Support schemes under the current EU funding cycle (2014-2020) have either recently been launched or will be launched this spring. The government’s stated objectives are to speed up the contracting of the funds available for Hungary in this programming period. Therefore, there is obvious interest among business, including Commercial Chamber members, to learn about the avenues of developing and joining projects and partners running for support under various funding schemes.
The roundtable brought together members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and UK Trade and Investment with an expert panel made up of government and consultancy partners with the aim to explore the potential opportunities in the energy and innovative industrial sectors facilitated by the EU Structural and Investment Funds and the Horizon2020 programme, with a special focus on the KEHOP (Environment and Energy Efficiency), TOP/VEKOP (regional development) and GINOP (Economic development and innovation) Operational Programmes.
Since the new programme planning has used a new approach compared to the previous funding cycles, the discussion covered requirements/criteria in the upcoming calls for proposals or tenders to inform preparations and partners building activities as well as practical considerations (which priorities are worth pursuing, type of final beneficiaries, project focus and size, grant funding ratios, implications for public procurement, information sources, etc). The expert panel has also identified the most likely areas of interest for UK business within each programme. Participants have also highlighted specific UK know-how and technologies that could be relevant to Hungarian partners eligible to apply to these calls and tenders.