ESF Certifying Authority

The ESF Certifying Authority is responsible for ensuring the sound and efficient financial management of the PEIL 2014-2020.

In accordance with Article 126 of the Common Provisions Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013, the Certifying Authority is responsible for:

  • Drawing up and submitting payment applications to the European Commission, and certifying that they result from reliable accounting systems and  are based on verifiable supporting documents and have been subject to verifications by the Managing Authority; 
  • Drawing up the accounts referred to in point (a) of Article 59(5) of the Financial Regulation 966/2012; 
  • Certifying the completeness and accuracy of the accounts and that the expenditure entered in the accounts complies with applicable law and has been incurred in respect of operations selected for funding in accordance with the criteria applicable to the Operational Programme; 
  • Taking account when drawing up and submitting payment applications of the results of all audits carried out by, or under the responsibility of, the audit authority; 
  • Ensuring the existence of a computerised system and maintaining said computerised system that records and stores the accounting records of each operation in support of the submission of payment applications and drawing up of accounts. 

The Certifying Authority is functionally independent of the Managing Authority 

For more information please contact:

ESF Policy and Operations Unit

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, innovation and Science

Block 2, Floor 2

Marlborough Street

Dublin 1

D01 RC96

Phone: 01 889 2003


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