Technical Assistance for EU Structural Funds programmes: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

Project number: 2030211

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

26/10/2020 - 27/10/2020
Register before: 23/10/2020

€ 500,00 per attendee

€ 450,00 for EIPA members*


Technical Assistance for EU Structural Funds programmes: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

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How will you prepare the next phase of technical assistance of Operational Programmes for Structural Funds? What are the details of the draft new Regulations for 2021-2027 on this topic? How to use all options of EU support?

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About this online course

How will you prepare the next phase of technical assistance of Operational Programmes for Structural Funds? What are the details of the draft new Regulations for 2021-2027 on this topic? How to use all options of EU support?

This online course will address these questions and compare details of the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 regulations for technical assistance including the actions to reinforce the administrative capacity for the effective use of the Structural Funds. (See DG Regio Study on Technical Assistance).

We will see how the draft regulations attempt to simplify and introduce new flexibility instruments and the possibility to allocate an additional level of technical assistance financial resources to overcome the issues occurred during the current programming period.

We will refer extensively to Member State experiences and cases of good practice which are being developed. There will be keynote interventions from senior managers from Member State, the European Commission and Managing Authorities, assessing the challenges and lessons learnt for programme implementation. This will include the description of innovative instruments and pilot projects already activated during the current programming period and a specific focus on the simplified cost options for technical assistance which are being developed and used. The online course will build upon and refer to the Webinar organised by the European Commission/DG REGIO in June 2020.

Who will benefit most?

This online course is aimed principally at practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with ESI Funds, but it is also open to the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds – including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

What you will learn in this online course

You will enjoy comprehensive sessions with experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked across the EU and gathered numerous case studies and examples of good practice. You will meet online 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. There will be time for breakout rooms and exercises through which also to try to design real capacity building roadmaps.

Maciej Aulak

Maciej Aulak

Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy
EU Assistance

Giorgio Centurelli

Giorgio Centurelli

Head of Unit at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)
Digital transformation, development policies and EU structural funds

Petra Holubova

Petra Holubova

Czech Ministry of Regional Development
HR in ESI Funds

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212

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.

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

13.30 Opening of the Zoom Platform
13.45 Opening of the online course and meeting the participants: introduction to the objectives and methodology of the online course
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
14.00 Strategic approach to Technical assistance in the context of the draft New Regulations 2021-2027

  • Update on negotiations for the next legal framework post 2020
  • Real cost, flat-rate and finance not linked to costs (Legal provisions in Art 30 and art 32 of next CPR)
  • Overview of the templates PA/OP (Annexes II and  V)
  • Links and synergies to other EU instruments (Recovery and Resilience Facility)

Marco Lopriore

15.00 Virtual Coffee Break and tour de table
15.15 Management Challenges for Member States in preparing the new programmes: the Polish experience

  • lessons learned from dedicated TA programme
    • how to support Polish beneficiaries in submitting quality projects
  • designing TA in future perspective 2021-2027
  • twinning projects – preparation of Candidate Countries to accession

Maciej Aulak, Head of Technical Assistance OP, Director, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Warsaw

16.25 Q&A session
16.35 Virtual Break
16.45 Technical assistance at EU level

  • the ACB roadmaps toolkit
  • Regio  community of practitioners, TAIEX REGIO Peer to Peer
  • Tools for prevention of fraud and corruption, the Integrity Pacts, citizen engagement
  • Support in the area of Public procurement/State Aid

Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG REGIO, European Commission

17.30 End of first day
14.00 Opening of Zoom platform
14.15 Enhancing administrative capacity building in ESI funds in Italy

  • Demarcation Issues: Institutional capacity building vs. technical assistance
  • Capacity building for structural funds
  • Key factors influencing administrative capacity for management of Structural Funds
  • Case study: the Italian Plans for Administrative Reinforcement (PRA)

Giorgio Centurelli, Senior Expert Programme Manager – Auditor Cohesion Policies and EU Structural Funds, Italy

15.30 Virtual Coffee break
15.45 Czech Republic: a country perspective on future challenges in human resources

  • Planning human resources and training needs
  • Competency framework for management of structural funds
  • Staff mobility and upgrade of skills

Petra Holubova, Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic

16.15 Coffee break
16.25 Remaining issues in the context of the draft New Regulations 2021-2027

  • Funds specific regulations/ESF+ and capacity building for stakeholders
  • Lessons learned from TO 11 in 2014-2020
  • Eligibility and simplification of management verifications
  • Good practices of ACB in ERDF/CF an ESF

Marco Lopriore

17.30 Evaluation and close of online course