The Head of the Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development (MCRD) is responsible for the implementation of Slovenia’s EU Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027 under the Investment for growth and jobs goal. The programme covers the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), the Cohesion Fund, and the Just Transition Fund (JTF).
The following authorities involved in the management and control system are designated and part of the implementation system in accordance with the provisions of the national Decree on the implementation of regulations (EU and EURATOM) on Cohesion Policy implementation in the period 2021-2027 under the Investment for growth and jobs goal (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No 21/2023 of 17 February 2023): the managing authority (Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development); the accounting function (Ministry of Finance, EU/CA Funds Management Division); and the audit authority (Ministry of Finance, Budget Supervision Office).
The managing authority is responsible for managing and implementing Slovenia’s EU Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027. It is also responsible for the Cohesion Policy implementation system. To ensure the effective and uniform implementation and achievement of the objectives of Slovenia’s EU Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027, the managing authority issues guidelines on implementation that are based on the national decree and the directly applicable European regulations. The managing authority also manages the relevant Cohesion Policy implementation information system and is responsible for carrying out communication measures.
In practical terms, the role of the managing authority is to make decisions regarding granting support to the different ways of operation selection (call for proposals, public invitation, directly approved operation) that are prepared by the intermediate bodies. The managing authority is also responsible for verifying whether the funds are properly used once the funding decisions are issued.
The tasks of the accounting function include drawing up and submitting payment applications to the European Commission as well as drawing up and submitting the accounts confirming completeness, accuracy, and veracity of the accounts. The accounting function also consists of keeping electronic records of all the elements of the accounts, including payment applications.
The audit authority is responsible for carrying out system audits, audits on operations and audits of accounts in order to provide independent assurance to the Commission regarding the effective functioning of the management and control systems and the legality and regularity of the expenditure included in the accounts submitted to the Commission.
Certain functions of the managing authority are delegated to the intermediate bodies in accordance with the national legislation. The key function of the intermediate bodies is to prepare and implement the different types of operation selection (call for proposals, public invitation, directly approved operation), including to act as contract managers, and to verify whether EU funding is used in a regular, legal, and effective way.
The following ministries have been designated as intermediate bodies in the 2021-2027 period in accordance with the national decree:
- Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities,
- Ministry of Digital Transformation,
- Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport,
- Ministry of Public Administration,
- Ministry of Culture,
- Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development,
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning,
- Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy,
- Ministry of Justice,
- Ministry of Solidarity-Based Future,
- Ministry of Education,
- Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation,
- Ministry of Health,
- Ministry of Infrastructure, and
- Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia.
Implementing bodies are indirect and direct budget users that implement the policies of the ministries (intermediate bodies) or implement for them the different types of operation selection (call for proposals, public invitation, directly approved operation). Certain tasks of the intermediate bodies are delegated to the implementing bodies in accordance with their competences set out in the national legislation. The key function of the implementing bodies is to implement the different types of operation selection, including to act as contract managers. However, the function of verification of the regularity, legality, and effectiveness of the use of EU funding may be performed by the implementing bodies or by the competent ministries.
Beneficiaries are eligible to use cohesion policy funds. They are responsible for a regular, legal and effective use of Cohesion Policy funding.
Description of the management and control system for the implementation of Slovenia’s EU Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027, 31 October 2023 (in Slovene)
DMCS 2021-2027, version 2.0 (word); DMCS 2021-2027, version 2.0 (pdf)
Annex 1 – Form for proposed modifications of DMCS
Description of the management and control system for the implementation of the Cohesion Policy Programme for the Period 2021-2027, 30 June 2023 (in Slovene)
DMCS 2021-2027, version 1.0 (word), DMCS 2021-2027, version 1.0 (pdf)
Annex 1 – Form for Proposed modifications of DMCS