About this course
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.
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.
What our previous participants said
“Thank you a lot for the exercises; they always help to understand the problem”
What you will learn in 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.
Course venue – to be confirmed
Rezidence Dlouhá 17
110 00 Praha 1
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
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, the reception or dinner 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.
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.).
|08.45||Registration of participants|
|09.00||Welcome of participants and opening of the conference
Marco Lopriore, Expert, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht (NL)
|09.15||Using the simplified cost options (SCO) : the OMNIBUS and moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027
Overview of rules on standard scales of unit costs, flat rates and lump-sums
|11.00||What can we learn from EU practices on ESI Simplification
Luca Santin, Thematic expert, Transnational platform on simplification
|12.30||Exercise on using unit costs
|14.15||Workshop on best use of SCO in ESI funds
|16.00||SCO practice in the Research and Education area
Ing. Helena Viktorie Barbořáková, Managing Authority, Operational Programme – Research, Development and Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Czech Republic
|17.30||End of first day|
|19.30||Dinner at Mincovna restaurant, Staroměstské nám. 1/7 on main square of the old town|
|09.00||Using SCO in Flanders Region (part 1)
Louis Vervloet, Director, European Social Fund Agency of the Flemish Region, Member of the High Level group on simplification
|10.45||Exercises on SCO
|13.45||Exercises on SCO: irregularities
|14.15||Using SCO in Flanders Region (part 2)
Practical examples of lump-sums, flat rates and standard scales of unit costs
|Exercises on SCO: State Aid/Public Procurement
|16.25||Conclusion & Seminar Feedback
|16.30||Close of seminar|