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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

What do the new Cohesion Policy regulations for 2021-2027 look like after the tripartite Council – Parliament – Commission negotiations? And how will new Programmes differ from the 2014-2020 programmes? How can the new Structural Fund Programmes best complement the RRF and the Recovery and Resilience Plans of Member States? What are the key lessons to learn from current programmes and REACT funding measures?

What do the new Cohesion Policy regulations for 2021-2027 look like after the tripartite Council – Parliament – Commission negotiations? And how will new Programmes differ from the 2014-2020 programmes?
How can the new Structural Fund Programmes best complement the RRF and the Recovery and Resilience Plans of Member States? What are the key lessons to learn from current programmes and REACT funding measures?

Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes (2021-2027) are presently being finalised and negotiated with the European Commission. They must reflect the new Regulations, 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. How can Member States coordinate and demarcate the interventions and generate synergies between the policies and Funds?

What you will learn includes:

  • Changes in 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 special sessions, with guest speakers, on how the State Aid rules are to change and how Member States can harness and widen the impact of their smart specialization strategies in an interregional context.

How we work

Besides our expert interventions from the European Commission and Member States, 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.

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

Remote simultaneous interpretation
Remote simultaneous interpretation can be offered in Spanish, French and Italian on request. Contact the Programme Organiser for more information and conditions

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.

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

12.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
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, highlights, links to the RRF

  • The new legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes and economic governance
  • Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports 2019 and 2020 (Annex D)
  • New emergency Amending Regulations, 2014-2020, CRII, CRII+
  • European Recovery Plan, RRF and the Just Transition Fund Regulation

Marco Lopriore

14.00Break-out rooms: Determining Financial Allocations
14.20Short Coffee Break
14.35Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

  • Partnership Agreement and strategic context: reference to Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports
  • programme structure and programme 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)

15.15Coffee break
15.25Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

  • the Programme template
  • programme performance, monitoring and evaluation
  • the project pipeline

Robin Smail

15.50Break-out rooms: Project Appraisal criteria
16.10Member State Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • The European Recovery Plan agreement, the RRF and link to the European semester
  • Mechanism for agreeing and amending National Plans
  • Complementarity with Structural funds programmes; Member State cases
  • Issues and potential problems for the RRF

Marco Lopriore

16.55Workshop: Distinctions and common points between Cohesion and Recovery
17.10Question and answer session
17.15End of first day
08.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
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
  • Financial Control & Management Verifications; key Audit changes
  • programme closure

Robin Smail

10.00Discussion: flexibilities and simplification – Member State issues
10.25Short coffee break
10.40Choosing among the Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027

  • overview of the legal provisions for SCO

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA

11.15Exercises: using SCO in ERDF and ESF+ projects

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

Marco Lopriore

11.50Short coffee break – meet the guest speaker
12.05Interregional innovation investments

  • Smart Specialisation Strategies S3
  • Art 13 ERDF and its different strands
  • Calls for projects and eligibility rules
  • Capitalisation and dissemination of outcomes

Valentina Pinna, Unit G1 Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO (BE) (tbc)

13.15End of second day
08.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
09.00Good 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

09.45Discussion: Choices for funding and demarcation issues
10.25State Aid Temporary Framework

  • The Health Crisis and the temporary framework for State Aid
  • Proposals for 2021-2027
  • Live issues and recurring issues from previous budget periods

Gytis Petrukaitis, State Aid Expert, Central Project Management Agency (CPMA), Lithuania

11.15Virtual Coffee break
11.30The New Regulations 2021-2027: Monitoring and Reporting Framework

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

Robin Smail

12.00Break-out rooms: Evaluation Questions
12.15The New Regulations 2021-2027: Evaluation Framework

  • the new evaluation requirements
  • Evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

12.45Q&A and Evaluation of seminar
13.00Close of course

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

Confirmed
7 Dec 2021 - 9 Dec 2021
Online
English
Simultaneous interpretation possible

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

SKU: 2130213
Register before: 3 Dec 2021
 700 per attendee
 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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SKU: 2130213
Register before: 3 Dec 2021

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