2014-2020 vs 2021-2027: lessons learnt & simplification

2014-2020 vs 2021-2027: lessons learnt & simplification

July 5-9, 2021, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta

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2014-2020: lessons learnt, but what? result orientation, verifications, evaluations

July 5-7, 2021, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta

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2021-2027: simplification, but how? programming, payments, sampling, monitoring

July 8-9, 2021, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta

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2021 is a defining year for EU funding – it is the eight year of the 14-20 multiannual financial framework and also the year that sets the regulations for the upcoming 21-27 period.  A year of heavy project implementation but also busy policy-making and programme design.  A time for reflection too – what worked in the current programmes and what not.  And what solutions are available for the next.

As most of you may agree, we are all eager to hear that EU-funding will be easier for authorities to manage and for beneficiaries to tap into.  But it is not simple to change historic systems of control overnight and convince people that things will not be the same as before.  It is a process which takes time and teaches us as we go along.

Simpler rules for more results and less error has been the recurring theme of EU-funding in the past decade.  And it is an ongoing process.  More is coming in the future, as the proposals for 2021-27 roll out.  These are measures to focus on what matters most – results that make the difference in people’s lives.

This course gives a detailed update on the simplification measures at each stage of the programme, from policy to audit, giving interpretations of the changes introduced and their effect on the systems we were used to.  It is based on the experience of the 14-20 programme so far, referring to actual cases from different Member States and discussing what worked and what could have been done better.

Course Highlight

i. An overview of progress so far on the 14-20 programmes;

ii. Analysing the simplification measures introduced at regulatory, policy-making and programming level, for this programming period and the proposals for 2021-27;

iii. Understanding the simplified cost options currently available for all ESI funds in 14-20;

iv.Appreciating the value of new forms of supports, such as financial instruments, in maximizing the funds and delivering OP objectives more efficiently;

v. Understanding the contribution of the current Public Procurement Directives towards the simplification of project implementation;vi. Discussing the effect of simplified processes on the daily work of management verifiers, controllers and auditors;

vii. Understanding the role of the annual clearance documents in adding a recurring layer of assurance on the simplified management and control systems, thus reducing error;

viii. Discovering the simplification measures proposed for the 2021-27 multi-annual financial framework.

Venue & Accomodation

TRAINING VENUE

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta

The training course will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta. The 16th century building has long been one of Valletta’s most remarkable landmarks. Located towards the tip of Valletta peninsula, the MCC stands for distinction with magnificent views across the Grand Harbour.

 

Target Audience

Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Bodies, Methodology Departments, Central or Regional Ministries, change managers.

OUR TRAINERS

Delivering knowledge, experience and good feelings!

Ray Bartolo

Head of Institution

Trevor Fenech

Director – Lead Speaker

AGENDA

Our Plan for day 1 - 5

DAY 1

Timeline Plan

Monday 5th July 2021
08:30-09:00
Registration and distribution of training material
09:00-09:30
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
09:30-10:30
Is the European Union meeting its EU 2020 targets? We start off by taking account of the progress the EU and the Member States have registered towards the EU2020 targets, drawing on the latest data and reports.
10:30-11:00
1030-1100
11:00-11:45
Lesson #1 – The Performance Framework ESIF 2014-20 is being delivered within the context of a strict performance framework, where priorities are implemented with well-defined objectives in mind.  Through this practical workshop we analyse the framework and its relationship with the Performance Reserve and the programme targets.
11:45-12:30
Lesson #2 – Simplified Cost Options (Flat Rate Financing) This session explores flat-rate financing and all its variants through practical examples, workshops and from multiple perspectives from all ESI Funds – implementation, reimbursement to the Beneficiary, verification and certification to the EC.
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-14:30
Lesson #2 – Simplified Cost Options (Unit costs) An in-depth analysis of standard scales of unit costs, through practical examples, workshops 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 and the new Omnibus Regulation.
14:30-15:00
Lesson #2 – Simplified Cost Options (Lump sums and financing not linked to costs) This session explains lump sums and their application, together with an overview from all perspectives (incl. Article 14, ESF).  This session includes practical examples and workshops. .
15:00-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-16:15
Lesson #3 – Financial Instruments In this session we explore the application of financial instruments in the ESI Funds, as an alternative to the classical grant-based approaches to project financial support.  Several case studies are presented throughout, and major references will be made to the proposed changes for 2021-27.
16:15-16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1

DAY 2

Timeline Plan

Tuesday 6th July 2021
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-10:30
Lesson #4 – Public Procurement The second day opens with an overview of the principles that underpin the procurement directives and regulations, and a discussion on how the Directives contribute to the simplification of the Programmes.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
Lesson #5 – Performance Audits We explain the notion of performance audits and discuss their application to the evaluation and audit of sound financial management.
11:45-12:30
Lesson #5 – Presenting results of performance audits carried out by ECA on ESIF The most important findings in ECA performance audit reports are presented and discussed.
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-16:15
The Mediterranean Conference Centre ERDF project: a Case Study This on-site workshop gives an overview of the ERDF-funded project at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the same venue in which the course is held.  We look into the challenges faced during preparation and the current implementation of this €7m project at a site of significant historic and cultural value for Malta.
16:15-16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2

DAY 3

Timeline Plan

Wednesday 7th July 2021 - EUfundingGozo Projects Expedition
08:00-08:30
Meeting in front of venue
STOP 1
CF 125: Salina Road Project
Discussing
CF 118: Rehabilitation of Maghtab Landfills
STOP 2
CF 198 – Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal
STOP 3
ERDF 31 – Upgrading of Zewwieqa Waterfront
STOP 4
ERDF 32 – Ggantija Temples Conservation Project
Discussing
ERDF 24 – Upgrading of Villa Rundle Gardens
STOP 5
CF 1.1.0.2 – Restoration and Upgrading of Mgarr-Victoria Link
Discussing
ERDF 142 – Developing a cultural and historical eco-museum
STOP 6
ERDF 246 – Implementing of Cittadella Masterplan
STOP 7
ERDF 140 – The Ta’ Pinu shrine project
1830-1900
Returning to venue

DAY 4

Timeline Plan

Thursday 8th July 2021
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:30
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
09:30-10:30
Introducing the principles and objectives driving EU investments in 2021-2027 The seminar starts with an overview of the principles  that will support EU’s quest to become smarter, greener, better-connected, social and closer to citizens.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Preparing the new Programmes and setting up the Systems The first simplification measures proposed for 2021-27 are related to the Common Provisions Regulations, the Fund-specific regulations and delegated acts, with more consolidation and shorter text.  Programming will be faster and more flexible just like the management and control systems.
11:45-12:30
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Simplified Cost Options immediately in the Programmes Reimbursement from the Commission may be simplified through the extended use of simplified cost options or payments based on conditions set in the Programmes.
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:00
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Applying for and Selecting projects in 2021-27 The performance framework needs a simple and clear project application and selection process that quickly delivers the desired results.   Here we discuss the intervention logic and the project selection processes to consider for the next period.
15:00-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-16:15
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Horizontal principles & Visibility of cohesion policy We start off day two with a discussion on the horizontal principles and publicity for the new programme.
16:15-16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 4

DAY 5

Timeline Plan

Friday 9th July 2021
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-10:30
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Management Verifications, the Accounts and the Management Declaration (WORKSHOP) Management verifications will follow a risk management strategy, increasing the opportunity to carry out risk-based sampling in the traditionally laborious claim-by-claim verifications.  Through this workshop we explore the initiative and its relationship with the management declaration and the accounts, and also the new decommitment rules.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
Simplification measures in 2021-2027: Financial management In the last part of the seminar we focus on the developments on the financial management side, with particular focus on simplification.
11:45-12:00
Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

Calendar

2021 Training Programme