Operational aspects

Monitoring Committee
Steering Committee
Joint Secretariat
Joint Financial Body
National Advisory Groups

In accordance with INTERREG programme procedures, the organisational structure of the IRMA programme is as follows:

Monitoring Committee

Pursuant to EU Framework Regulation Art. 6 and Co-ordination Regulation Arts. 25 and 26, a Monitoring Committee embodying the partnership approach is created for each operational programme. Among its tasks is to ensure the satisfactory progress of assistance undertaken under the JOP in order to achieve the programme objectives. In particular, it is responsible for:

  • compliance with regulatory provisions, including those relating to the eligibility of measures and projects;
  • conformity of the measures with the themes selected and the objectives foreseen;
  • compliance with other Community policies;
  • co-ordination between assistance from the Funds and assistance granted by the other Community grant and loan instruments. (top of page)

Steering Committee

As the main body of the organisational structure in charge of the implementation of the operational programme, the Steering Committee is responsible for both the management and financing of transnational co-operation actions. Its primary function is to approve project applications within the framework of the JOP. The Steering Committee:

  • approves individual project applications, normally on the basis of recommendations from advisory groups;
  • oversees regular monitoring, progress reports, annual reports and interim appraisals;
  • co-ordinates with programmes related to zones covered by Objectives 1, 2 and 5b and other Community Initiatives (CIs);
  • oversees programme publicity and research budgets;
  • appoints and supervises a joint financial body. (top of page)

Joint Secretariat

The Joint Secretariat is in charge of the day to day implementation of the programme and acts as secretariat for the various committees and (joint) advisory groups. This unit consists of a ‘back office’ for secretarial and administrative activities and a ‘front office’ for project development and assistance, implementation and promotion. It is headed by a Programme manager. It should be noted that the Joint Secretariat is not involved in the implementation of projects, which is the task of the applicants in the various Member States, but only in the implementation of the entire programme. (top of page)

Joint Financial Body

A Joint Financial Body is appointed within the framework of the programme: the Investitionsbank in Düsseldorf. This means that all EU contributions are managed and handled through one financial institution, while taking into account the breakdown of this contribution among the Member States. This Joint Financial Body can also act with regard to co-financing, depending on the nature of the project. As the tasks of the Joint Financial Body are closely related to that of the Joint Secretariat, particularly with regard to monitoring and reporting progress, the Joint Financial Body and the Joint Secretariat cooperate closely. (top of page)

National advisory groups

Five advisory groups are established, one for every Member State which is granted EU funding under IRMA. These advisory groups are established to secure the involvement of regional and local authorities. The advisory groups carry out preparatory work and have no power of decision regarding the projects. The national advisory groups all have a national secretariat.

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