However, it's also true that beneficiaries sometimes address this kind of requests to the REA. This is discussed on a case-by-case basis by the PO in charge and our legal officers, and in some exceptional cases they might get a favourable answer, when the work to be done by this third person is rather concrete, well defined and proves to be essential for the successful development of the action. By no means, they should be hired to perform the researcher's work but to assist him/her in achieving a particular task. The request must also be supported by the researcher himself/herself and the host institution must guarantee that this use of the money will not be detrimental for the researcher in terms of conference attendance, publication of papers, training fees, etc.
But this is very exceptional, discussed on a case-by-case basis and the REA's prior authorisation should always be sought.
(Answer provided by REA)