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AENOR solutions to support your projects

AENOR Project Trust is a set of solutions that facilitate and place companies' projects in the best conditions for accessing financing funds. To achieve this, it offers companies certifications, training and specialist support so that their projects are in the best conditions to obtain the funds they apply for.  

The Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan is a great opportunity for Spanish companies. The European Commission's Next Generation EU recovery funds are to help repair the damage brought about by the pandemic, building on the foundations needed to establish long-term competitiveness.

For more than 30 years, AENOR has been the entity supporting Spanish organisations and society in the face of their major challenges. Faced with the current challenge of economic recovery and reactivation, AENOR Project Trust was created to support organisations that need to generate confidence in the projects they submit to the Plan.

The objective is to build confidence with the awarding authorities and to lend credibility to demonstrate technical solvency that makes it easier for agencies to assess, award funding and justify the alignment of a project with strategic axes. It will also provide support for possible future controls, particularly in the EU, reflecting the project's development in accordance with established criteria

Constantly updated, the solutions offered by AENOR are:

1.Solutions that respond to specific requirements of the calls:
  • DNSH
  • Rating of R&D&I activities
2.Solutions that boost and support project eligibility
  • Recovery Contribution Projects: 
    • Projects aligned with the Digital Transformation Axis
    • Projects aligned with the Ecological Transition Axis
  • Digitisation management UNE 0060
  • Kit Digital (AENOR as a digitising agent: Certool)
3. Solutions from the AENOR catalogue that help justify the requirements of calls


  • DNSH validation. All reforms or investments to be implemented in the National Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (RTRP), in application of European legislation, must comply with the principle of "Do No Significant Hard" (DNSH) to the environmental objectives set out in Regulation (EU) 2020/852. 

    This means that, as part of the evaluation of aid applications for any type of project, the government requires applicants to be validated by an ENAC-accredited body such as AENOR. demonstrating this compliance in order to ensure that the self-declaration of the applicant organisation is technically sound, reasonable, sufficient and appropriately justified. 

    AENOR has also been able to validate compliance with the DNSH principle, being the first accreditation body to be accredited for the call for grants for innovation and sustainability plans in the field of the Manufacturing Industry (Order ITC/309/2022).'

    AENOR has extended its DNSH accreditation (VV/04) for the Naval and Agri-Food PERTEs. This is in addition to those already obtained for the VEC PERTE and Manufacturing Industry PERTE, as well as the expanded scope of its accreditation for the DNSH validation of projects in the field of CDTI lines: Direct Expansion Line (LICA), Direct Innovation Line (LIC), R&D Project, in the ERDF Block.

  •  Rating of R&D&I activities. Evaluation, under ENAC accreditation, of projects in different areas and programmes established by the government with the aim of determining the technological nature of the activities of the projects submitted to the calls for proposals that so require, demonstrating that a project is innovative.


  • Specific certifications for "Recovery Contribution Projects". In order to strengthen confidence building in the evaluation of projects, the alignment of the projects with the following is assessed:
    • The Digital Transformation Axis
    • The Ecological Transition Axis

      And their lever and component policies, as defined in the RTRP.

  • Digital Kit. AENOR, as a Digitising Agent in the Kit Digital solutions category of "Process Management", provides its Certool management system tool to assist companies with digitisation.


  • An ecosystem of widely recognised certifications associated with ESG criteria that serve to justify the adequacy of projects with the requirements established within the framework of the calls for proposals. Examples: ISO 50001, ISO 27001, ISO 27701, ISO 14001, AENOR SDG model, Carbon Footprint, Zero Waste, Compliance, Gender Equality Management System, etc.

We also have:

  • A network of experts and partners to jointly boost business competitiveness with a layer that reinforces the trust and credibility of projects: Strategy and management consultants, communication consultants, associations and major international corporations.
  • Course on European grant management.

The AENOR Project Trust resources include two courses:

  • Management of European grants, training to identify the priority axes for the development of projects and the mechanisms for accessing the funding.
Key dates for the submission of projects

Next Generation EU calendar

Next Generation calendar
Audit and monitoring of milestones and objectives

To ensure proper management, a comprehensive control and audit system will be established. In this regard, the Recovery Plan states that its design rests on two pillars. On the one hand, a system different from that used for the structural funds and other European funds, the objective of which is to control the objectives identified and, where applicable, correct irregularities. And, on the other hand, the audit systems in the Public Administrations, although reinforcing and adapting their approach. 

To do this, the control system will be deployed at three different levels: level 1, internal control of the implementing body; level 2, the independent body's internal control; and 3, the regime of national ex-post audits and controls. The General Comptroller of the State Administration (IGAE) is the Control Authority for the Recovery Mechanism in accordance with the provisions of article 21 of Royal Decree-Law 36/2020.

Amount of funds

The total sum requested by Spain amounts to €140,000 million, of which €70,000 are direct investments (based on specific projects) and the rest are loans.

The €70,000 million investments are articulated in two mechanisms: "Recovery and Resilience" (MRR), which is the most important, is the core of the Recovery Fund and has around €60,000 million earmarked for Spain and the React EU mechanism, with €12,000 million, the aim of which is to promote the ecological, digital and resilient recovery of the economy.

Spain will concentrate its investment mobilisation effort into the first three years (2021-23) to maximise its impact on the rapid reconstruction of the economy with plans that contribute to overcoming the crisis caused by coronavirus. Subsequently, the remaining €70,000 million in loans will be requested to complement the financing of ongoing projects.

Financing areas

digital transformation

The measures included in the plans and budgets are structured around four cross-cutting axes: ecological transition, digital transformation, social and territorial cohesion and gender equality. In turn, these four axes are projected into ten leverage policies that affect different areas of economic activity.

These levers are implemented in a total of thirty components that articulate investment and reform programmes. In total, the Plan includes up to 212 measures, of which 110 are investments and 102 reforms.


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New, certified solutions for accessing Next Generation EU funds

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