European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Workshop |
15.10.2020 - 16.10.2020 |
Athens |
Language: English

Effective Usage of Technical Assistance and Successful Closing of the Operational Programmes

The upcoming advanced workshop for public officials from Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities as well as Intermediate Bodies will provide you with in-depth knowledge and practical examples for your daily practice and answer your individual questions regarding the working area of Technical Assistance for ESI Funds.

Which costs are eligible in TA and which are non-eligible? What kind of support can be delivered to beneficiaries with TA money? What are the impacts and effectiveness in monitoring the delivery of Technical Assistance in Member States? What is needed in documentation regarding the audit of Technical Assistance and how to avoid irregularities? How to close the Operational Programmes?

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Programme

The two-day advanced workshop focuses on the following topics:

  • Framework of Technical Assistance
  • Selection Criteria and Eligibility Rules for Technical Assistance
  • Successful Management of Technical Assistance
  • Simplified Approach towards Technical Assistance
  • How to Support Institutions, Beneficiaries and Partners with Technical Assistance Money?
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Technical Assistance
  • Audit of Technical Assistance
  • Evolution and Future of Technical Assistance in 2021-2027
  • Closing of the Operational Programme

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.

Who should participate?

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of implementation and management of Technical Assistance for ESI Funds 2014-2020, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities;
    • Certifying Authorities;
    • Audit Authorities;
    • Intermediate Bodies;
    • regional and local authorities; and
    • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, such as:
      • private and public companies
      • associations; and
      • research institutes.
    • Bodies working in European Territorial Cooperation
    • Public and private banks and other financial intermediaries
    • International, national and local associations and networks

Benefits

  • Learn how to most effectively use Technical Assistance.
  • 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.

Day 1: Thursday, 15 October

09:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:30

Welcome by Lexxion and Introduction Round

10:00

Framework and Implementation of Technical Assistance for ESI Funds 2014-2020

  • The role of TA for the implementation of ESI Funds
  • Main actors involved in management of TA
  • Implementing procedures and reporting requirements
  • The contribution of TA to increased effectiveness
Zsuzsanna Kondor Researcher, National University of Public Service, Budapest
11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30

Selection of Projects and Eligibility Rules in the Context of Technical Assistance

  • Eligibility of costs in TA
  • Selection criteria and indicators
  • Preparation and execution of contract agreements
Urszula Wojcik Chief Expert on Technical Assistance in Public Administration, Poland
Maciej Aulak Head of Unit responsible for the Coordination of Technical Assistance, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
(TBC)
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Simplified Approach towards Technical Assistance

  • How to reduce the administrative burden for beneficiaries?
  • Overview on Simplified Cost Options
  • Practical examples of Simplified Cost Options in TA in different countries
Urszula Wojcik Chief Expert on Technical Assistance in Public Administration, Poland
14:30

How to Support Institutions, Beneficiaries and Partners with Technical Assistance Money

  • National best practices and case studies from Poland
Maciej Aulak Head of Unit responsible for the Coordination of Technical Assistance, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
(TBC)
15:30

Coffee Break & Networking

16:00

Lessons Learned in Technical Assistance from the Midterm Exam

  • Programme Strategy, Intervention Logic
  • Financial and Operational Mechanisms
  • Institutional Capacity
  • Consequences, the Role of TA in the Second Half of the Period
  • The Road to 2021+
Zsuzsanna Kondor Researcher, National University of Public Service, Budapest
16:30

New Challenges for the Programming Period 2021-2027

  • Evolution of TA and new regulations for years 2021-2027
  • Flat rate or real costs TA – pros and cons
  • State of negotiation on TA 2021-2027
Urszula Wojcik Chief Expert on Technical Assistance in Public Administration, Poland
17:00

End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 16 October

09:00

Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation of Technical Assistance

  • Indicators of performance
  • Control of costs
  • How to calculate eligible and reasonable budgets for the applicants?
  • How to verify the expenditures?
Andrew Luff Director at ACL European Consultancy, Cambridge, United Kingdom
11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30

Workshop: Audit of Technical Assistance

  • Audit methodologies
  • How should TA Managers get prepared to Audit of TA?
  • System audits and audits of operations
  • Difference between audit of TA and audit of other operations
  • Common mistakes
Olga Guza Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Closure of Operational Programme Technical Assistance

  • Key players in closure process
  • Principle, objectives, tasks and timelines
  • Lessons learned from the 2007-2013 closure
15:00

End of Workshop and Distribution of Certificates

Speakers

Zsuzsanna Kondor
Researcher, National University of Public Service, Budapest

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Urszula Wojcik
Chief Expert on Technical Assistance in Public Administration, Poland

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Maciej Aulak
Head of Unit responsible for the Coordination of Technical Assistance, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland

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Andrew Luff
Director at ACL European Consultancy, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Olga Guza
Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia

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Venue

Exclusive Venue in the Heart of Athens

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Athens, Greece
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Interactive Workshop | 15.10.2020 - 16.10.2020 | Athens | Language: English

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