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Financial Management & Control

What does the Certifying Authority do?

The Certifying Authority is responsible for the certification of all expenditure claims submitted to the EU Commission and subsequent reimbursement to each Member State. They ensure the expenditure reported is in compliance with EU and national rules.

What does the Managing Authority do?

The Managing Authority is one of a number of bodies identified by European Regulation and given particular roles in the administration of the programme. The Managing Authority has overall responsibility for the management and implementation of the Operational Programme (the document approved by the European Commission which establishes the programme strategy and priorities). The Managing Authority has a number of responsibilities established by EU Regulation.

These include:

  • Ensuring that projects are selected according to the criteria approved by the Programme Monitoring Committee;
  • Establishing and monitoring procedures for ensuring that project expenditure has been properly and legally incurred, claimed and paid;
  • Maintaining systems to store data on all aspects of programme implementation including financial management, audit, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensuring proper evaluation of the programme is undertaken;
  • Guiding the work of the Monitoring Committee and providing it with the documents required to allow it to complete its functions;
  • Preparing annual and final reports on implementation, and submitting these to the European Commission following approval by the Monitoring Committee;
  • Ensuring that information and publicity requirements established by European Regulations are met.
Related Files
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Regulations governing the 2014 2020 programme period View
REGULATION (EU) No 1303/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013 View
Laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006
REGULATION (EU) No 1301/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013 View
On the European Regional Development Fund and on specific provisions concerning the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 821/2014 of 28 July 2014 View
Laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed arrangements for the transfer and management of programme contributions, the reporting on financial instruments, technical characteristics of information and communication measures for operations and the system to record and store data.
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 View
On the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid
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Regulations governing the 2007-2013 programme period View
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006 of 8 December 2006 View
Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 View
Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 View
Circular 12/2008: Financial Management and Control Procedures for the EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013 View
Circular 16/2008: EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013 National Eligibility Rules View
ERDF Managing Authority Audit Guidance May 2014 View