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ANNEX Pilot project Funding for victims of torture

Work Programme for 2012

1.

POLICY CONTEXT

Pilot Project Funding for victims of torture1 According to the Budgetary Authority, the main objective of this pilot project is to establish a new line of funding for the final benefit of victims of torture (EU or non-EU citizens) present in the European Union (EU). The rehabilitation centres for victims of torture in EU are at an increased risk of not providing service to the victims. Severe problems were identified with the Member States' ability to identify victims of torture and very few Member States offer the instructed rehabilitation, many have no assistance to offer at all. The diversity of origins of victims leads to difficulties to organise themselves and increases their isolation, making them even more vulnerable. This pilot project is to prevent physical and mental suffering to these survivors. Legal Basis Pilot project within the meaning of Article 49(6) of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p.1). Budgetary line 18 03 16 2. GRANTS

The budgetary envelope reserved in 2012 for the Pilot Project- Funding for victims of torture amounts to 2.000.000 (to be implemented by way of grants in direct centralised management).

For the purposes of this pilot project, torture means any act as defined under the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment (UNCAT) (Art.1), namely any mental and/or physical severe pain or suffering, or any other forms of aggravated and deliberate cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, where: the person involved, or acquiescing, in such acts is a public official, or someone acting in an official capacity; or the act is intentionally inflicted on a person for one of the following purposes: -obtaining from that person or a third person information or a confession, -punishing him/her for an act s/he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, -or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, -or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

2.1.

Priorities of the year, objectives to be fulfilled and expected results

The main objective of this Pilot project is to ensure a financial support to organisations providing rehabilitation to torture victims within the EU. The Pilot Project will support actions for the physical and mental rehabilitation of torture victims and their family members, plus rehabilitation activities which aim to restore the victims right to a remedy and take an integrated approach encompassing elements of medical and social rehabilitation as well as legal redress. The proposed actions should seek to strengthen local professional capacity and networking and enhance the sustainability of local services. The Pilot project will cover the following specific objectives, through one or several implementing project(s): to create rehabilitation centres for victims of torture or to support the existing ones by providing funds for their rehabilitation costs (premises, therapeutical staff, administrative staff, etc.) and their other activities (prevention, advocacy, training, legal support, etc.); to provide access to multi-disciplinary support and counselling, including physical and psychotherapeutic treatment, psycho-social counselling, legal services, and socio-economic support to the victims; to support international networking between rehabilitation in order to build capacities, support the exchange of good practices among specialists, allow peer supervision as a prevention of vicarious trauma, etc., to support activities aiming at the empowerment of torture victims themselves and, in general, at supporting the integration capacities of torture victims in the Member States. The funding does not cover financial compensation to victims. Expected results The available budget for grants should allow 5 to 11 projects to be co-financed depending on the individual grant amounts. The projects that are selected must enable progress to be made in the attainment of one or more of the objectives mentioned above and must represent good value for money.

2.2.

Implementation

The Pilot project will be implemented directly by DG HOME through grants awarded pursuant to an open call for proposals.

2.3.

Timetable of the call for proposals

Publication of call for proposals: Q2 2012 Deadline for submission of proposals: Q2 2012 Evaluation of projects: Q3 2012 Award decision: Q3 2012 Commitments and grant agreements: as from Q4 2012

2.4.

Maximum possible rate of EU co-financing

90% of the total eligible costs. 2.5. Essential exclusion and eligibility criteria

Exclusion criteria The applicant organisation involved in the project must not be in one of the situations listed in article 93 and 94 of Council Regulation n1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the budget of the European Communities2. Eligibility criteria In addition to meeting the administrative requirements which will be detailed in the call for proposals, applications must meet the following criteria: The applicant and its partners must be national, regional and local authorities, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), public or private bodies, university departments, research centres or international organisations. 2.6. The applicant and its partners must be organisations working on a non-profit basis. The applicant and its partners must be registered in any of the EU Member States Actions must be implemented with the participation of at least two distinct organisations from at least one Member State. Applications must be submitted within the deadline mentioned in the call for proposals. Actions should be designed, developed and implemented in the EU Member States. Essential selection and award criteria

Selection criteria Applicants must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period during which the action is being carried out and to participate in its funding. They must have the technical competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action or work programme and have expertise in dealing with victims of torture. Award criteria The Commission will select the proposals achieving the highest score following evaluation according to the award criteria set out in the call for proposals, the essential award criteria being the added value, the quality, the overall effectiveness of the proposed action and its cost effectiveness. 2.7. Form of the grant and value

Grants shall be covered by a written agreement. EU co-financing per project will not be less than 175.000 not exceed 350.000 for any applicant. The indicative duration of projects should not exceed 18 months.

OJ L 248 of 16.09.2002, p.1.