In response to humanitarian emergencies, partners NGOs and international organisations can submit project proposals to DG ECHO. To do so, humanitarian organisations must get in contact with the relevant ECHO's geographical desks in Brussels and with ECHO technical assistants in the field (see contacts), in order to present their project. Guidance can be obtained by ECHO field staff in this matter. It is possible to be regularly informed on ECHO desks' missions in the field.
If DG ECHO accepts the proposal, the Single Form, both parties will conclude a Grant Agreement (if the partner is an NGO) or a Contribution Agreement (if the partner is an International Organisation). The Single Form constitutes an integral part of this Agreement.
Actions shall only be eligible for Community funding if they respect international humanitarian law. Assistance to the affected people in the framework of the Actions must be guided by and comply with the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
Moreover, actions shall only be eligible for Community funding if they comply with the following criteria:
The following implementation principles have to be taken into consideration when drafting a proposal:
Proposals are judged on their technical merits, in accordance with the strategy planned by ECHO in response to any given emergency and on the basis of the needs that have been identified. If ECHO staff at headquarters favourably assesses a proposal, in consultation with field experts, a grant agreement for the proposed humanitarian operation can be concluded between DG ECHO and the humanitarian organisation that made the proposal.
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