About this course
This three-day, highly practical course, will cover all essential aspects of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of 2014-2020, in line with the European Commission Guide on CBA, published in December 2014 and its future in the next programming period 2021 – 2027.
It will be conducted by experts from the European Commission, JASPERS – the lead author of the CBA Guide and European Court of Auditors.
It explains why CBA is 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 also shows how the European Court of Auditors audits CBA.
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 you will learn in this course
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).
Divided in small working groups, you will practice all the elements with the direct involvement of EC, ECA and JASPERS experts. We will also provide you with 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 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. You will get the most relevant information about the future use of the CBA in the programming period 2021 – 2027 and its consequences.
Gran Hotel Havana
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933 417 000
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
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.).
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?
|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|
|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.
|Part II – Cost-Benefit Analysis and EU co-financed investment projects: CBA and economic analysis|
|11.00||Economic evaluation of investment projects in the European Commission Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis and its future
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? What will happen in the 2021 – 2027?
Ofelia Betancor, Associate Professor in Economics at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Las Palmas
|Part III – EU Commission Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis and EU co-financed investment projects: Jaspers and European Commission perspective in the programming period 2014-2020 and 2021 – 2027|
|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
|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.
Witold Willak, Deputy Head of Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
|17.30||End of the first day|
|17.45||Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (2 hours approx.)|
|9.00||Seven steps for a good appraisal of projects co-financed by EU Funds 2014-2020
|10.30||Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.
|11.45||How to ensure quality of projects in simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries
|13.45||Joint lunch in the restaurant|
|Part IV – 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.
|18.00||End of the second day (groups may stay for longer if they wish)|
|Part V – 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
|11.15||Where are the errors? – practical case studies
|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: FROM THE MANAGING AUTHORITY PERSPECTIVE. How to effectively assess CBA for EU co-financed investment projects|
|12.45||Cost-Benefit Analysis and appraisal criteria for EU co-financed investment projects: case study from water sector – “Drinking Water supply in Zaragoza”
|14.00||Joint lunch in the restaurant|
|15.15||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?
|17.45||Evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
Iwona Karwot, Davide Sartori
|18.00||Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants