Cohesion Policy

Multiple Framework Service Contract (Lot 3) with DG REGIO

Since 2013, we are the main provider of training on EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 to the staff of EU institutions, national managing authorities and civil society organisations. We implement those activities under the Lot 3 Framework contract for DG Regio, European Commission.

This is an acknowledgement of EIPA long established expertise in the area of structural and cohesion funds. On this topic, we offer a comprehensive training package that is tailored to country and authority specific needs. EIPA’s expertise covers in-depth:

  • Comparison of the 2007-2013 and the 2014-2020 programming periods
  • Strategic programming
  • Conditionality
  • Programme management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Revenue-generating projects
  • Greater use of simplification
  • Financial management and audit
  • Internal and external audit of EU funded programmes and projects
  • Performance audit of EU funds
  • Cost-Benefit analysis of EU financed projects
  • Project strategy for EU 2020 funding

Training programmes

Currently a new module on Strategic Procurement in ESI Funds was offered on 18-19 December 2017 and is planned on 28-29 June 2018, 9-10 July 2018 and 3-4 September 2018.

The contract Training Provision on Regulation of Structural Funds Programming 2014- 2020 and Europe 2020 was delivered by a consortium led by EIPA and composed together with Ecorys and PWC. Each training programme took the form of a two-day seminar with the objective of contributing to the increased understanding of relevant authorities in the interested Member States with regard to the ESI funds regulations and the challenges of implementation on the ground.

Under this contract we have delivered for DG MARE a two-day training on Results Orientation of Programmes and Projects in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). It contributed to a debate on getting a good pipeline of projects, upgrading the project selection, improving monitoring and evaluation and using Simplified Cost Options to deliver more results.

The module on State Aid in the Management of the ESIF during 2014-2020 programming period was delivered so far 6 times for DG REGIO/EMPL in 2016/2017, was delivered on 12-13 December 2017 and is planned also on 21-22 June 2018.

The previous module Ensuring Result Orientation in Operational Programmes 2014-2020: Programme Management, Project Selection, Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation was delivered 5 times for DG REGIO/EMPL over 2015/2016 and also once for DG MARE in 2017 to clarify the specificities of the EMFF context.

Furthermore, the module Management and Control: Management Verifications in ESI funds was delivered 8 times for DG REGIO/EMPL since 2014 and 2 times for DG MARE adapted for the context of EMFF. The initial trainings delivered in 2013/2014 at the start of the Framework contract have been 5 trainings on the preparation of the ESI programmes and 5 seminars on Financial instruments adapted to both the ERDF and ESF contexts.