Frequently asked questions

1. What is the area of application for this call for projects?

2. What about potential sites in the immediate vicinity of the area of application?

3. What is the deadline for submission of projects?

4. What is the maximum subsidy amount and what are the terms and conditions?

5. Can vehicles also be subsidised under this call for projects?

6. What about any overlap with other subsidies?

7. What is meant by the project budget in Annex 3?

8. What costs are eligible for subsidisation?

9. What are the partners’ aims per category?

10. Can the project already be in progress or completed?

11. How should the solvency base/continuity after project termination be demonstrated?

12. Can I submit a single application covering various categories (e.g. more than one type of alternative charging or refuelling infrastructure)?

13. Who exactly can submit a project proposal? Can non-profit-making associations or private individuals also have recourse to this subsidy?

14. Is it possible to have adaptations or additions to the project proposal dealt with after the proposal has been submitted?

15. Can VAT also be included in the subsidy costs?

16. Why is it not possible to request normal chargers, CNG and/or LNG filling stations in the second call for projects?
 

 

1. What is the area of application for this call for projects?

The projects have to lie along the TEN-T core network in the Brussels Capital Region, the Netherlands and/or Flanders or in the immediate vicinity thereof. The TEN-T core network comprises European motorways, (urban) nodal points and inland ports. The map indicates the motorways, nodal points and ports that fall within the scope of this call for projects. An interactive map of the TEN-T core network can be accessed via this link.

  • The motorways, urban nodal points and inland ports involved are as follows:
  • Motorways: E17, E19, E25, E30, E31, E34, E40, E312, E403
  • Urban nodal points: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels
  • Airports: Zaventem, Rotterdam, Schiphol
  • Inland navigation network: along the Flemish TEN-T core network of waterways and in the ports of Antwerp, Brussels, North Sea Port (Ghent dock area), Ostend, Zeebrugge (only for onshore electricity supply for inland navigation).

 

2. What about potential sites in the immediate vicinity of the area of application?

Projects must always contribute to the priorities of the TEN-T policy and the core network and should always have an EU added value. In respect of all projects it must be possible to demonstrate that the project in question meets these two criteria and thus has an impact at European level.

 

3. What is the deadline for submission of projects?

The deadline for submission of project proposals is Monday 14 May 2018 at 23:59:59. The project proposal (application form plus annexes) should be sent electronically to: info@benefic.eu.

 

4. What is the maximum subsidy amount and what are the terms and conditions?

The maximum financial support amounts to 20% of the eligible costs for infrastructure works. Only capital investment costs are eligible for a subsidy. Overheads, general expenses and operating costs do not qualify.

 

5. Can vehicles also be subsidised under this call for projects?

This call for projects focuses solely on infrastructure. Vehicles may not be included as well in the financing costs.

 

6. What about any overlap with other subsidies?

No overlap with other EU co-financed initiatives is allowed. However, an overlap with national and local subsidy schemes is possible.

 

7. What is meant by the project budget in Annex 3?

A project budget contains an overview of the estimated expenses and income per year and should be balanced. A financing deficit should be demonstrated, together with the extent to which the subsidy being applied for contributes as a lever and coverage for project implementation.

 

8. What costs are eligible for subsidisation?

In the budget only capital investment costs may be admitted for the subsidy. Overheads, general expenses and operating costs do NOT qualify. The estimated costs should be broken down into direct capital investment costs and other costs.

The following items may be included in the project proposals: material and tools needed for smart and sustainable coupling to the electricity grid, other facilities necessary for the power supply, infrastructure–vehicle interface, smart platforms needed for interoperability and telematic applications.

 

9. What are the partners’ aims per category?

Contrary to the first call for projects, NO aims have been set per category and this is an open call for projects. However, applications should be in line with the defined zero-emission categories: electric charging stations for fast and ultra-fast charging, hydrogen filling infrastructure and shore power facilities for inland waterways.
 

10. Can the project already be in progress or completed?

The part of the project for which a subsidy is being applied for may not yet be in progress at the time the application is submitted. However, preparatory work may be under way and in fact this is even recommended/advantageous with a view to the quality assessment. For example:

  • Current situation regarding authorisation for project commencement (e.g. permit, etc.)
  • Readiness/technical maturity of the project
  • Project feasibility (e.g. for electric recharging infrastructure: presence and availability of power via a mains connection; for CNG: presence of natural gas distribution network).

 

11. How should the solvency base/continuity after project termination be demonstrated?

Solvency base/continuity after project termination can be demonstrated in various ways, for example:

  • By showing in the budget and/or a business case that the project can meet its own needs
  • By also including an outlook for the future and plans in the project description and project plans.

 

12. Can I submit a single application covering various categories (e.g. more than one type of alternative charging or refuelling infrastructure)?

The submission of a single project proposal covering more than one category is not possible; a separate project application has to be submitted for each type of alternative charging or refuelling infrastructure (e.g. party X wishes to submit a project both for high power charging stations for electric vehicles and for CNG refuelling infrastructure; this can be done, provided two separate project proposals are submitted). If more than one project proposal is submitted by a particular party (or parties), Annex 4 does not have to be sent more than once (seeing as it concerns generic documents).

 

13. Who exactly can submit a project proposal? Can non-profit-making associations or private individuals also have recourse to this subsidy?

Parties submitting an application must be legal entities, meaning that private individuals may not have recourse to this subsidy scheme. Non-profit-making associations are eligible to apply, however.

 

14. Is it possible to have adaptations or additions to the project proposal dealt with after the proposal has been submitted?

All the required documents (application form and annexes) should be forwarded at the time of submission. An incomplete submission will not be admitted in the assessment and selection phase.

However, the BENEFIC partners may ask for additional information after submission to supplement the complete application documents and annexes.

 

15. Can VAT also be included in the subsidy costs?

VAT will not be subsidised. This means that the subsidy will be calculated on the investment costs exclusive of VAT.

 

16. Why is it not possible to request normal chargers, CNG and/or LNG filling stations in the second call for projects?

As the aims for both normal chargers and for CNG-LNG facilities were amply achieved in the first call for projects, it is not possible to request projects for these categories. Moreover, the focus in the second call for projects is on zero-emissions infrastructure, so CNG-LNG projects are not eligible in this new call for projects. In the second call for projects is it, however, possible to request projects for the following zero-emission categories: electric charging stations for fast and ultra-fast charging, hydrogen filling infrastructure and shore power facilities for inland waterways.