In order to support Programme beneficiaries to respond to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the Managing Authority issued recommendations on measures that may be taken by the beneficiaries to reduce the effects of the crisis on the projects implementation.
In this respect, for the proper implementation of the grant contracts financed by the Black Sea Basin Programme and taking into account the restrictions imposed by the current situation in the participating countries, we remind that the beneficiaries may request:
These measures have in view, first of all, the continuation of the implementation of the projects through constant support offered to the beneficiaries and use of the non-reimbursable funds made available.
In addition, measures have been taken to ensure the continuity of the contracting processes of the applications selected during the second call for proposals, by introducing changes in procedures, so as to temporarily allow the exchange of information with applicants exclusively in electronic format.
Depending on the evolution of the current situation and on the decisions taken at the level of the European Commission, the Managing Authority explores the possibility to take other measures to support the beneficiaries, which will be published on the website and social media page of the Programme.
The first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held on the 29th of January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The eligible participating countries of the new Programme involves ten states from the Black Sea Basin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The new generation of projects to be funded under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee during the meeting held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 17th of September 2019.