• Date: Apr 2019
STRENGTHENING THE INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY OF THE CFCU
 

The opening event of the project “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the CFCU” of which the studies started in the 15th anniversary of the Unit with the aim of shaping the future decades of the CFCU was held on 17.04.2019 with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance and National Authorizing Officer, Mr Bülent Aksu; Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey, Ambassador Mr Christian Berger; Ambassador of the Hungary to Ankara, Mr Viktor Matis; NIPAC representative Deputy Director of Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation, Mr Bülent Özcan; the representatives of IPA and other national contracting authorities and PAO and CFCU Director, Mr M. Selim Uslu.

 

In his speech, Mr Aksu, underlining that the project is the result of institutional dynamics of the CFCU, thanked the CFCU for the project initiative on the improvement of the institutional capacity. Mr Aksu also extended his special thanks to the EU Delegation as well as to NIPAC for their contribution to the realisation of the project and confirmed his persistent support for the successful implementation of the project. Furthermore, Mr Aksu stressed that the project will contribute to the transformation of the institutional capacity of the CFCU to utilise varying EU and national funds and amplify the value it produces for the country. He added that such a transformation will function to internalize, develop and sustain the institutional capacity of the CFCU obtained through the EU cooperation.

 

In his speech, Ambassador Berger expressed that the EU authorities attribute a particular importance to the project based on its potential to contribute the capacity of any institution to benefit from the IPA funds through cooperation with the CFCU. Mr Berger also emphasized that the project was a strong sign of the commitment of the EU and efforts of the Turkish authorities to accomplish the common objectives.

 

Ambassador Matis, with reference to the Hungary origin of the Contractor, pointed out that the partnership is a result of the accelerating convergence between the Hungary and Turkey thanks to the EU accession process. He also shared his belief that the project would contribute to the development of the cooperation between the Hungarian and Turkish people and business environment as well as the EU and Turkey financial cooperation.

 

Mr Uslu, the PAO and CFCU Director, highlighted that the CFCU, in cooperation with its stakeholders, has accomplished 2698 contracts with a total amount of over 1.4 billion EUR in the last decade beginning with the inception of the IPA programme in 2007. He pointed out that this project is an important step to further enhancement of the capacity improvement for the IPA system and a particular pre-emptive action to the financial backlog problem so as to ensure the effective and efficient utilisation of the available funds.

 

The Definition of the Project

The project purpose is to contribute to the effective and efficient utilisation and management of the funds and projects implemented by the CFCU. The project budget is €1,991,000 with an EU contribution of €1,791,900 and a national contribution of €199.100.

 

The project envisages accomplishing its purpose through:

  • improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the CFCU business processes
  • ensuring the steady development of human resources
  • enhancing the CFCU institutional capacity to operate on the whole of the PCM steps in project management including programming and evaluation and
  • enhancing and systematizing the cooperation with the IPA stakeholders.

 

The activities to be performed to achieve these goals during the 30-month implementation period are categorized under the five components below:                  

  • Optimization of the CFCU Business Processes
  • Digitalisation of the Business Processes
  • Establishment of Technical Control Capacity
  • Development of Human Resource Management System
  • Development of Consultancy Capacity of the CFCU

 

The Expected Project Outcomes

It is expected that the activities of this project as a whole will provide improvement in the process quality of the PCM and enhance the outcomes of the IPA projects both quantitative and qualitative manner in the direction of the objective of EU-TR financial cooperation. Specifically, the quantitative improvement is expected to be ensured via tackling the fund losses and backlog through decreasing the duration of contract (tender, grant, twinning) document preparation process, document rejection rates and cancellation rate of the contracting processes; and the qualitative improvement is expected to be ensured via tackling the quality losses through increasing the focus and sources on the quality of the contracts and contract implementation with the improvement of quantitative concerns. Thus, the projects funded by the EU-Turkey financial cooperation will be implemented more efficiently and effectively to improve the outcomes of the contract implementation, which would in return provide added value for Turkish and EU tax payers.

 

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