The New Cohesion Policy Regulations 2021-2027 and Implementing New Structural Funds Programmes

Project number: 2130202

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11/03/2021 - 15/03/2021
Register before: 08/03/2021

€ 700,00 per attendee

€ 630,00 for EIPA members*

The New Cohesion Policy Regulations 2021-2027 and Implementing New Structural Funds Programmes

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This online course examines the new 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to the new Programme and Reporting templates. We will see how Programmes have been simplified and we will consider the impact of the health crisis on Programmes – current and new.

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About this online course

The New Regulations are expected to be agreed by the end of 2020 and in place in 2021. What changes have been made to the Draft Regulations (proposal)? What are the resulting key changes, compared to the 2014-2020 period? New Operational Programmes for 2021-2027 have been prepared and are being negotiated and agreed. How have the Programmes changed? How can the Structural Funds Programmes be implemented? How have they selected priorities and planned finances and how do they measure performance?

This online course will address these questions and examine the new 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to the new Programme and Reporting templates. We will see how the Structural Funds Programmes have been simplified and we will consider the impact of the health crisis on Programmes – current and new.

We will help you address the following questions:

  • How far do new programmes contribute to Member State National Reform Programmes and reflect Country-specific recommendations, Country Reports?
  • What will financial planning and management look like in 2021-2027?
  • Where have programmes been simplified most? And how are simplified cost options being developed and used?
  • How will the new Performance framework work and how do we measure success?
  • How will real-time reporting work?
  • How you can “ensure that selected operations present the best relationship between the amount of support, the activities undertaken and the achievement of objectives”? (Article 67.3(c), draft CPR)

How will it help you

You will be guided by Marco Lopriore and Robin Smail, experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked in Brussels and across the EU, gathering numerous case studies and examples of good practice. You will also meet online a senior official from the European Commission DG REGIO and have the opportunity to exchange experience and put new ideas into practice.

The online course provides ample time for question and answer sessions and discussions.

Who will benefit most?

This online course is aimed principally at:

  • practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with Structural / ESI Funds
  • the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.
Robin Smail

Robin Smail

Robin Smail Training & Consultancy
EU Structural Funds

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 Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212

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

08.40 Opening of ZOOM platform, Welcome of  participants
09.00 Opening of the conference, learning objectives and agenda; tour de table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht (NL)
09.15 The new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: policy context and highlights

  • The new legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes and economic governance
  • Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports 2019 and 2020 (Annex D)
  • New emergency Amending Regulations, 2014-2020, CRII, CRII+
  • REACT-EU and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

Marco Lopriore

10.00 Short break
10.10 Workshop and discussion. Determining Financial Allocations
10.25 The New Regulations: programming, programme structure and programme management

  • Partnership Agreement, strategies and priorities for programmes
  • Structural Funds Programme’s structure, Specific Objectives
  • Enabling conditions, concentration, programme instruments
  • the new OP template

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

11.00 Virtual coffee break
11.20 The draft New Regulations: programming, programme management, programme finance

  • the new OP template
  • programme performance, project selection

Robin Smail

11.55 Break-out rooms: selecting best projects OR Lessons from previous programmes
Robin Smail
12.20 Synergies with other EU funds, good practice cases

  • Demarcation issues, synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • Grants and financial instruments
  • Partnership and capacity building,
  • Institutions and governance mechanisms

Marco Lopriore

13.05 Q&A
13.15 End of first day
08.45 Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00 Review of Day 1
09.05 The New Regulations: programme finance & financial management

  • Programme Finance, financial planning, mid-term review
  • automatic decommitment, co-finance rates, payment applications
  • the accounting year, calculation of the annual balance
  • Transmission of financial information
  • Financial Control; Management Verifications; Audit changes
  • Programme closure

Robin Smail

10.05 Short Break
10.15 Using Simplified Cost Options

  • current legal provisions and OMNIBUS changes
  • 3 simplified costs options
  • improving the result-orientation of programmes

Marco Lopriore

10.50 Break-out rooms: SCO exercises

  • Projects using flat rates
  • Projects using standard scales of unit cost and the 1720 rule

Marco Lopriore

11.05 Coffee Break
11.25 Break-out rooms: SCO exercises – feedback

  • Projects using flat rates
  • Projects using standard scales of unit cost and the 1720 rule

Marco Lopriore

11.45 The New Regulations: EC Perspective of Changes made in Negotiations and Biggest Challenges

  • Results of negotiations
  • Simplification versus financial control
  • EC priorities, coordination with RRF

Kadri Uustal, Head of Unit, Coordination of Programmes, DG REGIO, European Commission, Brussels (BE)

12.50 Q&A
13.10 Close of Day 2
12.45 Opening of ZOOM platform
13.00 The new Monitoring and Reporting Framework, 2021-2027

  • Monitoring – real time reporting – financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework, the new reporting template
  • The Mid-term review

Robin Smail

13.45 Break-out rooms: indicators
14.05 Short Break
14.15 Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Key changes in CPR, ESF+, ERDF and CF
  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance

Marco Lopriore

15.00 Coffee Break
15.20 Break-out rooms: evaluation questions
15.40 The new Evaluation Framework, 2021-2027

  • the new evaluation requirements in the context of the Evaluation Cycle
  • The Evaluation Plan
  • evaluation questions, evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

16.20 Issues of common interest to all CPR funds

  • Horizontal principles
  • Review of the SCO and the template of Annex V
  • Financing not linked to costs
  • Partnership and key changes to ESF+

Marco Lopriore

16.50 Workshop: Eligibility of Expenditure
17.15 Evaluation feedback
17.20 Close of the online course