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Only proposals meeting the requirements of the eligibility criteria shall be evaluated further.

58 The list of associated countries for ICT PSP in 2010 includes: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro. Additional countries may join the programme. Up to date information on which countries are associated to the programme

will be provided to applicants on the programme website :

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/about/who_can_participate/ 59 EEIGs are formed upon the terms laid down in the Council Regulation n. 2137/1985 of 25 July 1985, OJ L 199 60 For the purposes of this work programme, an international organisation is an intergovernmental organisation, other than the European Union, which has legal personality under international public law, as well as any specialised agency set up by such an international organisation.

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Each of the eligible proposals will be individually assessed in accordance with the award criteria.

Proposals responding to a specific objective as defined in Section 3 of this Work Programme will be evaluated both individually and comparatively. The comparative assessment of proposals will be made between all those proposals responding to an objective.

Proposals that have scored greater or equal to the threshold will be ranked within the objective. These rankings will determine the order of priority for funding. Following evaluation of award criteria, the Commission establishes an implementation plan taking into account the scores and ranking of the proposals from the evaluation, the programme priorities and the available budget. This implementation plan will include those proposals to be invited for negotiation, a reserve list of proposals to be negotiated should budget become available, and a list of proposals that are to be rejected either for lack of budget or lack of quality (failure to meet one or more of the award criteria thresholds).

The coordinators of all the submitted proposals are informed in writing about the outcome of the evaluation for their proposal.

4.3.3. Evaluation criteria Eligibility criteria On receipt, all proposals will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria to ensure that they conform to the requirements of the call, and to the submission procedure. The eligibility criteria can be found in Annex 1 of this Work Programme. Proposals not meeting these criteria will not be accepted for evaluation. Award criteria Award criteria are grouped in three categories (detailed description of criteria including

instrument specific sub-criteria can be found in Annex 2 of this Work Programme):

A1) Relevance A2) Impact A3) Implementation Normally a score will be applied to each of the three award criteria. If a proposal fails to achieve one or more of the threshold scores (see below), feedback will be provided to the consortium on the reason(s) for failure.

Proposals that are out of the scope of the Work Programme objectives will be marked '0' for the A1) Relevance criterion - with the comment "out of scope of the call"; they will not be further evaluated.

For each award criteria a score from 0 to 5 is given (half points possible):

0- the proposal fails to address the criterion under examination or cannot be judged due to missing or incomplete information.

1- Very poor: The criterion is addressed in an inadequate manner, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.

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2 - Not satisfactory: While the proposal broadly addresses the criterion, there are significant weaknesses.

3- Good: The proposal addresses the criterion well, although improvements would be necessary.

4 - Very Good: The proposal addresses the criterion very well, although certain improvements are still possible.

5 - Excellent: The proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion in question. Any shortcomings are minor.

The respective thresholds for the award criteria are:

Criterion Threshold A1 3 A2 3 A3 3 Based on the scores of the individual award criteria, a total score will be calculated for each proposal. Proposals responding to each of the objectives of the call will be ranked in groups on that basis. Selection criteria Selection criteria assess the applicant's financial and operational capacity to carry out the project (refer to S1) and S2) below).

Selection criteria are initially applied on the basis of the information supplied in the proposal. If weaknesses (e.g. in terms of their financial capacity) are identified compensating actions such as financial guarantees or other mitigating measures may be considered. Successful proposals called to negotiations will be the subject of a formal legal and financial validation as a requirement to the issuing of a grant agreement.

S1) Financial capacity to carry out the project Applicants must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period during which the action is being carried out.

S2) operational capacity to carry out the project

Applicants must have:

a) Professional competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed work in the project;

b) The capacity to allocate adequate human resources to carry out the project in question.

4.3.4. Selection of independent experts for evaluation and reviews

The Commission will select independent experts to assist with the evaluation of proposals and with the review of project results as well as for other purposes where specific expertise might be required for the implementation of the Programme. The experts shall be identified

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on the basis of a call for independent experts61, leading to the establishment of a list of experts appropriate to the requirements of the Programme. Experts will be selected from this list on the basis of their ability to perform the tasks assigned to them, taking into account the thematic requirements of the call or project, and with consideration of geographical and gender balance.

61 More information on the call for independent expert in the context of the ICT PSP can be found on http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/participating/calls/call_experts_07/

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The indicative calendar for the implementation of the ICT PSP call6 is indicated in the table below. The Commission expects to issue one call for proposals in accordance with this 2012 Work Programme.

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The following actions are supported through calls for tender or grants62 in 2012 that are not subject to the 6th call for proposals of ICT PSP described in chapter 3 and 4.

Benchmarking the progress of the Information Society Support will be given to the Union surveys of Households and Enterprises and additional collection of data on the ICT sector and sub sectors. Eurostat, on the basis of cross delegation, will conduct the Households and Enterprises surveys in cooperation with the national institutes of statistics and other competent national authorities of the Member States and associated countries where appropriate. To perform these surveys, grants will be awarded to the national institutes of statistics63 and other competent national authorities in accordance with Art 5 of the Regulation no. 223/2009 on European Statistics64.

The above will be complemented by surveys or benchmarking measures addressing the

following topics:

Broadband internet access costs Benchmarking eGovernment ICT in Hospitals.

The related procurement procedures will be launched in the 2nd calendar quarter of 2012.

The budget dedicated for benchmarking the progress of the Information Society is 3.1 M€ including 2 M€ allocated for grants to the national institutes of statistics and other competent national authorities of the Member States and associated countries and 1.1 M€ for the three direct service contracts.

Studies, other measures, conferences and events Studies A series of studies or actions addressing economic and social analysis of different topics concerning the development of the information society will be launched. The themes to be

addressed would include:

Broadband mapping methodology In accordance with Article 110(1) of the Financial Regulation (Council Regulation EC, Euratom No 1605/2006, OJ L 248, 16.09.2002, p. 1, as amended) and Article 168 of the Implementing Rules (Commission Regulation EC, Euratom No 2342/2002, OJ L 357, p. 1, as last amended) 63In line with Regulation (EC) No 1006/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 concerning European Union statistics on the information society (OJ L 286, 31.10.2009, p. 31) and REGULATION (EC) No 223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 March 2009 on European statistics (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164) Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1101/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 on Community Statistics, and Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom establishing a Committee on the Statistical Programmes of the European Communities, OJ L 87 p.164, 31.3.2009.

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Accelerating innovation in eHealth markets Sustainability of interoperable services Impact of eInclusion actions Costs/benefits analysis for organisation when moving on green ICT Mid term evaluation of the eGov action plan Evaluation of the digital agenda.

Other measures Follow-up of Broadband portal and support to Broadband investment Support for digital development and growth in regions Digital Agenda stakeholders engagement Visualisation of data for DAE scoreboard Data.eu portal Platform for Public Sector Information.

Studies and the above other measures repositories will be entirely implemented through calls for tenders. It will concern an indicative number of 15 direct service contracts. The calls for tenders will be launched in the 2nd and 3rd calendar quarter of 2012.

Support to conferences and events

Financial support will go to a series of high level events and conferences. These will be

distributed as indicated below:

Digital assembly for DAE :

Support will go to the organisation of an annual Digital assembly for a wide stakeholders debate on the progress of the DAE. The budget will be of 700 k€. This event is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2012. It will be financed through procurements (with an indicative number of 40 direct service contracts) that will be launched in the 1st and 2nd calendar quarter of 2012.

eHealth 2013 week (grant for a conference organised by the EU Presidency):

Support will go to the Irish Presidency in the form of a grant for the organisation of this conference. The grant will be of 300 k€ and will be awarded under the "monopole de fait" conditions. The level of EU co-financing is up to 80% of the conference costs.

This event is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2013.

Green and ICT Conference (grant for a conference organised by the EU Presidency):

Support will go to the Danish Presidency in the form of a grant for the organisation of this conference. The grant will be of 200 k€ and will be awarded under the "monopole de fait" conditions. The level of EU co-financing is up to 80% of the conference costs.

This event is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2012.

In addition support will be provided to communication, and to evaluation and project reviews. The budget dedicated to "studies, other measures, conferences and events" is 9.3 M€.

CIP ICT PSP work programme 2012 From the total budget of 12.4 M€ dedicated to the activities described in section 5, the overall budgetary envelope for the procurement is up to 9.9 M€, in addition 2 M€ will be allocated following call for proposals by Eurostat and up to 0.5 M€ will be awarded under "Monopole de fait" conditions.

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Note : For any of the above themes that are implemented by Calls for Proposals (i.e.

Themes 1 to 5), the allocated budget will be used to support the eligible proposals that have passed the thresholds of the award criteria following the indications described in Sections 3 and 4. In case budget remains available in a specific theme, it will be distributed to the other themes according to the quality of proposals, i.e in priority order starting from the proposals with the highest scoring.

65 This indicative amount of 139.4 M€ includes the contributions to be received from EFTA / EEA countries and from Croatia, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro. This amount may increase by contributions from future associated countries that may participate in the programme.

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Call identifier: CIP-ICT PSP-2012-6 Date of publication: 01 February 201266 Closure date: 15 May 2012, at 17h00, Brussels local time67 Indicative budget : 127 M€

Topics called:

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66 The Director General responsible for the call may publish it up to one month prior to or after the envisaged date of publication.

67 At the time of the publication of the call, the Director General responsible may delay this deadline by up to one month.

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For further information relating to this programme, please refer to the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme web site at http://ec.europa.eu/ict_psp.

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