On the 11th and 12th December 2018, the representatives of DTP participating countries met in Budapest for the 9th Meeting of the Monitoring Committee (MC). Important items were on the agenda of the event generating fruitful discussions and reaching final agreements and decisions.
After the presentations of the state-of-play of the programme in 2018 and the workplan for 2019, the first decision was made on the 3smart project modification. The MC accepted 6 months prolongation.
Later, the different recommendations proposed in the Programme Operational Evaluation were discussed and approved. These recommendations were divided according to the different parts analysed, concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme management structures, the management of the entire project cycle, the programme monitoring system, the implementation of the Communication Strategy and the progress in achieving the results of each specific objective, including potential bottlenecks and capacity of each Specific Objective to generate projects.
Furthermore, MC members approved the Programme impact evaluation questions.
Another decision was made on the EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators call and the Seed Money Facility call. The second PAC call is going to be prepared whenever possible, and the SMF call preparation will start after the approval of the revised EUSDR action plan.
After some other points in the agenda regarding the programme monitoring system (eMs), the presentation of the activities of some thematic poles in the DTP Capitalisation Strategy and the results of the 2018 audit, the last part of the discussion was about the future programming period 2021-2027. The most important part was to decide about the territorial analysis and the creation of a working group in order to structure the process. The MA/JS will prepare a tender for the mentioned territorial analysis as soon as possible, the working group will meet in early February 2019 and a task force is expected to be set up in May 2019.