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European Commission

EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN NGO PARTNER | 2021 - 2027

OPEN AMOUNT

The financial threshold based on the open amount defines ECHO’s accepted level of risk exposure to the partner. The accepted level of risk exposure is expressed as a percentage of the organisation's turnover. This amount decreases any time ECHO pays a pre-financing and increases again upon submission of a request of further pre-financing or of the final report. 

Example: 
• Organisation maximum accepted open amount = € 2.000.000
• Action budget: € 1.000.000 
• First pre-financing received: 50% = € 500.000
• Available open amount: € 1.500.000
When the partner declares that 70% of the first pre-financing has been consumed (= € 350.000), it may submit a request for a second pre-financing. 
• Second pre-financing received: 30% = € 300.000
• Available open amount: € 1.500.000 + € 350.000 – € 300.000 = € 1.550.000


As soon as the partner submits the final payment request (together with the final report), and assuming that the total incurred costs correspond to the initial budget, the open amount will return to € 2.000.000.

INTERIM REPORT

The submission of interim report will not affect the threshold of the open amount. 

FINAL REPORT | CONSORTIUM

Consortia within ECHO-funded grant agreements is defined as an Action under which several partners work together under a consortium arrangement, with one Certified partner signing the MGA and acting as the coordinator, while other Certified NGOs and partners also take part in the implementation. DG ECHO will not impose on partners to work in consortia. However, it may decide to fund voluntary consortia when operationally justified.


The MGA will be signed only with the lead partner organisation, while the partners will sign Accession Forms. All consortium members will be described in he Single Form. In order to ease ECHO assessment of the proposal, it might be advisable to indicate which partner will be in charge of a specific result.

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