ESF will evolve into ESF+ for the new programming period, 2021-2027. Huge resources will again be made available through the European Union and Member States to help our less advantaged communities, improve skills, and increase access to jobs. What can we learn from current programmes and how can we make ESF+ a success?
This 2-day EIPA seminar looks at the progress of ongoing ESF programmes, and examines the detail of the new draft regulations for ESF+. We will focus on recent cases of good practice and on the key elements of programming and programme implementation – setting priorities, targeting, fulfilling conditions, measuring progress and achieving results, simplification in financial management and financial control.
EIPA experts will build on two successful EIPA seminar-workshops recently delivered under contract to the Flanders Region and to the Brussels Capital Region, assisting them with the preparation of a new generation of ESF+ programmes.
What you will learn?
The twin objectives of this seminar are to ensure that:
- participants have a good grasp of how ESF is being used to maximum effect
- how to prepare the new ESF+ programmes
Key issues to be considered include:
- requirements of National Reform Programmes, Country Specific Recommendations
- recommendations of the European Pillar of Social Rights
- choices for programme-specific indicators for ESF and ESF+
- how to prepare the new Performance Frameworks
- financial planning and flexibility for new programmes
- changes to the accounting year and the calculation of the annual balance
- best use of simplified cost options and protecting the audit trail
- risk assessment for Management Verifications
- drawing lessons from ESF projects
Who is the course for?
This seminar is aimed at:
- managers and practitioners from ESF managing authorities (Managing, Certifying and Audit authorities), whether they are national or regional authorities
- project applicants/sponsors and other stakeholders associated with the Social Fund either at programme or project level, including local authorities, education bodies, chambers of commerce, NGOs and community associations and so on.
How we work
The seminar will be led by highly experienced EIPA experts/consultants, Marco Lopriore and Robin Smail, who have been working with the ESF for more than 20 years. There will be 2 keynote interventions – from the European Commission, and from the Austrian Ministry of Labour.
We aim to make the seminar as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the seminar topics. Workshops will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.
Participants are invited to send us their problems, issues and questions before the seminar, if they wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the seminar!