The Hercule III programme will promote activities against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the European Union by offering joint specialised training for staff of national, regional administrations and to other stakeholders.

 

The general objective of the Programme shall be to protect the financial interest of the European Union thus enhancing the competitiveness of the European economy and ensuring the protection of the taxpayers' money.

 

The Hercule III Programme will support specialised technical assistance for national authorities and the organisation of specialised training, and risk analysis training workshops, as well as conferences.

 

National or regional administrations of a Member State or a third country, which promote the strengthening of action at Union level to protect the Union's financial interests together with research and educational institutes and non-profit making entities provided that they have been established and have been operating for at least one year, in a Member State or in a third country, and promote the strengthening of action at Union level to protect the European Union's financial interests are eligible for funding under this Programme.

 

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Open Calls

 

Hercule III

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Technical Assistance 2017

The purpose of this call is to invite national and regional administrations to submit applications for actions under the following four topics:

1. The purchase and maintenance of investigation tools and methods, including
specialised training to operate these tools ("Investigation tools and methods");
2. The purchase and maintenance of devices and animals to carry out inspections of
containers, trucks, railway wagons and vehicles at the Union’s external borders to
detect smuggled and counterfeited goods ("Detection tools");
3. The purchase, maintenance and interconnection of systems for the recognition of
vehicle number plates (Automated Number Plate Recognition Systems – ANPRS)
or container codes. Specialised training needed to operate these systems is included;
4. The purchase of services to support Member States’ capacity to analyse, store and
destroy seized cigarettes ("Analysis and Destruction of seizures")

National or regional administrations of a Member State

August 9, 2017

Training and Conferences 2017

The purpose of this call is to invite national and regional administrations as well as research and educational institutes and non-profit-making entities to submit applications for one of the following three topics5 relevant for the protection of the Union's financial interests, aimed at:

1. Developing targeted specialised trainings to create networks and structural platforms between Member States, candidate countries, other third third countries and international public organisations in order to facilitate the exchange of information, experience and best practices among staff employed by the beneficiaries. The information and best practices shall relate to, amongst others, the risks and vulnerabilities the Union's financial interests are exposed to as well as investigation practices and/or prevention activities;

2. Organising conferences to create networks and structural platforms between Member States, candidate countries, other third countries and international public organisations in order to facilitate the exchange of information, experience and best practices among staff employed by the beneficiaries. The information and best practices shall relate to, amongst others, the risks and vulnerabilities the Union's financial interests are exposed to as well as investigation practices and/or prevention activities;

3. Organising staff exchanges between national and regional administrations (in particular, in neighbouring Member States) to contribute to the further development, improvement and update of staff's skills and competences in the protection of the Union’s financial interests.

National and regional administrations as well as
research and educational institutes and non-profit-making entities

August 9, 2017

Law and Training Studies 2017

The purpose of this call is to invite national and regional administrations as well as research and educational institutes and non-profit-making entities to submit applications for three topics, aimed at:

1. Developing high-profile research activities, including studies in comparative law (including dissemination of the results and a concluding conference, where applicable);

2. Increasing cooperation and awareness among practitioners and academics (through conferences, including the organisation of the annual meeting of the presidents of the Associations for European Criminal Law and for the Protection of EU Financial
Interests);

3. Developing periodical scientific publications and other tools for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

 National and regional administrations as well as
research and educational institutes

August 9, 2017