Program Authorities

Program Authorities

Authorities and facilities

The executing authorities of Interreg IT-AT

In order to ensure efficient management and proper administration of funds, the program organization can rely on multiple bodies and structures.

Supervisory Committee (SC)

It is the highest decision-making unit of the program and is responsible for ensuring its proper implementation. It generally convenes once a year. Member states, environmental authorities, economic, social, and equal opportunity partners, local authorities, and the regions of the program are represented in the SC. The European Commission has an advisory role.


Management Committee (MC)

The MC is established by the SC and decides on the concrete selection of projects eligible for funding. It is composed of representatives from the program regions, while representatives from the two member states have an observational role.


Management Authority (MA)

It has overall responsibility for program management, implementation, and monitoring. Moreover, it serves as the interface between the European Commission and the program regions and signs the Interreg funding contract with the Lead Partners. The MA is part of the Europe Department of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.


Joint Secretariat (JS)

The Secretariat is located at the MA headquarters and supports the program authorities and committees in carrying out their tasks. It also supports the beneficiaries in all administrative matters related to the implementation of a project. The JS is responsible for public relations of the program in cooperation with the Regional Coordination Units and Europe Direct.


Regional Coordination Unit (RCU)

RCUs are present in each program region and serve as liaisons between program authorities and beneficiaries. They are therefore the first point of reference for potential beneficiaries. They ascertain synergies between projects and national and regional policies and strategies.


First-level control (FLC)

Each RCU has a control body responsible for first-level control. In this audit, the costs borne by the beneficiaries are verified.


Audit Authority (AA)

As part of Second-Level Control (SLC), the AA verifies that the management and control system is working efficiently and ensures that the Management Authority and the Certification Authority carry out appropriate activities to verify the expenses declared following international standards.




Program bodies operate and interact as depicted in the diagram below: