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FIVE-day option || ERDF & CF projects Toolkit

EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition included!

June 3-7, 2019, Hilton Malta Hotel

Discounted Price (till 13 May 2019): EUR 1,999

Normal Price (from 14 May 2019): EUR 2,499

 

THREE-day option || Procurement & State Aid in Infrastructural Projects

EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition included!

June 3-5, 2019, Hilton Malta Hotel

Discounted Price (till 13 May 2019): EUR 1,499

Normal Price (from 14 May 2019): EUR 1,699

 

TWO-day option || Workshop: A step-by-step approach to Feasibility studies & Cost Benefit Analysis

June 6-7, 2019, Hilton Malta Hotel

Discounted Price (till 13 May 2019): EUR 999

Normal Price (from 14 May 2019): EUR 1,199

 

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Course Description

Competition rules, including state aid and public procurement regulations, lie at the heart of the European ideology, and are key for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU.

Certainly, the subjects of state aid and public procurement are thorny ones for those involved in the management and control of EU-funded projects. In all fairness, that’s how we see them too!  They are considered legalistic, complex areas which require not only specific expertise and knowledge but also a pinch of judgement and intuition. Each project is a case on its own and the individual characteristics and solutions of one are not directly applicable to the other, especially with state aid.

The first two days of this seminar are designed for those who would like to understand state aid and public procurement without getting lost in their technicalities and complex jargon.  The language is plain and clear.  Our guest speaker, Mr Sandro Lauri from the Ministry for Energy and Water Management of Malta, will share his experience on the recent experience with the notification of State Aid on the new gas-fired power station of Malta (click here for more information), and the application of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) on a major renewable energy project.  Likewise, public procurement aspects are discussed in the most comprehensive and straightforward manner, as is customary of our courses and workshops.  Our mission is to make everyone comfortable with the crucial principles of procurement and to apply them correctly in the various contexts presented by infrastructural projects.
 
Following our visits to EU-funded infrastructural projects in various localities around Malta (EUFundingMaltaSouth expedition), we revisit the entire process carried out in the preparation of a Major Project application for the main water utility supplier in Malta.  We analyse all the steps involved, the discussions with the various stakeholders – including JASPERS – all the stages of the cost-benefit analysis, and the actual writing of the application form itself.  Preparing for a major project proposal is no simple feat, as the stories recounted directly by the person who coordinated the whole process – Mr Ray Bartolo – will show.    


 

Course Highlights

i. Introducing the different state aid regimes and providing an overview of the basic principles of state aid;

ii. Understanding the state aid notification process;

iii. Learning the logic behind state aid and how the EC interprets compatible and incompatible aid;

iv. Applying the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) to practical cases of infrastructural projects;

v. Exploring the auditors’ approach in the review of state aid in EU-funded projects;

vi. Understanding the principles of public procurement and the procurement procedures likely to be used for infrastructural projects;

vii. Appreciating the importance of a good procurement planning process;

viii. Understanding when and how contract modifications can and cannot be applied;

ix. Learning from past mistakes on public procurement;

x. Analysing cases of ECA & OLAF audits on public procurement for infrastructural projects;

xi. Understanding and analysing each step of the application process for major projects;

xii. Understanding and interpreting all sections of the CBA.

 

 
 
Target Audience
Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Bodies, Methodology Departments, Central or Regional Ministries, officers/managers dealing with State Aid, Public Procurement, ERDF/CF projects and those who need an advanced understanding of CBA.

 

 

New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition included

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The ever so popular expedition on EU funded-projects is also included.  The course theme is coupled with visits to important EU-funded projects in a day-long expedition. 

 


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Our Trainers

Ray Bartolo
Head of Institution - Speaker

  • Twelve years of practical experience in the management and control of European Funds
  • Involved in the implementation and closure process of the Maltese 2004-06 Structural and Cohesion Funds Programme
  • Contributed significantly towards the setting up of the financial management and control systems of the ERDF, CF and ESF Operational Programmes for the 2007-2013 Programming Period
  • Responsible for the implementation of the ERDF and CF Operational Programmes for health, transport, education, urban regeneration and technical assistance
  • Served as National Expert and Coordinator on the CEF coordination committee for transport, Environment and the Telecommunications sectors
  • Prepared Procurement Manuals for a number of Maltese Government entities
  • Drafted and evaluated different types of procurement procedures, including concession contracts
  • Provided strategic guidance and project management services to various beneficiaries of EU-Funding
  • Leading role in the design and approval process of Major Projects
  • Delivered several training sessions and seminars on financial, programme management and public procurement to participants coming from MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries, and other stakeholders from all around Europe
  • Masters graduate in Public Policy from the University of Malta

 

Trevor Fenech
Director – Speaker

  • Former Senior Manager at the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion funds
  • Past experience in ERDF, ESF, CF, EAGGF and FIFG programmes
  • Strongly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of the management and control systems for the 04-06 and 07-13 financial periods, including eligibility rules, financial reporting to Management, the European Commission and the Monitoring Committee, management verifications, audits, financial corrections, and internal procedures
  • Carried out the closure process of the 04-06 Single Programming Document (SPD)
  • Delivered several presentations in the field of financial management of EU funds to the MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries and TAIEX Beneficiaries
  • Engaged in major audit missions carried out by the EC, ECA and OLAF
  • Former nations delegate to the ESF Committee (Treaty of the Functioning of the EU, Art. 163).
  • Providing expert advise to the Maltese Government on PPPs and the conduct of the Competitive Dialogue procedure
  • Managing successfully a number of EU-funded projects
  • Masters graduate in Financial Management and Economics from the University of London

  

Justine Schinas
Senior Advisor – Expedition

  • Worked for the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion Fund since 2009
  • Experience on all Cohesion Policy funds being the ERDF, CF and ESF
  • Assisted in the closure of the 2004-2006 programme
  • Provided technical guidance to MA officials with regards to the implementation of EU Funded projects.
  • Carried out numerous verification and physical project checks, identified financial corrections and was involved in the setting up of operating procedures within the MA.
  • Highly involved in an audit missions carried out by the European Commission
  • Participated in Monitoring Committees, delivered presentations/training to stakeholders and MA officials, and participated in research work and compilation of data, particularly with regards to absorption issues.
  • Managed the implementation of large projects with budgets of close to fifty million.
  • Worked on the Technical Assistance (TA) Fund and was tasked with the role of TA Manager whereby she oversaw a team of officers working on this fund.
  • Responsible for a number of procurement procedures within the MA where she issued call for quotations and tenders. She also formed part of numerous evaluation committees.
  • Masters in Business Administration from the University of Malta

 

 
Venue & Accommodation

Training Venue
Hilton Hotel – St. Julian’s

The training course will take place at the Hilton Hotel - Malta, a 5-star luxurious hotel, in St. Julian's. Accommodation can be provided at the Hilton Hotel itself and other hotels in the vicinity.

Please note that we have special corporate prices for our participants with the following list of hotels:

 

Hilton Hotel, Westin Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Hotel Valentina, Hotel Argento, Cavalieri Art Hotel & Golden Tulip Vivaldi

 

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Useful Information

St Julians

How to get around

Upon arriving at the Malta International Airport, you can get to St. Julian's by catching a taxi or the public transport system (Bus number X2 which runs from 05550hrs till 2250hrs). Buses are quite frequent to St. Julian's.

If you are staying outside of St. Julian's, reaching the training venue is quite easy. The bus stops just further down the road from the Westin Dragonara Resort, which is only 5 minutes away.

 

Weather?

Weather in Malta

Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. THe warm season generally starts in Mid-April and ends in September with an average temperature of 20 degrees. Temperatures are between 20 to 30 degrees in July and August.

 

Food?

Local Cuisine

While the island offers a variety of culinary choices, one must not miss the opportunity to try some local, tasty dishes: the Lampuki Pie (fish pie), rabbit stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouile), and widow's soup. The Gbejniet (sheep or goat's cheese) and Bigilla, a thick pate of broad beans with garlic are an ideal started for your meal.

Don't leave Malta without trying the traditional 'pastizzi'which are flaky parcels filled with ricotta or mushed peas. Some fouvrite dessert delicacies are kannoli and the Helwa tat-Tork.

You should also try out some of our local wines, our local beer and "Kinnie", our local soft drink.

 

 

 


 
Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 3rd June 2019

0830-0900
Registration and distribution of training material
0900-0930
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
0930-1030
Competition in the EU: The Rules of the Game Just like the rules of any sport, competition rules in the European Union strive to maintain a level playing field between economic operators.  To what level can we tilt this field and still be considered fair? This session introduces state aid and seeks to understand how the European Commission uses different state aid regimes to strike the point of equity.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
Case Study I - Making your Point ||The State Aid Notification process with the European Commission – The Malta Power Station 2016 case Considered as a remarkable balancing act between law, economics and technical matter, the recent case of the new Power Station and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) energy facility in Malta sheds light on the complex and delicate process of State Aid notification assessed by the EC.  This session explains the full application process and the procedures adopted.
1145-1230
Compatible aid ||How and when does the GBER promote infrastructure in waste, environment, energy, broadband and other sectors? This session gives a closer look on how the General Block Exemption Regulation allows assistance in favour of infrastructure in various sectors, for the benefit of SMEs, research, innovation, environmental protection, employment and regional development, amongst other.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1445
Case Study II - Assessing Renewable Energy Schemes and dealing with exceptions in Malta An insight into how the exemptions provided for under the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) were effectively used to align Malta’s renewable energy and energy efficiency support schemes with the new Guidelines on environmental and energy state aid. It will also provide a walk-through of the notification process for the recently approved scheme for large scale Photovoltaic systems (exceeding 1 Mega-watt), showing how specific requirements of the Guidelines have been successfully adapted to Malta’s specific circumstances.
1445-1530
Thy will be done…along with mine! || Making ends meet between the EC and the Member State  This session provides an insight of the level of detail which shall be expected by the EC when assessing potential state aid for a project or scheme. It delves into the clarifications and information sought by the EC, and the way these were addressed by the Maltese authorities. It shall also illustrate how these assist the EC to arrive at a positive Decision, with close reference to actual case studies.
1530-1600
Coffee Break
1600-1645
Audit of State Aid || What auditors are after during their review of state aid The final session looks at the approach adopted by the various auditors in their assessment of state aid implications on infrastructural projects.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1



Day 2 - Tuesday 4th June 2019

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1000
The Basic Principles of Public Procurement The second day opens with an overview of the principles that underpin the procurement directives and regulations – the rules and principles of the internal market of the EU.
1000-1030
The right tool for the job: An overview of the public procurement procedures applicable to infrastructural projects This session provides an overview of the procurement procedures available in the current Directives.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
The planning stages of procurement in infrastructural projects (incl workshop) This practical session studies the important role of planning in the procurement of infrastructural projects.  The challenges of cost-benefit analyses, feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, setting technical specifications, selecting the right tendering procedure, timeframes and other aspects are analysed in this workshop.
1145-1230
Contract modifications and infrastructural projects (incl workshop) This workshop analyses a number of examples of modifications during contract implementation and discusses the possible practical solutions within the parameters of the Directive and principles of public procurement.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1500
Reducing procurement errors -  EC guidance note on avoiding the most common errors in Public Procurement Knowing the most common mistakes in the procurement of infrastructural projects is an effective way to avoid them.  Tender inconsistencies, non-compliant contract winners, excessive variations, unjustifiable contract extensions and missing financial guarantees are just a few.
1500-1615
CASE studies: Dealing with ECA Audits on Public Procurement – The Maltese experience During this final session we share the Maltese experience with ECA & OLAF Audits along the past years.
1615-1630
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2



Day 3 - Wednesday 5th June 2019 - EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) Projects Expedition

0800-0830
Meeting in front of Hotel
STOP 1
ERDF 039: Fortifications Interpretation Centre
STOP 2
ERDF.06.9996 - Lower Valletta Regeneration Project
STOP 3
ERDF.05.109: Extension/Refurbishment of St John's Co-Cathedral Museum
STOP 4
ERDF 403 - Castille square project
STOP 5
ERDF 151 - Renewed Saluting Battery (Upper Barrakka)
STOP 6
ERDF 183 - Vertical Connection
Discussing
ESF 2.186 – Re-Skilling of Workers for the Local Film Industry
Discussing
ERDF 245 – Fort St. Angelo Heritage Experience
Discussing
ERDF 311 – National Interactive Science Centre
STOP 7
ERDF 104 - Stronger Cottonera Communities
STOP 8
Fisheries Funds
STOP 9
CF 117 - Improvement of the TEN-T Road (Garibaldi)
STOP 10
ERDF 32 - St Paul Catacombs Conservation Project
STOP 11
ERDF 39 - Restoration and rehabilitation of Mdina Fortifications
1830-1900
Returning to Hotel


Day 4 - Thursday 6th June 2019

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-0930
Feasibility studies & CBAs: why do we need them? The second part of the seminar focuses on the studies required to justify investment proposals.  The EC Guide to CBA and the regulatory requirements of the 2014-20 Cohesion Policy are discussed, giving a general perspective on CBA and its role in EU-funded operations.
0930-1030
Introducing the case study: Major Project - Water Infrastructure in Malta A general overview of the main case study of this seminar which will focus on the planning and studies conducted by the water utility company in Malta in preparation for a major project under OP1 of the Cohesion Policy 2014-20 for Malta.  All sessions will be making ongoing references to this case.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
Major Project #1: Context Analysis The first step of a CBA or feasibility analysis is to describe the context of the EU, the Member State and the region, outlining the prevailing socio-economic and political environment where the investment is planned.
1145-1230
Major Project #2: Demand Analysis What are the needs, who needs them, by how much, by when? Demand analysis seeks to understand the nature and extent of the demand.  Here we outline the methodologies used in arriving at a realistic estimate.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1445
Major Project #3: Problem Identification Identifying and articulating the problem at hand is crucial before listing the technical options available.  This session shows how the parties around the table of discussion were sometimes at odds in their views of the cause of the problems.
1445-1530
Major Project #4: Technical Options Analysis Having identified the problem, the decision-makers face the task of listing down the technical solutions available, understanding their rationale and feasibility in the context, and shortlisting those options for further study.
1530-1600
Coffee Break
1600-1645
Major Project #5: Environmental Impact Considerations and Climate Change Vulnerability The solutions may be technically sound and also financially feasible.  But if their installation is invasive and harmful to the environment and climate, they will be shelved.  The value of Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments, and other studies are discussed here.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 4


Day 5 - Friday 7th June 2019

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1030
Major Project #6: Financial Analysis Having considered the technical elements of the project, the next step is to calculate the future financial costs and benefits of the alternative investment and operations.  We will take the time to understand and absorb the process through practical examples and calculations.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
Major Project #7: Economic Analysis A public investment seeks the common economic and social good.  Here we translate the financial analysis into an economic one, again through a simplified, practical approach.
1145-1230
Major Project #8: Sensitivity and Risk Analysis Feasibility and cost-benefit analysis are based on estimates and assumptions.  In this step we test the sensitivity of the shortlisted technical options to the different economic scenarios and changes in the critical variables. This concludes the CBA process.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1500
Filling in the Major Project Application Form Filling in an application for a Major Project is a thorough exercise involving the concerted efforts of several stakeholders.  This sessions looks into the whole process and shares invaluable knowledge and experience from the water utility case.
1500-1615
JASPERS assistance and the Independent quality review The seminar concludes with an insight into the role of JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) as Malta prepared its major project submission.
1615-1630
Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

 

2019 Training Programme

FIVE-day option || June 3-7 || ERDF & CF projects Toolkit || One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition included!

THREE-day option || June 3-5 || Procurement & State Aid in Infrastructural Projects || One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition included!

TWO-day option || June 6-7 || Workshop: A step-by-step approach to Feasibility studies & Cost Benefit Analysis

 

A five-day informative seminar which sheds light on the complex subjects of state-aid and public procurement surrounding infrastructural projects.  The application process for major projects, along with revenue generation and cost benefit analyses will also be discussed in detail.

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Whether on business or vacation, Malta offers a rich concentration of natural beauty, cultural legacy, vibrant entertainment, friendly faces and top-end facilities.   The country stretches just over 300km2, covering the three main inhabited islands, with the largest – Malta – lying to the south of the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino.  The population is 418,000 and the official languages are Maltese and English.  The capital city is Valletta.

The wealth of historical sites (including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites), cultural activities, its warm climate, recreational areas, beaches, and architectural diversity, make Malta a popular tourist destination.  It also offers a stable political, economic and industrial environment, hosting thousands of local and international companies in different sectors, mainly tourism, financial services, IT, manufacturing and retail.  EU membership and the adoption of the euro currency have enhanced Malta’s accessibility and attractiveness as an international business hub in the centre of the Mediterranean region.

For more information about Malta, visit www.visitmalta.com.

Malta and European Funds

Malta joined the European Union on 1st May 2004.  Since 2000, the Government of Malta has been actively participating in EU-funded programmes under shared management with the European Commission.  Malta has received in excess of €1bn from the EU under the various initiatives undertaken so far, both pre- and post-accession, including Pre-Accession Funds and the Transition Facility (inc. TAIEX), the Structural Funds Programme 2004-06 (ERDF, ESF, EAGGF, FIFG) and the Cohesion Fund 2004-06, Cohesion Policy 2007-13 (ERDF, CF, ESF), the Rural Development and Agriculture funds (EAGF/EAFRD), The European Fisheries Fund (EFF), Framework Programme on Solidarity and management of Migration funds 2007-2013 and the Lifelong Learning and Youth-in-Action Programmes,

Another €882m are allocated to Malta under the 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework (Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Source: ec.europa.eu).

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