Article 2 Entry into force of the Agreement and the implementation period of the Action
2.1 The Agreement shall enter into force on the date provided for in Article 2 of the General Conditions applicable to Humanitarian Aid Actions financed by the European Union annexed to the Framework Partnership Agreement (hereinafter referred to as 'the General Conditions').
The Agreement can produce effects only once it has entered into force. The article 2 of the General Conditions states that the Agreement enters into force on the date of receipt by the Commission of:
- one original document duly signed and returned by the Humanitarian Organisation; if it is sent by the Commission to the Humanitarian Organisation through registered postal delivery with return receipt, or
- the protected electronic document, duly signed by the Humanitarian Organisation, if the Agreement is sent through the electronic exchange system. (Not yet Applicable)
2.2 The implementation period of the Action shall run for [months/days] months from [insert date] (hereinafter referred to as 'the start date of the Action').
The implementation period of the Action represents the duration of the Action in the field from the start date. The HIP or the relevant Finanicing decisions mention the expected duration of the Actions
The duration of the implementation period is reported in the section 1.5 of the Single Form and can be equal or shorter than the period of eligibility of expenditure (see below, Article 2.3); in any case the implementation period can never start before the eligibility period.
2.3 The eligibility period of the Action shall be from [insert date] until the end of the implementation period of the Action specified in Article 2(2) herein.
The eligibility period of the Agreement is the period during which the expenditures of the Action can be incurred.
It covers the period between the start date indicated in the section 1.5 of the Single Form up to the end of the implementation period.
In principle, the eligibility period starts on the same date of implementation period, however, when it is necessary, partners may ask for an earlier starting date; in this case a justification have to be provided in the section 1.5 of the Single Form. Under no circumstances the eligibility period of the Action may begin before the eligibility start date set out in Article 4.3.1 of the HIP.
The eligibility period expires at the end of the implementation period. This means that within this moment all the expenditures of the Action have to have incurred by the partner.
As an exception to this rule, the expenditures related to the following activities may be considered eligible even if incurred after the end of the implementation:
- preparation of the Final Report;
- post-distribution monitoring;
- final evaluation or audit of the Action.
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