The official closing event of the Twinning Light Project “Strengthening the Capacities of the National Authorities for Sound and Efficient Management of EU Funds, as well as in view of the new EU Regulation for the 2014-2020 Financial Perspective” was held on Friday, 28 April 2017 at 10:00h in the premises of the EU Info Centre located on Boulevard “Sv. Kiril iMetodij” 52b, 1000 Skopje.
At the event, addresses were delivered by Mr. Nikola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation within the Delegation of the European Union; Ms. Aušra Baliukonienė, Member State Project Leader; Mr. Fatmir Ademi, Beneficiary Country Project Leader, Head of the Department for Management EU-IPA Funds in the Ministry of Finance.; Ms. Radica Koceva, Head of Central Financing and Contracting Department.
Ms. Aušra Baliukonienė, the Member State Project Leader presented the successfully archived results. The overall objective of this Project was to increase know-how, effectiveness and impact of the national administration involved in the decentralized/indirect management of EU funds, as well as to increase efficiency during the implementation process, including the swift response to emerging priorities.
The Project purpose was fully achieved by completing a set of 5 main types of activities (revision/preparation of legal documents, procedural documents/methodological guidance, trainings and workshops, cooperation and communication) by every single Lithuanian expert through 29 dedicated missions during a period of 243 working days.
Ms. Baliukonienė stressed out that the Member State staff assisted the Beneficiary Country administration in sharing their experience, providing their insights and relevant recommendations on legal, financial, strategic and technical issues, which will surely contribute to further enhancement of the efficient functioning of the Beneficiary Country (BC) as regards the EU Funds management.
Mr. Fatmir Ademi, Head of Department for Management EU-IPA Funds in the Ministry of Finance in charge of BC Project Leader expressed his appreciation to the Central Project Management Agency, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania for the great cooperation in the past 8 (eight) months, which resulted in achievement of tangible results. It is more than expected that this experience will enable the partner institutions in the Beneficiary Country to strengthen their capacities that would make their daily work with EU funds much more efficient.
Ms. Radica Koceva, Head of Central Financing and Contracting Department pointed out that, by being one of the final beneficiaries, she expects to see immediate impact from the successfully produced project results implemented in the spirit of mutual cooperation between the Beneficiary Country staff and the experts from the Member State. Ms. Koceva ended her address by thanking all involved parties, whose tireless efforts resulted in the successful completion of the project.
Project worth € 250,000 was implemented over a period of 8 months. It was financed under the IPA Component I, National Programme 2012, being implemented by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, the Central Project Management Agency and the National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.