The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), as a support of the European Union, continued to function in the period 2014-2020, through the new Instrument IPA II.
Components that were applicable for IPA I, in IPA II are replaced with “areas of action” and a sectoral approach for managing aid. The new instrument IPA II is results-oriented. A feature of the new instrument for pre-accession assistance is the long-term impact of assistance, improving the situation in beneficiary countries and assisting in the accession process.
Central Financing and Contracting Department (CFCD) in the Ministry of Finance remains to be the only contracting authority under indirect management of IPA assistance granted for the period 2014-2020 (IPA II) in terms of responsibilities for implementation of tendering procedures, signing contracts and executing payments. CFCD acts as Contracting Authority in indirect implementation of the following programmes:
- IPA II Country Action Programme for 2014 for Justice and Home Affairs sectors;
– IPA II Multi-Annual Action Programme (2014-2020) for Environment and Climate Change and Transport sectors;
– IPA II Country Action Programme for 2017 for Education, Employment and Social Policy sectors.
IPA II – Country Action Programme for the year 2014 for the support to the Justice and Home Affairs Sectors
The Country Action Programme for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for 2014 aims at providing assistance for actions in the following sectors: democracy and governance, rule of law and fundamental rights, competitiveness and innovation.
The sector rule of law and fundamental rights will be addressed through three actions: “Support for Justice Sector”, “Home Affairs: Implementation of business continuity and disaster recovery system” and “Home Affairs: Further development of the capacities for crime scene investigation”. Financial assistance will contribute to improving the independence, efficiency, accountability, prof essionalism and competence of the judiciary and prosecution with a view to ensuring a more accessible justice system, more efficient and fair criminal investigation, prosecution and trial and more efficient and effective criminal system. Assistance will further focus on the fight against organised crime, through improved capacities for forensic expertise.