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Who manages the programme?

The hierarchical structure described below was agreed on by the Partner States of the cooperation area in order to ensure an effective and balanced management of the Alpine Space programme.

The relationship between the programme bodies is based on the following principles:

  • slim, efficient and effective structures
  • clear definition of tasks and responsibilities
  • balance between structures on national and transnational level
  • respect of the partnership principle as set out in article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

 

Programme committee (PC)

What is it?

The PC comprises representatives of all Partner States, at both national and regional level, as well as representatives of the European Commission. Relevant Alpine organisations, in particular the Alpine Convention, and other transnationally-relevant non-governmental bodies (NGOs) may have advisory capacity. Decisions are taken by unanimous consensus.

What does it do?

This programme body meets at least once a year and assumes tasks related to the monitoring of the programme implementation and to the selection of projects for co-funding. Furthermore, it reviews and approves the annual implementation processes and final report(s), in addition to adopting the terms of reference and the roadmap of each call for project proposals.

List of programme committee members' institutions

Managing authority (MA)

What is it?

The Partner States have appointed the Land of Salzburg (Austria), represented by the Department for economy, tourism and municipalties, Sub-department regional develoment and EU regional policy, to act as managing authority.

What does it do?

The MA bears the overall responsibility of managing and implementing the Cooperation Programme. Besides acting as an interface between the European Commission, the participating states and regions, and the programme bodies, the MA also oversees the contractual arrangements for programme and project implementation.

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Certifying authority (CA)

What is it?

The Partner States have appointed the Land of Salzburg, represented by the Department for Economy, Tourism and Municipalities, Sub-department Promotion of Business and Research, to act as certifying authority.

What does it do?

The CA draws-up and submits certified statements of expenditure and applications for payment to the European Commission. In addition, this programme body monitors commitments and payments of ERDF funds and maintains accounting records of expenditure declared to the Commission. The CA is also in charge of receiving the payments made by the Commission and distributing them to the projects' lead partners.

Audit authority (AA)

What is it?

The function of the audit authority is performed by the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Department IV/3 Financial Control of the ERDF. The audit authority is assisted by a group of auditors comprising a representative of each Member State participating in the Cooperation Programme.

What does it do?

The AA ensures that audits are carried out to verify the effective functioning of the management and control system of the Cooperation Programme. Furthermore, in order to verify the expenditures declared by the projects, the AA performs random audits on a sample of projects.

Joint secretariat (JS)

What is it?

The JS is the programme's main contact point for the public and, together with the ACPs, for those looking to get involved in the programme. Although its premises are in Munich, Germany, the JS consists of an international team, often representing the various Alpine countries involved in the programme.

What does it do?

This programme body provides expertise and assistance to the MA, the programme committee (PC) and, where appropriate, to the audit authority in carrying out their respective duties. The day-to-day implementation of the programme is also carried out by the JS. This includes tasks such as the development of a communication strategy and public relations, cooperation with Alpine Space contact points, the coordination of project evaluation processes, and capitalisation on project results.

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Alpine Space contact points (ACP)

What is it?

Each Partner State has set up a contact point, which is usually hosted within a regional institution in each country. The ACPs provides a link between the transnational and national/regional level and act as a first port of call for project applicants and partners in their respective countries.

What does it do?

The ACPs raise awareness and disseminate information about the programme on national and regional level in their respective countries (e.g. drafting national newsletters, running a national website, organising public events, etc.).  Furthermore, ACPs support the JS and the MA in the fulfilment of their tasks.

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National coordinators (NC)

What is it?

Each Partner State of the programme is represented by one national coordinator who is a member of the national delegation of the PC.

What does it do?

The function of the national coordinators is to safeguard continuous coordination of Partner States and to prepare decisions for the PC. NCs are also there to ensure that the different stakeholders in their territory are appropriately informed and involved in the programme implementation.

Transnational task forces (TF)

What is it?

Transnational task forces may be established on an ad hoc basis, depending on whether the need to deal with a specific topic arises. Members of TF may vary according to which topic needs to be tackled.

What does it do?

A task force usually deals with specific thematic and strategic fields, including issues of environmentally sustainable development, in particular when preparing calls for project proposals.