Using REACT-EU and the RRF while Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes, 2021-2027

Project number: 2130206

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

18/01/2021 - 21/01/2021
Register before: 14/01/2021

€ 700,00 per attendee

€ 630,00 for EIPA members*

Using REACT-EU and the RRF while Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes, 2021-2027

From:  630,00

How can current Operational Programmes absorb the REACT-EU emergency funding over the next 3 years? What do draft new regulations 2021-2027 look like after Council and Parliament negotiations? How can new Programmes complement the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)?

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About this online course

How can current Operational Programmes best absorb the REACT-EU emergency funding over the next 3 years? What do the draft new regulations for 2021-2027 now look like after Council and Parliament negotiations? How can the new Programmes complement the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)?

REACT-EU provides substantial resources to current programmes. Combined with the CRII and CRII+ amending regulations, Member States have great flexibility in responding to the health crisis and providing a smooth transition between current and new programmes.

Draft new programmes (2021-2027) are presently being submitted and negotiated with the European Commission. They must take on board the changes to the draft regulations, address the twin Green and Digital Agendas, and support an urgent and sustainable economic recovery.

What you will learn includes:

  • The impact of the new CRII / CRII+ amending regulations on programmes
  • How to build in REACT-EU projects to ongoing or special new programmes
  • Checking that your project pipeline is strong; best project selection criteria
  • Latest developments in negotiations of the new regulations 2021-2027
  • The link between new priorities and the European Semester
  • How to create synergies between SF and other EU programmes, including research
  • The temporary framework and future rules for state aid
  • What will financial planning and accounting look like in 2021-2027
  • How to simplify programmes and reduce the administrative burden

How we work

There will be keynote expert interventions from the European Commission and Member States, assessing the challenges and opportunities for new programme implementation. 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 evidence from numerous programmes. You will meet with other national and regional practitioners 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, as well as practical workshops and exercises.

Read Marco Lopriore’s briefing: ‘Helping to spend it wisely: REACT-EU and the challenges of good projects’

Read briefing

Who is the course for?

This online course is aimed principally at:

  • managers and practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with Structural and Cohesion Funds
  • the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities,
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 Winny Curfs
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

12.30 Opening of ZOOM platform
13.00 Welcome of participants and opening of the online course; Tour de Table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht (NL)
13.15 The new draft Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and emergency changes

  • The draft new regulations: legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes; Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports (Annex D)
  • The new Emergency Amending Regulations (CRII and CRII+)
  • European Recovery Plan, REACT-EU, recovery Cohesion funding & the RRF

Marco Lopriore

14.00 Break-out rooms: Determining Financial Allocations
14.20 Virtual Coffee Break
14.35 Implementing the New Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

  • Partnership Agreement and strategic context: reference to Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports
  • programme structure and programme objectives
  • justifying priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • the Programme template
  • programme performance, monitoring and evaluation, the project pipeline

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

15.30 Short Coffee break
15.40 Emergency responses to the Health Crisis: Member State approaches and case studies

  • Using CRII and CRII+
  • Claiming expenses; reducing red tape; extensions of deadlines
  • New calls for proposals
  • Liquidity and company cash flows

Marco Lopriore

16.15 Break-out rooms: Project Appraisal criteria
16.35 Using the Project Pipeline to generate and select Best Projects

  • Publicity, Partnerships and Ideas
  • Project development and selection
  • Project Viability, sustainability, risks, options
  • Project delivery, monitoring
  • Horizontal aspects

Robin Smail

17.05 Question and answer session
17.15 End of first day
08.45 ZOOM Platform opens
09.00 Good Practice for new Programmes: partnerships & instruments, synergies with other EU funds, simplification and financial control

  • Partnership and capacity building
  • Institutions and governance mechanisms: reducing the administrative burden
  • ECA report on REACT-EU
  • Demarcation issues, synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • Grants and financial instruments

Marco Lopriore

09.35 Discussion: uncovering the potential synergies among funds
09.45 Short coffee break – meet the guest speaker
10.00 Increasing efficiency and utilising synergies in new Programmes: leveraging R&D funding

  • operational synergies between Horizon 2020 and ESI Funds
  • the Seal of Excellence initiative
  • case studies and networks
  • simplification, the OMNIBUS regulation changes and the new Regulations

Magda De Carli, Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (BE) (tbc)

10.50 Short break
11.00 Discussion: Lessons from Previous Periods – good practice, synergies, potential
11.15 The New Regulations: programme finance, financial management

  • programme finance, financial planning
  • commitments, pre-financing, automatic decommitment (n+2), mid-term review
  • the accounting year and calculation of the annual balance
  • transmission of financial information
  • Financial Control & Management Verifications; key Audit changes
  • programme closure

Robin Smail

12.00 Short break
12.15 Simplified Cost Options and extending simplification in 2021-2027

  • current legal provisions for SCO and EC proposals for the future
  • Simplifying the SCO further

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA

12.45 Exercises: simplified costs options

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

Marco Lopriore

13.20 End of second day
08.45 Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00 Supporting businesses through the health crisis and beyond

  • Ensuring performance in ESI contracts
  • administrative capacity building
  • the pipeline approach to ESI projects in supporting SMEs

Marco Lopriore

09.40 Discussion: key steps to strengthen the SME pipeline
09.50 Short coffee break and meet guest speaker
10.00 State Aid Temporary Framework

  • The Health Crisis and the temporary framework for State Aid
  • Proposals for 2021-2027
  • Live issues and recurring issues from previous budget periods

Gytis Petrukaitis, State Aid Expert, Central Project Management Agency (CPMA), Lithuania

10.50 Virtual Coffee break
11.15 The New Regulations 2021-2027: Monitoring and Reporting Framework

  • Monitoring – real time reporting – financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework
  • The Reporting template

Robin Smail

11.45 Break-out rooms: Evaluation Questions
12.00 The New Regulations 2021-2027: Evaluation Framework

  • the new evaluation requirements
  • Evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

12.30 The Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF)

  • The European Recovery Plan agreement, the RRF and link to the European semester
  • Mechanism for agreeing National Plans
  • Complementarity with Structural funds programmes; Member State cases
  • Issues and potential problems for the RRF

Marco Lopriore

13.05 Q&A
13.15 Evaluation of the online course
13.20 Close of the online course