European Territorial Cooperation

ADRION recognises that tackling common challenges can be sustainable only through building solid partnerships and sharing solutions among Partner States and institutions, coming from public, private and non-profit sectors. In order to establish successful and working partnerships, projects funded under the ADRION programme have to consider specific cooperation essentials.

Being a transnational cooperation programme, ADRION contributes to European Territorial Cooperation, which is one of the goals of the EU cohesion policy, which  aims to promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the European Union as a whole and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.

When preparing a project proposal, applicants have to consider this broad policy goal.

Thematic relevance

Projects must be in line with one of the programme specific objectives and clearly demonstrate how they will contribute to the programme output indicators of that specific objective. For each specific objective, the cooperation programme has defined the expected results, target groups and indicative types of beneficiaries that need to be addressed.

Partnership relevance

Building a successful partnership is one of the key features of a good transnational cooperation project. Partners’ characteristics can make the difference in project implementation, efficiency and effectiveness. As a minimum requirement, partners have to come from at least three Partner States and at least one of them has to be located in one of the EU Partner States.

Transnational relevance

It aims to promote better cooperation and regional development in the Adriatic and Ionian region by jointly tackling common challenges. Projects should not only meet the needs of a limited number of partners, but they should contribute to better living conditions in the Adriatic and Ionian region.

Intervention logic

The project has to identify its general and specific objectives in relation to the territorial needs, develop a work plan and define its outputs, which can be clearly linked to the programme outputs. This approach allows measuring the project contribution in meeting the programme indicators system.

Co-financing principle and National contribution

The selected funded projects for funding receive an EU subsidy equal to 85 % of the total project budget. All partners have to ensure their respective shares, known also as the national contribution, equals 15 % of the total project budget.

Depending on the country-specific regulations, the national contribution can be provided either by partners’ own budget or by public sources. Each partner must commit itself in providing its own contribution through a project partner declaration.

Information on Partner States’ provision of further public sources as national contribution.

Value for money

The value for money is the perception of the receivers/buyers of a good or service about its worthiness of the price paid.

A service or a good is value for money if respects the following requirements:

  • Economy: it requires that the resources used by the institution for the pursuit of its activities shall be made available in due time, in appropriate quantity and quality and at the best price.
  • Efficiency: it is concerned with the best relationship between resources employed and results achieved. Implementing partners must demonstrate that the planned results refer to clear and qualitative outputs/outcomes to be achieved at the best price (the result to be achieved justifies the costs).
  • Effectiveness: it is concerned with attaining the specific objectives set and achieving the intended results.

Expected project outputs

ADRION mainly contributes to the exchange and transfer of experience, supports transnational intervention and promotes capacity building. ADRION shall mostly funds:

  • Networking structures
  • Joint management systems and cooperation agreements
  • Strategies and action plans
  • Methodologies and tools
  • Pilot actions

The programme does not support heavy investments, but only small-scale investments within pilot actions.

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