The New ESF+ Programmes: Preparing for 2021-2027 and Health Crisis Impact

Project number: 2030204

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

22/06/2020 - 23/06/2020
Register before: 18/06/2020

€ 350,00 per attendee

€ 300,00 for EIPA members*

The New ESF+ Programmes: Preparing for 2021-2027 and Health Crisis Impact

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ESF will become ESF+ for the new programming period, 2021-2027. What will your new ESF+ programmes look like? Are you able to identify your priorities for your new programmes and do you know what lessons must be taken forward from current and previous programmes?

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About this online course

This online course will include discussion of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative as it relates to Cohesion Policy and to ESF. We will look at the new emergency Amending Regulations. We will consider how the remaining €37 billion budget of 2014-2020 can be used for emergency health and economic development measures – supporting the health sector and labour markets.

The progress of current programmes and projects will be severely impacted in most Member States. What will happen to delayed projects? Payment claims? Output targets and the Performance Framework? We will attempt to draw together experiences from around the EU.

We will also try to assess how the health emergency might impact on new programmes.

ESF will become ESF+ for the new programming period, 2021-2027. What will your new ESF+ programmes look like? Are you able to identify your priorities for your new programmes and do you know what lessons must be taken forward from current and previous programmes?

This EIPA online course examines these questions and assesses progress of ongoing ESF programmes. We will compare the requirements of the current and new programming periods. We will focus on some recent cases of good practice, from Italy, UK and 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.

How we work

The online course 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 keynote interventions from the European Commission (DG EMPL).

We aim to make the online course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the seminar topics. You are invited to send us your problems, issues and questions before the online course, if you wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the online course!

What you will learn in this online course

Key elements include:

  • Use of the ESF and ESF+ to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis
  • Country Specific Recommendations, Country Reports, recommendations of the European Pillar of Social Rights, Social Scoreboard
  • strategy design and a method for selecting programme priorities
  • choices for programme-specific indicators for ESF and 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

Who is the course for?

This online course 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.
Robin Smail

Robin Smail

Robin Smail Training & Consultancy
EU Structural Funds

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Winny Curfs
Tel: + 31 43 3296320

This online course will be offered at a special launch price. Regular fee is € 350. EIPA member fee is € 300.

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, United Kingdom.

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.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €50 for cancellations received after confirmation of your participation.
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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The programme

08.30 Welcome of participants and opening the “online” networking space
09.00 Opening of the seminar,  learning objectives and methodology of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
09.10 Building an Inclusive Europe: policy context and key themes for the European Social Fund

  • The draft new regulations: legal framework of CPR and ESF+
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes and economic governance, Employment Guidelines, Thematic Policy Paper, European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)
  • Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports (Annex D) and Social Scoreboard
  • The new Emergency Amending Regulations (CRII) and CRII+
  • European Recovery Plan and recovery Cohesion funding

Marco Lopriore

09.50 Short Break
10.00 Programming and new Programme Structure for 2021-2027

  • Financial allocations, Partnership Agreements
  • ESF+ Programme structure and logic of intervention, determining priorities, Specific Objectives
  • Preparing the ground: instruments & methods, Enabling Conditions, Concentration rules

Robin Smail, EIPA Visiting Expert and Consultant (former national expert, EC)

10.40 Virtual coffee break meeting room – Tour de Table
11.00 Using the Programme Cycle Management method to draft new programmes

  • PCM, programming method, Programme strategy
  • using the OP template

Robin Smail

11.20 Break-out groups: priorities and financial allocations
11.35 Extending Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027

  • Review of SCO options and ESF-results orientation
  • SCO template of Annex V
  • Audit and control of SCO

Marco Lopriore

12.25 Break-out groups: SCO exercise
12.40 Discussion with Michael Grosse, DG EMPL on Simplified  Cost Options
13.20 End of first day
08.45 Opening of the platform
09.00 Financial Management of ESF+ for 2021-2027

  • Key changes in Financial Management: programme finance, co-finance rates, pre-financing, automatic decommitment
  • payment applications, the accounting year, calculation of the annual balance
  • Transmission of financial information; programme closure
  • Financial Control; Management Verifications; Audit changes
  • Discussion – challenges of Management Verifications

Robin Smail

10.05 Short Break
10.15 Key issues for the European Social Fund+

  • Horizontal principles, the European Code of Conduct for Partnership
  • Changes to eligibility of expenditure
  • State aid
  • ESF data requirements on participants

Marco Lopriore

10.45 Coffee break
11.05 Reaction of ESF to the COVID-19 crisis

  • The Amended Regulations with COVID-19
  • Response of Member states with ESF

Marco Lopriore

11.40 Monitoring and reporting requirements

  • Changes for the new 2021-2027 period
  • Real time reporting – financial and physical indicators
  • The New Performance Framework and the OP template
  • The new Reporting template

Robin Smail

12.10 Evaluation requirements, measuring success

  • Policy-evaluation cycle
  • The Evaluation Plan, preparing the ground for ESF evaluation
  • Evaluation criteria, measuring impact, value-for-money (VfM)

Robin Smail

12.25 Break-out groups: what do we need to evaluate?
12.40 Discussion with representatives of DG EMPL on preparation of your programmes 2021-2027
13.20 Evaluation and close of the online course