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Operational Programme 'Technical Assistance'

Programme under Convergence objective co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

On July 11, the European Commission approved the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational programme for Romania for the period 2007-2013, entitled "Operational Programme Technical Assistance". The total budget of the programme is around EUR 213 million and the Community assistance amounts to EUR 170 million (approximately 0,86 % of the total EU money invested in Romania under Cohesion policy 2007-2013).

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

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The objective of the Technical Assistance Operational Programme (OPTA) at national level is to ensure support for the coordination and the implementation of the regional funds in Romania, to guarantee a reliable managing and monitoring system and to ensure a coordinated delivery of general messages related to Structural Instruments. All these objectives reflect in the overall absorption and effective use of the Structural Instruments interventions.

The OPTA is aiming at ensuring that the implementation of the Structural Instruments in Romania meets the principles and rules on partnership, programming, evaluation, management, including financial management, monitoring and control on the basis of responsibilities shared between the Member States and the Commission, in compliance with the provisions laid down in the General Regulation. The programme will also support the implementation of the priorities laid down in the Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion Policy.

2. The expected impact of the investment

Together with the other operational programmes (OPs), the OPTA will substantially contribute to the achievement of the thematic priority established in the National Strategic Reference Framework, namely “Building Effective Administrative Capacity”.

As a common tool for all actors involved throughout the entire implementation and monitoring process of Structural Instruments, the Single Management Information System (SMIS) will be supported by the OPTA. The system will certainly need further development and maintenance, to cover the management and monitoring needs derived from the implementation of Structural Instruments.

The programme will also allow a multiplication at national level of particular issues and practices. While the project pipeline development support is mainly the focus of the other OPs, OPTA will complement their efforts by ensuring networking and exchanges of information and best practices focused on this issue.

3. Priority axes

According to the objective of creating the best conditions for EU funds adequate absorption and to be as much operational and clear as possible, the programme will be organized into three Priority Axes:

Priority axis 1: Support to the implementation of Structural Instruments and coordination of programmes

The objective of this Priority Axis is to strengthen the overall coordination of Structural Instruments implementation and building appropriate capacities by actions aimed at setting a common level of knowledge and experience among different actors.

In order to ensure an efficient and effective implementation of the Structural Instruments, it is necessary to co-ordinate all actions undertaken in relation to the management, monitoring and control of the Operational Programmes. Whereas the technical assistance priority axes in the other Romanian programmes will provide support for the management of specific OPs, the OPTA will provide common standards and guidelines and will enable exchange of experience and streamlining of good practices.

Priority axis 2: Further development and support for the functioning of the Single Management Information System (SMIS)

The objective of this Priority Axis is to ensure SMIS smooth operation, organisational and functional development and the ongoing expansion of the system so as to allow prompt access to data in all institutions involved in the process of Structural Instruments and to contribute to a sound and effective management of the operational programmes.

The objective of setting up the SMIS is to guarantee a sound effective management of European programmes, in compliance with national and European regulations. This instrument must be operational during the whole period of programmes implementation, meaning 10 years including closing time. The experience gained during this period will be capitalized for the development of the IT system in the next programming period.

Priority axis 3: Dissemination of information and promotion of Structural Instruments

The objective of this Priority Axis is to ensure a coordinated delivery of general messages related to regional funds at national level and to implement the communication action plan of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in line with the National Communication Strategy for the Structural Instruments.

This third Priority Axis is mainly dedicated to the general public but it also targets potential beneficiaries. Its interventions are complementary to the actions described within the first Priority Axis in terms of national coordination of the communication and of support to the trainings organized in this field.

4. Managing authority

Ministry of European Affairs
Bv. Mircea Voda nr. 44, Sector 3
RO- Bucureşti
Director
Livia, CHIRIŢĂ
Tel.: 021.302.52.37
Ministry of Public Finance
17, Apolodor St.
RO-Sector 5
Public Relations
Cristina, DINU
Tel.: +4021 302 52 24
E-mail.: cristina.dinu@mfinante.ro
Web: Ministry of Public Finance

Financial and Technical information

Title : Operational Programme 'Technical Assistance'

Intervention Type : Operational Programme

CCI no : 2007RO161PO005

Number of decision : C/2007/3431

Final approval date : 2007-07-11

Breakdown of finances by priority axis
Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Support to the implementation of Structural Instruments and coordination of programmes 82 792 695 20 698 174 103 490 869
Further development and support for the functioning of the Single Management Information System 53 390 279 13 347 570 66 737 849
Dissemination of information and promotion of Structural Instruments 34 054 816 8 513 704 42 568 520
Total 170 237 790 42 559 448 212 797 238
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