• Public Procurement

    Article 13 checks have become a household term over the past eight years, keeping faith to their 2000-06 predecessor, Article 4. Management verifications have traditionally been dominated by 100% administrative verifications and sample physical on-the-spot checks, leading to long hours of document checking and unwelcome financial corrections. Yet, this was not enough. According to the Court of Auditors, 7 out of every 10 errors it detected in ESF programmes could have been detected by Managing Authorities before certification but were not (Court of Auditors' Annual Report 2012). Managers of programmes focused more on absorbing the money (outputs) than on achieving results and impact on the ground. Something had to change. In fact, the design of the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and its Operational Programmes are now strongly in favour of results.

    What are the effects on the first-level of control? Will verifiers be replaced by evaluators? Where does financial management and control feature in this new drive? And sound financial management?

    Verifications 2014-20 – are they all about performance checks? is being held on 19-20 May 2016. It elicits discussions on these and other questions, to better understand the role of all the authorities in their monitoring and audit of performance for the 2014-20 Programmes. Together with our experts and guest speakers, participants analyse the implications of the Performance Framework, the stronger use of simplified cost options and financial instruments, the management declaration and annual summary, e-Cohesion, the sampling methods, the possible knowledge gaps in the MAs, IBs, CAs and AAs and the recommendations the Court of Auditors and the European Commission. Certainly, management verifications will never be the same.

    One-day EUfundingMalta expedition included!

    Yes, this is a new addition to our courses for 2016. We know that it’s not only about talk but it’s also about visuals. So we thought of giving an even more tangible feel of what EU-funding means to Malta by coupling the theme of the course with visits to hallmark projects implemented in Malta since accession to the EU in 2004.

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  • Public Procurement

    The eligibility period of the 2007-13 OPs is now over for most of the Member States and there's no time left for beneficiaries to spend.  It's now up to the Authorities to start preparing the closure documents to seek the maximum reimbursement from the Commission.  There are lots of challenges and pitfalls ahead.  The Final Implementation Report, the Statement of Expenditure, the Statement on Withdrawals and Recoveries, the Application for Payment, the Closure Declaration and the Final Control Report, not to mention all the fieldwork, administrative and on-the-spot verifications, audits and evaluations that need to be done.  A tall order indeed, which needs to be completed by March 2017.  But there are some tricks which can still be used by the deadline.     

    At the same time, and starting from this year, the designated bodies have the new annual submission of documents to fulfil for the 2014-20 Programmes. Whilst the first tranches of initial pre-financing have been received for the approved OPs, the annual pre-financing and the last 10% balance on interim payments are conditional on the quality and content of the required documents.  It can be easily considered an annual "mini-closure" exercise, which requires substantial attention and detail from all concerned.

    So what is left to be done in the run-up to the submission deadline of the 2007-13 Programmes? What solutions are still available? And what is this annual clearance exercise under the 2014-20 Programmes?  What is expected of Member States and how does it work?

    Mastering Closure 2007-13 & the Annual Submissions 2014-20 is being held on 19-20 May 2016. The first part of this course aims to explore the possible options to maximise absorption of funds, the efficiency and effectiveness of management verifications and the problems in measuring outputs, results and impacts under the 2007-13 Programmes, all based on instructions and recommendations provided by the European Commission.  The second part deals with the conditions for the reimbursement of funds to Member States in the 2014-20 programming period, including the designation procedure, initial, annual, interim and final payments, the Management Declaration and the preparation of the Accounts, the Annual Summary, the audit opinion, the control report, and also the Performance Reserve.

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  • Public Procurement

    Over a trillion reasons to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak! Citizens want value for money, effectiveness, results, change that makes the difference. Governments, businesses, voluntary organisations want easier, more accessible funds. Simplicity.

    The call for more straightforward and effective regulations and policies has accompanied the 2014-20 Programmes from the outset. Incessant pressures from sluggish economic growth, high unemployment rates, a larger EU, high error rates and much more have led European leaders to stop the buck and truly focus on what matters most – results that make the difference in people’s lives. And this has to be done in the most effective manner possible, without getting lost in the trees.

    Simplified Cost Options are not completely new to Cohesion Policy programmes. They were promoted vehemently in the 2007-13 programming period, especially during the financial crisis. Yet, their potential is still relatively unexplored by most regions. In the 2014-20 period, the role of SCOs is being taken to a higher level, where the European Parliament and the European Court of Auditors are considering them as highly effective solutions to excessive paperwork, delays in decision-making, complex monitoring and verification of processes. But they still come with strings attached and cobwebs to clear.

    Shifting to SCOs brings along a culture shock that shakes older systems based on real costs to move towards a different, more flexible and, perhaps, less rigid system. It redefines the roles of all stakeholders in the field, who need to be trained well to trust the new systems and apply them correctly.

    The course Using Simplified Cost Options for better Results is being held on 3-4 May 2016. It explains all the simplified cost options available, with practical examples which clearly define the differences between SCOs and the classical view of real-cost reimbursement. We explore the pros and cons of each option and discuss how they truly contribute towards better results from our operational programmes. Register now >


  • Public Procurement Workshop - Applying Financial Corrections 

    26-28 October 2016, Hilton Malta Hotel

    Price: EUR 1,499 (incl VAT)

    Register by 5th October and pay EUR 1,349 (incl VAT)


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    Course Highlights

    i. Discussing the main tools and techniques available for the prevention and detection of errors 

    ii. Overviewing the financial corrections in the 2014-20 regulatory package 

    iii. Introducing the main guidance tool for the application of financial corrections

    iv. Examining and discussing different practical cases related to errors in the planning, tendering, selection and contracting stages of any procurement procedure

    v. Reviewing reports from various Member States on the application of financial corrections to errors

    vi. Analysing the withdrawals and recoveries procedures to treat errors

    vii. Discussing how the new Public Procurement Directives addresses the common errors of the past 

  • The Most Common Errors - 'Simpler' ways to keep them low

    28-30 September 2016, Hilton Malta Hotel

    Price: EUR 1,499 (incl VAT)

    Register by 7th September and pay EUR 1,349 (incl VAT)


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    Course Highlights

    i. Gain insights on the common errors and irregularities

    ii. Overview of the Management verifications of ESIF in the context of the principles and priorities promoted for the 2014-20 financial period

    iii. Learning how the performance framework and reserve will work

    iv. Learning how the performance framework and reserve will work

    v. Exploring the different requirements attached to the simplified cost options

    vi. Analysing the features of the new directives for Public Procurement

    vii. Learn how to treat errors by applying financial corrections

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EU Funds Training

2019 Training Programme

Practical and comprehensive courses on EU Funds management and control based on first-hand experience, research and insight. They will expose the important features of the course theme, through practical, real-world examples, in a set-up that facilitates the free exchange of ideas.   {marcoparallaxbground height="300" image="IPH_0148.jpg"}       March 2019 MALTA || March 6-8 || Verifying & Certifying ESIF projects in 2014-2020 (incl sampling) (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (NORTH) expedition) Straight-to-the-point facts and methods to improve the verification and certification of ESI-funded projects, based on the latest reports and guidelines.   April 2019 ZAGREB, Croatia || April 1-2 || Managing ESF projects in 2014-2020 This seminar reaches out to all practitioners involved in the European Social Fund, to discuss all the technical matters that make ESF the catalyst for education, employment and social inclusion in the EU.   LJUBLJANA, Slovenia || April 4-5 || Applying, verifying & auditing SCO This course explains all the SCOs available, with practical examples which clearly define the differences between SCOs and the real-cost reimbursement.   May 2019 MALTA || May 6-10 || *FIVE-day* Financial Management Toolkit: OTS checks & public procurement (incl One-day EUfundingGozo expedition) A *five-day* series of workshops and intensive sessions addressing the main features of financial management and control of ESI Funds, with the right blend of theory and practice. THREE-day option - May 6-8: Carrying out administrative and on-the-spot verifications (incl One-day EUfundingGozo expedition) TWO-day option - May 9-10: Focus on: Verifying & auditing Public Procurement   BRUSSELS, Belgium || May 23-24 || Introducing ESI Funds 2021-2027: Fewer, clearer, shorter rules. The proposal for the new Common Provision Regulations for 2021-27 is being discussed. This seminar sheds light on the European Commission’s efforts to simplify EU funding for 2021-2027.   June 2019 MALTA || June 3-7 || *FIVE-day* ERDF & CF projects Toolkit: State Aid, Procurement, Feasibility Studies & CBAs (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition) 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. THREE-day option - June 3-5: Procurement & State Aid in Infrastructural Projects (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition) TWO-day option - June 6-7: Workshop: A step-by-step approach to Feasibility studies & Cost Benefit Analysis ROME, Italy || June 25-26 || Fighting fraud & corruption in EU funded projects This course explores the realities of fraud and corruption in EU-funded projects and looks at the new solutions available in the hands of Member States to combat fraudulent activities.   July 2019 MALTA || July 15-19 || *FIVE-day* Indicators Toolkit: Targets, Performance & Simplification The *five-day* workshop which speaks about anything meaningful to the efficient and effective delivery, monitoring and evaluation of ESI-funded programmes and projects. THREE-day option -July 15-17: Indicators and the Performance Framework (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (NORTH) expedition) TWO-day option - July 18-19: Focus on: Achieving indicators through simplification (incl SCOs, Financial Instruments & Performance audits) September 2019 MALTA || September 16-20|| *FIVE-day* Irregularities Toolkit: prevent, detect, correct, audit This *five-day* toolkit deals with anything you need to know on irregularities; from prevention to detection, all the way to treatment of irregularities. It is ideal for EU-funding practitioners across all stakeholders. THREE-day option - September 16-18: Irregularities workshop: how to prevent, detect & treat errors (incl One-day EUfundingGozo Expedition) TWO-day option - September 19-20: Focus on: Measures to reduce irregular expenditure & the auditing perspective October 2019 MALTA || October 23-25 || Simplification mid-way through implementation: lessons learnt (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition) Examining the effects of the simplification measures implemented in the 14-20 programming period, and the lessons learnt for current and future programmes.   November 2019 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia || November 25-26 || Financial Corrections workshop: prevent, detect and correct errors A set of workshops designed to instil confidence in the personal interpretation of errors and the application of knowledge and experience to determine fair financial corrections.   BUDAPEST, Hungary || November 28-29 || Verifying & Certifying ESIF projects in 2014-2020 (incl sampling) Straight-to-the-point facts and methods to improve the verification and certification of ESI-funded projects, based on the latest reports and guidelines.   *Dates and destinations are still subject to minor changes For more information about our courses Subscribe to ENews.  

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Project Applications & Studies

At EuropeanFunds.info we understand that EU-funded initiatives are not the most forthright instruments around.  But we also understand the accountability that needs to go along with the use of the European taxpayers’ money.  And that’s what we strive to attain – aligning your brilliant ideas with the basic principles of public spending.     

Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes   The Business Enhance Grant Schemes provide non-refundable grants which are financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  These are available to private enterprises, namely SMEs.  Under the current Programming Period for 2014-2020, these schemes are being managed and issued by the Measures and Support Division which falls under the remit of the Ministry for European Affairs.  To date six grant schemes have been published which include:  •    SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme•    E-Commerce Grant Scheme•    SME Diversification and Innovation Grant Scheme•    SME Internationalisation Grant Scheme•    SME Growth Grant Scheme•    Start-up Investment Grant Scheme  For further information on each scheme please click on the relevant schemes listed above.   Our Services At EuropeanFunds.info, we are able to guide you through the whole Grant Scheme application process.  This entails determining your eligibility for the schemes as we will not advise you to apply should you not be eligible for such funding.  Guidance as to which scheme best suits your enterprise will also be provided.  Together with the filling in of the application form/s, all Grant Scheme application forms include an obligatory business plan which related costs may be recovered through the SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme.   Our directors and advisors have worked in the EU Funding area and previously within the Ministry managing the Grant Schemes for over ten years which benefits our clients as we will provide guidance based on our experience within this field. For further details on the schemes and application process you may contact us on justine@europeanfunds.info to set an obligation-free meeting.

Project Applications   EuropeanFunds.info offers full assistance in writing your project proposals, undertaking feasibility studies, filling your application forms, submitting your proposals, negotiating with stakeholders, all the way to signing your hard-earned grant.   We lead you all the way with expert advice built on eight years of experience in the Managing Authority, dealing with all the relevant Authorities involved in the management and control system of European Funds – the European Commission, Certifying Authority, Intermediate Bodies, Audit Authority, Treasury, Department of Contracts, public entities, private and voluntary organisations, local government, unions and civil society.   Contact Us

Studies   The European citizen is ready to invest aggressively in our growth and quality of life.  It is only with strong investments in social infrastructure, employment and education that the Union can achieve its long-term objectives linked to the Europe 2020 strategy.  Europe wants to listen to your idea, to make it happen, to make the little change that will make a difference in the lives of its citizens.  But, the public needs data and information.  Project proponents need to present the background details leading to the identification of the need and to clearly explain how the project adds value and in what manner it is consistent with the specific and general objectives of the national and EU strategies.    Equipping your proposal with strong evidence So, in plain terms, intuition and a strong faith in your project are not enough! EuropeanFunds.info can help.  We take you that step further by collecting the data you need, analysing it, and giving you the hard evidence that will support your proposal for European funds.  We carry out feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses in all sectors, drawing upon its vast experience in the evaluation of project proposals when engaged in the managing authority, but also on the strong network of business partners.  We understand how public authorities analyse proposals and we know what buttons to push.  So trust that we will do just that.   Measuring performance And do you want to measure the effectiveness of your project mid-way or at the end of it? EuropeanFunds.info performs evaluation studies at all stages of the project lifecycle, giving you and the funding bodies the means to gauge the project’s performance.     Contact Us

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Project Management Successful EU-funded projects bring together bright ideas, smart management and exceptional results with the utmost attention to accountability and transparency.  Whoever has managed projects in the past knows that funds are subject to tight scrutiny by the Commission, national authorities and auditors.  And rightly so.  The European Court of Auditors, year after year, reports shortcomings in public procurement and financial expenditure, often leading to the recovery of funds from Beneficiaries.  Neither the Commission nor Member States want to waste invaluable financial resources in non-compliant activities.    We believe in your ideas! So the instructions are clear.  Your project ideas are very welcome, but sound financial and performance management are essential for long-term success.  We’ve been on the other side of the fence, so we know what quality is expected of project management and administration.  At EuropeanFunds.info we understand your frustrations in dealing with the necessary administrative work which comes along with EU-funded projects.  Your ideas and technical capabilities should not get entangled in undesirable paperwork and financial corrections.  And we also know that your day, like ours, is only 24 hours long.  So we will let you concentrate on the deliverables that matter and leave the rest to us.   You look after what really counts; we take care of the distractions.     Contact Us

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The European Union wants results.  EuropeanFunds.info is just about them.

We provide training and other optimal solutions on the back of experience gained in the management of the 2004-2006, 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 EU funded programmes at the Managing Authority of Malta. Our experts were directly involved in operational programme development, final programme closure reporting and (pretty much) anything in between!

2014-2020 is about performance.  Indeed, we are here to share our knowledge on EU funding and help you perform.

Our Team

Ray Bartolo

Ray Bartolo is Director and Lead Consultant at EuropeanFunds.info.

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Trevor Fenech

Trevor Fenech is Director and Lead Consultant at EuropeanFunds.info.

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Justine Schinas

Justine Schinas is a Senior Advisor and Speaker at EuropeanFunds.info.

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About Malta

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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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