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Challenges of further implementation of the Programme
"Current year would be the most difficult in terms of Programme's further implementation due to intensity in project activities and uncertainty regarding the preparation for the new programming period and new European Territorial Cooperation programmes", pointed out the Head of the Lithuanian delegation of the Programme Mrs. Deimante Jankunaite.

To find out about the position of the Lithuanian National Authority regarding further implementation of the Programme we offer you the interview with the Head of the Lithuanian delegation of the Programme Mrs. Deimante Jankunaite.

Please briefly introduce yourself and describe your role in the Latvia-Lithuania Programme.


From the year 2004 I have been participated in territorial cooperation whereas at the moment I am Head of of Territorial Cooperation Programmes’ Unit of Regional Policy Department, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. I would say that working with bilateral and transnational EU funded programmes is quite complex, but very interesting and always challenging task.  

Mrs. Deimante Jankunaite

During 2007-2013 programming period my unit is responsible for coordination of implementation of three cross-border cooperation, one transnational and one interregional European Territorial Cooperation  programmes in Lithuania. The biggest financial contribution of Lithuania is dedicated to Latvia-Lithuania Programme, therefore we give the most part of our time to the coordination, cooperation and representation of the national interests in the Programme.

As the member 
of the Steering and Monitoring Committee of the Latvia-Lithuania Programme could you present what kind of improvements would you see as necessary for further implementation of the Programme?

I would say that the implementation of the Programme is going smoothly and considerable progress has been achieved in the year 2011 (all available funds allocated within the Programme are committed to the projects; projects are being implemented and have started to reach their results that could be already seen in the regions). The overall conclusion of the mid-term evaluation is that the Programme is successful with regard to achieving its objectives, dealing with external pressures, creating added value for the region and supporting project implementation via good communication and project monitoring practice.

Of course, the management and control system of the Programme has some room for improvement. One of the tasks is to speed up and facilitate project progress verification procedures in order to avoid de-commitment of Programme funds in the coming years. I think it is very important to ensure the proper control, but at the same time to be flexible and react to the rising challenges during the implementation of the Programme.

I would say that current year will be the most difficult as very intensive in project activities and uncertain for the preparation of new programmes.

Could you share your general view and coming challenges for the future of the Latvia-Lithuania Programme?

The simplification of structures, rules and procedures is the essential thing in the new EU financial perspective, therefore if the countries decide to continue the cross border cooperation having new Programme, this shall be taken into consideration. Concentration is the other important principle to be implemented. Accordingly all interested parties shall think and reach their consensus what specific problems would be solved in the new framework. There is some time till year of 2014, but a lot of work shall be done (discussions on new European Commission and Council regulations – end of this year; elaboration of new draft Programme document and agreement between participating countries – till the end of 2013; setting the management and control system and procedures and accreditation – before submission of documents for approval to European Commission). It is not an easy task, however in close cooperation with all interested parties, in consultation with our regions, economic and social partners, new programme targets will be settled and implementation of the programme started at the beginning of 2014.

Please share your personal impressions about coming the European Cooperation Day, which will be organized on 21 September, 2012

It is a nice initiative and one of the tools to improve visibility of European territorial cooperation, to disseminate its outcomes and to show how it has impacted the quality of life of the population it serves. Most of the European Territorial Cooperation programmes are on board (as I am informed 68 programmes out of 91 will participate in joint activities), so I imagine that local events being innovative enough will attract a lot of citizens.

This year is the first time of celebration and I hope it will become a nice tradition and long-term publicity action in Europe and its neighbouring countries.

Finally, would you like to add something else

I would like to wish for everyone to have good summer time, as this season gives us the most energy, vitamins, sunshine and good mood for the whole year!