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This seminar looks at the key challenges of simplification, reducing the administrative burden and the result-orientation of the Structural and Cohesion Funds Regulations for the 2014-2020 (and therefore much of the regulations affecting EAFRD and EMFF).
We will consider the current Simplified Cost Options (SCO) of flat-rates, standard scales of unit costs and lump-sums, and its advanced options such as art. 14.1 of ESF. We will also study the possible use of Joint Action Plans, the methodologies to be applied, as well as the latest proposals of the OMNIBUS Regulation. Flat-rates, lump-sums and standard scales of unit costs will be examined in great detail and applied through different exercises.
Time will be allocated to the experiences of some front-runner Member States. And we will include the required audit approach and how to prevent or correct SCO irregularities. A range of other implementation issues will be discussed, including national rules and ‘gold-plating’, achieving synergies with other EU funding sources, such as with the Seal of Excellence and the compatibility with state aid regulations. Moreover, we will debate new tools such as global grants and vouchers to speed up absorption. There will be a keynote intervention from the European Commission and a discussion with a member of the EU transnational network on simplification.
What you gain
You will receive a clear understanding of how to use Simplified Cost Options, how to improve implementation and absorption of the Structural Funds, and how to develop and support complex projects. This seminar will also provide you with a unique platform for exchanging your and other participants’ views on the future of ESI funds.
Who will benefit most?
This seminar is designed for economic actors in the Structural Funds/Cohesion Fund policy-making and implementation process, including Managing, Certifying, Audit authorities, Intermediate Bodies, and national, regional and local officials or representatives. It is also ideal for project sponsors and applicants, as well as other implementing bodies, including agencies with an economic development role (such as regional development agencies), educational and training establishments, and other local partners, including consultants and NGOs.