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IPA Implementation Units Experience Sharing Working Group Strategy Signed

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is implemented within the framework of the objectives of developing our country's capacity for harmonization and implementation with the EU acquis and creating economic and social cohesion capacities. IPA operates in different sectoral fields such as transportation, environment, and industry. Each sector has its own IPA structures. This leads to the formation of sector-specific experiences in each sector. In this context, the Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) has established the IPA Implementation Units Experience Sharing Working Group to create a platform for IPA implementing units to share their experiences.

The first meeting of the Working Group was held on December 6, 2023, where participants' opinions were gathered to outline the main points of the working group strategy.

The meeting hosted by CFCU on 13 May 2024, was attended by Acting Director of Central Finance and Contracts Unit Barbaros Murat Köse, the Head of Department for EU Investments of the EU Affairs and Foreign Relations Directorate General of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Tijen İğci (PhD), Act. Deputy Director General of Directorate General Foreign Relations and European Union of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Ersoy Günay, Head of Department for EU Investments General Directorate of European Union and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Raci Bayer (Phd), Head of the Agricultural and Rural Development Support Agency Ahmet Antalyalı (PhD), Head of the NAO Office Ali Doğan and Directorate for EU Affairs representatives. The meeting began with an opening speech by Mr. Köse, followed by speeches by all IPA Programme Authorities and NAO Office representatives. This was followed by a presentation on the Working Group's activities and the signing ceremony of the Strategy Document.

The signed Strategy Document addresses the problems encountered in the IPA process, objectives, working methodology, roles, and responsibilities. Within the scope of the Strategy Document, the Working Group will continue to encourage experience sharing and dissemination of best practices among IPA implementing units, and will carry out studies to develop knowledge and skills for effective management of IPA funds and strengthen the implementation of IPA programs on a sectoral basis.