Following documents are requested only from the Candidate Countries (under IPA Components III and IV). Their principal aim is to prepare beneficiary countries for the future use of the Cohesion policy instruments by imitating closely its strategic documents (namely National Strategic Reference Framework and Operational Programmes) and management modes ("learning by doing" approach).
1. Strategic Coherence Frameworks (SCF) are prepared per country. The Strategic Coherence Frameworks's objective is threefold:
As with the NSRF the SCF should cover the whole programming period (2007-2013) and does not need to be revised annually. This time-frame being wider than the time-frame for the initial Operational Programmes under components III and IV (three years), the priorities retained in the SCF need to have a much wider scope than those covered in the initial Operational Programmes.
2. Multi-annual Operational Programmes
The multi-annual operational programmes under IPA are precursors of the operational programmes under the Structural funds regime.
Operational Programmes under component III are being implemented under the decentralised management system , which require that the implementation of actions by beneficiary countries, subject to ex-ante (initially) or ex-post (at a latter stage) scrutiny by the Commission.
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