About this 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 the options available of EU support? What are the lessons learned sofar?
Technical Assistance is funding drawn to support the administration of European Structural and Investment Funds. It is used to ensure that the activities which fall within the scope of the ESI Funds are managed, monitored and evaluated in line with applicable law, including the Common Provisions Regulation and the fund specific Regulations as well as the ECs delegated and implementing regulations. The objective of Technical Assistance is to support the efficient and compliant management and implementation of the ESI funds as well as to support robust governance, accountability and partnership engagement. This will help to ensure that OP performance targets are achieved and that the delivery of ESI projects, comply with applicable law.
This seminar 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 ESI Funds. 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 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.
What you will learn in this 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 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 through which also to try to design real capacity building roadmaps.
Who will benefit most?
This seminar 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.
Course venue – to be confirmed
Rezidence Dlouhá 17
1110 000 Prague 1
Prague (Czech Republic)
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
The fee includes documentation and refreshments and two lunches. 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 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.
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.).
|09.00||Registration of participants|
|09.15||Opening of the seminar and meeting the participants: introduction to the objectives and methodology of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
|09.30||Technical assistance and the context of the draft New Regulations 2021-2027
|11.15||Group discussion on issues around technical assistance in ESI Funds
|11.45||Challenges to maximise impact and take up of ESI funds: a Member States view (part 1)
Maciej Aulak, Head of Technical Assistance OP, Director, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, Warsaw
|14.30||Challenges to maximise impact and take up of ESI funds: a Member States view (part 2)
Maciej Aulak, Head of Technical Assistance OP, Ministry of Economic Development, Warsaw
|16.15||Technical assistance at EU level
Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG REGIO, European Commission
|17.30||End of first day|
|09.15||Enhancing administrative capacity building in ESI funds (part 1)
Giorgio Centurelli, Member of National Technical Secretariat of Plans of Administrative Reforms (PRA) (Italy), Member of FI-compass expert
|11.00||Enhancing administrative capacity building in ESI funds (part 2)
|14.15||A country perspective on challenges in human resources within ESI funds
Petra Holubova, Head of Unit, National Coordination Authority, Czech Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic (tbc)
|16.00||Technical assistance and the context of the draft New Regulations 2021-2027
|17.30||Evaluation of seminar|
|17.35||Close of seminar|