|ΚΟΙΝΟΤΙΚΟ ΠΛΑΙΣΙΟ ΣΤΗΡΙΞΗΣ 2000 - 2006|
A new management and administration system has been adopted for the III CSF, quite differentiated compared to the previous one of the II CSF. This new system has been discussed and agreed upon with the European Commission in the framework of the negotiations that had taken place for the III CSF, while also taking into account the constant effort to improve efficiency, quality and transparency during the new period of actions promoting growth (CSF 2000 – 2006), not to mention the new increased requirements deriving from the new EU Regulations and the fact that our country has now independently undertaken the responsibility to make efficient and correct use of the III CSF resources, without the help from the European Commission.
Principles of the new system
According to the new implementation framework:
The fields of operation, competences and responsibilities of the parties of the new system are clearly marked. These parties in addition to their managing and control responsibilities, can no longer be Implementing Authorities/Bodies of the projects and/or actions.
The managing and control authorities belong to the State infrastructure due to the heavy duties they have undertaken and also due to the fact that they serve greater causes aiming at modernizing public administration. They are special agencies, manned in the most adequate manner, so as to achieve in the best possible way the effective implementation of the CSF.
New uniform and standardized procedures have been established in terms of management, control and financing flows of all the Operational Programmes in the III CSF.
The spirit and the framework of funding are different compared to the II CSF. The annual deposits by the EU have been abolished (with the exception of one initial deposit granted upon approval of the Programme). In this way, the Member-State finances ex ante the projects under its own responsibility. Funding on behalf of the EU shall be granted afterwards on the basis of account auditing, of declared and certified expenses (registered in the IIS “ERGORAMA”) at the level of Legal Engagements (sub-project). This new framework leads to a new, rationalized financing system that has been put into place for the Implementing Authorities/Bodies under the responsibility of the Managing Authorities.It is more than obvious that efficiency strongly depends on the actions of all involved parties in the CSF in the context of this new system. It is a system that lays down management and control rules, that allocates responsibilities and establishes criteria for the selection of projects. However, it is a system that is based also on a prior political process for planning the country’s growth course, a political process which is necessary since it takes into consideration the society’s needs and priorities, promotes feasible and mature projects and introduces criteria for priority needs.
The Managing Authorities have put into place a multi-sectorial control system (checks in the first instance), whereas controls in the second instance are made by the Payment Authority and in the third instance, by the External Authorities of Budget Control. This control system must assess and certify the legitimacy and regularity of the management process. Any deviation shall lead to a respective penalty for responsible parties.
A new system of evaluating, choosing and including projects in the Operational Programmes has been established, laying down rules of cooperation between the involved parties governing the entire process.
It is necessary to use computer tools in order to include a project in the actions of the OP, to finance, follow-up and control it. The electronic data exchange with the EU is the only way of communicating about projects and actions of the CSF.
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