Ricorso all’Ombudsman Europeo: i risultati del bando Erasmus+ sono pubblicati troppo in ritardo

Ricorso all’Ombudsman Europeo: i risultati del bando Erasmus+ sono pubblicati troppo in ritardo

In alcuni paesi i risultati del bando Erasmus+ partenariati strategici sono stati pubblicati con estremo ritardo. Ad esempio a Dicembre 2014 l’Agenzia Nazionale del Regno Unito non aveva ancora pubblicato i risultati della scadenza 30 aprile 2014. Il testo del mio ricorso è pubblicato qui di seguito:

Complaint submitted to the European Ombudsman http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/atyourservice/home.faces by Mr Leonardo Evangelista l.evangelista@orientamento.it on the 11th of December 2014

The European Commission Directorate-General Education and Culture manages the program Erasmus+ http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_it.htm.

Every year a call is published asking for projects to be submitted for funding. The measure Strategic partnerships of the Erasmus+ program is managed by National Agencies under the control of the Directorate. Last deadline for strategic partnerships was 30th of April 2014 and National Agencies informed applicants of the results in August.

Few weeks ago I visited the website of the UK national Agency http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/ looking for the list of Organizations whose projects have been selected for funding. I could not find such list, so I asked it by email. I was answered by the UK Nation al Agency that such list will be published next January.

In the previous program Lifelong learning the results were published measure by measure as soon as the organization selected for funding were directly informed (some times even before that) and I think as general principle who manages a public tender has an obligation to make results of public domain in the shortest possible time. So I contacted the Directorate through Europe Direct, and on the 4th of December I was answered that:

‘The National Agencies (NAs) for the programme work according to a set of guidelines, prepared by the European Commission. As per these guidelines, all NAs shall make the grand award
results public within six months of the end of each selection round but no later than 30 September of the year following the year in which the funds were awarded.’

This means that the results of Strategic partnership measure, decided in August 2014, can be made public up to 13 months later.

The Directorate justifies this saying that:

  1. the current timeframe provides NAs with enough time to organize the selection procedure. In the meantime, there could be changes in the ranking, i.e. some partners dropping or some organizations refusing to sign the contracts, etc.
  1. NAs cannot be forced to publish their results earlier.

I object to both.

  1. All the European Citizens have the right to know without delay who the beneficiaries of public procurements of the European Commission are. In Italy the Art.63 of D. Lgs 163-2006 sets in 48 days the maximum allowed delay in making public the results of public procurements. The right of information of the Citizen cannot be injured by administrative reasons (‘enoght time to organize’ etc.). The possibility that some organizations fail to sign the contract is in influent, as the final results of every tender are always conditioned to the signature of the contract, but the results are made known anyway.
  2. The Directorate Education and Culture proved so fare to have a strong moral suasion on NAs.

For these reasons I ask the Ombudsmen compels the Directorate EC to change the current guidelines and to make them state that the results have to be made measure by measure and  in the shortest possible time, with a maximum of 1 month after direct communication to the organization selected for funding.

Kind regards,

Leonardo Evangelista