Irregularities

Ministry of  Economy is competent for management and implementation of the entire third component of IPA Programme: Regional Development – regional competitiveness.

Mrs Sabina Županc is appointed to the position of the Irregularity Officer who is responsible for control and report of irregularities for the needs of the Component III C. 

According to the Manual of Procedures  irregularities in the management and implementation of the Component III C of the IPA Programme include any violation of legal provisions of the European Union and Croatian national legislation, committed by action and/or failure of action by legal and physical persons, which have or could have, adverse impact on the financial interests of the European Union.

Irregularities in the management and implementation of the Component III C can be, according to their type, technical, contractual, financial and administrative; according to the way of committing they can be intentional and unintentional; according to the effects they can be irregularities with the financial effect and irregularities without financial effect; and according to the nature of the formation they can be systematic and irregularities that appear only in a specific project.

Technical irregularities are deliveries of material of lower quality than that contracted.
Contracting irregularities are non-application or wrong application of legal regulations on support contract.
Financial irregularities are fraudulent use and / or theft of means of EU funds, including corruption.  
Administrative irregularities constitute non-compliance with EU rules that should be applied in the management and implementation of the third component of the IPA Programme. 
Systemic anomalies are anomalies that occur in all projects, but opposite of that there are irregularities which appear only in a specific project.

Intentional irregularities are issuing fictitious accounts for undelivered goods and unperformed services accounts, issuing of  invoices by a non-existing entrepreneur, invoicing in duplicate, the invoice in the amount higher than the agreed,  non-calculation of quantity discount, transfer of assets of EU funds to wrong account, manipulation of the document control results, falsification of accounting data and documents that justify the same information, submitting for approval of wrong information or omission of important information.

Unintentional irregularities are unintentional errors, committed by negligence, and unintentional violations of operating procedures.

Irregularities with the financial effect result in unjustified cost payments to a user of tfunds, while irregularities without financial impact are irregularities that are identified before the charge of unjustified expenses to a beneficiary.

Pursuant to the aforementioned, all civil servants and public officers and employees, in case they discover committed irregularity and / or fraud, or suspicion of committing irregularities and / or fraud in the management and implementation of the Component III C of the IPA Programme, are obliged to keep in a safe place the original documentation that proves committed irregularity and / or fraud, as well as documentation from the resulting suspicion of committing irregularities and / or fraud, and immediately, without delay, are obliged to notify the person responsible for managing irregularities - Mrs Sabina Županc, Irregularity Officer of the Component III C - orally, in writing, through a direct contact or anonymously on the following address:

Ministarstvo gospodarstva
Ulica grada Vukovara 78
10000 Zagreb
Phone: 01/6109 974
E-mail: 
sabina.zupanc@mingo.hr


Any irregularity committed and / or fraud and suspicion of their commission must be reported regardless of the size and significance of irregularity and / or fraud and whether they were committed intentionally or from negligence.

Irregularity committed and / or fraud and suspicion of their commission can be reported on the e-mail address of the Independent Service for Combating Irregularities and Fraud at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia (AFCOS Anti-Fraud Co-ordinating Structures): nepravilnosti.eu@mfin.hr

Furthermore, the irregularity committed and / or fraud and suspicion of their commission, can be reported on e-mail address of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF): olaf-courrier@ec.europa.eu or fax: +32-2-2960853.

Committed irregularity and / or fraud can be reported anonymously to the letter box at the front entrance of the Ministry of the Economy, and via e-mail address: 
nepravilnosti.eu@mingo.hr

The report of committed irregularities and / or frauds, and suspicion of their commission, for civil servants shall not have any adverse effect, since the Civil Servants Act (OG 27/08) establishes the right on protection of a civil servant who reports suspicion of corruption, and guarantees the protection of anonymity, as well as protection from any form of abuse (principle of “whistleblower protection”).