The Successful Implementation of the 2021-2027 Programmes Starts Now: Concrete Steps to be Prepared

20/06/2019 - 21/06/2019
Location: Madrid (ES)
Project number: 1960201

The Successful Implementation of the 2021-2027 Programmes Starts Now: Concrete Steps to be Prepared

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What should you already be doing now to ensure you are well prepared for the 2021-2027 programming period? How can you avoid delays once the new Regulations are adopted? Are there simplification opportunities that should be explored now? Shouldn’t you already be thinking about programming, implementation modalities, performance elements, monitoring, controlling and auditing for the next generation of programmes?

This highly practical two-day course will provide you with replies to all above mentioned questions and will give you a complete overview of changes to be introduced in the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. It will give you also a full understanding of steps to be taken from now onwards in order to be fully prepared on time for those changes.

The unique feature of this course is that you will get all this practical knowledge from experts from the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, EU Commission, European Court of Auditors and Member States, directly involved in the preparations of the next programming period.

What will you learn in this course?
  • Relevant draft regulations for 2021-2027 and their consequences for Member States
  • State of play of negotiations for the next programming period
  • All aspects of Cohesion Policy programmes management 2021-2027: from programming and fulfilling enabling conditions, to deciding on implementation modalities, monitoring and evaluation
  • Control and audit arrangements
  • What can be improved: conditionalities, simplifications and performance measures
 How will it help you?

We have made this course very practical and interactive. All presentations include concrete examples and there are two highly practical workshops in small working groups. You will not only learn about changes in the 2021-2027 programming period, but you will also go back to your workplace with a set of concrete ideas and actions to be taken and implemented in the near future.

 Who is this course for?
  • Managing Authorities, Coordination Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities responsible for ESIF
  • Economic and social partners, including: universities, NGOs, regional or thematic associations involved in negotiations or working with the Funds,
  • Consulting companies providing support to national authorities in order to set-up future programme elements
What will you be able to do with what you learn?

You will gain knowledge of all the new developments expected in the 2021-2027 programming period. You will also learn what you should already be doing in terms of planning and taking actions now to ensure that you are fully prepared.




Registration and handing out of seminar material




Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona




Tour de table: presentation of participants to initiate networking



Part I – Draft Regulations and state of play of negotiations 2021-2027. The European Commission proposal and negotiations from The Council of the EU perspective




EU Cohesion Policy in the programming period 2021-2027: continuity and changes in the draft Regulations
The session will provide a complete overview of changes foreseen to be introduced in the 2021-2027 programming period and a full understanding of steps to be taken from now onwards, in order to be prepared on time for those changes. Areas in which continuity is expected will also be highlighted. The main aim of this session will be to walk you through the main draft Regulations for 2021-2027 and to identify areas in which reflections and planning by national Authorities are necessary now.
Stéphanie Gantzer-Houzel, Expert in EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, former European Commission and European Court of Auditors official




Questions and answers




Coffee break




State of play of negotiations for the next programming period: the main topics on the table
We will present to you not only main topics which are being discussed in Council since the Commission’s proposal,  but also give you complete understanding of the pace of negotiations, the expected calendar and its consequence for Member States. Areas where there is provisional agreement in Council will be highlighted and areas where there is higher uncertainty will be presented. The overall objective of the session is to continue identifying areas where reflections/planning by national Authorities is necessary now.
Nuria Tello Clusella, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU




Questions and answers



Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant



Part II – Preparation for the 2021-2027 programming period – Member states perspective




Preparing the 2021-2027 programming period from a national Authority’s & Managing Authority perspective: real – life case study
This session will focus on preparation process from the Member State perspective: how do national authorities prepare for the next programming period? What has already been done, what is the preparation timetable and how will these actions be taken?
Johannes Rossbacher, Director, Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning, Managing Authority of IGJ/ERDF Austria 2014-20




Workshop ‘Putting yourself in the programmers’ shoes’: the preparation of a draft operational programme based on the draft template in the Commission’s proposal
During this workshop, you will analyse the draft templates for programmes co-financed by ERDF, ESF+, Cohesion Fund and EMFF, and identify main elements that need to be prepared now in order to ensure a successful programming.




Group presentations – panel of experts




End of the first day




Sightseeing tour of Madrid (2 hours approx.)




Official dinner






Part III – Preparation for the 2021-2027 programming period – European Court of Auditors  perspective




Lessons learnt from the Court of Auditors’ reports on the preparation and implementation for the next programming period: conditionalities, simplification, performance
What can be improved?
You will learn about the main findings and recommendations of the European Court of Auditors, which can be useful for national authorities during their preparations for the 2021-2027 programming period.
Bernard Witkos, European Court of Auditors




Questions and answers




Coffee break




Financial management and audit in 2021-2027
The aim of this session will be to explore new developments in terms of financial management, control and audit, with a special focus on a reflection regarding potential simplifications for post 2020. New developments and opportunities in terms of designation, annual accounts, organising first level control and audits will be addressed.
Stéphanie Gantzer-Houzel




Questions and answers




Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant



Part IV – How to be prepared?




Enabling conditions, implementation and performance in 2021-2027: how to prepare
We will analyse the draft provisions concerning enabling conditions, implementation issues and performance elements. Enabling conditions will be examined from the perspective of preparatory steps to be taken at national level. A number of new or revised implementation possibilities, such as financing not linked to cost and simplified cost options, will be addressed in order to aid reflection on the potential use of these modalities in the next programming period. Lastly, performance and evaluation elements will also be analysed and discussed.
Stéphanie Gantzer-Houzel




Questions and answers




Workshop – mapping all the relevant opportunities to be seized for future 2021-2027 programmes
You will use all the information gathered during the seminar to prepare a map of opportunities for your programmes. You will work in small groups on the main topics like opportunities in the area of financial management; in the area of performance and in the area of simplified cost options or payments not linked to cost. Each group will map opportunities in relation to their potential for simplification, increased programme effectiveness and/or possibility for cost savings. A systematic approach will be then applied in order to put together the results of the different groups and to put together a simple and concrete map of potential changes and opportunities.




Evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions




Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

Course venue
INAP (Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública)
c/ Atocha, 106
ES – 28012 Madrid

Programme Organiser
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06

The fee includes documentation, two lunches, one dinner, refreshments and a walking sightseeing tour. After the event, a certificate of participation will be handed out and participants will be given access to the digital version of the event documents. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration

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, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Lunches will be served in the restaurant of Hotel Atocha, and dinner will be held at a restaurant in the city. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you have received confirmation of your participation.

Hotel reservations
EIPA would be happy to make reservations for you at the hotel where the lunches will be held. Should you wish to take advantage of this option and get the special rate for EIPA’s participants, please contact the organiser of this seminar at Payments are to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. Please note that if you register after the deadline, hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed.

Hotel Catalonia ATOCHA
C/ Atocha, 81
28012 Madrid
Tel. +34 91 420 37 70

The special EIPA rate at this hotel is:

  • €135 for a single room (breakfast and VAT included)
  • €155 for a double room (breakfast and VAT included)

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 €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.).


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