Dec 21, 2018

The Cooperation Programme INTERREG V-A GREECE-BULGARIA 2014-2020 is pleased to announce the 5th Call for projects proposals «Grant scheme for supporting SMEs to grow and expand beyond local markets» that will open on the 15th of February 2019.
The Call is targeted to the Programme Priority Axis 1: “A Competitive and Innovative Cross-Border Area” which aims to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs in the Greece-Bulgaria border area (Thematic Objective 03) and contributes to Programme Specific Objective 02 “To improve SME capacity to expand beyond local markets” which aims is to stimulate enterprise growth of new and existing CB area SMEs through the expansion of economic activity to new markets and products.
The intervention focuses on fostering value-added producing capability in enterprises by boosting their product and service development activities through joint economic development actions, preferably oriented towards innovation, to make it possible for them to access new markets.

The total applicable indicative Public Expenditure of the present Call amounts to €10,000,000.00. Public Expenditure consists of €8,500,000.00 of ERDF funds and €1,500,000.00 National Contributions by Greece and Bulgaria.
-  Minimum total eligible investment (per proposal): €300,000.00
-  Maximum total eligible investment (per proposal): €600,000.00
Maximum grant per enterprise (single undertaking) subject to the €200,000.00 over a 3-year rolling period as per de minimis Regulation (EU 1407/2013).

Eligible beneficiaries under this Call are enterprises in the priority productive sectors of the CB area “smart specialization” strategies, namely (as specified by the NACE classification codes):
-  Agro-food industry
-  Waste management for recycling or energy production
-  Renewable energy and energy saving and efficiency
-  Sustainable tourism
-  Health
-  Materials – technology
-  Construction materials
-  Textile industry.

Eligible enterprises must have their main business activity belong to the specified NACE codes before submitting an investment proposal to this Call. New enterprises must state the relevant NACE that corresponds to their main activity and the eligible geographic area where they conduct business activities, and are requested to proceed in the establishment of the company up to 3 months from the date of approval of the grant application, after which the Subsidy contract will be signed.
Each eligible potential beneficiary (Lead Beneficiary Enterprise) submitting a project proposal should include in the proposal one other eligible potential beneficiary (Project Beneficiary Enterprise) from the other participating country, with whom - according to Art.12 par 4 in Reg.1299/2013 – the project beneficiary shall cooperate in some capacity for the development and implementation of the proposed investment plan.

The time period for the completion of any investment supported through this Call shall be three (3) years.

All applications will be submitted electronically through the State Aid Information System at www.ependyseis.gr/ (State-Aid operations).

The Call will remain open from 15/02/2019 to 15/04/2019 (14:00h).
The Call will remain open from 08/03/2019 to 14/06/2019. The deadline for submission of applications is 15:00h of 10/05/2019 14/06/2019. After this deadline, the electronic system will close and no more applications will be accepted.

The Call will remain open from 08/03/2019 to 15/07/2019. The deadline for submission of applications is 15:00h of 15/07/2019. After this deadline, the electronic system will close and no more applications will be accepted.

All required documentation, which has not been uploaded through the SA MIS, must be submitted (in person or by mail) in hardcopy to the Managing Authority of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 by the deadline (15/07/2019) of this Call.
Consultation will be provided to the potential applicants through Information Days that will be organized in both countries (Greece and Bulgaria). Find more information here.
For information purposes regarding this Call, potential beneficiaries may contact:
- the Joint Secretariat, tel.: +30 2310 469 695, jts_grbg@mou.gr
- the Managing Authority, tel.: +30 2310 469 650,  interreg@mou.gr
- the Bulgarian National Authority, tel.: +359 2 940 5592, na-gr-bg@mrrb.government.bg


- Direct Assistance  Guidelines_final_04_05_2020
- Decision Amendment of the 5th Call (13.06.2019)
- Direct Assistance Guidelines (13.06.2019)
- Modification of the Call document (13.06.2019)

- Decision_Amendment of the 5th Call (09.05.2019)
- Direct Assistance Guidelines (09.05.2019)
- Modifications of the Call document (09.05.2019)

- Decision_Amendment of the 5th Call for Proposals
- Direct Assistance  Guidelines_final_ February 2019_Ver 2
- Direct Assistance  Guidelines_26.3.2019_v3 (26/03/2019)
- ANNEX_I(1,2,3)
- ANNEXES (word format) (15/4/2019)

Important note: 
ANNEX I_1, was shared as a template of the Application Form, prior to the operation of the SAMIS system. The submitted proposals will be evaluated based on the AF that is generated by SA MIS system and NOT based on ANNEX I_1, which is a helping tool and does not have to be submitted. 

Important note: In case an applicant has already submitted an AF in SAMIS and wants to modify it because of the Call extension, s/he has to follow the steps indicated on page 34 (at the bottom) of the Call document “Direct Assistance Guidelines” (revised and uploaded on the website on 09/05/2019):  “Cancellation of an application that has been submitted is allowed up until two (2) working days before the Call deadline. The cancellation request can be submitted through the State Aid Information System at www.ependyseis.gr/mis. This action allows the beneficiary to submit another application – if desired – within the remaining time until the Call deadline.” The applicant cannot re-open and edit the submitted AF. S/he has to cancel the old AF and create a new one from scratch.

SAMIS_User Manual_EN
- SAMIS_User Manual_BG 
- SAMIS_User Manual_GR 

- Evaluation Manual_EN
- JAT_Rules of Procedures

- SAMIS_Evaluation Complaint Application

NOTE: The Bulgarian and Greek translations of the SAMIS Manual will be available on Thursday the 14/03/2019. 

Within the framework of the 5th Call, we would like to inform you that you can find partners to form a successful proposal with the use of the following methods:
1. By participating in the Info days that have been planned. Please visit our site for the event dates (https://old-2014-2020.greece-bulgaria.eu/).
2. By participating in the B2B meetings, which are planned after each Info day event. The next info days are the following: 20/2/2019 in Alexandroupolis (Greece) and 20/3/2019 in Haskovo (Bulgaria)
3. By circulating your interest in the Commercial Chambers of the cross border area, both in Greece and In Bulgaria.
4. By informing of your interest (NACE code, brief description of your idea) to the Commercial Section in the Bulgarian consulate in Thessaloniki at the following e-mail address: m.boyadzhieva@mi.government.bg
5. By informing of your interest (NACE code, brief description of your idea) to the Commercial Section in the Greek Consulate in Sofia at the following e-mail address: ecocom-sofia@mfa.gr
6.(NEW!) By filling in the excel file attached here and sending it to the Joint Secretariat (JS):  jts_grbg@mou.gr . By filling in and sending this file, you give your consent to publish your data on the Programme website, thus, please provide us only with official data of your enterprise and not personal data. The file will be updated every Friday and published on the Programme's website. 
Find below the first set of the Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs_5th CALL_v1
- FAQs_5th CALL_v2
FAQs_5th CALL_v3  
- FAQs_5th CALL_v4 
- FAQs_5th CALL_v5 (NEW 07/06/2019)

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