Interreg VI-A Italia-Malta 2021-2027 – Publication of Public Notice 1/2023 for the submission of cooperation projects

In the Gazzetta Ufficiale della Regione Siciliana no. 1 of 5 January 2024, the extract of the Public Notice 01/2023 for the presentation of cooperation projects under the specific objectives of the INTERREG VI – A Italia-Malta programme, approved by the Managing Authority with DDG no. 1273 of 29/12/2023, was published.

The total ERDF contribution is €27,669,485 divided as follows for each specific objective

Priority 1 – A smarter area of cooperation to promote research and innovation and the development of skills for smart specialisation

  • Specific Objective 1.1 – Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies in the cross-border area (RSO1.1) – € 6.020.880 (ERDF)
    • Specific Objective 1.2 – Develop skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship in the cross-border area (RSO1.4) – € 3.386.745 (ERDF)

Priority 2 – A resilient cooperation area, which strengthens the protection and preservation of nature also through the efficient use of resources

  • Specific Objective 2.1 – Promoting climate change adaptation, disaster risk prevention and resilience in the cross-border area (RSO2.4) – € 5.693.985 (ERDF)
    • Specific Objective 2.2 – Promoting the transition to a circular economy in the cross-border area (RSO2.6) – € 2.515.947 (ERDF)
    • Specific Objective 2.3 – Enhancing the protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity, green infrastructure and reducing pollution in the cross-border area (RSO2.7) – € 5.031.893 (ERDF)

Priority 3 – An area of efficient cooperation in social capital through the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development

  • Specific Objective 3.1 – Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in the cross-border area in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation (RSO4.6) – € 1.976.392 (ERDF)

Priority 4 – An area of cooperation with better governance between Italy and Malta

  • Specific Objective 4.1 – Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of cooperation in the cross-border area (ISO6.4) – € 3.043.643 (ERDF)

The amounts shown above constitute the contribution of the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), equal to 80% of the INTERREG VI-A Italy Malta programme.
For Italian beneficiaries (public and private bodies as well as bodies governed by public law) the national contribution, equal to 20%, is ensured by the national Fondo di Rotazione, without prejudice to the rules on state aid.
For Maltese beneficiaries the national contribution, equal to 20%, is to be ensured from the partner itself.

Each cooperation project must ensure:
1) The coherence of the project with the programme strategy, the priority and the specific objective chosen;
2) The coherence of the project with national and regional policies and the measures taken to create synergies and avoid overlapping;
3) The cross-border dimension and character of the project with partners who share common needs and objectives;
4) The innovative nature of the projects, their concrete specialization and their impact in the medium to long term;
5) The coherence of the partnership, the relevance and competences of the partners in relation to the objectives of the project;
6) The relevance of the financial plan and the coherence of the budget with the objectives;
7) Visible, concrete and lasting results;
8) A maximum duration of 24 months for specific objectives 1.2, 2.2, 3.1 and 4.1 and 30 months for specific objectives 1.1, 2.1 and 2.3;
9) An overall budget allocation referring to WP 1 up to a maximum of 20% of the overall project allocations;
10) An overall budget allocation referring to the “Travel and accommodation costs” referred to WP 1 “management and coordination“ up to a maximum of 4% of the total budget foreseen in the same WP 1;

The financial size of the projects submitted in the framework of the Public Notice 01/2023 shall be in line with the minimum and maximum amounts specified in the following table:

Specific Objective Minimum Amount (ERDF) Maximum Amount (ERDF)
1.1 800.000 2.000.000
1.2 500.000 2.000.000
2.1 800.000 2.500.000
2.2 300.000 1.500.000
2.3 800.000 2.500.000
3.1 300.000 800.000
4.1 100.000 500.000

The eligibility of expenses is governed by Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2021/1059.

It is possible to download the full text of the public notice, which sets out how to submit project proposals, the selection criteria, the application form (part a and b) and the documents to be attached.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 04 April 2024 (90 days from the publication of the notice in the Gazzetta Ufficiale della Regione Siciliana).
Cooperation projects under Notice 1/2023 may be submitted by the respective Lead Partners between 5 March 2024 and 4 April 2024
The person in charge of the procedure is Dr Daniela Bica – Tel.: +39 091/7070033 / 117 / 047, email: area7programmazione@regione.sicilia.it, d.bica@regione.sicilia.it.

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