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1. When did Solidarity Funds begin to function?
2. Which is the program period for Solidarity Funds?
3. What is the annual amount allocated to each Fund? (approximately)
4. What is the percentage of the European Union’s co-financing?
5. Who can be benefited by the co-financing?
6. What is the eligibility period for payments in relation to the implementation of actions?
7. Which is the Responsible Authority for the management of Solidarity Funds?
8. Which is the Delegated Authority for each Fund?
9. Which other authorities are involved in the management and control of Solidarity Funds?
10. When and how can an interested party submit proposals for the implementation of actions in the frame of the Funds?
11. When and where are the Calls for Proposals published for the co-financed actions?
12. Where can the interested parties obtain information from regarding Solidarity Funds and their eligible actions?



1. When did Solidarity Funds begin to function?
Solidarity Funds initiated their function in Cyprus in November 2007. The Responsible Authority for the management of the Funds is the Solidarity Funds Sector, which was established and staffed according to a Decision of the Council of Ministers.
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2. Which is the program period for Solidarity Funds?
Actions will be implemented in the frame of Solidarity Funds during the program period 2007-2013 (Integration Fund and External Border Fund) and 2008-2013 (European Refugee Fund and Return Fund).
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3. What is the annual amount allocated to each Fund? (approximately)
Approximately, every year is allocated to Integration Fund the amount of €900.000, the amount of €1.600.000 is allocated to External Border Fund, the amount of €1.100.000 is allocated to Return Fund and for the European Refugee Fund the amount of €2.500.000.
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4. What is the percentage of the European Union’s co-financing?
The actions implemented in the frame of Solidarity Funds are co-financed by the EU up to 75% while the remaining 25% is financed by national resources.
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5. Who can be benefited by the co-financing?
The actions financed according to the approved programmes of the Funds, can be implemented by public, private or independent parties, Non Governmental Organisations and international organisations, which are concerned with matters related to the actions of the Funds.
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6. What is the eligibility period for payments in relation to the implementation of actions?
The eligibility period for payments extends from the 1st of January of the year that the annual programme is concerned, until the 31st of December of the following year. For example, the eligibility period for implementation of actions in the frame of the annual programme 2010 will be: 1st of January 2010 - 31st of December 2011. By exception, the eligibility period for the annual programme 2007 extends until the 31st of December 2009.
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7. Which is the Responsible Authority for the management of Solidarity Funds?
The Responsible Authority for the management of the Funds is the Solidarity Funds Sector, which comes under the Ministry of Interior.
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8. Which is the Delegated Authority for each Fund?
There are no Delegated Authorities regarding European Integration Fund, European Refugee Fund and Return Fund. Finally, Cyprus Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been appointed as the Delegated Authorities for the External Border Fund.
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9. Which other authorities are involved in the management and control of Solidarity Funds?
Apart from the Responsible Authority and the Delegated Authorities, in the management and control of the Funds the Certifying Authority and the Audit Authority are also involved. The Certifying Authority is the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, and it is responsible for the certification of expenditure incurred for the implementation of actions. The Audit Authority is the Internal Audit Service, and it is responsible for the audit of the expenditure incurred for the implementation of actions.
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10. When and how can an interested party submit proposals for the implementation of actions in the frame of the Funds?
Every interested party can submit proposals for the implementation of actions, when the Call for Proposals of the relevant Fund is published. The proposed actions are submitted to the Delegated Authority of each Fund, according to the specific Form for Submission of Proposal.
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11. When and where are the Calls for Proposals published for the co-financed actions?
The Calls for Proposals are published in the Press and the web pages of the Responsible Authority and the Delegated Authority.
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12. Where can the interested parties obtain information from regarding Solidarity Funds and their eligible actions?
The interested parties can communicate with the Officers responsible for each Fund, at the Responsible Authority, and the Delegated Authority as well. Contact details can be found at the sectors PERSONNEL and DELEGATED AUTHORITY of the present web page.
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