Purpose of fact sheets
The purpose of the fact sheets is to provide guidance primarily to beneficiaries and secondly to First Level Controllers and the Group of Auditors on rules and procedures applied in the North Sea Region programme.
Guidance can be found in many places and the fact sheets are not the only source, but together with the Cooperation Programme, the relevant regulations and where applicable national rules, they constitute the main sources of guidance.
In general, the fact sheets are fixed in terms of content but as guidance and regulations from the European Commission and from the countries participating in the programme change, so will the fact sheets.
The programme is committed to make as few changes as possible in order to avoid confusion amongst the users of the fact sheets, but when changes prove necessary each fact sheet will be clearly marked indicating the period in which it is valid.