The following activities were performed:
• Setting up the administrative system for accreditation of the Croatian Paying Agency (including the finalization of procedures for accreditation, issuing guidelines for the preparation of decision on accreditation, training of staff on accreditation process)
• Setting up the administrative system for review of accreditation of the Croatian Paying Agency (including the finalization of procedures for the review of the accreditation, Agreement between the Competent Authority and Certification Body, and training of staff on accreditation review). The execution period of the project was 8 months. With this project the Ministry has enhanced the process of preparation for the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Ministry’s staff was educated on accreditation issues, along with other counterparts in the accreditation process (Paying Agency and the Agency for the Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System).
The special importance of the project derives from the fact that it was applied at the same time as the accreditation process of the PA for direct payments from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund. In this way, the accreditation process has improved, which resulted in the adoption of the Decision on provisional accreditation for agency, for direct payments in December 2012.