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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2019
E-001459/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001459/2019

The grant agreements signed between Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and the beneficiaries entail a number of general provisions which are directly derived from the Financial Regulation. These provisions aim at ensuring the application of sound financial management and equal treatment of beneficiaries.

In particular, the grant agreements specify that only costs incurred by beneficiaries, implementing bodies or affiliated entities identified in the grant agreement can be considered eligible. Moreover, to be considered eligible, costs must be recorded in the accounting system of the identified beneficiary. On the basis of the information provided by INEA, the members of Consorzio 906 are not identified in the grant agreements. Even if they directly invoiced and paid a share of the projects’ costs, these were then recorded in the separate accounting records of each member and not in the accounting records of Consorzio 906. Therefore, the costs concerning the members of Consorzio 906 are not compliant with the general provisions of the grant agreements Consorzio 906, by signing the grant agreement, accepted these general provisions which set the Union law as primary law applying to the contract.

Moreover, the coordinator of the project provided to INEA additional information, such as extract from the registry and the legal opinion of an Italian lawyer, confirming that Consorzio 906 is an autonomous entity with its own legal personality, which is different from that of its members.

Under these conditions, the Commission can only confirm INEA's assessment as regards the ineligibility of the costs related to entities that are not identified in the grant agreements. Nevertheless, costs incurred directly by Consorzio 906 as such could be considered eligible.

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