Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting 2021-2027 PERI Open!


 The general objective of the Pericles IV programme shall be to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud and preserve the integrity of the euro banknotes and coins, thus strengthening the trust of citizens and business in the genuineness of these banknotes and coins and therefore enhancing the trust in the Union’s economy, while securing the sustainability of public finances.
The specific objective of the Pericles IV programme shall be to protect euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting and related fraud, by supporting and supplementing the measures undertaken by Member States and assisting the competent national and Union authorities in their efforts to develop among themselves and with the Commission a close and regular cooperation and an exchange of best practice, where appropriate including third countries and international organisations.


The Pericles IV programme shall provide financial support for the following actions:

  1. exchange and dissemination of information, in particular through organising workshops, meetings and seminars, including training, targeted placements and exchanges of staff of competent national authorities and other similar actions. The exchange of information shall, among others, be targeted at:
    • best practices in preventing counterfeiting and fraud relating to the euro,
    • methodologies for monitoring and analysing the economic and financial impact of counterfeiting,
    • operation of databases and early warning systems,
    • use of detection tools, including with computer back-up,
    • enquiry and investigation methods,
    • scientific assistance, including monitoring of new developments,
    • protection of the euro outside the Union,
    • research actions,
    • provision of specific operational expertise;
  2. technical, scientific and operational assistance, as appears necessary as part of the Pericles IV programme, including in particular:
    • any appropriate measure which establishes teaching resources at Union level, such as a handbook of Union legislation, information bulletins, practical manuals, glossaries and lexicons, databases, especially in the area of scientific assistance or technology watch, or computer support applications, such as software,
    • relevant studies with a multidisciplinary and transnational dimension, including research on innovative security features,
    • development of technical support instruments and methods to facilitate detection actions at Union level,
    • support for cooperation in operations involving at least two countries when such support cannot be made available from other programmes of Union institutions and bodies;
  3. the purchase of equipment to be used by specialised anti-counterfeiting authorities of third countries for protecting the euro against counterfeiting,

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 6,19 Million EUR (Global Budget)