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Authorities in charge of Romania-Hungary Interreg V-A Program accredited

The Audit authority of Romania’s Court of Accounts issued a final report accrediting the authorities in charge of managing Romania-Hungary Interreg V-A Program, the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds (MDRAPFE) informs.

MDRAPFE is the Management Authority, while the Office of the Hungarian Prime Minister is the National Authority.

The Interreg V-A Program completed the process of appointing without reserves, which means that appointed authorities fulfil all criteria.

“The completion of this stage is of major importance for the Program. From this moment on, payments can begin and all efforts and resources can be devoted to implement the Program and  projects financed,” the ministry shows.

Interreg V-A will finance joint Romania-Hungary projects which approach needs identified in both countries with common approach and innovating solutions, in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the eligible area.

This is a continuation of cross border cooperation programs in the area and has a total budget of about 232 million euros,  of which 189 million euros represent grants from the European Fund for Regional Development.

The eligible area of the program includes Satu Mare, Bihor, Arad and Timis counties in Romania and Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Hajdu-Bihar, Bekes and Csongrad in Hungary.

Appointing Management and Control Authorities for Operational Programs is an essential condition for returns from the European Commission and supposes evaluation for issuing the opinion without reserves by the Audit Authority about system conformity with accreditation demands.

MDRAPFE mentions that in January 2017 Romania had only three designed authorities in the management and control system for three financing programs over 2014-2020: IPA cross border cooperation Romania-Serbia 2014-2020; Interreg V-A cross border cooperation program between Romania and Bulgaria; Operational Program Helping Disadvantaged Persons.

On July 13, three other management authorities managing POCA, POIIMM and POAT were accredited.

By the end of July, the last four management authorities will be accredited: Big Infrastructure Operational Program, Regional Operational Program, Human Capital Operational Program and Competitiveness Operational Program.