A. When a potential beneficiary is interested in utilising CONNECTA, the following steps should be taken.
Potential beneficiaries are government ministries or transport or energy operators which are part of the structures of central government ministries. The potential beneficiaries should keep the NIPAC informed of the application for CONNECTA assistance.
- The Pre-Application Form on this website should be completed by the applicant and returned to CONNECTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant should examine the criteria which are also on this website. CONNECTA will then review the pre-application and, where necessary, liaise with DG NEAR. If the assignment is not suitable for CONNECTA, it will advise the applicant accordingly.
- If the assignment is suitable, then the Application Form on this website should be completed by the applicant and returned to email@example.com . CONNECTA will then review the application and work with the applicant regarding any gaps and/or clarifying what is needed. The completed application will then be screened by relevant stakeholders and then sent to DG NEAR for the final decision on whether CONNECTA should proceed with the requested assignment. These stakeholders are listed in the boxes in the last page of the application. If the answer from DG NEAR is negative, the potential beneficiary will be informed accordingly.
- If the answer from DG NEAR is still positive, then CONNECTA will work with the beneficiary in establishing a scope of work which will describe in more detail the deliverables expected by CONNECTA, the timetable and the positions of the experts to be used. The first draft of this scope of work should ideally come from the beneficiary. The final scope of work will be sent to DG NEAR by CONNECTA. CONNECTA will also send the CVs of the proposed experts to DG NEAR for approval. When everything is satisfactory to DG NEAR, it will issue an administrative order for CONNECTA to commence the assignment.
B. The first key step of any application is to look at Section 4 of the Terms of Reference of CONNECTA. In addition, the following should be taken into account:
- Transport Infrastructure. Projects in the TEN-T core network only and preferably at an advanced stage of maturity i.e. generally completion of detailed design and tender documentation. In terms of mode of transport there is no priority.
- Connectivity Transport Reform projects. Priorities on road safety and border crossings with secondary priority on ITS and maintenance. In terms of mode of transport there is no priority. Mostly core network, but applications on the comprehensive network will also be considered.
- Energy Infrastructure. Projects only in the PECI or PMI lists and preferably at an advanced stage of maturity i.e. generally completion of detailed design and tender documentation.
- Energy Efficiency and Renewables. No prioritisation yet.
- Digital. Guidance for prioritization for the digital sector – For detailed information on possible project areas, please refer to Chapter 7.
Overall, for all applications it should be indicated why CONNECTA is the right instrument bearing in mind that it is there mainly to fill gaps in the investment project preparation cycle which need to be bridged quickly. CONNECTA is not meant to be a shortcut for circumventing the normal WBIF procedure for Technical Assistance grants.