SDA has received the conclusions of the Mid-Term Review (MTR), which INEA and DG MOVE conducted jointly in a period from April to July 2018 on the following four Actions:
- “DP Implementation – Call CEF 2014” (n° 2014-EU-TM-0136-M)
- “SESAR Deployment Programme implementation 2015 – Cluster 1” (n° 2015-EU-TM-0193-M)
- “SESAR Deployment Programme implementation 2015 – Cluster 2” (n° 2015-EU-TM-0196-M)
- “SESAR Deployment Programme implementation 2015 – Cluster 3” (n° 2015-EU-TM-0197-M)
The main objectives of this exercise were to assess the progress of the individual Actions and to ensure the tight management of CEF grants in view of a successful implementation of the programme.
The MTR considered carefully the situation of these Actions and the future perspectives on the basis of the information provided in the ASR 2018 together with any additional information, such as e.g. on-site visits. You will find general information at portfolio level under the section 2018 MAP mid-term review of INEA’s website. This information has been presented to the members of the CEF Transport Coordination Committee on 27/09/2018.
The MTR outcome concerning the above mention Actions can be summarised as follows:
The Actions are globally progressing well. However, certain Implementation Projects (IP) did not advance as planned in the Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) or are facing delays. This concerns in particular Actions 2014-EU-TM-0136-M, 2015-EU-TM-0193- M and 2015-EU-TM-0196-M. For these three Actions the MTR considered a maximum prolongation of 24 months or – if earlier – up to the regulatory implementation deadlines established in Implementing Regulation (IR) EU/716/2014 and other relevant Single European Sky legislation.
Depending on the technical progress of IPs exceeding those deadlines a reduction of scope and of grant needs to be envisaged. In separate annexes, already shared with the impacted beneficiaries, further details of the concerned IPs were presented, including a simple mathematical calculation of possible funding reductions based on the technical progress. However, the precise extent of funding reduction will need to be assessed on the basis of the actual results achieved by the IPs.
Additionally, in order to ensure that the delays and reductions of scope will not put into question the decision to award the Union financial aid, any request for modification will need to be duly justified against the objectives set out in the Implementing Regulation EU/716/2014, the Deployment Programme and the applicable Call requirements. If not adequately justified, the IPs concerned will need to be terminated.
As also reported by INEA, we would like to stress that MTR exercise is a snapshot of the Action at the end of 2017. The Action and in particular the delayed IP’s milestones will be closely monitored and, in any case, any possible actions from INEA side will be undertaken on the basis of the results of the 2019 Action Status Report exercise.
To this end, please note that all the information related to the specific Action are mentioned in the section “1. Status of coordination activities”.