“European Territorial Cooperation”
Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013
1ST MODIFICATION of the PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Between the Lead Beneficiary (Lead Partner) and the beneficiaries (Partners) of the Operation (Project) “Balancing supply and demand of the professional skills needed in the interregional area”
Financed by the European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme
In the Ministry of Education/General Secretariat for Lifelong learning at Athens, 37 A. Papandreou str., Marousi 15180, today, …………………, the………..of ………………… 2014 the:
LEAD BENEFICIARY (LEAD PARTNER)
- MINISTRY OF EDUCATION/ GENERAL SECRETARIAT FOR LIFELONG LEARNING AND YOUTH, 37 A. Papandreou Street, Marousi
Represented by: GEORGIOS GEORGANTAS, Deputy Minister
and the PROJECT BENEFICIARIES (PROJECT PARTNERS)
- MUNICIPALITY OF THESSALONIKI, B. Georgiou A’ 1 Thessaloniki
Represented by Giannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki as Partner No. 2
- INTERBALKAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 51, Proxenou Koromila str, Thessaloniki,
Represented by Dimitrios Kitsios, President as Partner No. 3
- LABOUR INSTITUTE OF GSEE (GENERAL CONFEDERATION OF GREEK WORKERS), Aisopou 24 and Promitheos, Thessaloniki
Represented by, Giannis Panagopoulos, President as Partner No. 4
- GREEK INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, 1, Morichovou sq., 54625, Thessaloniki,
Represented by Loufakis Kyriakos, President of the Board as Partner No. 5
- VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER OF HELLENIC CONFEDERATION OF PROFESSIONALS CRAFTSMEN AND MERCHANTS – HEAD BRANCH OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA, Kolleti str. 24 54627 Thessaloniki,
Represented by Georgios Kavathas, President as Partner No. 6
- SERRES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, P. Kostopoulou 2 Serres,
Represented by Meglkas Christos, President as Partner No. 7
- CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY – BLAGOEVGRAD, 23, Todor Alexandrov Str, FL. 6, 2700 BLAGOEVGRAD,
Represented by Romeo Alexandrov Shatev, President of the Board of Directors as Partner No. 8
- SOUTH-WEST UNIVERSITY “NEOFIT RILSKI”, 66 Ivan Mihaylov Str, 2700 Blagoevgrad
Represented by Ivan Mirchev, D.Sc., Rector as Partner No. 9
Herein referred to as the “Parties”
With regard to the framework of the provisions and documents hereunder:
- The Regulations on the Structural Funds, and in particular:
- COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1083/2006, as in force, laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999;
- REGULATION (EC) No 1080/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, as in force, on the European Regional Development Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1783/1999;
- COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1828/2006, as in force, setting out rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006, as in force, of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Regional Development Fund;
- EC approval Decision E(2008)1129/28-03-2008 of the OP and last version approved of the Operational Programme;
- The Community and National Rules related to the:
- public procurement & competition
- eligibility of expenditures
- protection of the environment
- equal opportunities
- non discrimination;
- The Memorandum of Understanding between the Member States involved in the implementation of the Operational Programme;
- The approved Management and Control System of the “European Territorial Cooperation” objective Operational Programme Greece- Bulgaria 2007-2013;
- The decision of the 6th written procedure of the Joint Steering Committee taken on the 22/4/2013 and the approved Application Form (Annex 1);
- The Strategic Projects’ Manual as in force.
and for the purpose of implementing the project entitled “Balancing supply and demand of the professional skills needed in the interregional area”
Have agreed and accepted the following provisions:
Article 1: Project Objectives
The project Balancing supply and demand of the professional skills needed in the interregional area conducted based on the Objective “European Territorial Cooperation” Operational Programme Greece- Bulgaria 2007-2013 shall contribute to the objectives set out in the Operational Programme. These objectives are, in summary, to
– enhance the educational process of interaction between formal and informal learning
– developing skills in formal training as a key foundation for lifelong learning
– promote an effective access to continuing vocational training for adults, employees or applicants for employment
– equip young people with the basic skills in order to meet the demands of the labour market
– promotion of initiatives towards employees for their access and stay to the labour market
– improve the portability of social security rights, including pension rights throughout the European Union.
Article 2: Subject of the Partnership Agreement
By the present Partnership Agreement, the Lead Partner and the other project partners shall define the rules of procedure for the work to be carried out and the relations that shall govern them within the Partnership set up in order to complete the aforementioned project.
The terms of reference of the project are indicated in the annex. The annex comprises:
- The Application Form as approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee, and is an integral part of this Partnership Agreement.
Article 3: Duration of the Agreement
3.1 This Partnership Agreement shall take effect on the date on which it is signed by all partners. It shall remain in force until the Lead Partner has discharged in full its obligations toward the Managing Authority.
3.2 Should the date on which the Project actually starts precedes the starting date of eligibility of expenditure, as decided by the Joint Monitoring Committee for the specific call, the expenditure incurred by the partners prior to that date shall be deemed non-eligible.
3.3 Upon approval by the Managing Authority of the final Progress Report, the agreement shall be terminated on the date each of the Project Partners receives its share of the last payment of ERDF co-financing.
3.4 This agreement is entered into force for the duration stipulated in article 3.1 and cannot be extended without the written permission of the Managing Authority according to the procedure described in the Strategic Projects’ Manual, as in force.
3.5 Following the conclusion of the agreement, all Project Partners are obliged to comply with the obligations concerning the maintaining and filing of documents for a period of at least three years after the closure of the Operational Programme according to art. 90, par.1 of EC Regulation 1083/2006.
Article 4: Lead Partner
The Lead Partner of the project:
- Is responsible for the overall coordination, management and implementation of the project vis-à-vis the Managing Authority.
- Ensures that the expenditure presented by the partners participating in the project has been incurred for the purpose of implementing the project and corresponds to the activities agreed between those partners as specified in the approved Application Form.
- Verifies that the expenditure presented by the partners participating in the project has been validated by the controllers.
- Shall receive ERDF contribution for the entire project and transfer it to the other partners participating in the project within one month of its receipt.
- Shall appoint a Project Manager who has operational responsibility for the implementation of the overall project and a Financial Manager.
- Will ensure timely commencement of the project and implementation of the entire project within the time schedule in compliance with all obligations to the Managing Authority. The Lead Partner shall notify the JTS of any factors that may adversely affect implementation of the project activities and/or financial plan.
- Shall prepare a work plan setting out tasks to be undertaken as part of the project, the role of the project partners in their implementation, and a project budget.
- Shall prepare and submit progress reports including supporting documents, according to the Strategic Projects’ Manual (Reporting guidelines), as in force.
- Shall address requests for project modifications, according to the Strategic Projects‘ Manual, as in force.
- Shall be, in general, the contact point representing the partnership for any communication with the JTS/MA or any other of the Programme Structures.
- Retains at all times, for control purposes, all files, documents and data relevant to the project on customary data storage media in a safe and orderly manner for at least three years after the closure of the Operational Programme. Other possibly longer statutory retention periods, as might be stated by national law, remain unaffecte
Article 5: Project Partners
- Project Partners are the bodies responsible for carrying out specific project activities in the manner and scope indicated in the approved Application form.
- More specifically, the Project Partners will be responsible for:
- Carrying out the specific activities set out in the Application form;
- Providing all information and data to the Lead Partner that is required by the latter to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the project and to perform its reporting duties toward the Managing Authority;
- Submitting expenditure for verification every month, by the end of the following month, to the designated Controllers. Verified expenditure must be submitted to the Lead Partner every month in order to assist the reporting and reimbursement procedures.
- Notifying the Lead Partner of any factors that may adversely affect implementation of the project in accordance with the work plan.
- Project partners are responsible to return to the Lead Partner any amounts of ERDF contribution unduly paid concerning their participation in the project, within a month by the receipt of the written request of the Lead Partner, which must be accompanied by the relevant decision of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Programme.
- Project Partners agree to take all necessary steps enabling the Lead Partner to comply with its responsibilities as set out in the Subsidy Contract.
Article 6: Specific Activities
6.1 The main tasks of MINISTRY OF EDUCATION/ GENERAL SECRETARIAT FOR LIFELONG LEARNING, referred to as the ‘Lead Partner’, (also indicated as Project Partner 1), apart from those referred to in Art. 4, are summarised as follows:
Description of role: Project management and coordination, financial management, liaison with the JTS and coordination of external communications, monitoring of project results, assessment and evaluation of project results, participation to project meetings
Description of WP, Activities, Deliverables