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ESF toolkit: Focus on SCO, Financial Instruments & the quality of public administration

April 16-20, 2018, Westin Malta Hotel

Price: EUR 2,999 (incl VAT)


Register by 26 March 2018 and pay EUR 1,999

 

Course Description

The European Social Fund is a crucial instrument in the European Union’s drive to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.  With its investments in the adaptability of workers, in access to employment, in vocational and lifelong learning, and in bringing down the barriers of social exclusion and poverty, the ESF has the potential to change lives in the most direct and tangible manner.  However, the benefits of ESF cannot be channelled down to the rightful recipients without a strong, efficient and effective system of management and control.

Guided by its core priorities of employment, education, social inclusion and improved public services, ESF operational programmes for the 2014-20 period are streamlined to fit into an intervention logic which identifies the development need, the solutions and actions proposed, and measures their success on the basis of clear indicators.  The Performance Reserve now rewards Member States for results achieved by 2018; financial corrections may ensue for failed targets in 2023.  

What are the implications of this framework on the management of ESF programmes regionally and locally?  What are the attributes of a successful ESF application form?  What alternative forms of financial support and simplification measures are available to help?  How will the error rate go down, as momentum is shifted increasingly towards performance rather than financial management?  Is it all about performance evaluation and not about financial verifications?  

This course is designed with the specific needs of ESF 2014-20 in mind.  Through a linear approach, we analyse the most important features of the Fund from programming, through project application, selection and implementation, down to evaluation.  All supported by practical cases, examples and workshops to help participants better understand and relate to his or her day-to-day job with ESF.  
 
 
 

Course Highlights

i. Understanding the role of ESF in the achievement of the Europe 2020 target;

ii. Learning how the intervention logic provides the architecture for the performance framework and how it relates to the selection of projects;

iii. Applying the principles of ESF to each application form;

iv. Exploring how financial instruments work within the context of ESF and the EaSI programme;

v. Understanding how simplified cost options can help for a simpler implementation;

vi. Discussing eligibility of expenditure under ESF;

vii. Examining the role of public procurement and the contribution of the new Directives towards a better ESF;

viii. Understanding how the management of ESF projects can be ethical and error-free;

ix. Analysing management verifications for ESF 2014-20 and the reimbursement process by the EC;

x. Examining the contribution of performance monitoring and evaluation towards the success of ESF 2014-20.

 

 

Target Audience
Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Authorities, Central or Regional Ministries, Finance Officers, Auditors, Methodology Departments.

 

 

One-day EUfundingMalta 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
Director - Speaker

  • Ten 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
Westin Hotel – St. Julian’s

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

Below please find special corporate prices for our participants.

 

Hotel
Price

Westin Hotel
EUR 215**

Hilton Hotel
EUR 165*

Intercontinental Hotel
EUR na*

Hotel Valentina
EUR 100**

Hotel Argento
EUR 140**

Cavalieri Art Hotel
EUR 80**

Golden Tulip Vivaldi
EUR 95**

* room only basis
** bed and breakfast basis

How to benefit from Hotels’ corporate rates

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Intercontinental Hotel – send an e-mail to Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Valentina Hotel – Log on to www.hotelvalentina.com and enter the EUFUNDS promo code

Hotel Argento – send an e-mail to Fabrizio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Cavalieri Art Hotel – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Golden Tulip Vivaldi – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail. 

 

 
 

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.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Courses in 2018

 

Agenda

Day 1 – Monday 16th April 2018

0830-0900
Registration and distribution of training material
0900-0930
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
0930-1030
Phase 1: Programming and Regulations of ESF 2014-20 – Where from and where to? The first session introduces the European Social Fund by reference to its history, successes and core values.  Looking ahead, we discuss the role of ESF within the Europe 2020 strategy and Cohesion Policy and discuss the progress registered so far.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
Phase 2: Applying for and Selecting projects under ESF 2014-20 - ESF Principles An overview of the underlying principles of ESF – transnational cooperation, partnership, equal opportunities and social innovation.
1145-1230
Phase 2: Applying for and Selecting projects under ESF 2014-20 - The Intervention Logic An introduction to the Intervention Logic, starting with the identification of the development needs, the solution, proposed action and contribution to key indicators.  This is done through case studies related to all thematic objectives: employment, education, social inclusion and quality of public administration.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1530
Phase 3: Project implementation - Forms of Support (1) – Financial Instruments In this session we explore the application of financial instruments in ESF and the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), as an alternative to the classical grant-based approaches to project financial support.  A number of cases are presented throughout.
1530-1600
Coffee Break
1600-1645
Workshop: Applying financial corrections to common errors in the implementation of financial instruments The first day concludes with a workshop on the common errors in financial instruments and the ways how to treat them after detection, with particular reference to the EC guidance notes.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1

Day 2 – Tuesday 17th April 2018

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1000
Phase 3: Project implementation – Simplified Cost Options : An introduction Day 2 is totally dedicated to simplified cost options in ESF, starting off with an overview of the most important principles, regulations and background information.
1000-1230
Phase 3: Project implementation – Simplified Cost Options: Flat Rate Financing (Workshop) An intensive workshop exploring flat-rate financing and all its variants through practical examples and multiple perspectives – implementation, reimbursement to the Beneficiary, verification and certification to the EC. (includes 30-min coffee break)
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1500
Phase 3: Project implementation – Simplified Cost Options: Standard Scales of Unit Cost (Workshop)An in-depth analysis of standard scales of unit costs, once more through practical examples and from different perspectives – implementation, reimbursement to the Beneficiary, verification, certification to the EC and reimbursement from the EC. Includes special reference to the ESF Regulation, Article 14.
1500-1530
Phase 3: Project implementation – Simplified Cost Options: Lump Sums (Workshop) A workshop to explain lump sums and their application, together with an overview from all perspectives (incl. Article 14, ESF)
1530-1545
Coffee break
1545-1645
General Case Study:  Improving implementation of projects through SCOs (Workshop) A case of a project based on traditional real-cost funding support is presented, for transformation into one or more SCOs.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2

Day 3 - Wednesday 18th April 2018

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1030
Phase 4: The Quality of Public Administration Toolbox – Ethics in public administration This session is the first of two focused on topics identified by the European Commission in its Public Administration Toolbox.  The sound management of the ESF is in the interest of all.  Here we discuss how the promotion of ethical behaviour in public administration leads to less error, corruption and fraud.
1030-1100
Coffee break
1100-1230
Phase 4: The Quality of Public Administration Toolbox – Public Procurement (incl. workshop) Public procurement is a primary channel for the delivery of ESF outputs and results.  This session explores the subject in depth, linking strongly with the Directive and anything which is typically ESF-type.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1430
Phase 5: Verifications – The EC Guidance Note on Management Verifications A short introduction to and discussion on the most important elements of the Guidance Note
1430-1530
Phase 5: Verifications – Eligibility of expenditure (incl. workshop) A discussion on eligibility of expenditure in ESF, with particular reference to the relevant articles in the Common Provisions Regulations, the ESF regulation and national rules, with examples.
1530-1600
Coffee break
1600-1645
Phase 6: Certifications (inc. Verifications) – Reimbursement from the EC, the Annual Accounts, Management Declaration and Annual Summary 2014-20 is different from its predecessors especially in the way funds are reimbursed by the EC.  This workshop walks step by step through the process of advance and interim payments and their clearance.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 3


Day 4 - Thursday 19th April 2018 - EUfundingMalta Projects Expedition

0900-1145
Stop 1 – Valletta || The Capital City
Visiting:
1. ERDF 244 – Fort St Elmo (also viewing CF 124 – Valletta Breakwater) 
2. ERDF 403 - Grand Master’s Palace & Castille Square
3. ERDF 151 - Saluting Battery at the Upper Barrakka Gardens
Also viewing
i. ERDF 245 – Fort St Angelo
ii. ESF 2.186 – Fort Rinella
iii. ERDF 311 – Bighi Hospital
4. ERDF 183 – Upper Barraka Lifts
1145
Boat trip to Cottonera (The Three Cities) 
1200-1300
Stop 2: ERDF 104 - Cospicua Waterfront
1300-1500
Stop 3: LUNCH AT Marsaxlokk (Fishing Village)
1500
Stop 4: CF 117 - Council of Europe & Garibaldi Road – Luqa
1530-1630
Stop 5: ERDF 4 - Hagar Qim & Mnajdra – Qrendi
1630-1730
Stop 6: ERDF 39 - Mdina Fortifications
Discussing:
1. ERDF 32 – St. Paul’s Catacombs – Rabat, Malta


Day 5 - Friday 20th April 2018

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1030
Phase 7: Monitoring and Evaluation of ESF Programmes and Projects - Performance Framework and Reserve (with Group Workshop) The final day focuses on ESF programme monitoring and evaluation.  ESF 2014-20 is being delivered within the context of a strict performance framework, where priorities are implemented towards the achievement of well-defined objectives.  Through this session we analyse the framework and its relationship with the Performance Reserve and the programme targets.
1030-1100
Coffee break
1100-1130
Phase 7: Monitoring and Evaluation of ESF Programmes and Projects - Data management in ESF 2014-20 The quality of an evaluation is a function of its base data.  In this programming period, where performance is predominantly measured on results rather than absorption, data management plays a crucial role.  This session studies the data requirements of ESF 2014-20.
1130-1230
Phase 7: Monitoring and Evaluation of ESF Programmes and Projects - The Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements of ESF 2014-20 The last session gives a thorough overview of the evaluation and monitoring requirements of ESF 2014-20.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1415
Wrap up and distribution of certificates

5-day seminar || April 16-20, 2018 || One-day EUfundingMalta expedition included!


This five-day 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.

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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.

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