Managing Authority

The Managing Authority has overall responsibility for the management and implementation of the Operational Programme (the document approved by the European Commission establishing the Programme’s strategy and priorities).  The Southern Regional Assembly is the Programme’s designated Managing Authority.

The Managing Authority has a number of responsibilities established by EU Regulation, including:

  • Ensuring that projects are selected according to the criteria approved by the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC)
  • Establishing and monitoring procedures to confirm 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 PMC 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 PMC
  • Ensuring that information and publicity requirements established by European Regulations are met