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Minister for Southern Italy and Territorial Cohesion

The President of the Council of Ministers, or alternatively, the Minister for Southern Italy and Territorial Cohesion, may act on behalf of the Public Administration in charge of interventions (also through an ad-hoc extraordinary commissioner), in cases of failed implementation of programmes and projects co-financed with European Structural Funds and underutilisation of the related funding (Decree-Law No. 69/2013 – Article 9(2)).

Pursuant to Decree No. 133/2014, the President of the Council of Ministers may, following consultation with the Unified Conference, submit to CIPE (Italy’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning) the definition and reprogramming of uncommitted resources if the relevant Public Administrations failed to implement plans, programmes and interventions co-financed by the European Union or by the national fund.

Furthermore, the President of the Council of Ministers exercises powers of inspection and monitoring to ascertain compliance with the set time schedules and objectives of the plans, programmes and interventions financed.

Useful links

Appointment of Ministers without portfolio. Presidential Decree (DPR) 04/09/2019

Assignments to Ministers without portfolio. President of the Council of Ministers Decree (DPCM) 05/09/2019

Delegation of functions to the Minister without portfolio, Giuseppe Luciano Calogero PROVENZANO – President of the Council of Ministers Decree (DPCM) 26/09/2019

Cohesion Policy Department

The Cohesion Policy Department supports the President of the Council of Ministers for inter-institutional coordination between the European Union and State and regional administrations, on economic and financial programming and territorial allocation of Structural Funds and Italy’s Development and Cohesion Fund. In detail, the Department promotes and coordinates the programmes and interventions financed; collects and processes information and data on their implementation; supervises their assessment and submits proposals to CIPE. The Department is also in charge of monitoring Cohesion Policy implementation, supervising the Territorial Cohesion Agency, and, in order to ensure effective use of resources, performing preliminary inquiries for the exercise of substitute powers (Art. 12 of Decree-Law No. 133/2014), and activating and coordinating Institutional Development Contracts (CISs).

The Cohesion Policy Department was established at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers pursuant to DPCM dated 15 Dec. 2014 and was entrusted with the tasks previously assigned to the Department for Development Policies within the Ministry for Economic Development.

 Useful links

 Cohesion Policy Department. Government website

The Governing Body

The Governing Body (Cabina di Regia) composed of representatives from relevant administrations of Regions and Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano, ensures political, strategic and functional coordination for effective integration of the investments promoted, to speed them up and ensure closer connection with government policies on territorial cohesion.

The Governing Body defines ad-hoc operational plans for each national thematic area, setting out the expected results, and the required actions and interventions to attain them consistently with timely implementation of investments. These plans must include financial estimates, implementation time schedules, and monitoring procedures. The Governing Body itemises the annual breakdown of financial needs till the third year following the end of the 2014-2020 programming period.

The Governing Body was established by the 2015 Stability Law (Law No. 190/2014, paragraph 703).


DIPE, the Department for Economic Policy Programming and Coordination, shall, via ad-hoc decisions, programme and allocate Italy’s Development and Cohesion Fund resources according to national thematic areas. DIPE approves the operational plans defined by the Governing Body and proposed by the Political Authority in charge of Cohesion.

Useful links

DIPE – Department for Economic Policy Programming and Coordination

The Cohesion Action Group

 The Cohesion Action Group deals with management of resources under the Cohesion Action Plan since 2011. The Group is in charge of directing, monitoring and supervising the qualification and acceleration of EU and national Cohesion Policy pursuant to the Cohesion Action Plan.

Useful links

Cohesion Action Plan

Inspectorate-General for Financial Relations with the European Union – IGRUE (sole accounting centre for management of all resources)

The Inspectorate-General for Financial Relations with the European Union (IGRUE) manages the Revolving Fund for implementation of national policies, set up at the Ministry of Economy and Finance – State General Accounting Department (Law No. 183/1987).

IGRUE performs such activity through separate treasury current accounts – one relating to EU Structural Funds, and the other to their national co-financing share, respectively.

Pursuant to the 2015 Stability Law, IGRUE has become the sole accounting centre for management of all Cohesion Policy resources: Structural Funds 2007-2013 (EU funding and national co-financing), Cohesion Action Plan (resources cut off from co-financing 2007-2013), Structural Funds 2014-2020 (EU funding and national co-financing), complementary interventions (resources cut off from co-financing 2014-2020), and Italy’s Development and Cohesion Fund.

Useful links

IGRUE – State General Accounting Department Website

Managing Authority

Managing Authorities (MAs) are public/private national, regional or local bodies designated by the Member State to manage its operational programmes. The State itself may exercise such function. Managing Authorities shall be responsible for managing and implementing operational programmes in accordance with the principle of sound financial management. In particular, MAs shall

    • ensure correct selection of operations to be financed and provide beneficiaries with adequate information on the conditions relating to the products or services to be supplied;
    • ascertain that products and services have been properly provided, that expenditure has been incurred and complies with relevant EU and national rules;
    • ensure a computerised system for recording and storing accounting and financial data, as well as monitoring, checking, auditing and evaluating operations;
    • guarantee that beneficiaries and other bodies involved in the implementation of operations maintain a separate accounting system or an adequate accounting code for all transactions relating to the operation, without prejudice to national accounting rules;
    • warrant that the assessments on operational programmes referred to in Article 48(3) are carried out as per Article 47;
    • lay down procedures to ensure that all documents on expenditure and audits required to guarantee an adequate audit trail are maintained as per Article 90;
    • ensure that the Certifying Authority receives all necessary information on the procedures and checks carried out on expenditures for the purpose of certification;
    • guide the monitoring committee and provide it with necessary documents to monitor the implementation quality of operational programmes consistently with their own specific objectives;
    • draw up and submit to the Commission, after approval by the Monitoring Committee, the annual and final implementation reports;
    • ensure compliance with information and publicity requirements as per Art. 69;
    • provide the Commission with the necessary information to evaluate major projects.

Certifying Authority

The Certifying Authority is responsible for submitting payment requests to the European Commission and preparing the annual budgets of Intermediate Bodies. The Certifying Authority shall

    • process payment requests and forward them to the European Commission
    • prepare annual budgets
    • keep computerised accounting of: expenditure declared to the Commission; related public contribution to beneficiaries; recoverable and withdrawn amounts following the total/partial suppression of contributions.

Audit Authority

The Audit Authority is independent from the Management Authority and the Certifying Authority, and is required to ascertain, via appropriate checks, the correct functioning of operational programmes’ management and control systems and provide guarantees on their reliability. For this reason, the Authority carries out system audits on an adequate sample of operations, based on the expenses declared by the Managing Authority and certified by the Certifying Authority to the Commission.

Intermediate Bodies

 Managing Authorities and/or Certifying Authorities may designate public/private Intermediate Bodies to carry out specific tasks or manage part of an Operational Programme. Intermediate Bodies shall carry out these activities on behalf of the Managing Authority in relation to the beneficiaries that implement operations. Intermediate Bodies shall ensure solvency, relevant competence, and administrative and financial management capacity. The assignment may be made via written agreement between the Intermediate Body and the Member State or the Managing Authority (a “global grant”).