Working group meeting on IPA Multi-country Programmes
IPA Multi-Country programmes 2014-2020 are designed to support such initiatives and strengthen multi-lateral experiences in beneficiaries; they aim to build a network of close cooperation and/or contractual relationships between beneficiaries in order to deepen cooperation between the beneficiaries and between them and the EU
In line with its overall mission, ReSPA aims to support the EU integration process of the Western Balkan region. Increasing institutional capacities for the successful IPA programming and utilization of IPA funds has been recognized as one of the key subtopics and priorities in this area for which further capacity building activities are required on the regional level. Hence, ReSPA plans to organize from 7th-8th of May 2015 a working group meeting in Danilovgrad, Montenegro devoted to the topic of IPA Multi-country Programmes and IPA Multi-country programming. IPA Multi-country Programmes are excellent and very valuable EU financing resources of Regional co-operation in Western Balkans Countries.
The Working group meeting has three main objectives:
To share and discuss lessons learned and best practices on IPA Multi-beneficiary programme for the period 2007-2013
To review and discuss main issues related to the IPA Multi-beneficiary programme 2014-2020 – overview of financing period 2014-2020, overview Multi Country Indicative Strategy Paper 2014-2020, IPA II new requirements and modalities in the Western Balkans, as well as potential major challenges arising from new programmes and type of implementation
- To create set of horizontal recommendations for effective and efficient usage of IPA Multi-beneficiary programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 in Western Balkan countries
Accession to the EU requires an ability by the countries of Western Balkans to cooperate with other countries and their neighbours pragmatically on fields of common interest through various EU Regional financial programmes and projects such as Regional EU CARDS programme, IPA Multibeneficiary programme 2007-2013 or IPA Multi-Country programmes 2014-2020. Cooperation in the Western Balkans is needed as a factor of stability and reconciliation, good-neighbourliness and good political relations and in helping to overcome differences through the promotion of mutual understanding and political dialogue in the region.
Regional EU CARDS programmes (2000-2006), IPA Multi-beneficiary programmes (2007-2013) and IPA Multi-Country programmes 2014-2020 are designed to support such initiatives and strengthen multi-lateral experiences in beneficiaries; they aim to build a network of close cooperation and/or contractual relationships between beneficiaries in order to deepen cooperation between the beneficiaries and between them and the EU. Direct, joint involvement and co-operation between countries in Regional EU CARDS programmes and IPA Multi-beneficiary programmes is helping them to deal with common problems effectively – Justice and Home Affairs and refugee Return fight jointly organised crime, illegal migration and other forms of trafficking. Through EU joint projects they are building various sector networks and close contractual relationships. Helping progressive alignment of national policies to the acquis communautaire. Integrating countries in European infrastructure networks, namely for transport, border management and energy, and into the wider European networks, such as for environmental protection and sustainable development.
ReSPA plans to organize from 7th-8th of May 2015 a working group meeting in Danilovgrad, Montenegro devoted to the topic of IPA Multi-country Programmes. Working group will be focused on main target audiences:
1. Representatives from all Beneficiary countries of IPA Multi-Beneficiary programme in joint projects (all ReSPA member countries): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo* and Turkey
2. Senior/Mid-management of the Beneficiaries Countries in charge of IPA funds or responsible for IPA MB Programmes, projects and sectors (State Secretaries, Assistant Minsters, Head of Sectors, Head of Departments, Head of Units)
3. Senior/Mid-management of the NIPAC office in charge of coordination of IPA funds (State Secretaries, Assistant Ministers, Head of Sectors, Head of Departments, Head of Units)
Tomislav Belovari, M.A. received his master in European Studies at the Bonn Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Germany. He has more than 14 years’ experience in European Union topics with special focus on EU pre-accession and post accession funds. Since 2001 he has been responsible for supporting Croatian state administration in the programming and the preparation of project proposals for EU pre-accession and post accession funds. He was also involved in systematic monitoring and evaluation of EU funded programmes and projects in Croatia. Mr. Belovari has respectable experience and skill as a trainer, lecturer, and moderator on EU fund topics and EU integration process. He is currently sector head of EU programmes at the Ministry of Regional development and EU Funds, Zagreb, Croatia. For more information he can be contacted via e-mail email@example.com