Zagreb, 4 December 2020 - Organized by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as managing body of the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, the 14th session of the Operational Program Monitoring Committee was held via video link on Friday, attended by the Croatian Olympic Committee’s European Union Programs; Funds and EU Program Coordinator Alma Papić, also a member of the mentioned Committee.

The minutes of the decision-making process of the Monitoring Committee of Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion (OPCC) contain response to the request of Committee member Alma Papić to grant the non-profit sports associations the use of financial instruments intended for micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (MSMSEs) within the OPCC for the period 2014-2020, in accordance with the Proposal on Amendments to the Operational Program. With this Amendment, a total of EUR 361 million shall be allocated from the Cohesion Fund within the priority axis (PA) 6 and 7 to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the priority axis 3, in order to mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Therefore, the non-profit sports associations will also be eligible beneficiaries of OPCC financial instruments intended to mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the applications for use of these instruments can be submitted as early as the next week. (COC/AP)