First Level Control requirements
(Control System pursuing to Art. 16 of Reg. No. 1080/2006 /“First level control”/ for tansnational and network programmes in Austria)
Austria has set up a decentralized First Level Control system with the following characteristics:
a) The control tasks are carried out by an appropriate body of the responsible federal ministry, if bodies who participate in the programme as beneficiaries are under their authority, act on behalf of them or are predominantly co-financed by them.
b) The control tasks are carried out by an appropriate body of the responsible Land, if bodies who participate in the programme as beneficiaries are under their authority, act on behalf of them or are predominantly co-financed by them.
c) As regards all other beneficiaries (who are not under the authority of the Republic of Austria or a Land, are not acting on behalf of them or are not predominantly co-financed by them) the responsibility for the control lies with the Austrian Federal Chancellery.
The bodies mentioned under a) – c) can assign qualified external controllers to carry out – under the supervision and ultimate responsibility of the abovementioned public bodies - the operative implementation of the control. The costs resulting from the control may be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules.
For transnational, interregional and network programmes under the European territorial cooperation objective (ETC) the Austrian Federal Chancellery pursuant to national law (Agreement between the Republic of Austria and the Länder pursuant to Art. 15a of the Federal Constitutional Act on the Management and Control System in Austria for the Structural Funds in the period of 2007-2013) is the so called “coordinating control body” which is assigned to coordinate the control tasks and to serve as contact for the relevant managing authorities, certifying authorities and audit authorities.
Coordinating control body:
Austrian Federal Chancellery
Officer in charge of FLC:
Telephone: +43 (0) 1 53115 – 2915
Fax: +43 (0) 1 53115 – 2180