Implementing the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations

21/03/2018
Location: Warsaw

Implementing the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations

From: 990,00

This course examines the practical challenges of implementing the 2014-2020 ESIF regulations and operational programmes. We look at the most significant rules under three headings: 1) programme finance and management 2) financial management and 3) financial control and audit. We refer extensively to Member State cases and good practice.

This course examines the practical challenges of implementing the 2014-2020 ESIF regulations and operational programmes. We look at the most significant rules under three headings: 1) programme finance and management 2) financial management and 3) financial control and audit. We refer extensively to Member State cases and good practice.

  • What are the implications of the new result-orientation emphasis for programme and project implementation?
  • How are Member States dealing with the Performance Framework?
  • Is the new accounting year working smoothly?
  • What is the link between annual pre-financing and automatic de-commitment (n+3)?
  • How is implementation being simplified through using the simplified cost options?

There will be a keynote intervention from a Polish Managing Authorities, assessing the key issues, lessons and challenges for programme implementation in Poland. This will include reference to financial control, management verifications, respecting horizontal priorities, and the targeting of operations.

The seminar also examines the new monitoring and evaluation requirements and considers how best to set targets and measure impact. A range of implementation issues will be discussed, including achieving synergies with other funding sources.

How will it help you?
The seminar uses illustrated presentations given by senior national practitioners and expert consultants. Ample time will be available for question and answer sessions, discussions and exchanges of experience. There will be practical workshops and exercises on n+3, revenue-generating projects, options for using flat-rates and standardised unit costs, irregularities, and setting budgets and targets for the Performance Framework.

By the end of the seminar, participants should have a clear understanding of the rules for the current programming period and how the challenges for implementation are being addressed. This includes reference to detailed management procedures and best practices for implementation, as well as the use of tools to measure the effects of interventions

Who will benefit most?
The seminar is aimed at all economic actors in the Structural Funds /Cohesion Fund policy-making and implementation process, including Managing, Certifying, Audit authorities, Intermediate Bodies, and national, regional and local officials or representatives. It is also designed for project sponsors and applicants, as well as other implementing bodies, including agencies with an economic development role (such as regional development agencies), educational and training establishments, and other local partners, including consultants and NGOs.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2018
08.45 Registration of participants
 
09.00 Opening of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht
09.15 The Structural and Investment Funds regulations 2014-2020: key implementation issues and challenges

·         result-orientation of programmes, programme performance
·         programme finance, financial flows – commitments, advances, payments
·         the new accounting year, assurance on accounts, financial information
·         financial control and audit – key changes
·         programme closure

Robin Smail, Consultant (UK) & Visiting Expert EIPA (former National Expert EC)

10.45 Coffee break
 
11.15 Workshop: exercises with automatic de-commitment (n+3 rule)

·         financial planning, project spending profiles
·         pre-financing, interim payments and spending targets
·         latest developments for n+3

Robin Smail

12.00 ESI funds implementation in Mazovia Region

·         previous experience from 2007-2013
·         challenges for 2014-2020

Mariusz Frankowski, Director, Mazovian Unit of the EU Programmes Implementation

13.00 Lunch at Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand
14.15  Simplified cost options

·         simplified costs options
·         the advanced options
·         new OMNIBUS Regulation

Marco Lopriore

15.45 Coffee break
16.15 Workshop: simplified cost options

·         flat-rate calculations
·         standard scales of unit costs

Marco Lopriore

17.30 End of first day
19.30 Dinner at Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand
THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2018
09.00 Measuring performance and success: evaluation and monitoring requirements for new Operational Programmes

·         key developments for monitoring, reporting and evaluation
·         indicators in the Annual Implementation Report
·         achieving targets in the Performance Framework
·         evaluations during the programming period, how do we measure impact?

Robin Smail

 
10.00 Workshop: case study & discussion – dealing with projects underperforming on the delivery of outputs

·         project spend, project outputs
·         procedures for underperformance process

Robin Smail and Marco Lopriore

 
10.30 Coffee break
 
11.00 New ESF priorities and mechanisms

·         increasing effectiveness of ESF in 2014-2020
·         case studies: (new) funding instruments – global grants, vouchers, financial instruments, integrated territorial investments (ITI)
·         horizontal principles: sustainable development, gender equality, non-discrimination and compliance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights
·         exercise: respecting horizontal principles
·         Review of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership (ECCP)

Marco Lopriore

 
12.00 New and Ongoing Management Challenges for Member States: the Polish Perspective

·         lessons learned from the first years of implementing current financial perspective
·         main challenges in the context of financial management
·         administrative burden reduction
·         discussion

Pawel Chorazy, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Warsaw, and Member of the EU High level group on simplification

 
13.00 Lunch at Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand
 
14.15 Exercise: calculation of the grant for revenue-generating projects

·         funding-gap method
·         new rules for revenue-generating projects and the calculation of discounted net revenues

Robin Smail

 
14.45 Implementation Issues in practice for ESI Funds and Programmes

·         national rules and gold-plating; reducing administrative burden
·         synergies with other EU Funds – Horizon 2020, framework programmes for research and development; working with the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
·         exercise: using ESI and Horizon 2020 and complying with GBER

Marco Lopriore

 
16.00 Feedback, evaluation, conclusion of the seminar
 
16.15 Close of the seminar

Course venue
Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand
Krucza 28 00-522 Warsaw
Poland

Fee
The fee includes documentation, two lunches, one dinner and refreshments. 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, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Meals
Lunche(s) and dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation. Please indicate the method of payment on the registration form.

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 mention of a speaker’s name in the programme does not commit EIPA. In the event that an announced speaker does not appear, EIPA will do its utmost to find a suitable replacement.

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