Good Practices of Project Appraisal – Experience of Cohesion Policy and the Connecting Europe Facility with the Cost Benefit Analysis – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

Project number: 1960902

Gran Hotel Havana, Barcelona (ES)

Date & pricing

25/11/2019 - 27/11/2019
Register before: 18/11/2019

€ 1.325,00 per attendee

€ 1.195,00 for EIPA members*

Good Practices of Project Appraisal – Experience of Cohesion Policy and the Connecting Europe Facility with the Cost Benefit Analysis – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

From:  1.195,00

This three-day highly practical course will cover all essential aspects of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and its role in the project appraisal in 2014-2020 and foreseen changes in 2021–2027 under Cohesion Policy and the Connecting Europe Facility.

About this course

This three-day highly practical course will cover all essential aspects of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and its role in the project appraisal in 2014-2020 and foreseen changes in 2021–2027 under Cohesion Policy and the Connecting Europe Facility.

The DG REGIO CBA Guide, its methodology, practical applications and future, best practices, Operations of Strategic Importance (OSI) and all other the most important questions, including audit will be discussed with experts from European Commission, European Investment Bank, JASPERS (lead author of the current Guide) and the European Court of Auditors.

Taking into account that CBA will also be required in the future for all projects under the Connecting Europe Facility, its role in the appraisal process and best practices will be discussed with an expert from the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

Who will benefit most?

  • Beneficiaries eligible for Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund, CEF and IPA II, managing authorities, certifying authorities, intermediate bodies, auditors, consulting companies
  • Other actors involved in EU funding programmes and projects

What you will learn in this course

You will improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of elaboration and assessment of CBA as a main tool for decision making in public investment projects, as used by the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, the Connecting Europe Facility, the European Investment Bank and many national funding schemes.

You will practise all the elements in workshops in small working groups with the direct involvement of EC, INEA, ECA, EIB and JASPERS experts. You will receive the most relevant information about the future use of the CBA in the post 2020 perspective and its consequences.

What will you be able to do with what you learned?

You will improve your theoretical and practical knowledge about elaborations, assessments, and audits of CBAs prepared for investment projects which are co-financed by the EU Structural and Cohesion Fund conforming to the DG REGIO requirements and by the Connecting Europe Facility. You will receive the most relevant information about the future use of the CBA in the programming period 2021-2027 and its consequences.

Iwona Karwot

Dr Iwona Karwot (PL)

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Ginés de Rus

Ginés de Rus

EU Structural Funds - External Expert

Witold Willak

Witold Willak

EU Structural Funds – External Expert

Davide Sartori

Davide Sartori

EU Structural Funds – External Expert

Guido Fara

Guido Fara

EU Structural Funds - External Expert

Practical information

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, three lunches, one dinner, refreshments and a walking sightseeing tour. 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.

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.

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

Hotel reservations
EIPA is pleased to make reservations for you at the same hotel where the course will take place, and where special rates apply for EIPA participants. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, kindly 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.

The EIPA special rate at the Gran Hotel Havana is:
134€ Single room
148€ Double room
(breakfast and VAT included. + Tourist tax 1.21€ pppn.)

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.).

The programme

08.30 Registration and handing out 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 in 2014 – 2020? What are the rules to apply? What are the changes foreseen 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. State of play of negotiation of the next programming period.
Iwona Karwot
10.30 Coffee break
Part II – Cost-Benefit Analysis for ESI Funds and its future: European Commission
11.00 The theoretical underpinnings: Economic evaluation of public investment projects
What is the CBA and why do we need it? Why is the economic evaluation of projects important? How does the Guide solve the problem of selecting projects that are socially profitable? What will happen in the 2021 – 2027 programming period?
Ginés de Rus, Professor of Economics, University of Las Palmas. Research Director of Infrastructure and Transport, FEDEA.
12.30 Q&A session
12.45 The assessment of project applications by the EU Commission and the importance of CBA analysis in the decision-making process in 2014 – 2020 programming period. How to ensure the quality of projects in a simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries. Project phasing between the two programming periods. Part 1
Witold Willak, Deputy Head of Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
13.45 Q&A session
14.00 Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant
15.30 The assessment of project applications by the EU Commission and the importance of CBA analysis in the decision-making process in 2014–2020 programming period. How to ensure the quality of projects in a simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries. Project phasing between the two programming periods. Part 2
Witold Willak
16.30 Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.
Witold Willak
17.15 Q&A session
17.30 End of the first day
17.45 Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (two hours approx.)
20.00 Official dinner
Part III – Cost-Benefit Analysis for European Investment Bank (EIB) / JASPERS
9.00 CBA methodology: 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
09.45 Q&A session
10.00 Seven steps for a good appraisal of public investment projects co-financed by EU Funds
Davide Sartori
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Cost-Benefit Analysis and appraisal criteria for EU co-financed investment projects:
case study from the energy efficiency sector

Massimo Merighi, European Investment Bank
13.15 Q&A session
13.30 Joint lunch in the restaurant
Part IV – Cost-Benefit Analysis for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
14.45 The role of CBA under the CEF Call for proposals and the CBA Cash Flow Template
Julien Bollati, Financial Engineering Manager, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), European Commission
15.45 Q&A session
16.00 CEF project assessment – practical workshop
Julien Bollati
17.30 Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
18.00 End of the second day
Part V – Cost-Benefit Analysis for European Court of Auditors (ECA)
09.00 The ECA’s approach to the audit of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) in the 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
12.15 Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
Part VI – Practical workshops on CBA: How do you effectively assess CBA for EU co-financed investment projects?
12.45 Case study: How to be efficient in the project assessment process?
Assessment of a Cost-Benefit Analysis for three different types of projects. How should managing authorities assess CBA to find possible weaknesses / inconsistencies and take the right decision regarding the level of co-financing?
14.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
15.30 Case study: How to be efficient in the project assessment process? continuation
16.30 Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
17.30 Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot