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National Information Seminar. The management of IPA funds and the role of the Thessaloniki Liaison Office Zagreb, 21 st February 2012 Kirill Dimanopoulos – Thessaloniki Liaison Officer - JTS MED. Programme Bodies.

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national information seminar

National Information Seminar

The management of IPA funds and the role of the Thessaloniki Liaison Office

Zagreb, 21st February 2012

Kirill Dimanopoulos – Thessaloniki Liaison Officer - JTS MED

programme bodies
Programme Bodies
  • To facilitate the participation of the IPA countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro) to the MED programme.
  • To facilitate the capitalization and coordination between the other transnational cooperation programmes of the area and the MED programme

Audit Authority

Managing Authority

Certifying Authority

Joint Technical Secretariat

Monitoring Committee (Selection committee)

Liaison Office IPA Thessaloniki

Liaison Office ENPI Valencia

mission of the thessaloniki liaison office
Mission of the Thessaloniki Liaison Office

Objectives:

To facilitate the participation of the IPA countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro) to the MED programme.

To facilitate the capitalization and coordination between the other transnational cooperation programmes of the area and the MED programme

Tasks:

Providing information about the offered opportunities of the MED Programme to potential beneficiaries coming from IPA countries

Providing information about the modalities of participation in the MED Programme for potential beneficiaries coming from IPA countries

Serving as a “liaison” between the ERDF Lead partners and the IPA partners

Managing the matchmaking process of IPA partners to MED projects

Providing up to date information about the integrated way of managing the IPA funds

Coordinating between the MED authorities and the participating IPA countries and the respective EU Delegations

Promoting the capitalization activities between the MED programme and the other transnational cooperation programmes of the area

Promoting the exchange of experience and best practices between the MED programme and the other transnational cooperation programmes of the area

Providing coordination between the MED programme and the other transnational cooperation programmes of the area

Providing guidance to potential Lead Partners to which cooperation programme of the area is the most appropriate to implement their idea

main motivation for involving ipa partners
Main motivation for involving IPA Partners
  • Better dissemination of results
  • Obtaining the special expertise of the IPA Partner
  • Thematic reasons
  • Better geographical coverage
what are the main activities of the ipa partners
What are the main activities of the IPA partners
  • They are usually involved since the beginning (participation in the preparation meetings)
  • They are carrying out visibility actions
  • They are contributing to the thematic work:
    • By analyzing the status quo in their territory
    • By designing local action plans
    • By carrying out studies
    • By organizing thematic workshops
management of ipa funds 2010 2013 in med programme
Management of IPA funds 2010-2013 in MED programme
  • Joint IPA envelope for the 4 countries (2010-2013): 5,4M€
  • IPA partners can participate to strategic projects (2nd call) and to all future calls for proposals with this financing
  • They cannot be Lead Partners
  • As partners, they participate to the application with the LP and sign the Partnership Agreement as any other partner of the project
  • IPA partners sign a separate Subsidy (Grant) contract with the MA but otherwise, work with the LP as any other partner in the cooperation project
technical hints
Technical hints

IPA allocation

  • The whole IPA contribution for the period 2010 to 2013 is 5.4 M€
  • IPA financing rate 85%
  • Neither IPA subsidy contract can be signed nor advanced payment can be carried out until the Financing Agreement (between the Commission, Managing Authority, IPA countries) is not signed
  • The commitment letter of each partner must specify the precise amount of the national co-financing corresponding to the total IPA amount requested within the application form
technical hints1
Technical hints

Selection of projects

JTS-External Experts

Selection Committee

Contracting

The MA concludes a separate IPA subsidy contract with the IPA partner(s)

Reporting

Through the LP

Receiving direct payment from the CA

advanced payment
Advanced Payment

According to the result of the Monitoring Committee’s written procedure Advance payment for IPA partners is possible

Application process

The advanced payment is not automatic

The application should be done through the LP

Technical details

Maximum 10% can be the size of the advanced payment at the beginning of the project

IPA partners receiving the advanced payment directly from the Certifying Authority

In each following reporting period 25% of the advanced payment will be reduced from the reimbursement

ipa first level control systems
IPA First Level Control systems
  • Each IPA country has set up a centralised First Level Control system
  • Control free of charge for IPA partners
  • Eligibility and FLC guidelines will be prepared by each IPA country
  • Deadlines, rules and procedures may not be identical for the 4 IPA countries
      • Each IPA partner must refer to the control system of the IPA country where it is located
public procurement
Public procurement
  • Practical Guide to Contract procedures for EU external actions (PraG) explains the contracting procedures applying to all EU external aid contracts
  • National rules on public procurement may be used if they are stricter than PraG
  • Procurement procedures have to be applied for all services, supplies and works planned in the project budget (including the services allocated in the preparation costs)
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What’s upcoming?

Transnational IPA Seminar in Podgorica, Montenegro, 2nd of March 2012

Applicants Seminar on 6th of March 2012 inMarseille, France

Further information and assistance?

Contact the Liaison Office: kdimanopoulos@mou.gr

and find further information on

www.programmemed.eu(e.g. LO section )

Thank you for your attention!