TERMS & CONDITIONS

This page tells you the terms and conditions on which we, ef.Info Limited, trading under the name of europeanfunds.info (“We”“Us”“Our”), enable you (“You”“Your”) to make an online/offline registration in respect of any of Our training courses, conferences or seminars (“Courses”) listed in Our mail-shots, brochures and flyers and on Our website www.europeanfunds.info  (“Our Site”). Please read these terms and conditions carefully before registering, or authorizing someone to register on your behalf, to any of Our Courses. You should understand that by registering to any of Our Courses, You agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

You should print a copy of these terms and conditions for future reference.

Please understand that if You refuse to accept these terms and conditions, You will not be able to register to any of Our Courses. Registrations which are not made online (e.g. e-mails or over the phone) are still deemed to accept these terms and conditions.

Information about Us

We are a limited liability company registered in Malta under company number C67189 and with Our registered office at 49, Triq Tal-Franciz, Swieqi, Malta, Europe. Our VAT number is MT2202-9722. www.europeanfunds.info is a site operated by ef.Info Limited.

EuropeanFunds.info is a Higher Education Institution registered with the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority, having License Number 2018-002.

Your status

By registering to Our Courses You warrant that:

  • You are legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and
    • You are at least 18 years old.

How the contract is formed between You and Us

After making a registration, or someone makes a Registration on Your behalf, You will receive a website notification or an e-mail from Us acknowledging that We have received Your registration form. Please note that this does not mean that Your registration to Our Course has been accepted. Your registration request constitutes an offer to Us to secure a place at one of Our Courses. All registrations are subject to availability of the Course and formal acceptance by Us, and We will confirm such acceptance to You by sending You an e-mail stating that the registration has been confirmed (the “Booking Confirmation“). Upon sending the Booking Confirmation, the agreement to participate is mutual.

We shall raise an invoice for payment of the Course and send it to You or Your organization for satisfaction. Payment shall be due strictly in accordance with Our standard invoice terms (thirty days from date of invoice). Payment must be made in advance before You attend the Course you have registered (such as seminar, conference, or training course). The contract between Us (“Contract”) will only be formed when We receive payment for the full price of the Course. The contract will be valid until we receive the payment, the course is delivered and all course materials were provided, whichever comes the latest. Further details on payment may be found under the section Price and Payment.

The Contract will relate only to those Courses which We have confirmed in the Booking Confirmation.
There is a limited number of places at each Course and these will be allocated in order of payments effected.

Course/Seminar Title and content

Our course title is the title as specified on the Registration Form at the time of Your Registration.

We reserve the right to make changes to the published title or programme of a Course (but not the overall content), for example to session titles, timings and/or speakers if one of the advertised speakers is unable to attend. In such cases, You will not be entitled to cancel.

Course/Seminar Logistical Arrangements

Venue

Our Courses are held at an external venue, as specified on the Registration Form at the time of Your Registration. You acknowledge that We may have to change the published venue for the Course for reasons beyond Our control and in such cases, You will not be entitled to cancel unless the change in venue represents a significant disadvantage to You.

You are liable for any loss or damage which You may cause to the external venue and agree to adhere to all housekeeping rules, procedures and policies (including policies as to behaviour and conduct) that may be in place at any venue from time to time.

If you have a disability or medical condition that requires special arrangements to be made, please notify Us of Your requirements when making Your registration.

Days and Dates of training

Our Courses are held on the days and dates, as specified on the Registration Form at the time of Your Registration, and as per selection made by You. To be eligible for a certificate of participation and attendance, Participants shall sign on all the timesheet/s provided for every day of the seminar.

Language

All our courses and seminars are delivered in the English Language.

Courses Accreditation

All our Courses/Seminars are awarded by EuropeanFunds.info. The courses offered by EuropeanFunds.info are not accredited unless specifically advertised on our website and specified on the Registration Form at the time of Your Registration as accredited. Accreditation details can be found further on in these Terms and Conditions.

Participation to our courses

To be eligible to attend any of our courses and seminars, participants are to:

  • possess at least 6 months experience in an executive position within a government department or with any other EU or national institution with equivalent managerial expertise; and
  • possess verbal knowledge and comprehension of the English language.

By submitting a Registration Form, you are thereby declaring that you possess the required entry requirements for our seminars and courses.

Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Points

To claim CPD points (if applicable) in respect of Our Courses, please ensure that You sign the relevant Course attendance sheet.

European Qualification Framework (“EQF”) Accredited courses

This part is only applicable to participants registering for EuropeanFunds.info accredited course/s. Currently, EuropeanFunds,info only delivers one accredited Award which consists of four (4) ECTS.

Title of Qualification: Award in the Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Errors in EU-funded Programmes

EQF Level: Level 5

Total learning Hours: 100 hours

Part I: Irregularities workshops: eligibility, public procurement, durability, fraud (2 ECTS)

This short course is made up of two modules.

  • Three-day course – Module I: Errors or Fraud? Detect and treat irregularities in EU funded projects
  • Two-day course – Module II: Workshops: Financial correction guidelines on public procurement and financial instruments

Part II: 2014-2020 vs 2021-2027: lessons learnt & simplification (2 ECTS)

This short course is made up of two modules.

  • Three-day course – Module I: 2014-2020: lessons learnt, but what? result orientation, verifications, evaluations
  • Two-day course – Module II: 2021-2027: simplification, but how? programming, payments, sampling, monitoring

Mode of Delivery: Traditional/Face-to-Face Learning

Mode of assessment: A selection of One-on-one and group assignment using digital learning tools: PowerPoint and tablets.

Learning outcomes: The learner will be able to:

  • Define error and the most common areas of irregularities.
  • Apply simplified cost options for the reduction in error.
  • Understand the processes relating to the Annual Submissions (management declaration, accounts and annual summary) and the ultimate effect on the reduction in error.
  • Use the tools and techniques available for the prevention and detection of errors
  • Understand the principles of irregularity, interpret situations and independently apply proportionate financial corrections within the parameters of the 2014-20 regulatory package
  • Interpret practical cases related to errors in the planning, tendering, selection and contracting stages of any procurement procedure
  • Understand the reasons behind the mechanisms available to reduce error and the dangers of fraud
  • Understand and be aware of the auditing perspective to error and irregularities
  • Be aware of the progress the EU and Member States are registering towards the EU targets, and get an overview of the 5 investment priorities that will make Europe smarter, greener, better connected, social and closer to citizens
  • Analyse the performance framework and its relationship with the performance reserve and programme targets
  • Explore the application of financial instruments in the ESI funds, as an alternative to the classical grant-based approaches to project financial support
  • Understand the notion of performance audits and discuss their application to the evaluation and audit of sound financial management
  • Get acquainted with simplification measures which are being proposed for the 2021-2027 programming period in the specific areas of programme financial management and control

 Price and payment

The price of any of Our Courses will be as quoted in Our mailshots, brochures and flyers and on Our Site from time to time, except in cases of obvious error. These prices are inclusive of trainers’ costs, coffee breaks and lunches as indicated on the course agenda, any transfer costs and access to projects sites related to EU funding project expeditions, all training material, and VAT (where applicable).

Prices are liable to change at any time, but changes will not affect registrations in respect of which We have already sent You a Booking Confirmation, except in cases of obvious error.

You may pay for Your registrations through a bank transfer. We shall be entitled to charge You interest on late payments in accordance with the L.N. 272 of 2012, EUROPEAN UNION ACT (CAP. 460) http://justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lp&itemid=23567&l.

Please note that We cannot guarantee the security of data which You send us by email. Unless We are fraudulent or negligent, We will not be liable to You for any losses caused as a result of unauthorised access to the personal and transactional information that You provide Us when making a registration.

Our refunds policy

If You cancel the Contract between us by giving Us more than 30-days in writing prior to the Course, You shall be entitled to a full refund. If You cancel the Contract between us by giving Us in excess of 48-hours’ notice (but less than 30-days) in writing prior to the Course, You shall be entitled to a credit note for the full value of the Course booked. Such credit note must be used within the current or following financial year of issue (please note that Our financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December). We will process the credit note due to You as soon as possible. If You cancel the Contract between us by giving Us notice in writing less than 48 hours prior to the Course, You shall not be entitled to any credit note or any other form of refund.

Substitute attendees may be accepted by Us, at Our sole discretion, provided that the substitute attendee meets any applicable eligibility criteria for the relevant Course. If You fail to attend a Course for which You are registered and have not given Us prior notice then You shall not be entitled to any credit note or otherwise pursuant to Our refunds policy.

We shall be entitled to cancel Your registration/booking where We need to do so due to circumstances outside of Our control (including, but not limited to, situations where sufficient numbers have not booked for the Course or the speakers are unavailable or cancel the Course or if You are more than 30 days in arrears with any payment due to Us, or if it may prejudice Our reputation). We shall have no liability for losses or costs which You may incur due to such cancellation but We shall refund your booking payment (in full as soon as possible) or offer You an alternative Course if one is available. You have the choice of accepting the refund, a credit note or attending the alternative Course.

We will usually refund any money received from You using the same method originally used by You to pay for Your purchase but reserve the right to refund using an alternative method.

Rights in course materials

All copyright and other rights (including all intellectual property rights) in course materials provided to You during or for the purposes of any of Our Courses (including, without limitation, Course notes, slides, brochures, articles or case studies) are Our property or that of our licensors. You are entitled to use such materials only for Your own personal use. You are not entitled to copy such materials (except as permitted by law) nor are You entitled to use or authorise others to use such materials for any commercial purposes. Please note that course materials (if any) shall only be made available to You on the day of the relevant Course.

Our liability

Subject to the following paragraphs, We will be responsible for any losses You suffer as a direct result of Us breaching these course registration/booking terms and conditions if those losses were reasonably foreseeable to both You and Us at the time the Contract was formed. Our liability to You under these course registration/booking terms and conditions will not exceed the total price charged for the Course(s) that You have registered/booked.

Subject to the paragraph above, Course participants shall be required to keep their personal belongings with them at all times and We accept no liability for damage to, or loss of, personal belongings. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss (including, without limitation, theft) of any property occasioned at external venues save for any damage caused by Our negligence in which circumstances Our liability shall be limited to the amount of Our insurance for such losses. We will not be responsible to You or any third party for any business loss (including loss of revenue, profits, contracts, anticipated savings, wasted expenditure, data or goodwill) or any other loss or damage which does not result directly from Our actions or the actions of Our sub-contractors or agents, is consequential or was not reasonably foreseeable to both You and Us when the Contract was formed.

We are not responsible or liable in any manner for any losses You suffer which are not specified in this Agreement.

Written communications

Applicable laws require that some of the information or communications We send to You should be in writing. When using Our Site, You accept that communication with Us will be mainly electronic. We will contact You by e-mail or provide You with information by posting notices on Our Site. For contractual purposes, You agree to this electronic means of communication and You acknowledge that all contracts, notices, information and other communications that We provide to You electronically comply with any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect Your statutory rights.

Privacy

Our Privacy Policy explains how We will use the information which You have provided to Us.

Notices

All notices given by You to Us must be given to ef.Info Ltd, 49, TRiq Tal-Franciz, Swieqi Malta, Europe,  or . We may give notice to You at either the e-mail or postal address You provide to Us when making a registration, or in any of the ways specified in the written communications paragraph above. Notice will be deemed received and properly served 24 hours after an e-mail is sent, or four days after the date of posting of any letter. In proving the service of any notice, it will be sufficient to prove, in the case of a letter, that such letter was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post and, in the case of an e-mail, that such e-mail was sent to the specified e-mail address of the addressee.

Publicity

We may use photographs taken at Courses in publicity and marketing materials, including use on Our Site and all our social media, including, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Tumblr. Your attendance at a Course may mean that You are featured in such photographs and You are deemed not to object to the taking of such photographs as detailed above. If You do not wish to be included in any photograph, please refrain from signing the consent form at the registration desk at the relevant Event.

Transfer of rights and obligations

The Contract between You and Us is binding on You and Us and on Our respective successors and assigns.
You may not transfer, assign, charge or otherwise dispose of a Contract, or any of Your rights or obligations arising under it, without Our prior written consent. We may transfer, assign, charge, sub-contract or otherwise dispose of a Contract, or any of Our rights or obligations arising under it, at any time during the term of the Contract.

Events outside Our control

We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of Our obligations under a Contract that is caused by events outside Our reasonable control (“Force Majeure Event“) which includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond Our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation): strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; and/or the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government.

Our performance under any Contract is deemed to be suspended for the period that the Force Majeure Event continues, and We will have an extension of time for performance for the duration of that period. We will use Our reasonable endeavours to bring the Force Majeure Event to a close or to find a solution by which Our obligations under the Contract may be performed despite the Force Majeure Event.

Waiver

If We fail, at any time during the term of a Contract, to insist upon strict performance of any of Your obligations under the Contract or any of these terms and conditions, or if We fail to exercise any of the rights or remedies to which We are entitled under the Contract, this shall not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and shall not relieve You from compliance with such obligations. A waiver by Us of any default shall not constitute a waiver of any subsequent default.

Severability

If any of these terms and conditions or any provisions of a Contract are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Entire agreement

These terms and conditions and any document expressly referred to in them represent the entire agreement between us in relation to the subject matter of any Contract and supersede any prior agreement, understanding or arrangement between us, whether oral or in writing.

We each acknowledge that, in entering into a Contract, neither of us has relied on any representation, undertaking or promise given by the other or be implied from anything said or written in negotiations between us prior to such Contract except as expressly stated in these terms and conditions.

Neither of us shall have any remedy in respect of any untrue statement made by the other, whether orally or in writing, prior to the date of any Contract (unless such untrue statement was made fraudulently) and the other party’s only remedy shall be for breach of contract as provided in these terms and conditions.

Our right to vary these terms and conditions

We have the right to revise and amend these terms and conditions from time to time to reflect changes in technology, changes in payment methods, changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements and changes in Our system’s capabilities.

You will be subject to the policies and terms and conditions in force at the time that You place a booking with Us, unless any change to those policies or these terms and conditions is required to be made by law or governmental authority (in which case it will apply to bookings previously made by You), or if We notify You of the change to those policies or these terms and conditions before We send You the Booking Confirmation (in which case We have the right to assume that You have accepted the change to the terms and conditions, unless You notify Us to the contrary within seven working days of receipt by You of the Booking Confirmation).

Data Protection

We confirm that your personal data will be dealt with in line with the Data Protection Act (Cap 586 of the laws of Malta).

In accordance with Cap 607, we shall grant access to the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority to the information collected through our agreement. The data shall be transmitted to the Authority within a reasonable time from when it was requested and shall be used by the Authority in pursuance of its functions.

Law and jurisdiction

Contracts for the booking of Our Courses through Our Site will be governed by the law of Malta. Any dispute arising from, or related to, such Contracts shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Malta.