United Kingdom

National Contact Point

For general information on the programme, please contact the Joint Technical 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

First Level Control Information


The UK has opted for a decentralised control system for England, Scotland and Wales (for Northern Ireland see below). The beneficiaries will propose an independent controller, who is then authorised at national level – on the basis of a list of approved professional bodies - before the first expenditure is reported and certified. The controller can be internal as well as external as long as s/he is qualified and from a unit independent of the project’s activities and financial management. The beneficiaries have to propose an independent controller to the following body:


Mr Arni Narain
European Programmes
4/G6 Eland House
Bressenden Place

Phone: + 44 (0) 303 444 2706
E-mail: arni.narain@communities.gsi.gov.uk

This body will authorize 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 IVC project. All approved first level controllers must be qualified members of the following professional organisations:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ;
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland ;
  • Association of Certified Accountants ;
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy ;
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland ; and
  • any other body of accountants established in the UK and for the time being approved by the Secretary of State for this section.

The controller has to be officially authorised before the first expenditure can be reported and confirmed.

The control costs will be borne by the beneficiary. They can be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules.


The UK has opted for a centralised control system for Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland the SPECIAL EU PROGRAMMES BODY will carry out first level controls.

Contact: Helen Donaldson

Special EU Programmes Body
7th Floor
The Clarence West Building
2 Clarence Street West

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9026 6685
E-mail: helen.donaldson@seupb.eu

For beneficiaries from Northern Ireland the control will be offered free of charge.

On-the-spot checks for Northern Irish project partners

In order to comply with the obligation to carry out on-the-spot checks according to Regulation (EC) No. 1828/2006 Article 13 (2) amended by Regulation (EC) No. 846/2009, the Special EU Programmes Body will check each project partner on-the-spot at least once.


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