Can partners outside the programme area but within EU participate in a project?


In exceptional and duly justified cases also organisations from outside the programme area (but inside the European Union) can become project partners and receive co-financing. Their participation needs to bring clear added value and expertise to the implementation of a project and has to benefit the programme area. The ERDF allocated to a single project for such partners together with the ERDF spent outside the programme area cannot exceed 20 % of the total ERDF contribution to this project. Partners from non-EU countries can participate in a project but will not receive any ERDF funds from the programme. They could act as associated partners.