Management Structure

The management, monitoring and control structures of the Programme are as follows:

Monitoring Committee
The Monitoring Committee of the OP is set up within 3 months from the date of the notification to the Commission of the decision approving the OP. The composition of the Monitoring Committee is decided by the participating Member States, taking into account that both Member States are equally represented.

Project Evaluation Committee
The Monitoring Committee establishes a Project Evaluation Committee, which supports the Monitoring Committee, in fulfilling certain tasks. The Project Evaluation Committee is responsible for the strategic evaluation of projects, on the basis of the preliminary technical evaluation, carried out by the JTS.

Managing Authority
The "Managing Authority of CIP INTERREG" at the Ministry of Development Infrastructure, Shipping and Networks (General Secretariat for Investments and Development) has been designated as the Managing Authority of the Operational Programme. The Managing Authority is responsible for managing and implementing the Operational Programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management and carry out the functions set out in Article 60 of Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006.

Certifying Authority
The Paying Authority for the CSF, the Community Initiatives and the Cohesion Fund at the Ministry of Development Infrastructure, Shipping and Networks (General Secretariat for Investments and Development) has been designated as the Certifying Authority of the Operational Programme. The Certifying Authority is responsible for certifying statements of expenditure and applications for payment before being sent to the Commission. In this context, the Certifying Authority carry out the functions envisaged in article 61 of Regulation (EC) 1083/2006.

Audit Authority
The Financial Control Committee at the Ministry of Development Infrastructure, Shipping and Networks (General Secretariat for Investments and Development) has been designated as the Audit Authority of the Operational Programme. The Audit Authority is responsible for verifying the effective functioning of the management and control system of the operational programme. In this context, the Audit Authority is responsible for carrying out the functions envisaged in article 62 of Regulation (EC) 1083/2006.

Joint Technical Secretariat
The Managing Authority, after consultation with the Member States represented in the programme area, has set up a Joint Technical Secretariat (Article 14, Regulation (EC) 1080/2006). The Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) assists the Managing Authority, the Monitoring Committee and the Project Evaluation Committee in carrying out their respective duties. Moreover, it may assist the Audit Authority to organise the meetings of the Group of Auditors.

Cross Border Info Point
A Cross Border Info Point has been established in Apulia Region and contributes to strengthening the territorial participation to the Programme.

Intermediate Body
In order to simplify and speed up the Programme implementation as well as to overcome administrative complexities and ensure efficiency, the Managing Authority may propose to the Monitoring Committee the designation of one or more intermediate bodies, according to Article 59 of the General Regulation (EC No 1083/2006).

Body responsible for the report and opinion referred to in Article 71(3)
As stipulated in article 71(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006, the description of the OP management and control system submitted to the Commission was accompanied by a report setting out the results of an assessment of the system set up and giving an opinion on its compliance with articles 58-62 of same regulation.

Body responsible for making payments to lead beneficiaries
The body responsible for making payments to lead beneficiaries is the Certifying Authority for the Programme.