Preparing New Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes for 2021-2027 – Implementation Lessons from 2014-2020 and Taking forward Good Practice

Project number: 1930210

Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKO) , Vienna (AT)

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Date & pricing

12/12/2019 - 13/12/2019
Register before: 06/12/2019

€ 1.100,00 per attendee

€ 990,00 for EIPA members*

Preparing New Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes for 2021-2027 – Implementation Lessons from 2014-2020 and Taking forward Good Practice

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What lessons can be learnt from implementing current and previous Operational Programmes  ̶  in terms of policy priorities, the selection of quality projects, programme management and delivery?

About this course

The key documents of reference for this seminar will be the 2019 Country Reports, as well as the new draft Regulations for EU Structural and Cohesion Funds. We will ask what lessons can be learnt from implementing current and previous Operational Programmes  ̶  in terms of policy priorities, the selection of quality projects, programme management and delivery? How best can the new Programmes address the policy priorities and delivery issues identified by the European Union in the Country Reports?

  • Get the latest state of play of negotiations for the next programming period between the EP and the Council
  • Seminar focused on Structural Funds but relevant also for AMIF/ISF/BMVI Funds

We will help you address the following questions:

  • How far are current programmes contributing to Member State National Reform Programmes and EU2020 objectives for each Member State?
  • What are your policy priorities for the next programming period? What are your Member State Country-specific recommendations?
  • How you can “ensure that selected operations present the best relationship between the amount of support, the activities undertaken and the achievement of objectives”? (Article 67.3(c), draft CPR)
  • How can you successfully target individuals, sectors and companies who need assistance and who can provide value for money from EU funding?
  • What will financial planning and accounting look like in 2021-2027?
  • Where can you simplify programmes most? and how are simplified cost options being developed and used?

We try to refer as far as possible to Member State cases and good practice. But participants are also 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!

Who will benefit most?

This seminar is aimed principally at:

  • practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with ESI Funds
  • the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

What you will learn

There will be keynote interventions from the European Commission and senior managers at Austrian and Interreg Managing Authorities, assessing the challenges and lessons learnt for 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 seminar provides ample time for question and answer sessions and discussions. There will be practical workshops and exercises on Country Reports and investment priorities, project selection and simplified cost options. We will follow the EC Guidances for the European Semester and for negotiating the 2021-2027 programmes.

Expert Robin Smail

Robin Smail

EU Structural Funds - External Expert

Practical information

Course venue
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKÖ)
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
1040 Vienna
Austria

Programme Organiser
Ms Winny Curfs
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
w.curfs@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

Discounts
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.

Meals
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
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
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.). 

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
Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 – Programming and Programme Implementation
Good practice for selecting priorities, managing programmes, achieving synergies and results
09.25 The new draft Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and highlights

  • Link to the European Semester and National Reform Programmes
  • Simpler and more flexible rules; reducing administrative burden
  • Synergies with other EU Funds – Horizon 2020 and Policy Objective 1

Marco Lopriore

09.45 Good Practice in Programming and Programme Implementation – Ensuring Result-orientation and efficiency of operations

  • programme structure and programme objectives: reference to Country-specific recommendations and Country Reports
  • justifying priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • result-orientation of programmes, programme performance
  • selecting projects which deliver the best cost-benefit ratio

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

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Workshop and discussion. Review of Country Reports and Investment Guidance for 2021-2027. Key lessons from programmes, 2014-2020
Robin Smail
12.00 Synergies with other EU funds, good practice cases

  • Demarcation issues, synergies and complementarities between EU funds and programmes
  • Grants and financial instruments
  • Partnership and capacity building,
  • Institutions and governance mechanisms

Marco Lopriore

13.00 Lunch break
14.30 Workshop: selecting best projects
Robin Smail
15.15 Lessons learnt and future challenges for project management at the regional level: result-orientation and project quality in Interreg

  • challenges and simplification; innovation
  • regional stakeholder involvement and developing good projects ideas through cooperation
  • how best to support applicants and projects

Luca Ferrarese, Head of Secretariat, Interreg Central Europe Programme

16.15 Coffee break
16.35 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
  • exercise: priorities and financial allocations

Robin Smail

18.00 End of first day
20.00 Dinner at Restaurant Führich, Führichgasse 6, 1010 Vienna
(Tel.nr: +43 1 513 08 80; Website: www.fuehrich.at)
Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 – Programme efficiency and performance
Simplification, efficiency and maximising impact
09.15 Using Simplified Cost Options

  • current legal provisions and OMNIBUS changes
  • 3 simplified costs options
  • improving the result-orientation of programmes

Marco Lopriore

10.00 SCO exercises

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

Marco Lopriore

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Structural Funds from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027: key changes and challenges

  • Key changes from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027
  • Challenges and key steps for preparation of the new programmes
  • State of play of the negotiations
  • Lessons learned from implementation

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

12.15 The New Regulations 2021-2027: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (1)

  • Monitoring – real time reporting – financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework
  • The Mid-term review: common and other indicators

Robin Smail

13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Delivering ESI projects

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

Marco Lopriore

15.10 Coffee break
15.25 The New Regulations 2021-2027: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (2)

  • Exercise: What projects work? What does not work?
  • the new evaluation requirements
  • Evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail

16.30 Evaluation of seminar
16.35 Close of seminar

The detailed programme of this course will be available soon.

Course venue
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKÖ)
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
1040 Vienna
Austria

Programme Organiser
Ms Winny Curfs
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
w.curfs@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

Discounts
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.

Meals
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
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
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.).