Finance Questions

Content Questions: Project Ideas

Content Questions: Project Development

Content Questions: Pre-Assessment

Content Questions: Application

Content Questions: Implementation and Reporting

Content Questions: Project Closure

Content Questions: Future Perspectives



Q- How does the North Sea Region Programme link to the European Policy Framework?

Q- What is a transnational cooperation programme?

Q- Who are the responsible Committees of the Programme?

Q- What are the main aims of the North Sea Region Programme?

Q- Which thematic fields does the Programme work with?

Q- Which geographical area does the Programme cover?

Q- How much funding does the Programme have?

Q- Is there an official language for the Programme?

Finance Questions

Q- Where can I get information about funds available for my project idea?

Q- Auto decommitment and spending targets - Is it true that a project risks losing part of the grant if the annual spending targets as set out in table 13.2 of the application and repeated in the contract are not met?

Q- Eligibility period - Within which period of time are costs eligible?

Q- The contract - What is the legal form of relationship between the approved project and the Secretariat?

Q- The contract - What do we do if we have not received the contract shortly after we have been notified that the project was approved?

Q- 1st level control - What is the role of the 1st level controller?

Q- 1st level control - Who can be designated as a 1st level controller?

Q- 1st level control - How can I get my controller designated?

Q- The Lead Beneficiary`s responsibility - What is the role of the Lead Beneficiary within the project?

Q- Evidence of expenditure - How do I provide evidence of incurred expenditure?

Q- Evidence of expenditure - Do we have to send bills, time sheets and invoices to the Secretariat?

Q- Staff costs and overhead - Are staff costs eligible?

Q- Travel and accommodation - Are study tours eligible?

Q- Travel and accommodation - Are costs for travel by car eligible?

Q- General costs/Overhead costs - How are general costs/overhead costs calculated?

Q- Income - How does income generated in the project affect the ERDF grant?

Q- Irrecoverable VAT - To what extent is irrecoverable VAT eligible?

Q- Ineligible expenditure - Could this expenditure not just be omitted in the reports?

Q- Subcontractors located in- and outside the eligible area - Can project activities be subcontracted to a contractor outside the eligible area?

Q- Currency - What currency is used in financial matters?

Q- Funding and Norwegian money - Are there any special requirements concerning Norwegian project partners?

Q- External experts / consultants working as project manager - Is it possible to appoint an external expert or a consultant as project manager?

Content Questions: Project Ideas

Q- Does my project idea fit the Programme?

Q- How can I get involved in a project as either beneficiary or lead beneficiary?

Q- How can a project idea be published on the Programme website?

Content Questions: Project Development

Q- What is meant by transnational co-operation?

Q- How can an investment be transnational?

Q- What should the outcome of a North Sea Region Programme project be?

Q- Who can participate in a project?

Content Questions: Pre-Assessment

Q- What is pre-assessment and why should a project proposal perform pre-assessment?

Q- Is there a particular format to be used for pre-assessment?

Q- When can I submit my project idea for pre-assessment and when can I expect feedback?

Q- Is it possible to do pre-assessment for the same project proposal several times?

Content Questions: Application

Q- How are projects selected?

Q- Do I need to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for my project?

Q- Which criteria does my project have to meet in order to be approved?

Q- What kinds of attributes is the Programme looking for in projects?

Q- How do I submit a project proposal for funding?

Q- How many partners should my project have?

Q- How can I establish relevant indicators for my project?

Content Questions: Implementation and Reporting

Q- What happens if a partner drops out of an approved project?

Q- When is the deadline for reporting?

Q- What am I expected to report on – content wise?

Q- What is the procedure concerning appendices?

Q- What happens if I as a Lead Beneficiary am not able to submit a report on time?

Q- What happens if an activity needs to be changed in a running project?

Q- Can a project carry out activities outside the eligible area?

Q- How do I register changes to my project using the online changes system?

Q- What happens if I need to extend the project ‘completion’ date?

Content Questions: Project Closure

Q- What happens once my project is finished?

Content Questions: Future Perspectives

Q- What happens to the project after its closure?

Q- How can my project achieve a long term legacy?


Q- What is the role of communications in the overall structure of the project?

Q- Why not wait with communications and publicity until the project is underway?

Q- Why do projects need a Communication Plan?

Q- What are the relevant target groups for the promotion of the project and how can they be addressed?

Q- Why is it necessary to include a budget in the Communication Plan? How much should be spent on communications?

Q- Do projects running under the Programme need to have their own website?

Q- What are the formal requirements of the European Commission and the Programme concerning communications and publicity?

Q- Is there a general Programme tagline, which should be used on the publicity materials?

Q- Where can I find the Programme logo, tagline and ERDF reference? Which versions and formats of the Programme logo are available?

Q- Are there any rules on how to use the Programme logo and the ERDF reference?

Q- What are the benefits of using the project section on the Programme website for the promotion of project activities and results?

Q- How can the editable parts of your project presentation on the Programme website be accessed?

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