The aim of this pilot action is to contribute to the enhancement in value and to favour the access of the citizen to the cultural heritage of European museums, by supporting projects that privilege an integrated, pluri-disciplinary approach, and with a European dimension.
The funded projects within the framework of this action, resulting from co-operation at a European level, will set out to scientifically study and interpret the collections of participating museums, with a view to placing them within a context as rich and significant as possible.
The selected projects should develop the cultural content of the collections of European museums. Conceptual and scientific research work will be supported with a view to creating material and activities aiming to provide high-quality information. In this regard, the scientific and educational scope and value of the technical and cultural information will be the principal concern of the promoters of the project.
The information to be consulted should place as much emphasis as possible on an interactive approach and favour the access of citizens to cultural heritage.
The results of this development of collections should be presented to the public by means of information and communication (multilingual presentations, high-quality publications, exhibitions, conferences and other events, etc.).
Priority will be given to projects developing the most complete and coherent operation of conceptual and scientific research work carried out by the pluri-disciplinary team participating in the project, and highlighting transeuropean artistic trends.
By ‘co-operation’ should be understood any activity favouring the effective exchange of information, of experiences and perhaps even of personnel with the aim of improving the knowledge, study and scientific treatment of cultural, technical and economic problems related to the enhancement in value and access to cultural heritage. This co-operation may take several forms: from the collaboration between European museums for the interpretation of a common heritage and the development of the cultural significance of these collections, study visits and encounters, the organisation of exhibitions and other related events, to an electronic access to the cultural content elaborated for a field of common interest (the creation of a database and image banks, common publications, telematic networking, etc.),
- favour the access to heritage, as well as the knowledge and awareness of the public, by the implementation of appropriate measures, amongst others, the elaboration of multilingual presentations (a minimum of 3 official languages of the European Union), the application of advanced information and communications technologies and services, the preparation of high-quality publications, exhibitions, conferences and other events. These measures should favour the information and awareness of the public centred on scientific and educational quality, as well as respect for the historical and aesthetic value of cultural assets. In this light, the Commission will give support only to projects concerning museums which should be accessible to the general public. Access to the general public, as well as to researchers and professionals, to the cultural heritage of European museums should be as broad as possible.
The Commission’s financial contribution will be divided among the different partners in accordance with their participation in the project. The Community financial backing will, as a general rule, represent a maximum of 25% of the overall anticipated budget for carrying out the project. The granting of this funding will be submitted to the presentation, from those responsible for the projects, of the financial guarantees necessary for carrying out the proposed activities.
Selected projects shall be completed before 30.9.1998.
Eligible projects will imply participation or co-operation projects involving the participation of at least 2 Member States of the European Union.
One of the partners (leader) will be responsible for the scientific and administrative co-ordination of the project. He will submit to the Commission 1 single application for the whole of the partners, by means of a participation form provided for this purpose (see paragraph 7 of this call for proposals).
The form will be accompanied by a detailed dossier, coupled with certificates guaranteeing the active participation of each partner in the proposed activities. Those dossiers not containing such documents will not be eligible for consideration.
Participation dossiers must clearly define the objectives of the project by supplying an accurate description of the nature of the works envisaged and the partnership and co-operation activities. In this regard, the role of each project partner shall be specified in qualitative and quantitative terms. The dossier will also include a detailed works schedule for each of the partners.
Participation dossiers will be accompanied by a detailed financial section specifying the amounts allocated for each activity and per partner. Dossiers will also include practical information, such as the names of the recipients of possible Community financial aid, or of those holding bank accounts on which these amounts may be transferred (if different from the former), the bank account numbers, as well as full particulars of the bank. For private organisations, a copy of the articles of association shall be enclosed with the dossier.
The granting of Community financial backing is subordinate to the
signature of a same statement by each of the project participants,
according to which the recipients undertake to:
- complete the part of the project for which they are responsible, by financing the remainder with their own resources (subsidies from a public or private organisation, as well as bank loans will be considered as own resources),
- complete their part of the project within the time limits given within the context of this action (before 30.9.1998).
- authorise the Commission and the competent organisation at a national, regional or local level to carry out inspections enabling the state of progress and the conformity of the realisations to be verified,
-submit to the Commission a joint intermediary report (before 31.10.1997) showing the evolution of the project, and a joint final report, including the financial breakdown of the project in its entirety (expenditure/receipts), within the 3 months subsequent to project completion,
- provide the best public information on Commission financial backing in each event or publication relating to the project, and by affixing a panel in a visible place in the museums concerned in the project, displaying the European Union logo, and making reference to the latter’s backing.
At the Commission’s request, and according to its description, a panel will then be affixed and will display the European Union logo together with the sentence ‘Prestige du patrimoine europeen - Union europeenne’, in the case of realisations of exceptional quality.
The selection of projects likely to receive backing will be established by the European Commission by calling upon advice from experts of international renown selected for each of the themes covered by this call for proposals.
either: European Commission, Directorate-General X, Cultural Programmes Unit, Building L-102, Bureau 3/23, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, facsimile (32-2) 296 69 74
or: European Commission offices in member countries, and its delegations in countries associated with Central and eastern Europe, Cyprus, and Malta as well as in other third countries having concluded association and co-operation agreements with the European Union comprising cultural clauses.
Participation forms, together with the technical dossier, are to be sent to the Commission, DG X/D/2 (see address as above), by 15.6.1996 at the latest (as evidenced by the postmark).
The application dossier must be submitted to the European Commission, by 15 June 1996 (post mark will be deemed as the official date), as follows:
- a file containing the fully completed standard application form
(which must summarise the project) and the report of the detailed
project itself with its related annexes. A photocopy of the first page of
the application form should be placed on the cover. All information
must be type written and all documents (including any plans in
reduced format, photographs, etc.) must be bound in a single volume
- two additional copies of the application form only, not bound into the file;
All application dossiers will be retained by the Commission and will not be returned by the applicants.
The application dossier must be organised to the following structure and include all the information specified below: