New “Practical Guidelines for Project Implementation” have been approved by Latvia-Russia CBC Programme Joint Monitoring Committee on August, 16. For your convenience, all changes in the document are marked with yellow and updated Practical Guidelines are now available at our website: http://bit.ly/Practical-Guidelines
Briefly about main changes in the guidelines:
– Information about anti-fraud policy of the Programme and treatment of irregularities has been added including responsibilities and anti-fraud measures as well as steps that need to be taken to report fraud.
– Provisions of approval of minor changes have been updated with cases when prior to Managing Authority also Joint Monitoring Committee approval of changes will have to be obtained. In addition to that, further to directions received from the European Commission, specific provisions for approval of major changes for direct award projects have been included in the Practical Guidelines.
– Minor updates about project monitoring that include reporting of expenditure related to infrastructure, reporting of revenue/profit in the project performing on-spot as well as beneficiaries’ obligation to provide access to project documentation and project implementation sites for on-spot checks and project visits, ex-post and result oriented monitoring visits by the Managing Authority and the Joint Technical Secretariat.
– Minor update of information provided about irregularities and recovery stating a more accurate definition of terms “deduction” and “recovery” as well as updated reference to European Commission Guidelines for determining financial corrections to be made to expenditure financed by the Union for non-compliance with the applicable rules on public procurement.
Dear Beneficiaries, please read the document carefully, ask us questions and please do not hesitate to contact your project manager.