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.
Gran Hotel Havana
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933 417 000
Ms Miriam Escola
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 email@example.com. 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.).
|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.
|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?
Ofelia Betancor, Associate professor of Economics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
|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
|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
|16.30||Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.
|17.30||End of the first day|
|17.45||Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (two hours approx.)|
|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
|10.00||Seven steps for a good appraisal of public investment projects co-financed by EU Funds
|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
|13.30||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
|16.00||CEF project assessment – practical workshop
|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
|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: 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