Preparation for the receipt of the Structural Funds – Preparation for the receipt of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund is one of the priority areas of our accession to the European Union. Having closed negotiations on Chapter 21 – regional policy, Cohesion Fund and coordination of structural instruments – in July 2002, preparation for the use of future funding became a theme discussed on a day-to-day basis.

The elaboration of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Operational Programmes (OPs) connecting to this has recently become an on-going task for professionals working in this area. The European Commission has already accepted the NDP and the OPs. Acceptance of OP complement documents, which documents set out the detailed description of measures, is anticipated in autumn. In practical terms, measures are the application components of the priorities of OPs, which define what can be applied for, who is eligible to apply and how the procedure is performed, as well as which organisation is responsible for the measure. This is why building the implementation institutional system is the other key task concurrently to developing the NDP.

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