Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is an instrument covering the period 2007-2013 which has replaced the CARDS, Phare, ISPA and SAPARD programmes. The main goals of the IPA programme are to provide assistance to candidate countries and potential candidate countries in harmonization and implementation of the EU acquis communautaire and preparation for use of the structural funds.
The Republic of Croatia has been a beneficiary of the IPA programme since 2007 until its accession to the EU. Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds is responsible for overall coordination of the IPA programme in the Republic of Croatia, while the Ministry of Finance is responsible for overall financial management.
The IPA programme is made up of the following five components:
IPA I – Transition Assistance and Institution Building
IPA II - Cross-Border Cooperation
IPA III – Regional Development
IPA IV – Human Resources Development
IPA V – Rural Development

Role of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs in the process of programming

Funds allocated to the Republic of Croatia for financing IPA Component I - Transition Assistance and Institution Building for each budgetary year have been defined in Multi-annual Indicative Financial Framework. The amount defined for each budgetary year has been envisaged for financing projects with the purpose of assisting state administrative bodies in achieving readiness for effective application of national laws adjusted to the EU acquis communautaire, as well as for preparation of state administrative bodies and civil society beneficiaries in management of the Structural Funds after the EU accession.

Programming is the project cycle phase within which opportunities, problems and obstacles in certain sector have been identified based on the situation analysis on the national level. Actions/projects already in implementation and sectors not covered by the assistance are being defined. Furthermore, lists of stakeholders and potential beneficiaries is also set up. Sectoral analysis are being made, with the identification of priority areas to be financed by the programme. The Council for the Development of Civil Society has been included in this process.

Programming process defines:

  • goals and main directions of expenditure in a certain sector
  • national institutions responsible for coordination and management of relevant funds
  • indicative amounts and fund allocation across the sectors and measures