Financial Management of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds: Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

Project number: 2130203

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Date & pricing

20/04/2021 - 22/04/2021
Register before: 16/04/2021

€ 700,00 per attendee

€ 630,00 for EIPA members*

Financial Management of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds: Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

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What are the key live issues for Financial Management and Audit of Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period? Are these accentuated as current programmes try to absorb the emergency REACT-EU funding? How do the New Regulations change Financial Management and Audit rules for 2021-2027?


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About this course

What are the key live issues for Programme finance and Financial Management of Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period? What are the key Audit and Public Procurement issues? Are these accentuated as current programmes try to absorb the emergency REACT-EU funding? How do the New Regulations change Financial Management and Audit rules for 2021-2027?

This seminar will address these questions and take a close look at the programme and financial templates for the new EU Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes. There will be a special focus on extending the use of simplified cost options, the most frequent audit issues (eg. eligibility of expenditure, public procurement) and on the role of strategic procurement.

What you will learn?

Practical issues to be discussed will include:

  • programme finance, financial tables and the flexibility proposed for 2021-2027
  • key issues for the eligibility of expenditure
  • the extended use of simplified cost options and how to choose between them
  • changes to the audit of accounts, systems and operations
  • dealing with irregularities, corrections, withdrawals
  • strategic public procurement
  • dealing with REACT-EU and RRF Recovery funding
  • the link between finance and performance, using the Performance Framework

How we work

We aim to make the seminar as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the seminar topics. Workshops and exercises will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for:

  • managers and practitioners from managing authorities (Managing, Certifying and Audit authorities) whether they are national, regional or local authorities; and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with Structural Funds
  • economic and social partners / stakeholders working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as employers’ associations, consultants, NGOs, education bodies etc.
Robin Smail

Robin Smail

Robin Smail Training & Consultancy
EU Structural Funds

Dermot Byrne

Dermot Byrne

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the Republic of Ireland
EU Audit and Public Management

Practical information

Online Course
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

Programme Organiser
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.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity 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 Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00 Welcome of participants, opening of the online course, Tour de Table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht
09.15 The new draft Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and highlights for financial management

  • The draft new regulations: legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester and Country Reports (Annex D)
  • The new Emergency Amending Regulations (CRII and CRII+)
  • Claiming expenses; reducing red tape; extensions of deadlines
  • European Recovery Plan, REACT-EU, Cohesion funding and the RRF Recovery Facility

Marco Lopriore

10.00 Break-out rooms: financial allocations
10.15 Virtual Coffee break
10.35 Programming and Programme Structure 2021-2027

  • Partnership Agreement, simplification
  • programming and programme structure
  • justifying priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • the Programme template
  • programme performance, monitoring and evaluation
  • the project pipeline, project selection and value for money

Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, UK/IE (and former Detached National Expert, EC)

11.20 Short break
11.35 Programme Finance, Financial Management: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 (part 1)

  • the new programmes, programme finance, European Council conclusions
  • financial planning, commitments, automatic de-commitment

Robin Smail

12.10 Emergency responses to the Health Crisis: REACT

  • Using REACT, scope and eligibility
  • Absorbing REACT  and compliance to state aid
  • Case studies of REACT call for projects

Marco Lopriore

12.50 Question and answer session
13.10 End of first day
12.45 ZOOM Platform opens
13.00 Simplified Cost Options and extending simplification in 2021-2027

  • current legal provisions for SCO and the OMNIBUS regulation
  • EC proposals for further simplified costs options

Marco Lopriore

13.40 Break-out rooms: simplified costs options

  • using flat rates for different cost categories
  • verifications steps in using flat-rates

Marco Lopriore

14.20 Coffee break
14.40 Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

  • pre-financing, interim payments, technical assistance
  • the accounting year and calculation of the annual balance
  • financial information, financial control
  • timetables for payments, reporting and closure
  • financial control, management verifications

Robin Smail

15.30 Short Break & meet Guest Speaker
15.45 Control and Audit of Structural Funds, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

  • management and control systems (MCS), audit of systems
  • annual Accounts – preparation, audit and acceptance by Commission
  • audits of operations
  • most frequent problems and simplifying audit work
  • protecting the audit trail for REACT-EU projects
  • irregularities and corrections

Dermot Byrne, ERDF Audit Authority, Department of Public Expenditure Reform, Dublin

16.45 Break-out rooms: simplified cost options

  • using standard scales of unit costs and lump-sums
  • Determining hourly rates
  • Verification steps

Marco Lopriore

17.15 End of second day
08.45 Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00 Review of Issues from days 1 & 2
09.05 Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Review of changes in eligibility of ERDF, ESF and CF
  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance
  • Guidance on conflict of interest
  • most common errors
  • Direct or Indirect costs? Time-keeping records? Double-funding? Synergies with other grants?

Marco Lopriore

09.55 Break-out rooms: eligible expenditures
10.35 Virtual Coffee break & meet Guest speaker
11.00 The Strategic Use of Public Procurement

  • PP Action Plan, Avoiding Most Common Errors, Good Practices, Auditors Checklist
  • Strategic PP, market power, affecting company behavior
  • Link to Green Deal; social responsibility
  • Ensuring a level playing field

Ieva Cerniute, Unit E1, Administrative Capacity Building , DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

11.50 Short Coffee Break
12.00 Measuring Value for Money / Evaluation questions
12.15 Programme Finance and Programme Performance

  • monitoring and reporting performance
  • finance and performance: the new Performance Framework, output and result indicators
  • reporting performance: new Reporting template
  • evaluation and Value-for-Money (VfM)

Robin Smail

13.00 Question and answer session
13.05 Evaluation feedback from participants
13.15 End of seminar