Managing authority
Under the provisions of Chapter 21 of the Accession Treaty and with Decision of Council of Ministers No 965/16.12.2005, Directorate General “Programming of Regional Development” within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW) is appointed as Managing Authority of OP “Regional Development”.

DG “Programming of Regional Development” is part of the specialised administration of MRDPW performing in the pre-accession period functions of PHARE Sectoral Coordinator with responsibilities for programming and monitoring of regional development and cross-border cooperation measures. The experience of using one single body responsible for CBC and regional development is applied also for the post-accession period whereby the Directorate General is appointed as Managing Authority for the cross-border and trans-national programmes under the “Territorial cooperation” objective. In addition, OPRD contains actions for interregional cooperation as referred to in Article 37 (6) (b) of the General Regulation. Continuity, avoidance of overlap and promotion of coherence are thus ensured.    

OPRD Managing Authority is responsible for managing and implementing the operational programme efficiently, effectively and correctly in accordance with the principle of sound financial management and as defined under the respective articles of the General Regulation  and the corresponding sections of the Commission Regulation on structural funds implementation . OPRD Managing Authority responsibilities include in particular:

•    ensuring that operations are selected for funding in accordance with the criteria applicable to the operational programme and that they comply with applicable Community and national rules for the whole of their implementation period;
•    verifying that the co-financed products and services are delivered and that the expenditure declared by the beneficiaries for operations has actually been incurred and complies with Community and national rules; verifications on-the-spot of individual operations may be carried out on a sample basis in accordance with the detailed rules to be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 103(3);
•    ensuring that there is a system for recording and storing in computerised form accounting records for each operation under the operational programme and that the data on implementation necessary for financial management, monitoring, verifications, audits and evaluation are collected;
•    ensuring that beneficiaries and other bodies involved in the implementation of operations maintain either a separate accounting system or an adequate accounting code for all transactions relating to the operation without prejudice to national accounting rules;
•    ensuring that the evaluations of operational programmes referred to in Article 48(3) are carried out in accordance with Article 47;
•    setting up procedures to ensure that all documents regarding expenditure and audits required to ensure an adequate audit trail are held in accordance with the requirements of Article 90 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006;
•    ensuring that the Certifying Authority receives all necessary information on the procedures and verifications carried out in relation to expenditure for the purpose of certification;
•    guiding the work of the Monitoring Committee and providing it with the documents required to permit the quality of the implementation of the operational programme to be monitored in the light of its specific goals;
•    drawing up and, after approval by the monitoring committee, submitting to the Commission the annual and final reports on implementation;
•    ensuring compliance with the information and publicity requirements laid down in Article 69 Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006.

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