The State Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance is the structural unit that is responsible for the monitoring committee, and the meetings of the monitoring committee take place at least once a year.
The tasks of the monitoring committee as laid down by legislation:
Article 49 of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council:
- The monitoring committee reviews the implementation of the programme and the progress made towards achieving its objectives by considering:
- the financial data;
- common and programme-specific indicators;
- changes in the values of result indicators;
- progress towards quantified target values;
- milestones defined in the performance framework;
- results of qualitative analyses.
– Examines the circumstances that influence the performance of the programme.
– Submits an opinion on the proposal for amending the programme, if relevant.
– May submit comments on the performance and evaluation of the programme.
According to Article 110 of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013, the monitoring committee inspects the following:
– any circumstances that influence the performance of the operational programme;
– progress made in the performance of the evaluation plan and the follow-up measures of the evaluation results;
– the implementation of the communication strategy;
– the implementation of major projects;
– actions to promote equality between men and women, equal opportunities, and non-discrimination, including accessibility for persons with disabilities;
– actions to promote sustainable development;
– progress on actions to fulfil the applicable ex ante conditionalities;
– financial instruments.
According to Article 110 of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013, the monitoring committee inspects and approves the following:
– the methodology and criteria used for selection of operations (approved at the monitoring committee meeting of 30 April 2014);
– the annual implementation reports (2016–2023, deadline 31 May, except for 2017 and 2019 – deadline 30 June) and the final implementation report (2024);
– the evaluation plan for the operational programme (deadline is 1 year after the approval of the operational programme) and all amendments;
– the communication strategy for the operational programme (approved at the monitoring committee meeting of 30 April 2014) and all amendments;
– any proposals made by the managing authority for all amendments to the operational programme.
According to Article 70 of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013, the monitoring committee approves the following:
– relevant activities or activity types outside the programme area (i.e. Estonia), but within the Union, which promote the programme area and with their total amount not exceeding 15% of the support from the ERDF, the Cohesion Fund or the EMFF at the level of the priority, or 5% of the support from the EAFRD at the level of the programme.