United Kingdom

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.

For general information on the programme, please contact the Joint Secretariat in Lille. For eligibility questions and queries that cannot be handled by the Joint Technical Secretariat, please contact the persons below:

Sallyann Stephen

Department  for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Shaftesbury Road
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 303 444 4379
E-mail: sallyann.stephen@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Bodies responsible for Structural Funds programmes

You can find here the lists of relevant bodies of the Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes and European Territorial Cooperation programmes. If policies under these programmes are addressed by a project, we would expect the relevant organisation to be partner. If they are not partners, the relevant organisation must sign the letter of support submitted with the project application.

For partners based in Wales and in need of a letter of support, the template letter will be signed by the relevant Welsh Government department which has responsibility for the policy, where of course they agree to do so. In these cases, this will also be accompanied by a covering letter from the Welsh European Funding Office’s European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) Unit representing the Managing Authority in Wales.  For further information, please contact the ETC Unit: territorialcooperation@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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.

No national event planned at the moment.

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

United Kingdom has opted for a decentralised first level control system. The body responsible for the approbation of first level controllers is the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The address and contact persons are stated below. 

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
ERDF – Central Monitoring Authority, Strategy and Systems
1st Floor SW Qtr., Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Once the project is approved DCLG will contact the project partners in the UK about appointing a first level controller. DCLG will provide all the necessary guidance on the appointment process.  The project partners will have to propose an independent internal or external controller to DCLG using an on-line form which should be sent to a dedicated e-mail address. The approval will also be completed on-line by DCLG. No paper copies will be used in the process. 

Contact persons: 

Amarjit Singh Narain (Arni)
FLC approbation officer
Phone: + 44 (0) 303 444 2706
E-mail: arni.narain@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Neil Marsh
FLC approbation officer
Phone: + 44 (0) 303 444 3875
E-mail: neil.marsh@communities.gsi.gov.uk

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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