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Administrative absorption capacity for the EU funds in Croatia

Kandžija, Vinko; Host, Alen; Ivandić, Vladimira
Administrative absorption capacity for the EU funds in Croatia // Economic system of European Union and accession of Bosnia & Herzegovina / Kandžija, Vinko ; Kumar ; Andrej (ur.).
Vitez: Vitez University of Travnik, 2013. str. 405-419

Administrative absorption capacity for the EU funds in Croatia

Kandžija, Vinko ; Host, Alen ; Ivandić, Vladimira

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Poglavlja u knjigama, znanstveni

Economic system of European Union and accession of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kandžija, Vinko ; Kumar ; Andrej

Vitez University of Travnik



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Ključne riječi
Absorption capacity, pre-accession programs, structural funds, administrative absorption capacity

The paper examines the problem of absorption capacity in Croatia, namely extent to which it is able to fully spend the allocated financial resources from the EU funds in an effective and efficient way. While the absorption capacity has restrictions on both demand and supply side, the paper focuses predominantly on the supply side of absorption capacity, moreover on the administrative absorption capacity. Namely, looking at the supply side the absorption capacity is determined by following three main factors: 1. Macro-economic absorption capacity is defined and measured in terms of GDP e. g. the upper limit for EU. For the Structural funds (SF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) is defined as (4) % of the GDP of the respective country ; 2. Financial absorption capacity is defined as the ability to co-finance EU supported programs and projects ; 3. Administrative absorption capacity is defined as the ability and skill of central, regional and local authorities to prepare suitable plans, programs and projects in due time, to decide on programs and projects, to arrange the co-ordination among partners, and to finance and supervise implementation properly. The administrative absorption capacity is determined by design of the whole implementation system and also by its functioning. Taking into account the absorption capacity definition it is confirmed that it is influenced mainly by the administrative- managerial capabilities. Problems of administrative absorption capacity depend heavily on national institutional factors related to the real structure of the economy, the administrative capacity, the political system, and the economic policies. Analysis of the administrative absorption capacity of EU pre-accession programs includes several factors, namely structure (relates to the clear assignment of responsibilities and task of legal body), human resources (relates to the ability to detail tasks and responsibilities for all relevant actors in the system), systems and tools which relate to the availability of instruments, methods and procedures The precise measurement of the effectiveness of pre- accession programs, as well as of the absorption capacity is often hampered by the unavailability of indicators. The impact of EU assistance aimed at strengthening the public administration is more difficult to assess, because structural changes take longer to generate and more often suffer from the lack of systematic evidence. Therefore, using the questionnaire on the level of the Croatian municipalities the adequate indicators of the administrative absorption capacity were defined. The effectiveness of absorbing EU funding on national level was also presented in different ways such as: the share of committed funds, the share of signed funds (contracting rate) etc.

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Znanstvena područja


Projekt / tema
081-0811403-1405 - Razvoj gospodarske konkurentnosti Hrvatske u procesu priključivanja EU (Vinko Kandžija, )

Ekonomski fakultet, Rijeka,
Sveučilište Libertas

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Alen Host, (232845)
Vinko Kandžija, (20072)