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EU/Latin America energy cooperation

A call for applications relating to the ALURE programme for the promotion of energy cooperation between the European Union and Latin America has been published by the European Commission.

The overall objective of the ALURE programme is to strengthen the European Union's economic presence in a vibrant growth sector and to equip Latin American institutions and utilities to provide more competitive services. Three specific objectives are identified by the programme:

- To improve the services of Latin American utilities, preferably in the growth subsectors of electricity and natural gas, and to promote business relations with European firms linked to the sector such as utilities, financial operators and industrial firms, in particular small businesses;

- To contribute, where necessary, to the adaptation of legal and institutional frameworks;

- To promote sustainable development with relevant schemes.

Priority will be given to schemes directly linked to future investments. The Community contribution will not exceed 50% of the overall cost of the project and will typically range between ECU 300,000 and ECU 500,000. Applications must include at least two participants from two EU Member States and at least one Latin American participant.

The selection procedure for the programme has been modified and applications may now be submitted all year round. The selection process will be conducted in three stages:

- An initial screening of project summaries, following which successful applicants will be requested to submit a detailed proposal;
- Submission of detailed proposals;
- Evaluation of detailed proposals by the Advisory Committee (twice a year).

The deadlines for the submission of detailed proposals in 1998 are 30 April and 31 August. A further call for applications will be published on 3 February 1998.

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