The Draft New Regulations for EU Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027: Preparing and Implementing the New Generation of Programmes

Project number: 2030201

Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Vienna (AT)

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17/03/2020 - 18/03/2020
Register before: 27/02/2020

€ 1.100,00 per attendee

€ 990,00 for EIPA members*

The Draft New Regulations for EU Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027: Preparing and Implementing the New Generation of Programmes

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Member States are now preparing the next generation of Operational Programmes for Structural Funds. What do the draft new Regulations for 2021-2027 say about programming, the selection of priorities and programme finance?

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About this course

Member States are now preparing the next generation of Operational Programmes for Structural Funds. What do the draft new Regulations for 2021-2027 say about programming, the selection of priorities and programme finance? Have the many implementation concerns of the current period – and the many advances – been taken into account in the New Regulations proposal?

This seminar will address these questions and compare details of the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 regulations. We will see how the draft regulations attempt to simplify and add flexibility to future rules and operations, generate synergies between policies and instruments, and ensure that programmes achieve tangible results.

We will refer to Member State experiences and cases of good practice which are being developed. There will be keynote interventions from senior managers from Member State Managing Authorities and the European Commission, assessing the lessons learnt from programme implementation and challenges for programming for the new period.

Key elements from the draft new regulations include:

  • aligning new programmes with country priorities
  • making programmes more operational
  • the financial tables, financial planning and flexibility
  • simplification and the extended use of simplified cost options
  • more efficient and effective financial control
  • a wider use of common indicators and simpler (real-time) reporting procedures

What you will learn in this course

Besides our guest speakers, you will enjoy comprehensive sessions with Robin Smail and Marco Lopriore, experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked across the EU, and gathered numerous case studies and examples of good practice. You will meet with other national and regional practitioners and have the opportunity to exchange experience and put new ideas into practice.

The seminar provides ample time for question and answer sessions and discussions. There will be practical workshops and exercises on simplified cost options, horizontal priorities, indicators and the Performance Framework, evaluation questions.

Who will benefit most?

This seminar is aimed principally at practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with ESI Funds, but it is also open to 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

Carsten Glietsch

Carsten Glietsch

European Commission
EU Funds

Luca Ferrarese

Luca Ferrarese

Interreg Central Europe
European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)

Practical information

Course venue
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
Wiednerhauptstrasse 63
AT 1040 Vienna

Programme Organiser
Ms Winny Curfs
Tel: +31 433 296 320

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. 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 and the reception will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

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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The programme

08.30 Registration of participants
09.00 Welcome by Austrian Federal Economic Chamber of Commerce
Herbert Stemper, WIFI International, Deputy Manager
09.10 Opening of the seminar and meeting the participants: introduction to the objectives and methodology of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
The draft New Regulations, 2021-2027
Programming, priorities, programme finance and simplification
09.20 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 (Annex D)
  • Simpler and more flexible rules, Territorial dimension

Marco Lopriore

09.45 The draft New Regulations: programming, selecting priorities, programme structure and instruments

  • The new Partnership Agreement, programme structure and programme objectives: reference to Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports
  • justifying priorities, Specific Objectives, financial allocations, the new OP template
  • Enabling conditions, concentration
  • flexibility, instruments, other new features

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

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Workshop: programming priorities

  • Member State Country-specific recommendations (CSRs)
  • Country Reports and setting priorities

Robin Smail

12.00 Using Simplified Cost Options: the OMNIBUS and moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

  • legal provisions; the OMNIBUS regulation and beyond
  • 3 simplified costs options
  • improving the result-orientation of programmes
  • methodologies and audit requirements

Marco Lopriore

13.00 Lunch break
14.30 Exercises: Simplified Cost Options and the SCO template in Annex V

Marco Lopriore

15.00 Management Challenges for Member States in preparing the new programmes

  • lessons learned from implementation in previous periods
  • planning and monitoring the preparation of new programmes
  • designing priorities and involving partners
  • implementing provisions: simpler management and control, reducing administrative burden

Luca Ferrarese, Head of Joint Secretariat – Interreg Central Europe Programme

16.00 Coffee break
16.30 Management Challenges for Member States in preparing the new programmes (contd.)

  • negotiations with the EC
  • discussion

Luca Ferrarese

17.00 The draft New Regulations: programme finance, financial management & control

  • programme finance, financial planning
  • commitments, pre-financing, automatic decommitment (n+2)
  • payment applications, technical assistance
  • changes to the annual accounting procedure
  • key changes for control and audit
  • programme closure

Robin Smail

18.00 End of first day
20.00 Dinner
The draft New Regulations, 2021-2027
Programme management and programme performance, governance and instruments
09.15 The draft New Regulations: monitoring and measuring performance

  • current challenges for data collection, monitoring and measurement of performance
  • changes for the new period: real-time reporting – the new reporting template
  • The new Performance Framework

Robin Smail

10.00 Exercise: choosing programme-specific output and result indicators for the Performance Framework

Robin Smail

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Comparison between current and future proposed rules in CPR, ESF+, ERDF and CF
  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility

Marco Lopriore

12.00 Management Challenges for Member States: current and future programmes

  • lessons learned from implementation
  • main challenges in the context of financial management
  • key steps for preparation of the new programmes
  • amendments to the draft regulations

Carsten Glietsch, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (AT), on secondment from European Commission (DG EMPL)

13.00 Lunch break
14.15 Exercise: Lessons learnt from previous programming periods : what works well ? what does not work well ?

Robin Smail

14.45 The draft New Regulations: evaluation and measuring impact

  • The new Evaluation requirements and the Evaluation Plan
  • Criteria for evaluation
  • Evaluation methods and measuring impact

Robin Smail

15.15 Coffee break
15.30 ESF+, Synergies with Horizon Europe, new instruments, governance

  • Proposal for the ESF + regulation, delivery mechanisms, links and demarcation with other policy objectives
  • synergies and complementarities between EU programmes (Horizon Europe)
  • working with the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI); InvestEU, Financial Instruments
  • Case studies and examples of good practice

Marco Lopriore

16.30 Evaluation of seminar
16.35 Close of seminar