SAEZ (EUROPEAN COMMISSION) VISITS THE MANAGING AUTHORITY OF THE IPA ADRIATIC CBC PROGRAMME

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Yesterday, 20 June 2016, the Managing Authority of the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme hosted Mr. Vicente Rodriguez Saez, Deputy Head of Unit “Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Cooperation”, DG REGIO of the European Commission and rapporteur of the IPA Programme.

The technical meeting was instrumental in taking stock of the Programme implementation. Saez congratulated the Managing Authority, Ms Paola Di Salvatore, and her staff for the state of the art of the Programme and in particular, for the complex technical work that has been carried out since March 2013, the official date when the current MA came into office. On 23 February 2016, the latter managed to obtain that the European Commission Corina Cretu lifted the suspension of the payments related to years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The outcome of the financial analysis was positive, and so were the remarks on the activity of constant verification on the spending capacity of the projects in terms of the possible savings yet to be further utilized. In this regard, Saez expressed satisfaction with the methods and timeframe applied to foster the third call focussing on capitalizing the projects of the first two calls, which joins together the Priorities of the  Adriatic IPA CBC Programme with the EUSAIR Pillars: the call is the first tangible implementation of the technical action plan of the strategy EUSAIR.

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A further key step focussed on the methods for managing the savings addressed to humanitarian emergency initiatives at the benefit of refugees: In such a framework, the IPA Adriatic Programme is the first programme converging the indications on the part of both the European Commission and the Parliament to all European territorial cooperation bodies.

Finally, the European Commission representative showed great interest in the cycle of workshops designed by the Managing Authority on “Preventing and countering irregularities and fraud in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes, which is promoted with the aim to share one method for preventing irregularities and fraud in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes throughout the 8 countries participating in the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme – Italy, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia – given the relevant impact of financial flows on EU and non-EU countries.

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At the conclusion of the meeting, Rodriguez Saez asked to meet the staff of the Managing Authority and of the Joint Technical Secretariat: “We are very satisfied – he said – for the work done with the Programme implementation so far. This has enabled not only to make up for the time lost but also to launch new calls and new initiatives in record time. We are confident that thanks to your commitment, we will pursue the positive closure of all projects.”