Structural and cohesion funds/ESIF

New Structural Funds Programmes and the New Regulations 2021-2027

Do you know what the new programmes look like? Do you know all you need to know about the new Structural Funds Regulations, and how they compare to the last period? How have new programmes selected priorities, activities and planned finances? What flexibilities and simplifications do they have? And how will they report progress and measure performance and impact?

About this course

New Cohesion Policy programmes for the 2021-2027 period were delayed because of the health crisis. Nevertheless, around 400 new programmes were agreed by the end of 2022, and are now being implemented. Many programmes are already receiving interim payments (see Cohesion Open Data Platform on the DG REGIO website).

Do you know what the new programmes look like? Do you know all you need to know about the new Structural Funds Regulations, and how they compare to the last period? How have new programmes selected priorities, activities and planned finances? What flexibilities and simplifications do they have? And how will they report progress and measure performance and impact?

This course will address these questions and examine the 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to a selection of new Programmes as well as the reporting template and other templates. We will also see how Cohesion Policy programmes will be coordinated with the RRF and other EU instruments.

We will discuss:

  • The key choices made by Member States for the new programmes, as well as financial planning and programme management tasks for 2021-2027
  • Where programmes have been simplified most, and how simplified cost options are being developed and employed
  • The new Performance framework and consider how to measure progress and success
  • Real-time reporting and its challenges
  • The selection of operations and how Managing authorities can “ensure that selected operations present the best relationship between the amount of support, the activities undertaken and the achievement of objectives”? (Article 73, CPR)

You will be guided by Marco Lopriore and Robin Smail, experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked in Brussels and across the EU, gathering numerous case studies and examples of good practice. You will also hear from a senior official from the European Commission DG REGIO and have the opportunity to exchange experience and put new ideas into practice.

The course includes workshops and exercises and provides ample time for Question and Answer sessions and discussions.

This course is aimed principally at:

  • Practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with Structural / ESI 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 Rafaella Giussani
Tel: +31 43 32 96 372
r.giussani@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.

Loyalty coupon
As a token of appreciation we offer all our participants a loyalty coupon for one of our future courses. The offer can be shared with colleagues and relevant networks. The coupon will expire one year after its release. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts, 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

08.40Opening of ZOOM platform, Welcome of participants
09.00Opening of the conference, learning objectives and agenda
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht
09.15The new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: policy context and highlights

  • The new legal framework of CPR, ERDF/CF, ESF+, JTF
  • Strategic focus, DNSH, strategic procurement and simplification
  • Overview of choices made by MS in 2021-2027

Marco Lopriore

10.00Short break
10.10Tour de Table and discussion: your new programmes
10.30New Programmes and the New Regulations: programme structure and programme management

  • Partnership Agreement and priorities for programmes
  • programme structure, Specific Objectives
  • Enabling conditions, concentration, programme instruments

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

11.10Coffee break
11.30New Programmes and the New Regulations: programme structure, programme management (contd.)

  • examples of new Programmes
  • climate targets, programme performance, project selection

Robin Smail

12.00Workshop and discussion: Lessons from previous Programmes and challenges for new Programmes
Robin Smail
12.302021-2027 cohesion policy programming and implementation, vision, challenges, and state of play

  • Results of negotiations
  • Simplification Results of negotiations
  • Simplification versus financial control
  • EC priorities, coordination with RRF
  • New STEP (strategic technologies) Regulation

Kadri Uustal, Head of Unit, Coordination of Programmes, DG REGIO, European Commission, Brussels

13.15Q&A
13.30End of first day
13.15Opening of ZOOM platform
13.30Review of Day 1
13.35New Programmes and the New Regulations: programme finance & financial management

  • Programme Finance, financial planning, mid-term review
  • automatic decommitment, co-finance rates, payment applications
  • the accounting year, the transmission of financial information
  • Financial Control; Management Verifications; Audit changes
  • Programme closure

Robin Smail

14.15Break-out rooms: project selection criteria
Robin Smail
14.45Short Break
15.00Using Simplified Cost Options

  • New legal provisions 2021-2027
  • guidance to choose between simplified costs options
  • key issues in using SCO and improving the result-orientation of programmes
  • Review of the SCO and use  of Annex V

Marco Lopriore

15.30Break-out rooms: SCO exercises

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

Marco Lopriore

15.50Coffee Break
16.05Break-out rooms: SCO exercises – feedback

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

Marco Lopriore

16.30Issues of common interest to all CPR funds

  • Partnership and capacity building
  • Horizontal principles
  • Integrity Pacts and anti-fraud measures

Marco Lopriore

17.15Q&A
17.30Close of Day 2
08.45Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00The new Monitoring and Reporting Framework, 2021-2027

  • Monitoring – real time reporting – financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework, the new reporting template
  • The Mid-term review

Robin Smail

09.45Break-out rooms: common and programme-specific indicators
Robin Smail
10.15Short Break
10.30Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Key changes in 2021-2027 CPR, ESF+, ERDF and CF
  • Highlight on timing, direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance

Marco Lopriore

11.15Coffee Break
11.30Break-out rooms: evaluation questions
11.50The new Evaluation Framework, 2021-2027

  • the new evaluation requirements in the context of the Evaluation Cycle
  • The Evaluation Plan, evaluation questions, evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

12.20The RRF and  Cohesion programmes

  • Synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • Implementing differences between Cohesion Policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Marco Lopriore

12.50Closing Workshop: comparing 2021-2027 to 2014-2020
13.15Course evaluation feedback
13.20Close of course

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New Structural Funds Programmes and the New Regulations 2021-2027

23 Apr 2024 - 26 Apr 2024
Online
Register before: 16 Apr 2024

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 675 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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