The SEUPB is the Managing Authority, Joint Secretariat, Certifying Authority and Financial Control Unit for both Programmes as such is responsible to the European Commission, the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC), the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. Our work is divided up into four separate yet interlinked areas which includes:
- The Managing Authority, which has overall responsibility and monitoring of both the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes. It acts as Chair and provides administration support for the Programme Monitoring Committee.
- The Joint Secretariat, which is responsible for providing information on funding opportunities. It prepares project assessments for presentation to the Steering Committee for their final decision and provides advice and guidance to projects in receipt of funding.
- The Certifying Authority checks all expenditure claims submitted to the European Commission as well as controlling the cash flow of the Programmes and making payments to projects.
- The Financial Control Unit is responsible for verifying the legality and regularity of all expenditure that is made by projects. It carried out pre-contacting checks on each project and carries out administrative verifications of claims that they make.
Both Programmes also have a Programme Monitoring Committee which delegates responsibility to an independent Steering Committee to selected projects to be funded. Its decision is final.