Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of EU-Financed Projects: Why and How? – CBA Guide 2014-2020 and post 2020

22/10/2018 - 24/10/2018
Location: Barcelona (ES)
Project number: 1860902

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of EU-Financed Projects: Why and How? – CBA Guide 2014-2020 and post 2020

From:  1.100,00

This three-day, highly practical course, will cover all essential aspects of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) in 2014-2020 and its future developments 2021 – 2027. The European Commission CBA Guidepublished in December 2014, its methodology and practical applications,  will be discussed with experts from European Commission and European Investment Bank/JASPERS, including lead author of the Guide, and with Member States. It explains why CBA continues to be one of the most important tools in the programming period of 2014-2020 not only for beneficiaries of EU funds, but also for national and regional administrations in their decision-making process regarding investment projects.

It explains how to prepare the best CBA, how to assess a CBA and how the European Court of Auditors audits CBA. This course also covers the closure of major projects and the so-called ‘phased projects’, for which the first stage was financed from 2007-2013, and the second stage, to be financed in 2014-2020, could benefit from a simplified approval procedure if certain conditions are met.

How will it help you?

You will improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of elaboration and assessment of CBAs prepared for EU Structural and Cohesion Fund investment projects conforming to the DG Regio requirements, (the CBA guide, general and implementing regulations). You will practice all the elements in workshops in small working groups with the direct involvement of EC, ECA and JASPERS experts.

Who will benefit most?
  • Beneficiaries eligible for Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund and IPA II (national, regional and local administrations, NGOs, agencies, SMEs, associations, and others)
  • Managing authorities, certifying authorities, intermediate bodies, auditors, consulting companies
  • Other actors involved in EU funding programmes and projects
What will you be able to do with what you learn?

You will improve your theoretical and practical knowledge about elaborations, assessments, and audits of CBAs prepared for investment projects which are co-financed by EU Structural and Cohesion Fund conforming to the DG Regio requirements.

 

 

MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018

 

08.30

Registration and handing out of seminar material

 

 

09.00

Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology  
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona

 

 

09.15

Tour de table: presentation of participants to endorse networking

 

 

Part I – Setting the scene: what investment project can we finance and how? What are the rules to apply in 2014-2020? What can we expect in 2021 – 2027?

 

 

09.45

Cohesion Policy and investment projects co-financed by EU Funds in the programming period 2014-2020 and 2021 – 2027: regulations and implementing acts.
Iwona Karwot

 

 

10.30

Coffee break

 

Part II – Cost-Benefit Analysis and EU co-financed investment projects: CBA and economic analysis 2014-2020

 

11.00

Economic evaluation of investment projects in the European Commission Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis
Objectives, content and practical use of the Guide for CBA elaboration and assessment of EU-funded projects. What is the CBA and why do we need it? Why is the economic evaluation of projects important, and how does the Guide solve the problem of selecting projects that are socially profitable?
Ginés de Rus, Professor of Economics, University of Las Palmas. Research director of Infrastructure and Transport, FEDEA.

 

 

12.30

Q&A session

 

Part III – EU Commission Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis and EU co-financed investment projects: Jaspers and expert’s perspective in the programming period 2014-2020

 

12.45

European Commission Guide to CBA: the guiding principles
Davide Sartori, CBA specialist, European Investment Bank, JASPERS – Networking and Competence Centre. Lead Author of the 2014 European Commission Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects

 

 

13.30

Q&A session

 

 

13.45

Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant

 

 

15.15

Seven steps for a good appraisal of projects co-financed by EU Funds 2014-2020
Davide Sartori

 

 

16.45

Q&A session

 

 

17.00

End of the first day

 

 

17.15

Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (2 hours approx.)

 

 

20.00

Official dinner               

 

 

TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2018

 

 

Part IV – Cost-Benefit Analysis and EU co-financed investment projects: European Commission perspective in the programming period 2014-2020 and outlook for 2021-2027

 

 

9.00

The assessment of project applications by the EU Commission and the importance of CBA analysis in the decision-making process.
Witold Willak, Deputy Head of Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

 

 

10.30

Q&A session

 

 

10.45

Coffee break

 

11.15

Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.
Witold Willak

12.00

How to ensure quality of projects in simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries
Witold Willak

 

 

13.00

Q&A session

 

 

13.30

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

Part V –Practical workshops in small working groups on CBA: FROM THE BENEFICIARY PERSPECTIVE

How to effectively prepare CBA for EU co-financed investment projects

 

 

15.00

Division of participants into small parallel working groups during workshops foreseen for the second and the third day of the seminar

Case study: How to successfully prepare a CBA to get the best project implemented and maximise its impact?
The CBA as a tool used to ensure proper structure, scope, maturity and assessment of risks for a project and to provide evidence of the project impact and the need for EU co-financing.                                    
Davide Sartori, Krzysztof Kasprzyk and Michele Alessandrini, Expert at t33

 

 

18.00

End of the second day (groups may stay for longer if they wish)

 

 

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018

 

 

Part VI – CBA from the European Court of Auditors’ perspective

 

 

09.00

The ECA’s approach to the audit of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) in transport and infrastructure sector
Guido Fara, Auditor – Chamber 2 Directorate — Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, Performance Audit, European Court of Auditors

 

 

10.30

Q&A session

 

 

10.45

Coffee break

 

 

11.15

Where are the errors? – practical case studies
Guido Fara

 

 

12.00

Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions

 

 

Part VII – Practical workshops on CBA: FROM THE MANAGING AUTHORITY PERSPECTIVE

How to effectively assess CBA for EU co-financed investment projects

 

 

12.30

Cost-Benefit Analysis and appraisal criteria for EU co-financed investment projects: case study from water sector – “Drinking Water supply in Zaragoza”
Davide Sartori

 

 

13.30

Q&A session

 

 

13.45

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

15.00

Case study: How to be efficient in the project assessment process? Assessment of detailed Cost-Benefit Analysis of three different types of EU co-financed investment projects. How should managing authorities assess CBA to find all possible mistakes and take the right decision regarding the level of co-financing?
Davide Sartori, Krzysztof Kasprzyk and Michele Alessandrini

 

 

17.30

Final panel of experts: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
Iwona Karwot, Davide Sartori, Krzysztof Kasprzyk and Michele Alessandrini

 

 

17.45

Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

 

 

Course venue
Gran Hotel Havana
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933 417 000
www.granhotelhavana.com

Programme Organiser
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06
m.escola@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. After the event, a certificate of participation will be handed out and participants will be given access to the digital version of the event documents. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

When you register for the two consecutive courses on “CBA Why and How” and “CBA Advanced”, you receive a discount of €200.

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, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Hotel reservations
EIPA is pleased to make reservations for you at the same hotel where the event will take place, and where special rates apply for EIPA participants. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please contact the organiser of this seminar m.escola@eipa.eu. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. Please note that if you register after the deadline, hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed.

EIPA Barcelona has made a block booking at the Gran Hotel Havana (www.granhotelhavana.com) at the special rates of:

– Single room: €134 + €1.21 tourist tax

– Double room: €148 + €2.42 tourist tax.

The prices mentioned include breakfast buffet and 10% VAT.

Meals
Lunch(es) will be served at the hotel restaurant and dinner will be held at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

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 €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

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