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Third call generates quantity and quality !

The Third Call for Proposals turned out to be the biggest one so far. There were thirty-three project applications which were submitted by the deadline of April 7th. This was an indication that the Programme is maturing and that project promoters have had enough time to consolidate their partnerships and develop a project proposal that was ready to be submitted.

The second remark of this round of project applications was an overall improvement of the quality of proposals. First of all, the content of the projects was on average more elaborated than in the previous calls. The partnerships appear to have stronger links possibly because by now they have had on average more time to meet and discuss their issues. The objectives of the projects were clearer, the issues and actions as well as the budgetary details were more thoroughly described. There appears to be a better understanding of the application procedure and the Programme requirements.

Another novelty was that a number of new organisations appeared in the list of partners, for example Belfast appeared for the first time as a Lead Partner. On the other hand, a lot of projects applied under previously less popular Measures, such as 4.2 for example. There appears to be a more balanced distribution of projects across the geographical and thematical range of the Programme after the Third Call.

It is believed that the overall improvement in the quality of projects and the geographical distribution of partners can be partly attributed to the intensified communication strategy of the Programme in the past months. There have been a number of targeted events organised by the JTS but also by national and regional authorities across the NWE. This rigorous effort to promote the Programme and to explain its objectives and practicalities to the wider public is expected to bear even more fruits in the coming Calls.

 

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