About this online course
ESF becomes ESF+ for the new programming period 2021-2027. The New Structural Funds Regulations have been agreed recently and are to be printed officially in June 2021. How do the agreed new regulations differ from the EC proposed regulations, and the 2014-2020 regulations? What will your new ESF+ programmes look like and what is the impact of the health crisis?
This 3-day EIPA seminar examines these questions and assesses progress of new programmes. We will ask how you are identifying your spending priorities for your new programmes and what important lessons have been learnt from current and previous ESF programmes? We will consider some recent cases of good practice from around the EU.
EIPA experts will build on three successful EIPA seminar-workshops recently delivered under contract to the Flanders Region, the Brussels Capital Region, and the Wallonie region – assisting them with the preparation of a new generation of ESF+ programmes.
What you will learn?
Key elements include:
- Country Specific Recommendations, Country Reports, recommendations of the European Pillar of Social Rights, Social Scoreboard
- strategy design, methods for selecting programme priorities and financial allocations
- choices for programme-specific indicators for ESF+ and how to prepare the new Performance Frameworks
- financial planning and flexibility for new programmes
- simplifying financial control and audit – expanding the use of simplified cost options and protecting the audit trail
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 a keynote intervention from the European Commission DG EMPL.
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.
Read Marco Lopriore’s paper: ‘Recovery and Resilience Plans for the Next Generation EU: a unique opportunity that must be taken quickly, and carefully‘
Who will benefit most?
This webinar is aimed principally at:
- practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with ESF
- the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.
For this online course we make use of Zoom
Remote simultaneous interpretation
Remote simultaneous interpretation can be offered in Spanish, French and Italian on request. Contact the Programme Organiser for more information and conditions
Ms Amber Kessels
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
EIPA offers a 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.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
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 €50 for cancellations received after confirmation of your participation. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.
EIPA reserves the right to cancel its live online activities up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.
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|08.45||Opening of ZOOM platform, welcome of participants|
|09.00||Opening of the seminar, learning objectives and methodology of the seminar, Tour de Table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
|09.15||Building an Inclusive Europe: policy context and key themes for the European Social Fund
|10.10||Discussion: ESF+ priorities and financial allocations|
|10.30||Programming and new Programme Structure for 2021-2027
Robin Smail, EIPA Visiting Expert and Consultant (former national expert, EC)
|11.30||Programming and new Programme Structure for 2021-2027 (contd.)
|12.10||Discussion: Lessons learnt from previous periods and issues for new ESF+ programmes|
|12.30||Reaction of ESF to the COVID-19 crisis, synergies with other EU funds and good practice cases
|13.15||End of first day|
|08.45||Opening of the platform|
|09.00||Review of day 1|
|09.05||Financial Management of ESF+ for 2021-2027
|10.15||Workshop: Examining the Programme Template for Simplified Cost Options – Annex V, Section 8 and Appendix 1|
|10.30||Extending Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027
|11.35||Workshops: Result orientation and Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027
|12.15||Discussion on the preparation of your programmes 2021-2027
Loris Di Pietrantonio, Head of Unit, F1, ESF and FEAD: Policy and legislation, DG EMPL European Commission
|13.15||End of second day|
|12.45||Opening of the platform|
|13.00||Review of day 2|
|13.00||Monitoring and reporting requirements
|13.50||Break-out rooms: indicators for ESF+|
|14.25||Eligibility of Expenditure
|15.05||Workshop: ESF+ challenges / no-go areas|
|15.40||Break-out groups: what do we need to evaluate? Evaluation questions|
|16.00||Evaluation requirements, measuring success
|16.35||Remaining key issues in ESF+
|17.10||Exercise: changes for ESF+ versus ESF|
|17.25||Evaluation and close of the online course|