The Partnership Framework Agreement sets out the principles of the partnership between ECHO and humanitarian organizations. It defines the respective roles, rights and obligations of partners and defines legislation on humanitarian actions funded by DG ECHO. Since the original agreement was signed, five further changes have been made to update the list of BPH partners and provide up-to-date information on the project. The VPA is not in itself a funding agreement, there are four additional specific grant agreements for the first three phases of the project, Ramp Up Phase, SGA1 and SGA2, as well as an Electronic Infrastructure Computer Agreement (ICEI) that funds EU super-computing centres to provide services to Neuroscience. For more information on the project`s funding structure, click here. The new framework is expected to begin before the end of 2016. The European Commission`s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) does not intervene directly on the ground. The implementation of humanitarian aid is carried out by humanitarian organizations such as humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with which DG ECHO is in partnership. Once the partnership agreement is signed, partners will be able to submit project proposals each year in response to the Humanitarian Implementation Plans (IRPs) published by DG ECHO.
See press release (30_October_2015_FPA press release.pdf) The aim of the Partnership Framework Agreement is to identify the general rights and obligations of the parties when concluding specific agreements and to define EU-funded humanitarian aid rules that free producers and workers from promoting inclusive trade and development through fair trade. Sectoral operational programmes (PO) cover one or more national geographic sectors. The seven operations are: . The Partnership Agreement for the 2014-2020 Development Framework could be relevant to MSP-related projects and initiatives, depending on the specific calls that will be activated.