EU assistance under this component is actually assistance for institutional capacity building and support to meeting the criteria associated with adoption of the EU Acquis.
Being one of the most important components of IPA, TAIB component is open to public authorities at central, regional and local level and also gives support to organizations which have an important role in helping the Republic of Macedonia to prepare for accession and implementation of the Acquis.
Since the IPA Component I became available as of 2010 under decentralized implementation system, more than 20 public institutions (Ministries, Regulatory Bodies and other Public Institutions) have been implementing projects in relevant fields. This situation represents clear attention of our institutions to the Republic of Macedonia-EU Financial cooperation system and generally to the EU accession process. The focus of the IPA assistance under this component is Acquis alignment, public administration reform, justice and home affairs reforms, strengthening the market economy, supporting economic development, protection of cultural heritage, improving quality of statistics, promotion of minority integration, civil society development, environmental policy, education and health system reform, financial control topics etc.
The up-to-date list of the Contracted Projects under IPA Component I can be found on the following link:
EU Assistance under this component is granted in the area of improvement of transport (road and railway) infrastructure, in particular interconnection and interoperability between national networks, and between national and trans-European networks. In addition, assistance is granted for improvement of environment protection.
Since the IPA Component III became available as of 2009 under decentralized implementation system, more than 15 projects have been implemented in relevant fields. The implementation of these projects will contribute to the modernization of transport infrastructure in the country as well as increasing the environment protection. Another important aspect of most of the operations that are financed under this Component is that they involve activities that contribute to the maturation and development of future infrastructure activities in these two areas. This further contributes to building a portfolio of priority projects that will be financed during the pre-accession period through the IPA and through structural instruments after joining the EU.
The up-to-date list of the Contracted Projects under IPA Component III can be found on the following link:
EU Assistance under this component is granted in the area of increasing the workers and enterprises’ adaptability, fostering the access to employment, combating against all form of discrimination in the labor market, expanding and improving investments in human capital, etc. The assistance is focused on three priority areas: employment, education and training, and social inclusion.
Since the IPA Component IV became available as of 2009 under decentralized implementation system, more than 20 projects have been implemented in relevant fields. These projects will contribute to attract and retaining as many persons in employment relation, to modernize the social welfare system, to increase investments in the human capital in order to accomplish higher growth, creation of improved job positions and to increase national competitiveness on international level.
The up-to-date list of the Contracted Projects under IPA Component IV can be found on the following link:
IPA II (2014-2020)
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:
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.
In the area of transport, environment and climate action, continuation of the assistance within the IPA II instrument is provided with the Multi-annual Action Programme (2014-2020) for Environment and Climate Change and Transport sectors. This Programme will contribute to improving environment protection through sound management of natural resources and reduction of pollution, contributing to a cleaner environment and an improved quality of life, as well as further support to the development of the country’s transport network into a more modern, safer and more environment friendly transport system.
Assistance will further support the alignment of national legislation, and provide support to approximation of other environment protection and climate action, as well as in the transport sector, related requirements with the EU acquis and relevant standards.
This Programme covers two sectors identified in the indicative strategy paper for the country, 2014-2020, namely environment and climate action, and transport as well. Assistance to both sectors will be provided within the framework of multi-annual operational programmes with split commitments.
In relation to the Education, Employment and Social Policy Sector, the sector coherence is reflected in the key challenges and policy intervention of a strategic framework that will focus on limited number of priorities in the area of labour market, employment policies, human resources and skills development, as well as social inclusion and social protection policies.
In this regard, in order to continue with the IPA assistance for the sector in the country as in the previous IPA (2007-2013) instrument, the Action Programme 2017 was prepared for the sector “Education, Employment and Social Policy” under IPA II (2014-2020) instrument, in consultation with civil society organizations, development partners and other stakeholders.
The Country Action Programme for 2017, which includes Action 4: EU Support for Education, Employment and Social Policy, envisages implementation of Result 2 (Equitable access to quality inclusive education at all levels) and Result 3 (Improved employability and access to labour market and decent work) under indirect management mode.
The Action Programme will support the financing of the reforms of the ESPR program, the Government Programme and the sub-sector strategies through interventions in four priority areas:
- Strengthen governance, policies and statistics in the sector;
- Equal access to quality inclusive education at all levels;
- Improving employability and access to the labour market and decent work;
- Improving the quality and availability of social services.