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General report on pre-accession assistance (PHARE - ISPA - SAPARD) in 2003. Commission report to the European Parliament and the Council. COM (2005) 178 final, 2 May 2005

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Microsoft Word - EN.doc EN EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 02.05.2005 COM(2005) 178 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL GENERAL REPORT ON PRE-ACCESSION ASSISTANCE (PHARE – ISPA – SAPARD) IN 2003 {SEC(2005)558} EN 2 EN 1. SUMMARY This is the fourth report to the European Parliament and the Council on the three pre- accession instruments and their co-ordination in accordance with Article 13 of the ‘Council Regulation on the co-ordination of pre-accession assistance’(EC) No 1266/991 (in the following "Coordination Regulation"). In line with the positive accession negotiations in Copenhagen 2002, an increased emphasis was in 2003 put on creating the administrative capacity required for a successful implementation of the acquis and participation in present or future European Community programmes as of membership. Phare addresses priority measures concerning the adoption of the acquis communautaire, whether through improving administrative capacity or supporting related investment. It also has an element for Economic and Social Cohesion. ISPA (Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession) finances major environmental and transport infrastructure projects. SAPARD (Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development) finances agricultural and rural development. Detailed information on the activities in 2003 under each pre-accession instrument can be found in the relevant annual PHARE2, ISPA3 and SAPARD4 reports. For financial figures on the pre-accession instruments, see section 5 “Financial Overview”. The co-ordination of the three instruments is ensured by a division of responsibilities between the instruments. A committee at Directorate level ensures co-ordination between the Commission services concerned. A ‘General Assistance Document’ covering all instruments was presented in April 2003 to the Phare Management Committee, t

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