Pericles 2020 Call Open to Applications

Pericles 2020 is the EU’s programme to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud and to protect euro banknotes and coins. Preventing and combating counterfeiting and related fraud enhances the competitiveness of the European Union’s economy and secures the sustainability of public finances.

Funding is aimed at the competent authorities of the Member States for the following activities:

Exchange and dissemination of information, in particular through workshops, meetings and seminars, training, targeted placements and exchanges of staff.

Technical, scientific and operational assistance.

Purchase of equipment to be used by specialised anti-counterfeiting authorities.

The priorities for actions in 2020 are as follows:

Supporting activities aimed at improving cooperation among those Member States which are particularly affected by the production or distribution of counterfeits.

Fostering cooperation with authorities of those third countries where there is suspicion of or evidence for counterfeit euro production.

Maintaining an efficient framework for the protection of the euro in South Eastern Europe

Topical developments: security features of euro coins, implementing Regulation (EU) No 1210/2010 ‘concerning authentication of euro coins and handling of euro coins unfit for circulation’, tackling the distribution of counterfeits and high quality components on the internet, and supporting the establishment/strengthening of the National Central Offices (NCO’s).

UK residents and entities are eligible to participate under this call.

An estimated budget of €700,000 is available for the 2020 Call, which will be divided equally between two deadlines.

The 2020 deadlines are 20 April 2020 (for actions to be implemented after 1 September 2020) and 21 September 2020 (for actions to be implemented after 1 January 2021).

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