In line with Article 98 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 718/2007 of 12 June 2007 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1085/2006 establishing an instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA),the IPA Cross-border Programme “Greece-Albania 2007-2013” is implemented under the transitional arrangements.
The management, monitoring and control structures of the Programme are as follows:
- Joint Monitoring Committee
- Joint Steering Committee
- Managing Authority
- National IPA Coordinator
- Operating Structure
- Delegation of the EU
- Certifying Authority
- Audit Authority
- Joint Technical Secretariat
Joint Monitoring Committee
The Monitoring Committee is set up according to the article 110 of the Council Regulation (EC) No 718/2007 as well as the provisions of the IPA Cross-Border Programme “Greece-Albania” and it is comprised by representatives of the two participating countries on an equal basis.
Joint Steering Committee
The Joint Steering Committee, established according to Article 140 of the Regulation (EC) 718/2007, is responsible for the selection of projects, on the basis of the preliminary technical evaluation carried out by the JTS.
The Managing Authority is responsible for managing and implementing the Programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management and carry out the functions set out in Article 103 of Regulation (EC) No 718/2007. It supervises the work of JTS, cooperates with the Operating Structure, the Joint Monitoring Committee and all the other bodies involved in the management, monitoring and control of the Programme.
The Managing Authority acts as the Contracting Authority for the Greek partners.
National IPA Coordinator
The Ministry of European Integration in Albania is designated as the National IPA
Coordinator, who acts as the representative of Albania vis-à-vis the Commission and is responsible for co-ordinating the Albanian participation in the Programme.
The implementation of the Programme is operated through an Operating Structure (OS) that is appointed in Albania. This is the Ministry of European Integration, which is also the National IPA Coordinator. The responsibilities of the Ministry of European Integration as Operating Structure are defined in Article 139 of Regulation (EC) No 718/2007. The OS is co-operating closely in the programming and implementation of the Programme, establishing common coordination mechanisms.
Delegation of the EU
The Programme is implemented under the transitional arrangements of Article 99 of the IPA Implementing Regulation. In Albania, the management of the implementation is mainly the responsibility of the Delegation of the European Union (DEU) in Tirana. The Delegation of the European Union in Tirana is designated as the Contracting Authority for the Albanian beneficiaries.
The Certifying Authority is responsible for certifying statements of expenditure and applications for payment before being sent to the Commission as well as for receiving payments from the Commission and making payments to the Lead Partner (lead beneficiary), according to article 102 (104) of Regulation (EC) 718/2007.
The Audit Authority is responsible for verifying the effective functioning of the management and control system of the operational programme, according to article 21 of Regulation (EC) 718/2007.
Joint Technical Secretariat
The Joint Technical Secretariat supports the Managing Authority, the Joint Monitoring Committee, the Operating Structure and the Joint Steering Committee in carrying out their respective duties. The JTS is located in Thessaloniki.