The Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA), established in 2007, is one of the bodies within the management system of the European Union funded programmes and projects in the Republic of Croatia.   

Within the Structural Instruments implementation system, the CFCA has been given a role of one of the intermediate bodies level 2 (IB2). The CFCA performed the assigned role in the Financial Perspective 2007 – 2013 for the entire Operational Programme “Regional Competitiveness” and partially for the Operational Programme “Transport” and Operational Programme “Environment”. 

Within the ESI funds implementation system, in the Financial Perspective 2014 – 2020, the CFCA acts as one of the intermediate bodies in the Operational Programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion” (OPCC).

The managing authority for the OPCC is the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds (MRDEUF).

The total allocation for the OPCC exceeds 51 billion HRK from which the allocation for the priority axes where the CFCA performs the role of IB2 exceeds 26 billion HRK. The value of contracts currently under implementation amounts to over 20 billion HRK.

A detailed review of the functions delegated to the CFCA as IB2 is available in the Regulation on Amendments to the Regulation on the Management and Control System of the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, concerning the “Investment for Growth and Jobs” goal, but in the broadest sense, intermediate bodies level 2 are responsible for the verification of the execution of contractual obligations and the control of the eligibility of expenditures.

In the OPCC, the CFCA performs the role of IB2 in the following priority axes and priority investments:

Priority axis 1. Strengthening the Economy Through Research and Innovation»

Priority axis 2. Use of Information and Communication Technologies»

Priority axis 3. Business Competitiveness»

Priority axis 4. Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources»

Priority axis 6. Environmental Protection and Sustainability of Resources»

Priority axis 7. Connectivity and Mobility»

Priority Axis 8. Social Inclusion and Health»

Priority axis 9. Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning»

Priority axis 10. Technical Assistance»

In the previous Financial Perspective (2007 – 2013), the CFCA as IB2, monitored the implementation of more than 300 individual contracts valued more than 2,18 billion HRK whose beneficiaries were from different fields of work: SMEs, faculties and universities, local self-government units, as well as ministries and public agencies.

As the Implementing Agency for the IPA component I programme and the Transition Facility, the CFCA is responsible for the overall management of funds, procurement and tendering procedures, contracting, payments, accounting and reporting within the decentralized implementation system of the EU funded programmes in Croatia.

Directly related to its role of Implementing Body, the CFCA performs the role of the Twinning Administrative Office within the framework of the IPA component I and the Transition Facility for all Twinning and Twinning light projects implemented in the Republic of Croatia.

The CFCA, along with the abovementioned role of Implementing Body and Intermediate Body Level 2, implements training programmes for beneficiary institutions of the IPA component I programme and the Transition Facility and grant beneficiaries.

In total, from 2007 until the end of 2018, more than 1900 contracts were signed under the competence of the CFCA valued over 28 billion HRK.


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Managing structure of the Agency

The bodies of the Agency consist of the Management Board and the Director of the Agency. The Management Board manages the operations of the Agency and it consists of the President of the Board and two Board members. The establishing authority of the Agency is the Republic of Croatia.

The establishing rights and duties, on behalf of the establishing authority, are performed by the ministry in charge of regional development and EU funds.

History of the CFCA

The CFCA was established by the Regulation on the Establishment of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (OG No. 90/2007; OG No. 114/2007; OG No. 29/2012; OG No. 56/2013; OG No. 24/2016) for the purpose of implementation of the European Union programmes in the Republic of Croatia.

The responsibilities of the CFCA are determined by the Regulation, which regulates the assumption of all rights and obligations from the Department for Financing EU Assistance Programmes and Projects – Central Finance and Contracting Unit within the Ministry of Finance. As the contracting authority in charge of pre-accession assistance programmes, the CFCA was responsible for contracting projects within the first generation programmes (CARDS, PHARE and ISPA).

In the management and control system of structural instruments for the financial period 2007 – 2013, the CFCA performed the role of Intermediate Body Level 2 within the framework of Operational Programmes: “Regional Competitiveness“, “Transport“ and “Environment“.


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