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European Education and Culture Executive Agency

Legal Remedies

Legal remedies available to applicants for EU funding offered under the programmes managed by EACEA.

Request for evaluation review (for rejection of grant applications only)

If you believe you have been adversely affected by a substantial error or irregularity allegedly committed in a selection procedure, you may submit a reasoned request for evaluation review to the Agency, within 30 days of receiving the letter concerned, at the following address:

Office J59 07/005
Avenue du Bourget, 1 B – 1049 Brussels

Please note:

  1. Requests must be related to the evaluation process, admissibility or eligibility checks. In that regards, your request should put forward the necessary elements to demonstrate a factual error or a manifest error of assessment (such as the lack of coherence between scores and comments), a procedural irregularity (such as the lack or inadequate reasoning of the conclusions, or the existence of a conflict of interests). Therefore, mere repetitions of the content of the proposal, or a mere disagreement with the result and/or the reasoning of the evaluation will not be considered.
  2. Your request for review will not automatically trigger a partial or full re-evaluation of your proposal. A re-evaluation will only be carried out if your request provides evidence that the selection procedure has been vitiated by a procedural irregularity and/or a factual error, or a manifest error of assessment that affects the final decision on whether to fund your proposal. This means, for example, that a problem relating to one evaluation criterion will not lead to a re-evaluation if, even by adding the maximum points under this criterion, the final score of the proposal still remains below the funding threshold.
  3. Should your request lead to a partial or full re-evaluation of your proposal, you will be informed accordingly before the re-evaluation is launched.
  4. This re-evaluation will be made on the proposal as it was originally submitted: no additional information is admissible. It will be partial – limited to the criterion affected by the error, or full - when the whole evaluation has been recognized as flawed, depending on the case.
  5. The score following any re-evaluation will be regarded as definitive. Please be informed that it may result being lower than the original score.
  6. Only one request for review per proposal will be considered.
  7. All requests for review will be treated as confidential.

Other means of redress


If you believe that there was maladministration you may lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman for alleged maladministration within two years of the date when you became aware of the facts on which the complaint is based (see

‘Article 22 request’

You may also refer the present decision for review of its legality by the Commission, under Article 22 of Council Regulation No 58/2003 (‘Article 22 request’ - Council Regulation (EC) No 58/2003 of 19 December 2002 laying down the statute for executive agencies to be entrusted with certain tasks in the management of Community programmes (OJ L 11, 16.01.2003, p. 1)). Such request may be submitted within one month of receiving the letter object of the request, or if you have requested an evaluation review, within one month of receiving the letter notifying the final decision of the Agency, at the following relevant email address corresponding to the programme under which you applied:

Erasmus+Director General, DG EAC
Commission européenne
B – 1049 Bruxelles
Creative Europe - CultureDirector General, DG EAC
European Commission 
B – 1049 Brussels
Creative Europe - MediaDirector General, DG CNECT
European Commission
B – 1049 Brussels
EU Aid VolunteersDirector General, DG ECHO
European Commission
B – 1049 Brussels
Europe for CitizensDirector General, DG JUST
European Commission
B – 1049 Brussels
Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme Director General, DG INTPA
European Commission
B – 1049 Brussels

Action for annulment before the Court of Justice of the European Union

You may also bring an action for annulment against the Agency under Article 263 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘Article 263 TFEU action’). Such action may be brought within two months of receiving the letter object of the action or - if you had requested a 'Request for evaluation review', within two months of receiving the letter notifying the final decision of the Agency. If you have filed an 'Article 22 request', you may bring an Article 263 TFEU action against the Commission within two months of receiving the letter notifying the final decision of the Commission.

The court responsible for hearing annulment procedures is the General Court of the European Union, which can be contacted at the following address:

General Court of the European Union

Rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
L-2925  Luxembourg
tel.: (+352) 4303 1
fax: (+352) 4303 2100