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Call for tenders - proofreading and copy-editing
GEIE-GECOTTI is looking for companies to provide proofreading and copy-editing services to cover the needs of the European programmes INTERREG IVA, INTERREG IVB NWE Two seas and INTERREG IVC. Languages concerned are: French, English, German and Dutch.

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INTERACT Point Valencia vacancy
INTERACT Point Valencia is currently recruiting a project development and knowledge management officer. The deadline for applications is 15 April. Further details on the profile and application procedure are available on the INTERACT website.

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National Contact Point

For general information on the programme, please contact the Information Point West in Lille. For eligibility questions and queries that cannot be handled by the Information Point (a body constituted in order to provide information as well as to promote the programme in a defined area) West please contact the persons below :

Sam Lucas 

Communities and Local Government
European Policy and Programmes Division 
Floor 4/G6
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU
United Kingdom

Phone : +44 303 444 3575
Fax : +44 207 9443759
E-mail :

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 :

This body will authorize the controller proposed by the project partner (All project partners other than the Lead 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 (costs that are in line with the programme requirements and can be approved for co-financing from the ERDF) 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

: +44 (0) 28 9026 6685

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

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