Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of EU-Financed Projects: Why and How? — CBA Guide 2014-2020 and its Future 2021-2027

Project number: 1960901

Gran Hotel Havana, Barcelona (ES)

Date & pricing

25/03/2019 - 27/03/2019
Register before: 11/03/2019

€ 1.325,00 per attendee

€ 1.195,00 for EIPA members*

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of EU-Financed Projects: Why and How? — CBA Guide 2014-2020 and its Future 2021-2027

From:  1.195,00

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.

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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.

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
Miriam Escolà
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

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.

Iwona Karwot

10.30 Coffee break
 
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

12.30 Q&A session
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

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.

Witold Willak, Deputy Head of Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

17.15 Q&A session
17.30 End of the first day
17.45 Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (2 hours approx.)
20.00 Official dinner
9.00 Seven steps for a good appraisal of projects co-financed by EU Funds 2014-2020

Davide Sartori

10.15 Q&A session
10.30 Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.

Witold Willak

 
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 How to ensure quality of projects in simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries

Witold Willak

13.15 Q&A session
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.

Davide Sartori

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

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: 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”

Davide Sartori

13.45 Q&A session
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?

Davide Sartori

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

Iwona Karwot

MONDAY 25 MARCH 2019
 
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 and its future
 
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
   
12.30 Q&A session
 
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
   
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.
Witold Willak, Deputy Head of Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
   
17.15 Q&A session
   
17.30 End of the first day
   
17.45 Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (2 hours approx.)
   
20.00 Official dinner
   
   
TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2019
 
9.00 Seven steps for a good appraisal of projects co-financed by EU Funds 2014-2020
Davide Sartori
   
10.15 Q&A session
   
10.30 Best practices regarding CBA in Member States in the programming period 2014 – 2020.
Witold Willak
 
11.15 Coffee break
   
11.45 How to ensure quality of projects in simplified Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – considerations for the programme authorities and beneficiaries
Witold Willak
   
13.15 Q&A session
   
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.
Davide Sartori
   
18.00 End of the second day (groups may stay for longer if they wish)
   
   
WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019
   
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
   
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: 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”
Davide Sartori
   
13.45 Q&A session
   
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?
Davide Sartori
   
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
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
Miriam Escolà
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.).