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Slovenia avoids loss of EU funds

Ljubljana, 21 December 2018 – After weeks of intensive and coordinated joint efforts, staff at the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, the Managing Authority for ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund, and at the Ministry of Finance, the Certifying Authority, managed to speed up the process for verifying and certifying the expenditure incurred. Today, Slovenian authorities submitted to the European Commission payment applications totalling further EUR 50 million. The amount surpasses by EUR 17 million the amount that avoids decommitment due to the n+3 principle at programme level, which means that Slovenia fully implemented the 2015 commitments (EUR 304 million) by the end of 2018.
As late as October, things looked pretty grim and Slovenia was facing loss of funds due to automatic decommitment through the n+3 rule. The amount at risk totalled EUR 183 million. Difficulties in this area have been, above all, due to the weaknesses in the IT system’s design; the information system e-MA has been facing some performance issues which have not been fully fixed yet. Thus, top priority of the Managing Authority in the first half of the upcoming year will be to work closely with the Ministry of Finance and focus on optimising IT system performance to better support the implementation of EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.