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Report
HERCULE III
2014-2020
New 2014-2020 programme aiming to fight
against frauds and other activities
threatening the financial interests of the EU
2014-2020
SMART AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
OBJECTIVES
• General: To protect the EU
financial
interest
thus
enhancing the competitiveness
of the European economy and
ensuring the protection of the
taxpayers' money.
• Specific: to prevent and
combat:
- fraud,
- corruption and
- any other illegal activities
against the EU financial
interest.
110M Euro
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
ACTIVITIES
• Specialised technical assistance for national authorities:
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Specific knowledge, specialised and technically advanced
equipment and effective IT tools facilitating transnational
cooperation and cooperation with the EC;
Necessary support and facilitating investigations, in
particular the setting up of joint investigation teams and cross
border operations;
Supporting MS' capacity to store and destroy seized
cigarettes as well as independent analytical services for the
analysis of seized cigarettes;
Enhancing staff exchanges for specific projects, in
particular in the field of the fight against cigarette smuggling
and counterfeiting;
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
ACTIVITIES
• Specialised technical assistance for national authorities:
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Providing technical and operational support for the law
enforcement authorities of the Member States in their fight
against illegal cross border activities and fraud affecting the EU
financial interests, including in particular support for customs
authorities;
Building information technology capacity throughout the
Member States and third countries by developing and
providing specific databases and IT tools facilitating data
access and analysis;
Increasing data exchange, developing and providing IT
tools for investigations, and monitoring intelligence work.
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
ACTIVITIES
• Organisation of specialised training, and risk analysis
training workshops, conferences:
– Further fostering better understanding of EU and national mechanisms;
– Exchanging experience between the relevant authorities in the Member
States, and third countries as well as representatives of international
organisations, including specialised law enforcement services;
– Coordinating the activities of Member States, third countries, and
international public organisations,
– Disseminating knowledge, particularly on better identification of risk for
investigative purposes;
– Developing high-profile research activities, including studies;
– Improving cooperation between practitioners and academics;
– Further raising the awareness of the judiciary and other branches of the
legal profession for the protection of the financial interests of the Union
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
Example: Lithuanian Customs used the
opportunities offered by the Hercule
Co-funding of the equipment for:
• customs controls (Mobile X-ray scanner 1.8 m euro)
• for investigations (modernization of Number Plate
Recognition)
• System (353.000 euro), evidence collection equipment
(92.704 euro)
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
PARTICIPATION
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ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
All current EU countries and the participation of any of the following countries:
benefiting
from a pre-accession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general
terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes
established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions
or similar Agreements
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TARGET GROUPS
National or regional administrations: Member State or a third country, which
promote the strengthening of action at EU level to protect EU financial interests;
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 Union's financial interests.
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This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
PARTICIPATION
• FUNDING
 Technical assistance – support for national authorities
 Training - Conferences, e-learning, round tables, staff exchanges, training
courses, seminars, symposiums, working groups.
 Seminars, comparative studies, dissemination of expertise, annual
meetings of presidents.
• The EU funding for activities shall take the form of:
– grants
– public procurement
– reimbursement of costs for participation in activities under the
programmes incurred by representatives
– The co-financing rate for grants awarded under the programme shall not
exceed 80 % of the eligible costs. In exceptional and duly justified
cases, defined in the annual work programme referred to in article 10,
the co-financing rate shall not exceed 90 % of the eligible costs.
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
PARTICIPATION
APPLICATION PROCEDURE
• Through call for proposals
• The Commission shall adopt annual work programmes. They shall set out
the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of
implementation and their total amount. They shall also contain a
description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount
allocated to each action and an indicative implementation timetable. They
shall include for grants the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the
maximum rate of co-financing. Budget allocated to communication actions
to be carried out by the Commission under this Regulation shall also cover
the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union.
SELECTION PROCEDURE
• Centralised direct management by the Commission under the responsibility
of DG ENTR.
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium
PARTICIPATION
• Where to find information at EU-level
• http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=C
OMPARL&reference=PE494.676&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01
• http://www.ipex.eu/IPEXLWEB/dossier/document.do?code=COM&year=2011&nu
mber=914&extension=null
• http://ec.europa.eu/commission_20102014/semeta/headlines/news/2011/12/20111219_en.htm
This project is funded by the European Union
A project implemented by the HTSPE consortium

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