Structural and cohesion funds/ESIF

Implementing the new EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes Alongside the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

In this course we will see how the new Regulations have changed programmes, how programmes address the twin Green and Digital Agendas, and support an urgent and sustainable economic recovery. The Recovery and Resilience Plans cover many of the same objectives as Cohesion Policy. We will examine how Member States are coordinating and demarcating the interventions and generating synergies between the policies and Funds. We will also assess the link with the new REPowerEU initiative.

About this course

The European Commission wants to agree all new Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes (2021-2027) by the end of 2022 at the latest. Many are still being negotiated and finalised. What do the new programmes look like and how do they differ from the 2014-2020 programmes? And how can the new Structural Fund Programmes best complement the RRF and the Recovery and Resilience Plans of Member States?

In this course we will see how the new Regulations have changed programmes, how programmes address the twin Green and Digital Agendas, and support an urgent and sustainable economic recovery.  The Recovery and Resilience Plans cover many of the same objectives as Cohesion Policy. We will examine how Member States are coordinating and demarcating the interventions and generating synergies between the policies and Funds. We will also assess the link with the new REPowerEU initiative.

What you will learn includes:

  • Changes in the final Cohesion Policy regulations 2021-2027, compared to 2014-2020
  • The link between new Programme priorities and the European Semester
  • What financial planning and flexibility will look like in 2021-2027
  • How to create synergies between SF programmes and the RRF
  • What are the key reforms being pursued within Recovery and Resilience Plans?
  • How to simplify programmes, reduce the administrative burden, and maintain a strong project pipeline
  • Monitoring and payment procedures for Cohesion Policy programmes and the RRF

We will also enjoy a keynote speech from Anne Wetzel, Head of the French region Hauts-de-France ERDF Managing Authority, who will share the experience of integrating REACT funding into operational programmes, and look at the practical challenges of coordinating Cohesion monies and the RRF facility.

How we work

Besides our expert intervention, you will have comprehensive sessions with Robin Smail and Marco Lopriore, experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked across the EU, and gathered evidence from numerous programmes. You will meet online with other national and regional practitioners and have the opportunity to exchange experience and put new ideas into practice.

The course provides ample time for question and answer sessions and discussions, as well as practical workshops and exercises.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed principally at:

  • managers and practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with Structural and Cohesion Funds
  • the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
n.vermeulen@eipa.eu

Discounts
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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Programme

12.30Opening of ZOOM platform
13.00Welcome of participants and opening of the online course; Tour de Table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht (NL)
13.15The new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: policy context and highlights

  • The new legal framework of CPR, ERDF/CF, ESF+, JTF
  • Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports
  • Emergency Amending Regulations and REACT-EU Regulation
  • CARE initiative and REPowerEU

Marco Lopriore

14.00Break-out rooms: Determining Financial Allocations
14.20Coffee Break
14.40Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

  • Partnership Agreements, new programme structure, specific objectives
  • justifying objectives and priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • programme funding flexibility

Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, UK/IE (and former Detached National Expert, EC)

15.20Coffee break
15.30Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

  • from Programme template to new Programmes
  • intervention categories and climate targets
  • project selection, project pipeline

Robin Smail

15.50Break-out rooms: Project Appraisal criteria /project pipeline
16.10The RRF and the demarcation with Cohesion

  • The European Recovery Plan agreement, the RRF and link to the European semester
  • Mechanism for agreeing and amending National Plans
  • Synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • Cohesion Policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Marco Lopriore

17.00Question and answer session
17.10End of first day
08.45ZOOM Platform opens
09.00The New Regulations: programme finance, financial management

  • programme finance, financial planning
  • commitments, pre-financing, automatic decommitment (n+2), mid-term review
  • the accounting year and calculation of the annual balance
  • transmission of financial information
  • exercise with Management Verifications and risk assessment

Robin Smail

10.00Coffee break
10.15The New Regulations: programme finance, financial management (contd).

  • Key Financial Control & Audit changes
  • Project cost estimation changes
  • Programme closure

Robin Smail

10.35Workshop: Distinctions and common points between Cohesion and Recovery

Marco Lopriore

11.05coffee break
11.20Choosing among the Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027

  • overview of the legal provisions for SCO

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA

12.05Exercises: using SCO in ERDF and ESF+ projects

  • Projects using flat rates
  • Projects using standard scales of unit cost and the 1720 rule

Marco Lopriore

12.50Eligible expenditure changes

Marco Lopriore

13.15End of second day
08.45Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00Coordination and demarcation of Cohesion funding and the RRF in practice

  • Lesson learned REACT EU
  • Challenges Cohesion-RRF facility
  • Q&A session

Anne Wetzel, Directrice, Direction Europe, Hauts-de-France region (tbc)

10.05Coffee Break
10.15MCQ / Discussion: Choices for funding and demarcation issues
10.35Good Practice for new Programmes: partnerships & instruments, synergies with other EU funds

  • Partnership and capacity building
  • Institutions and governance mechanisms: reducing the administrative burden
  • Synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • SME Pipeline

Marco Lopriore

11.15Coffee break
11.35The New Regulations 2021-2027: Monitoring and Reporting Framework

  • Programme Performance
  • Monitoring – real time reporting – financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework
  • The Reporting template

Robin Smail

12.05Break-out rooms: Evaluation Questions
12.25The New Regulations 2021-2027: Evaluation Framework

  • the new evaluation requirements
  • Evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

12.55Q&A and Evaluation of seminar
13.10Close of seminar

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Implementing the new EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes Alongside the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

6 Dec 2022 - 9 Dec 2022
Online
Register before: 30 Nov 2022

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 630 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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