Support for carrying out opinion surveys - business and consumers - in the EU Member States and candidate countries on a joint financing basis.
A total of €5.62 million is available for the period May 2015 to April 2021
The Joint EU Harmonised Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys is administered by the European Commission in order to gather information on the state of the economies in the EU Member States and in the candidate countries in order to compare their business cycles for Economic and Monetary Union management purposes.
Applications will not be considered for a grant if the applicants are in any of the following situations:
- They are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations.
- They have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgment which has the force of res judicata.
- They have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authority can justify.
- They have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is to be performed.
- They have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the Union' financial interests.
- Following another procurement procedure or grant award procedure covered by the Union budget, they have been declared to be in serious breach of their obligations.
- They are subject to a conflict of interest.
- They are guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required or fail to supply this information.
Illegal activities giving rise to exclusion are as follows:
- Cases of fraud as referred to in Article 1 of the Convention on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests drawn up by the Council Act of 26 July 1995.
- Cases of corruption as referred to in Article 3 of the Convention on the fight against corruption involving officials of the European Communities or officials of Member States of the European Union, drawn up by the Council Act of 26 May 1997.
- Cases of involvement in a criminal organisation, as defined in Article 2(1) of Joint Action 98/733/JHA of the Council.
- Cases of money laundering as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC.
Bodies and institutes (legal entities) with legal status in EU Member States.
The Commission's share in the joint financing may not exceed 50 % of the eligible costs incurred by the beneficiary on each survey. The Commission determines the percentage of the co-financing on an individual basis.
This programme involves specialised bodies and institutes carrying out opinion surveys on a joint financing basis. The Commission looks to conclude agreements with bodies and institutes that are suitably qualified to carry out one or more of the following surveys:
- Investment survey.
- Construction survey.
- Retail trade survey.
- Services survey.
- Industry survey.
- Consumer survey.
Ad hoc surveys on topical economic issues are carried out in addition to the monthly surveys, using the same established samples as the monthly surveys, to obtain information on specific economic policy issues. The surveys target managers in the industry, investment, construction, retail trade and services sectors as well as consumers.
The European Commission launches periodic Calls for Proposals, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, for carrying out surveys as part of the joint harmonised EU programme of business and consumer surveys.
Application documents for the 2014 Call can be found on the DG ECFIN website.