Technical Assistance in ESI Funds: How to Support Efficient and Compliant Management and Implementation of ESI Funds Programmes and Projects in 2021-2027

Project number: 2030211

Rezidence Dlouhá 17 - to be confirmed, Prague (CZ)

Date & pricing

26/10/2020 - 27/10/2020
Register before: 05/10/2020

€ 1.100,00 per attendee

€ 990,00 for EIPA members*

Technical Assistance in ESI Funds: How to Support Efficient and Compliant Management and Implementation of ESI Funds Programmes and Projects in 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 the options available of EU support? What are the lessons learned sofar?

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.

Petra Holubova

Petra Holubova

Czech Ministry of Regional Development
HR in ESI Funds

Maciej Aulak

Maciej Aulak

Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy
EU Assistance

Giorgio Centurelli

Giorgio Centurelli

Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion
Cohesion Policies and EU Structural Funds

Practical information

Course venue – to be confirmed
Rezidence Dlouhá 17
Dlouhá 17, 110 00 Prague 1
Prague (Czech Republic)

Programme Organiser
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
n.vermeulen@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation, refreshments and two lunches. 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 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.

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

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

  • The future legal framework and the foreseen simplifications post 2020
  • TA or technical support from the Reform Support Programme ?
  • ESI funds and the future of Thematic Objective 11
  • Simplified approach to TA: Delegated Act for flat-rate and financing not linked to costs
  • Advice and guidance to apply for ESI funds

Marco Lopriore

10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Group discussion on issues around technical assistance in ESI Funds
Marco Lopriore
11.45 Challenges to maximise impact and take up of ESI funds: a Member States view (part 1)

  • using TA for OP in Poland at national and regional level
  • lessons learned from TA implementation in current period
  • how to support Polish beneficiaries in submitting quality projects
  • discussion

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

13.00 Lunch break
14.30 Challenges to maximise impact and take up of ESI funds: a Member States view (part 2)

  • TA in future perspective 2021-2027
  • design of TA
  • twinning projects – preparation of Candidate Countries to accession

Maciej Aulak, Head of Technical Assistance OP, Ministry of Economic Development, Warsaw

16.00 Coffee break
16.15 Technical assistance at EU level

  • Front-loading administrative capacity post 2020
  • Regio community of practitioners
  • How to use TAIEX REGIO Peer to Peer successfully
  • Tools for prevention of fraud and corruption, the Integrity Pacts
  • 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
09.15 Enhancing administrative capacity building in ESI funds (part 1)

  • Capacity building for pubic administrations
  • Definition and policy framework
  • Demarcation Issues: Institutional capacity building vs. technical assistance
  • Administrative capacity building for cohesion policy: evolution through programming periods

Giorgio Centurelli, Member of National Technical Secretariat of Plans of Administrative Reforms (PRA) (Italy), Member of FI-compass expert

10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Enhancing administrative capacity building in ESI funds (part 2)

  • Capacity building for structural funds
  • Key factors influencing administrative capacity for management of Structural Funds
  • Administrative capacity building linked to investments (multilevel governance)
  • Case study: the Italian Plans for Administrative Reinforcement (PRA)
  • Other good practices
  • exercises

Giorgio Centurelli

12.30 Lunch break
14.15 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

15.45 Coffee break
16.00 Technical assistance and the context of the draft New Regulations 2021-2027

  • Eligibility issues and OMNIBUS
  • Simplification of management verifications
  • Capacity building for stakeholders, social partners, and NGO
  • Examples of ESF projects

Marco Lopriore

17.30 Evaluation of seminar
17.35 Close of seminar