FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Question 1: State-Aid. Could you please confirm if the funds received through Voucher 2 will be considered as state-aid relevant and if so, if the de minimis rules will be applied?
Answer: Within the context of this grant agreement, are not imposed de minimis limitations. Therefore, for the European Commission there are no such issues. However, a check should be done with each of the national authorities where the grants will be distributed, as each country might impose specific conditions accordingly, so they might have a different position than the EC.
Question 2: budget. Regarding the breakdown of budget expenses in Voucher 2, is it mandatory to show that all expenses are for digital providers published in the DIGITOUR list? Or are other expenses admissible (of course with justified reasons), for example for management expenses?
Answer: No, awarded tourism SMEs don’t have to spend the whole amount on the digital providers; in fact, in the application form for Voucher 2, tourism SMEs have to give a brief explanation as per the following:
- Briefly describe the work plan, including details such as timeline, location and budget allocation for each activity.
- Briefly describe the profile of the project coordinator and the management team (Project coordinator; Financial manager; Technical experts). Moreover, please, plan and justify your costs, according to your activities.
Answer: You should check your Country’s regulation (i.e., in Italy they can be considered as independent if they own less than the 25% one of the other).
Answer: It will be possible for Voucher 1, but not for Voucher 2.
Answer: According to the call, there are 3 payment milestones, but assuming that the project last 11 months.If the project would last half this time (5-6 months), there will be two payment milestones with an interim report at month 3 and final report at month 6?