European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Workshop |
11.06.2020 - 12.06.2020 |
Sicily |
Language: English

ESI Funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects

The course ESI funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects will give you a comprehensive overview on the legal framework of rules in the agriculture sector in the programming period 2014-2020 and beyond and also focuses on verifications, audit and control of these projects.

In addition a special focus will be laid on the financial instruments implemented in the rural development programmes as well as on ensuring compliance of EAFRD with State aid law.

Our experts will also give examples on considerations of public procurement rules for the agriculture programmes and projects.

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Overview

The workshop covers all topics that you need for working in the field of ESI funded agriculture programmes and projects in the programming period 2014-2020 and beyond. It will give you a comprehensive overview on the legal basics and best practice.

Programme

  • Legal Framework of rules in the agriculture sector in 2014-2020 and beyond
  • Verifincations, audit and control of ESI funded agriculture Programmes and projects
  • Financial Instruments implemented in the rural development programme
  • Financial Instruments for agriculture under the EAFRD in the 2014-2020 programming period and beyond
  • Examples of EAFRD Financial Instruments
  • State aid law and how it applies to agriculture
  • Ensuring compliance of EAFRD with State aid law
  • Considerations of public procurement rules for the agriculture programmes and projects

Benefits

  • Learn how to successfully handle ESI funded agriculture programmes and projects in the programming period 2014-2020 and beyond.
  • Have a clear understanding of EU regulations apply.
  • Benefit from another Member State’s experience and learn good practices.
  • Have a platform to exchange ideas and challenges within their organisation and receive practical advice on current cases.

Who should participate?

Officials form Ministries involved in funding and cofinancing and marketing of agricultural and forestry projects and products, such as:

    • Ministry of Agriculture
    • Ministry of Rural Development
    • Ministry of Forestry
    • Ministry of Regional Development
  • Officials from National State Aid Monitoring Offices
  • Experts working with the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) as well as with other EU Funds and programmes supporting rural development
  • Experts from public and private banks providing loans and guarantees for agricultural and rural development projects
  • Experts from farmers’ associations and other agricultural organizations

Methodology

The participants will be actively involved in the workshop. The sessions will combine presentations and discussions on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States. Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Day 1: Thursday, 11 June

09:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:30

Welcome by Lexxion and Introduction Round

10:00

Legal Framework of Rules in the Agriculture Sector in 2014-2020 and Beyond

  • Legal requirements of the current programming period
  • What will change in 2021-2027
11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30

Verifications of ESI Funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects

  • Guidance on management verifications
  • Administrative and on-the-spot verifications
  • How to improve the verification strategies for administrative & on-the-spot verifications
  • Verification of eligibility of expenditure
  • Verification of simplified cost options
  • Practical examples on successful management verifications
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Audit and Control of ESI Funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects

  • Legal requirements for second level control
  • Implementation of Chapter on good practices promoted by audit community (EC and national AAs) when carrying out audits under agriculture funds
  • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits
  • Audit findings and recommendations in audits on operations/projects
14:30

Coffee Break & Networking

15:00

Errors and Irregularities in Agriculture Funds

  • Most common irregularities in agriculture funds
  • Typical procurement errors and irregularities
  • When do irregularities lead to recoveries, withdrawals and financial corrections
  • Treatment of irregularities
  • Purpose and types of financial corrections
16:00

Financial Instruments for Agriculture Projects in the 2014-2020 Programming Period and Beyond

  • Legislative framework for Financial Instruments 2014-2020
  • How to make best use of Financial Instruments within agriculture funds
  • What to take into account when designing a FI
  • Choosing the right instrument for the right measure
  • Considerations for loans, guarantees, equity and quasi equity funds
  • how to proceed with setting up Financial Instruments
  • Preparing for EAFRD financial instruments: lessons learned
  • Financial instruments in the current programming period and future reflections
17:00

End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 12 June

09:00

Fraud and Corruption in Agriculture Funds

  • Conducting fraud risk assessment and risk analysis
  • Prevention of fraud and corruption
10:00

Coffee Break & Networking

10:30

State Aid Law and How It Applies to Agriculture Programmes

  • How State aid rules make interplay with agriculture funds
  • Application of State aid rules and procedures (Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (ABER), Guidelines, etc.; notification vs exemption from notification)
  • Experiences and problems with compliance with State aid rules
11:30

Public Procurement Rules for the Agriculture Programmes and Projects

  • The European Procurement Legal Framework
  • Applying Procurement rules in agriculture sector
  • Responsibilities of programme bodies with regard to public procurement
  • Public procurement proceedings
  • Tendering phases
  • Agriculture Funds in Compliance with Public Procurement
  • Most common procurement questions and errors
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Practical Example of applying the European Agricultural Funds for Rural Development (EAFRD)

15:00

End of Workshop & Distribution of Certificates

Speakers

Venue

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Sicily, Italy
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Interactive Workshop | 11.06.2020 - 12.06.2020 | Sicily | Language: English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1.240,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.640,- (excl. VAT)

The Italian VAT of 22% will be added.

Seating limit
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.

Are you a public authority?
Ticket Type Price Spaces
ESI Funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€1.640,00
ESI Funded Agriculture Programmes and Projects
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00

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