IPA Regional Development glossary

The following structures and authorities are responsible for IPA Component III (Regional Development) implementation in Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

In addition IPA Component III Operational Programmes follow closely rules of the monitoring, evaluation and communication and publicity as set under Structural Funds.

  • National IPA Coordinator being responsible for the coherence and coordination of the IPA programmes; the annual programming for the transition assistance and institution building component at national level; the coordination of the participation of the beneficiary country in the relevant cross-border programmes.
  • Competent Accrediting Officer responsible for issuing, monitoring and suspending or withdrawing the accreditation of the national authorising officer and the national fund.
  • National Authorising Officer who as the head of the National Fund, bears overall responsibility for the financial management of EU funds in the beneficiary country; and is responsible for the legality and regularity of the underlying transactions; as well as for the effective functioning of management and control systems
  • National Fund is a body located in a state level Ministry of the beneficiary country with central budgetary competence. It acts as a central treasury and be in charge of tasks of financial management of assistance under the IPA Regulation, under the responsibility of the national authorising officer.
  • Audit Authority is responsible for verifying the effective and sound functioning of the management and control systems.
  • Strategic Co-ordinator ensures the coordination of the regional development component and human resources development component under the responsibility of the national IPA coordinator.
  • Operating Structure is a body within the administration of the beneficiary country with functions similar to the functions of the Managing Authority. It is responsible i.a. for managing and implementing the Operational Programmes in accordance with the principle of sound financial management.
  • Sectoral Monitoring Committee are established for each Operational Programme meetings are co-chaired the Head of the Operating Structure and the Commission and meets at least twice a year, at the initiative of the beneficiary country or the Commission. The principal responsibilities of the Sectoral Monitoring Committee are: reviewing progress made towards achieving the specific targets of the Operational Programme; examining results of implementation, particularly the achievement of the targets set for each priority axis and measures and interim evaluations; examine the sectoral annual and final reports on implementation; examining any proposal to amend the financing agreement of the Operational Programme. The Sectoral Monitoring Committee may also propose to the Operating Structure any revision or examination of the Operational Programme likely to make possible the attainment of the programmes' objectives or to improve its management, including its financial management.
  • IPA Component III projects

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