European Commission: Call for Proposals for Projects Fight Against Firearms Trafficking

Deadline: 14 February 2019

The European Commission is currently seeking proposals from for its grant program with an aim at funding Projects on the Fight Against Firearms Trafficking.

Priority Areas

The main priority of the call is to enhance operational cooperation between EU Member States or EU Member States and third countries located along firearms trafficking routes to and from the EU, such as East and South East Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, notably by supporting joint initiatives on knowledge, detection, investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking.

Expected Outcomes

  • to facilitate joint initiatives and operational actions of EU countries associated with third partners, such as South East Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries;
  • to improve expertise in the area of firearms trafficking, in particular by enhancing knowledge, detection, investigation and prosecution at EU level and with key third countries;
  • to promote best practices inter alia concerning the defragmentation of the relevant information and intelligence along the firearms trafficking routes to and from the EU;
  • to safeguard the EU licit market in the field of firearms trafficking;
  • to reduce diversion of firearms into criminal hands in the EU

Funding Information

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 2 000 000 (two million euros).

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the Applicant and the Co-applicants must:
    • be legal persons; applications from natural persons are not eligible;
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union participating in the ISF Police instrument. The lead Applicant must be established in a Member State participating in the ISF Police instrument. International organisations may be established outside the EU Member States participating in the ISF Police instrument and can only be Co-applicants. In duly justified cases, the Co-applicants may also be established in the following third countries: Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, FYROM, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland;
    • be a public body, a non-profit-making private entity, a for-profit private entity or an international organisation.
  • In order to be eligible for a grant, applications must:
    • be transnational, i.e. involving at least 2 entities established in 2 different Member States participating in the ISF Police instrument;
    • be seeking EU co-funding equal to or more than EUR 250 000.
    • activities must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application.
    • Union agencies can be neither Applicants nor Co-applicants.
    • Affiliated entities, i.e. legal entities having a legal or capital link with Applicants, shall take part in the action as individual Co-applicants in order to declare eligible costs.

Eligible Activities

The following types of activities are eligible under this Call for Proposals:

  • activities promoting networking, public-private partnerships, mutual confidence, understanding and learning, identification and dissemination of good practices and innovative approaches at Union level, training and exchange programmes as well as organisation of seminars and workshops;
  • analytical, monitoring and evaluation activities, including threat, risk and impact assessments, which are evidence based and consistent with priorities and initiatives identified at Union level, in particular those that have been endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council and projects monitoring the implementation of Union law and Union policy objectives in the Member States;
  • the development and the dissemination of new methods and/or deploying new technologies with a potential for significant transferability to other Member States;
  • the development and/or the implementation of tools/toolkits such as (e-)learning materials;
  • the acquisition, maintenance and/or further upgrading of technical equipment, expertise, secure facilities, infrastructures, related buildings and systems, especially ICT systems and their components at the Union level;
  • studies;
  • management of the project and evaluation of activities

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible CountriesAustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Switzerland

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