The approval of the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” by the European Commission opened up the path to use EUR 6.8 billion from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. For the implementation of the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” (OPCC), the Regulation on Bodies in the Systems of Management and Control of Use of the European Social Fund, the European Fund for Regional Development and the Cohesion Fund in relation to the goal “Investment in growth and jobs” (Official Gazette 107/14, 23/15, 129/15) determined the operational structure consisting of: Management Authority, Level 1 Intermediary Bodies and Level 2 Intermediary Bodies. Pursuant to this Regulation, HAMAG-BICRO is designated as Level 2 Intermediary Body.
As a Level 2 Intermediary Body, HAMAG-BICRO participates with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, as a Level 1 Intermediary Body, in the preparation of procedures and the implementation of grant allocation phases, in part of its jurisdiction, it gives consent to verify the acceptability of expenditures and is fully responsible for monitoring the implementation of the contract on the allocation of grants for certain specific goals.
In May 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a new multi-year financial framework for the budget period 2021-2027. In order to start the process of creating program documents for the new financial period 2021-2027, the Government of the Republic of Croatia at its session held on 5 November 2020, adopted the Decision on the operational programs related to the Cohesion Policy for the financial period of the European Union 2021 - 2027 in the Republic of Croatia and the bodies responsible for their preparation.