Role of the Body Responsible for Operational Programme (BROP)

The Ministry of Economy is the body responsible for the RCOP.  This role bears a set of specific responsibilities ranging from overall strategic approach, and programming to implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluating.
BROP is drawing up the central document – the RCOP

Through the central RCOP document the BROP determines clear priorities, key intervention areas as well as concrete activities.
The BROP has to draw up and further amend and revise the central RCOP document which covers in brief four basic sections:
  • Summary of the programming process, which includes:

    - eligible financing areas
    - situation of sector(s)
    - SWOT analysis
  • Cooperation strategy, which defines
    - priorities and measures
  • Financial plan
  • Implementation provisions.

BROP does institution building - a key element of the IPA approach

The Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme has also to assure effective and sustainable Institution building: to develop the capacity in Croatian institutions to programme and implement competently activities supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) upon accession.
The BROP is assuring this through implementing the Priority Axis 3 Technical Assistance which is used to provide professional technical support in the management of the programme to all involved bodies in the OP management structure, helping potential beneficiaries, providing training courses and workshops, and building visibility.

Summary of functions to be executed by the BROP (as laid down in RCOP)
  • Coordination of the Operational Programme preparation and its adjustments;
  • Coordination of programme monitoring in accordance with the provisions of Article 59 of the IPA Implementing Regulation;
  • Coordination of the preparation of sectoral annual and final reports in accordance with the provisions of Article 169 of the IPA Implementing Regulation;
  • Setting up procedures for retention of all documents to ensure a sufficiently detailed audit trail (Article 20 of IPA Implementing Regulation);
  • Organisation of interim evaluation during the period of programme implementation, in cooperation with CODEF;
  • Setting up, maintaining and updating the reporting and information system;
  • Ensuring that all bodies involved in the implementation of operations maintain a separate accounting system or a separate accounting codification;
  • Ensuring that the National Fund and the National Authorising Officer receive all necessary information on the procedures and verifications carried out in relation to expenditure;
  • Ensuring internal audit;
  • Ensuring irregularity reporting;
  • Ensuring risk management reporting;
  • Ensuring compliance with the information and publicity requirements.