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Finance Management & Control
Finance 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.

Local Government Auditors Reports

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LG Auditors Report Year Ended 31st December 2015view
Regulations governing the 2014 2020 programme periodview
REGULATION (EU) No 1303/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013view
REGULATION (EU) No 1301/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013view
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 821/2014 of 28 July 2014view
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013view
Regulations governing the 2007-2013 programme periodview
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006 of 8 December 2006view
Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006view
Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006view
Circular 12/2008: Financial Management and Control Procedures for the EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013view
Circular 16/2008: EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013 National Eligibility Rulesview
ERDF Managing Authority Audit Guidance May 2014view