Many Member States took up Simplified cost options (SCO) in their ESI Operational Programmes during the current 2014-2020 programming period but more can be done in 2021-2027. What are the challenges for uptake and how can you plan SCO in the next programming period 2021-2027?
This 2-day EIPA seminar looks at simplifying ESI procedures and reducing the administration burden for programmes and projects through the use of SCOs in order to enhance the delivery and produce long lasting results. We will focus on the details of the current Regulations, the changes brought by the OMNIBUS Regulation and the proposed CPR regulation for 2021-2027. The seminar will help you get all the details of proper use of flat-rates, unit costs and lump sums and to address the questions of carrying out verifications in SCO. Participants will also be carrying out exercises on SCO and learn how to make them compliant with state aid rules and how to mitigate the impact of public procurement. Finally, we review the use of synergies between EU funds such as Horizon 2020 through the Seal of Excellence for ERDF and ESF.
A member of the High Level Group on simplification will share the contribution of the expert group in using SCO. A senior EC official will share the latest development at EU level and describe the advanced options of SCO, when they should be used and how to agree them with the EC.
EIPA experts will build on the work carried out by the EC Simplification Thematic Network and two delivered recently seminar-workshops under contract to DG EMPL on the new SCO generation. Furthermore, the seminar will illustrate best practices in different Member States such as Czech Republic, Belgium and Italy.
What you will learn from this course:
Participants will learn:
- How to develop good methodologies for flat-rates, lump-sums and standard scales of unit costs both in all funds (ESF+, ERDF, CF, EMFF) ?
- Which SCO option is suited for which type of ESI operations?
- Which steps to consider when negotiating advanced options with the EC?
- How to carry proper management verifications when using SCO?
- How can we prevent irregularities in SCO?
- How do we take revenue generation, state aid and public procurement into account?
By the end of the course, you will:
Participants will have a clear picture where ESI simplifications need to be used more widely in future programmes and projects for 2021-2027. Participants will be better placed to guide project promoters to implement SCO correctly in their projects.
Who is this course for?
- officials from EU institutions for instance from EC or from the ECA
- Managing Authorities, Certifying and Audit Authorities
- Intermediate bodies and other stakeholders implementing the ESI funds
- private sector service providers, funders and professional advisers in EU Member States,
- officials from pre-accession countries in charge of Chapter 22
- academics and project promoters
The seminar will be led by highly experienced EIPA experts/consultants, Marco Lopriore, Luca Santin and Louis Vervloet who have been working with the ESI funds for several programming periods. There will be 2 keynote interventions – from the European Commission and from a Czech Ministry.
We aim to make the seminar as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the seminar topics. Workshops will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.
Participants are invited to send us their problems, issues and questions before the seminar, if they wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the seminar! You wil also receive a copy of the EU simplification handbook for 2021-27 and you can stay in touch with us for further questions.