invitation of the Ministry of Finance and the Deputy Minister Ph.D. Shiret
Elezi, SEA State Secretary, Ms. Kalinka Gaber, addressed at the
"Conference on Sustainability of Projects Financed by IPA
Funds". The conference was organised as a closing event of the
EU funded project number 2018/399593/2 "Support by the national
authorities for the effective fulfilment of the terms of the financing
agreements and the findings of the audit on the implementation of the IPA II
assistance", where among other beneficiaries is the Sector for management
of the Instrument for pre-accession assistance- IPA.
project, although with a small budget of funds available through the Instrument
for European Integration, is still important because it addresses another
aspect of successful project implementation and the project itself contributes
to the absorption of IPA funds - said State Secretary Gaber.
Guidelines for Projects financed by IPA funds that are planned to be adopted by
the Ministry of Finance were presented at the conference, which will regulate
the obligations of the operating structure and end users in the area of
sustainability. Within this framework we will have the opportunity to get
acquainted with the positive experience in the implementation of investment IPA
projects by two end-users, with a particular view of the steps and activities
aimed at ensuring their sustainability.
issue of sustainability of projects following their implementation becomes
relevant with the European Commission"s requirements noted in the
correspondence on the closure of IPA 1 programmes and in the EC audit findings
on the accreditation of IPA structures for indirect management of IPA funds
under the IPA 2 programming period. Namely, the very concept of sustainability
of infrastructure / investment projects (works contracts/procurement) covers
criteria for monitoring of sustainability, in terms of several key aspects:
Transfer of ownership of investments/equipment from the contracting authority
(CFCD/Ministry of Finance) to the end user.
Accounting of investments/equipment in the end-user record system.
- Use of
investments/equipment in accordance with the purpose and the aim for which they
were purchased/built and keep records of their use.
of funds and facilities for maintaining investments/equipment purchased/built.
Compliance with the EU Visibility Rules.
the IPA Indirect Management System, the following authorities have a role in
monitoring project sustainability:
IPA Coordinator (NIPAC) - Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and the
Supporting Sector within SEA- monitors project sustainability in terms of
meeting project objectives and programmes in general.
National Authorizing Officer (NAO) - State Counsellor in MoF and the IPA
Management Sector - monitors project sustainability in terms of meeting the
sustainability criteria mentioned above (by implementing ex post spot checks on
an ad hoc basis).
Coordinator - officer in each IPA beneficiary ministry and the department /unit
that supports it - directly monitors the sustainability of all projects within
the portfolio of their institution (to all end-users by conducting regular -
planned ex post checks on-the-spot).
Beneficiaries - State institutions at central and local level, including public
companies, state owned joint stock companies and the judiciary. They are
ultimately responsible for ensuring the sustainability of IPA funded investment
purpose of the Sustainability Guidelines for IPA funded projects will be to
fine-tune the role of end-users in the project sustainability process, as well
as explaining the role of oversight bodies within the system for monitoring of