The European Union supports actions in order to reach the EU objectives in different sectors through programmes that co-finance transnational projects, which means they are usually implemented by a partnership of at least three partners coming from three different Member States.
The European programmes allocate so-called direct funds, which are managed by the European Commission. Indeed, the General Directions and the Executive Agencies are in charge of transferring the funding to the beneficiaries of the grants.
Programmes are adopted by EU Regulations, which are proposed by the European Commission and approved by the council of the European Union and the European Parliament. Regulations define objectives, type of activities that can be funded, potential beneficiaries and the budget of the Programme. These elements are then organised and specified in the annual Work Programmes.
The European Commission, through its General Directions and the Executive Agencies, is in charge of the realisation of the Programmes. In particular, the European Commission publishes the calls for proposals on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and on the homepage of the Authority in charge of the management. Generally, the financial contribution foreseen by the European programmes with direct funding do not cover the entire budget of the project. The percentage of co-financing varies according to the different calls for proposals.
Here under you will find a brief description of the European Programmes and a link to the respective Work Programmes.