6. Application by local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities

6.1 What has to be considered when applying as a local public entity?

Local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities are also able to apply for EUCF support. When applying as a local public entity, the following points have to be considered:

  • Local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities need to declare in the self-declaration form that i) they are officially recognised as a tier of local government (different from the regional and provincial levels) by the national law with the obligation for municipalities/local authorities to join the supra-municipal organisation; (ii) they are composed only by municipalities/local authorities; (iii) they have a specific political and administrative structure. A template for Annex C - Self-declaration form for local public entities is provided by the EUCF.

  • Local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities require an own politically approved SEAP, SECAP or plan of similar ambition that covers their geographical area

  • Local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities are not able to apply to the EUCF as groupings.

 

6.2 Who qualifies as a local public entity aggregating municipalities/local authorities?

Local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities may vary from country to country. Applicants included in this category must submit a self-declaration (Annex C) confirming their eligibility. Eligible entities must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Eligible public entities must be officially recognised as a tier of local government (different from the regional and provincial levels) by national law with the obligation for municipalities/local authorities to join the supra-municipal organisation;

  • Eligible public entities must be composed only by municipalities/local authorities; and

  • Eligible public entities must have a specific political and administrative structure.

Applicants are encouraged to check their potential eligibility before preparing the application by contacting the EUCF Country Experts and EUCF Helpdesk

6.3 Are there examples for potential eligible local public entities?

Yes, a set of examples (non-exhaustive list, in national languages) of potential eligible applicants can be found here.

6.4 Do local public entities require an own SEAP, SECAP or plan of similar ambition?

Yes, local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities need to have an own politically approved SEAP, SECAP or plan of similar ambition, covering their geographical area.

6.5 Can a municipality/ local authority or a grouping from the geographical area covered by a given public entity aggregating the same municipality (ies) apply if that public entity is also applying in the same call?

Public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities are different organisations, with different legal status, from municipalities/local authorities or their groupings, and normally have different competencies. Therefore municipalites/local authorities or grouping of municipalities/local authorities can apply to the EUCF in the same geographical area covered by a public entity that is also applying for the EUCF in the same call.

6.6 Can a municipality/local authority or a from the geographical area covered by a given public entity aggregating the same municipality (ies) apply to the EUCF if that public entity has already received financial support from the EUCF?

Public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities are different organisations, with different legal status, from municipalities/local authorities or their groupings, and normally have different competencies. Therefore municipalites/local authorities or grouping of municipalities/local authorities can apply to the EUCF in the same geographical area covered by a public entity that is already being supported by the EUCF.