Germany 

In this section you will find information about Interreg Europe in your country - who to contact for programme information, which organisations are responsible for Structural Funds, if there are any information seminars happening, what system of first level control is set up in your country and any other information specific to your location.

National point of contact

If you need basic information about the programme, if you have any questions on how the programme rules are interpreted in your country, if you want to check whether your organisation is eligible for funding, or if you want to know if there are any information events organised, then get in touch with your point of contact.

In Germany, there is no central point of contact but each Federal State has at least one person dealing with Interreg Europe. Applicants should get in contact with the representative from their Länder.

Each Land also has a representative responsible for organising the signing procedure for the letter of support.

Bodies responsible for Structural Funds programmes

For any information on the bodies responsible for Structural Funds programmes and on the institutions in title of signing the letter of support, please contact the relevant coordinating body in each Land (see the link above for the Länder representatives).

National events

Details of any events organised in your country are published here. The national point of contact is responsible for the organisation and registration for national events.

National information day on Interreg Europe is an event for potential applicants. It is an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the features of the new interregional cooperation programme. The event also offers inspiring examples of INTERREG IVC projects and their achievements.

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First level control information

This section provides information on the system set up for first level control in your country. Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget.

The system

Germany has chosen a decentralised first level control system. Before the first expenditure can be reported, the project partners will have to propose an independent internal or external, public or private controller to the body of their Land (see Annex 1).  

This body will authorise the controller proposed by the project partner after having checked that the controller is sufficiently independent from project activities and finances and qualified to carry out the control of an INTERREG Europe project.

The project partner and the chosen controller have to fill in and sign a partner questionnaire in which they both confirm the specific performance demands of a qualified first level control. This partner questionnaire has to be presented for confirmation to the respective approbation body. The responsible approbation body will confirm/not confirm the auditor’s qualification and independence by signing a letter of acknowledgement.

The partner proposes a controller from the public sector

Qualified controllers in the public sector are, all public bodies authorised to carry out independent financial audits and controls, e.g.

  • Rechnungsprüfungsämter (offices for auditing and accounting control), 
  • so-called Unabhängige Stellen (Independent Bodies), 
  • unabhängige interne Prüfstellen (independent internal departments for audit and controls).

The partner proposes a controller from the private sector 

Qualified controllers in the private sector are all members of professions officially approved for dealing with audit and controls. 

With regard to Germany and the German part of the programme, tax practitioners are tasked to assess compliance with regard to expenditure reported by private beneficiaries. 

Tax practitioners include:

  • Steuerberater and Steuerberatungsgesellschaften (tax consultants or consultancy firms) 
  • Steuerbevollmächtigte (tax agents) 
  • Wirtschaftsprüfer and Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaften (chartered certified accountants or accountancy firms) 
  • vereidigte Buchprüfer and Buchprüfungsgesellschaften (sworn accountants or accountancy firms)

In this case the general accountant's qualification has to be confirmed. Therefore the general accountant's qualification will be confirmed by either the state supervised Chambers of Tax Consultants or the state supervised Chambers of Public Accountants by a confirmation of membership for the chosen controller. 

The costs

The costs resulting from the control can be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules. 

On-the-spot checks

In compliance with the article 23 (4) of the Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 and article 125 (5) and (6) of the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013, on-the-spot verifications are usually done for each project partner at least once during the project lifetime. For first level controllers controlling more than one project partner, sampling may be possible under the condition that the method is well justified and documented.

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