Procedures of two different financing instruments (Interreg and Tacis) were reconciled in implementation of the Neighbourhood programmes. Therefore the Neighbourhood programmes were implemented on one hand through funds with differentiated structures and on the other hand from the viewpoint of the whole programme’s administration through joint structures.
Administrative structures of Euregio Karelia neighbourhood programme
The ERDF-funding allocated to the programme with its national counterpart funding was destined to be used primarily to costs generated in measures focusing on the EU area. The Council of Oulu Region was the Managing and Paying Authority responsible for ERDF funding. The Managing Authority was responsible for implementation of the programme in accordance with the structural fund regulations and the Paying Authority made payments to the projects to be funded through the programme.
Tacis funding allocated to the Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood programme was destined to measures directed to the programme area external to the EU. The EC delegation to Russia was the authority in charge of the programme’s Tacis funding (the contracting authority). The EC delegation was also responsible for writing of project-specific decisions in accordance with the recommendations given by the programme’s Selection Committee.
The Neighbourhood programme had a joint Monitoring Committee, which monitored the efficiency and quality of the programme’s execution. The Finnish Ministry of the Interior appointed the chairman of the Monitoring Committee and was responsible for the activities of the Monitoring Committee.
The programme’s Selection Committee was responsible for selection of the projects to be funded through the programme. The Selection Committee had six Finnish and four Russian members as well as permanent expert members. The actual members represented regional and local level organisations from the Karelian Republic and the Finnish regions included in the programme area.
The Technical Secretariat treated the applications and prepared for decision-making of the Selection Committee. The Technical Secretariat was responsible for the programme’s implementation in practice as well as for guidance and distribution of information. The Technical Secretariat was placed in the Council of Oulu Region attending to the duties of the Managing and Paying Authority and had offices also in Kajaani, Joensuu and Petrozavodsk.