TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT
OVERALL OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT
The six pillars of the project purpose are reflected in six results areas.
TARGETED RESULTS OF THE PROJECT
Result Area 2: It will address the development of standards and procedures for IPA institutions in relation to project stock preparation and prioritization in line with the new EU financial assistance instrument. A new methodology for the development of projects will be elaborated based on Key Performance Indicators referring to the new thematic priorities established for the 2021-2027 period. The activities of this component will partly depend on the progress made in Result Area 1, under which strategic priorities will be established.
Result Area 3: IPA institutions will be supported for tendering phases (preparation of technical and tender documents, etc.) as deemed necessary. The activities of this component will support the assessment of project proposals, their maturity, readiness and potential impacts. There can be two types of projects: i) pre-selected concepts that will require further maturation and ii) projects ready for tender/implementation. Some procurement documents will be developed from scratch while others will be reviewed and improved in quality and consistency. Consultancy packages, practical assistance, coaching and mentoring will be available for support.
Result Area 4: It will address developing a sound performance monitoring framework that will capture not only project progress but also progress on reforms related to accession negotiations and macroeconomic indicators and criteria established by the Commission in the proposed Regulation.
Horizontal and cross-cutting indicators will be addressed in particular. Activities will also include but are not limited to, the organization of discussion forums, seminars, and conferences, if needed.
Result Area 5: n line with its increased responsibility and oversight/coordination role for the implementation of the EU (Union) Programmes, it will focus on strengthening the capacity of the Directorate for EU Affairs, improving cooperation between stakeholders, enhancing coordination between responsible institutions to create synergies and more, and effective promotion of the Programmes. It, thereby, aims to increase the effective, efficient, and consistent use of Union Programmes toward EU membership.
Result Area 6: It will support the programming process of the three Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) programmes, involving local, regional, and national actors as required in the appropriate areas of the programmes. The needs of the Programme areas, in particular, and those identified within the CPA Regulation will be supported under this component. Support under this component will include strategic environmental assessment, promotional events, training, and other related activities required by PPP programmes.
PROJECT COMPONENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Component 0 – Horizontal activities
Activity 0.1 Training Needs Analysis
Activity 0.2 Website
Activity 0.3 Social media
Activity 0.4 Visibility materials
Activity 0.5 Communication Plan
Component 1 – Strategic Planning and Programming
Activity 1.1 Supporting the preparation of the Strategic Response Document and implementation of the IPA III Programming Framework
Activity 1.2 Review of Memorandum of Understanding, guidelines, and related guidance
Activity 1.3 Workshops introducing IPA III Windows
Component 2 – Project Stock Development and Prioritization
Activity 2.1 Methodology for project pipeline development and prioritization
Activity 2.2 Supporting the implementation of the project pipeline development and prioritization methodology
Component 3 – Support during the Tendering Phase
Activity 3.1 Consultancy and capacity-building activities for implementation
Activity 3.2 Preparation of technical and tender documents
Component 4 – Improvement of Monitoring and Evaluation Stages
Activity 4.1 Performance framework for monitoring and evaluation of IPA III
Activity 4.2 Methodology/guidelines to promote a monitoring and evaluation approach
Activity 4.3 Systematic structure to improve future planning and programming
Component 5 – Supporting NIPAC for the Coordination of Union Programs
Activity 5.1 Strengthening the capacity of the Directorate for EU Affairs for active coordination of Union Programs
Activity 5.2 Advisory and capacity-building activities for the coordination and management of Union Programs
Component 6 – Support in the preparation of cross-border cooperation programs
Activity 6.1 Increasing the capacity of institutions involved in Cross-Border Cooperation Programs
Activity 6.2 Strategic Environmental Assessment of Cross-Border Cooperation Programs