attraction centres in cities and towns as well as overt spaces, renovation of infrastructure important to business, recreation, tourism and culture, development of electronic services and etc.

For administration and use of EU assistance for 2007–2013 less sophisticated procedures are established. A maximum control was relinquished: monitoring actions carried out by institutions administering EU assistance will be based on prevention and risk analysis. Public procurement monitoring requirements are set to be more flexible: there will be no need to coordinate all purchase documents with implementing agencies, before tender announcement only the largest and the most risky purchases will be coordinated. Administration and implementation of the projects financed from the European Social Fund has also been simplified – there will be no need to present documentary justification for project administration-related expenditure incurred and paid, if it does not exceed 20 per cent of direct expenditure.

More effective assistance administration will be ensured by the development of information system and electronic services: electronic applications and request for payment forms as well as reports will be used, and it should reduce the number of errors in applications down to 90 per cent. Electronic document forms will accelerate evaluation of applications, decision-making and verification of the requests for payment.

In April a new version of www.esparama.lt website will start operating, where it will be possible to find all the information regarding EU structural assistance for 2007-2013: operational programmes, their approved measures, calls for applications, and after an appropriate date – also evaluated applications, made decisions on granting assistance and etc. The information of utmost importance to applicants will be announced in a special section of website www.esparama.lt – uniform Guidelines for Applicants.

Allocation of EU funds assistance for 2007–2013 to individual management areas by responsible ministries or other state institutions:

Responsible body

EU structural assistance,
LTL thousand

EU structural assistance, %

Ministry of Environment

3 363 555

14.4%

Ministry of Social Security and Labour

2 115 665

9.0%

Ministry of Transport

5 423 749

23.2%

Ministry of Health

828 972

3.5%

Ministry of Education and Science

3 398 849

14.5%

Ministry of Economy

5 074 261

21.7%

Ministry of the Interior

1 658 566

7.1%

Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania

828 972

3.5%

Ministry of Finance

701 833

3.0%

TOTAL

23 394 422

100.0%


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