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Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA)

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance is a European Commission program aimed at candidate countries and potential candidates for the European Union membership. Information for all funds can be view in the attached document. The scheme funds.

The main objective of the IPA pre-accession program is to help to candidate countries and potential candidate countries in their coordination and implementation of the legal acquests and to prepare for the implementation of Structural Funds. IPA program replaces the previous programs (CARDS, ISPA, SAPARD, PHARE) that Croatia has participated in since 2007. Throughout the seven-year duration of the program (2007-2013) the estimated funding is 11,468 billion euros. Croatia will participate in this program in order to become a member in the European Union. For the coordination of the IPA in the Republic of Croatia, the Central Office for Development Strategy and Coordination of EU Funds (CODEF -http://www.strategija.hr) are assigned, and for the overall financial management, the Ministry of Finance for the Republic of Croatia is assigned.

The five major components of the program are:

1. Assistance in the Transition and construction of Institutions

2.Cross-border cooperation

3. Regional Development

4. Human Resources Development

5. RURAL DEVELOPMENT – IPARD

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