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Support national projects on a mutually recognised European Disability Card and associated benefits



The EU Disability Card will be operational only in the Member States (to their nationals and residents) in which projects will be implemented as a result of this call. The objective is to support the creation of a Card that will imply mutual recognition of the disability status in the participating Member States. Such a Card will allow persons with disabilities from participating Member States travelling to other EU Member States also participating in the project to show they have a certified disability status in their home Member State. The Card will not change national eligibility criteria or rules. Member States will retain their discretion to decide who is eligible to receive the Card, using the national definition of disability, and to determine the issuing procedure.  The call aims to support the launch and start-up up phase of the EU Disability Card in the Member States that are participating in the Project Working Group. In particular the support will contribute to:

  • Priority 1: Setting up or reinforcing the respective EU Disability Card national organisations (DCNOs: governmental or non-governmental entities) whose main tasks will be: a) issuing the card; and b) maintaining contacts with service providers regarding the benefits to be included.

Support will in particular contribute to these activities:

  • the organisational set up or reinforcement of the DCNO, including the reinforcement of human resources (such as hiring of additional staff) and/or material resources (such as purchasing the necessary equipment and software);
  • the issuing of the EU Disability Card (using the common design), production, printing, issuing of the card and the establishment of anti-fraud measures.
  • Priority 2: Establishing the respective national package of benefits that Member States are ready to mutualise and taking the necessary national measures to make that possible.

Support will in particular contribute to these activities:

  • the collection of data, creation of a list of benefits provided, for example by means of a database;
  • an information and publicity campaign both towards users and towards providers;
  • creating the national website with clear information also in accessible format on responsible bodies and benefits provided and allowing its link with the EU webpage.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2016 should be a milestone in the implementation of the selected actions. By this date, either the Card should be issued or an important stage of implementation should be reached (e.g. the system in place, important awareness raising action / campaign concluded). The EU will use this date to announce that the EU Disability Card is operational in some EU Member States.Applicants must demonstrate in their proposal that they accept the main principles for cooperating in the EU Disability Card system (including the common design of the Card)and how they intend to ensure its sustainability after the finalisation of this action (see award criteria under section 9).The EU Disability Card should be sustainable and not dependent on continued EU funding. The Commission intends to fund one proposal per Member State participating in the Project Working Group; in the case of involvement of several eligible entities in the same Member State, the application should be introduced by a consortium (lead applicant + coapplicant(s)).


The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 1,550,000.The requested EU contribution cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. The applicant must guarantee the co-financing of the remaining 20% covered from sources other than the budget of the European Union. Applicant(s) must submit with their application a letter (or letters) of commitment confirming the amount of theirco-financing (see Annex II – checklist item n°5).  Contributions in kind are not accepted as co-financing. The requested EU contribution cannot be lower than EUR 75 000. The Commission intends to fund 1 proposal per Member State. The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.


To be eligible, grant applicants must comply with all the following criteria:Applicants (sole applicants or, in the case of a consortium, lead applicant and coapplicants)must:

  • Be properly constituted and registered legal entities, having their registered office in one of the EU Member States participating in the Project Working Group on the development of the EU Disability Card (PWG)12;
  • Be either a public entity or non-profit organisation officially designated in writing by the relevant national authority.

In order to assess the applicants' eligibility, the supporting documents relating to their legal status indicated in Annex II and, in the case of consortia, a letter of commitment and a mandate are requested.

Info & contact

You find all the details of this call on this webpage or in the attachment.  Contacts between the contracting authority and potential applicants can only take place in certain circumstances and under the following conditions:Before the final date for submission of proposals, at the request of the applicant, the Commission may provide additional information solely for the purpose of clarifying the nature of the call.Any requests for additional information must be made by e-mail only to empl-vp-2015-012@ec.europa.eu, indicating the reference VP/2015/012To ensure a more rapid reply, it would be helpful if the requests for additional information are sent in English. Our contact points are:- E-mail: empl-vp-2015-012@ec.europa.eu- E-mail: empl-swim-support@ec.europa.eu (for technical problems)


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