European Structural and Investment Funds
Intensive Online Course |
09.03.2021 - 11.03.2021 |
Online |
Language: English

Simplified Cost Options for EU Funds: Transitioning from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

The CPR proposal for the new programming period 2021-2027 extended the use of Simplified Cost Options. Starting from 2021, the contribution provided to the beneficiary from the ERDF, the ESF+, the JTF, the AMIF, the ISF and the BMVI shall mandatory take the form of unit costs, lump sums or flat rates, for all the projects under EUR 200.000. Therefore, public officials from Managing, Responsible, Delegated, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also beneficiaries, need to know how to correctly make use of Simplified Cost Options (SCO).

Participate from wherever you are – high-quality content delivered to your (home) office. This is your first online course with Lexxion? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide.

Participants receive a certificate upon participation.

Starting from € 1.490,- (excl. VAT)

Reservation: You are welcome to reserve your seat, which is financially non-binding. For this, please drop me an email.: zuschke@lexxion.eu

Cancellation: The cancellation of participation must be in writing and is possible free of charge up to 14 days before the start of the event. In case of no-show or cancellation later than two weeks before the date of the event, the entire event price plus VAT is due.

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    Overview

    The proposal for a Common Provisions Regulation for the new programming period 2021-2027 extended the use of Simplified Cost Options (SCO). According to Article 48 of the amended proposal, the contribution provided to the beneficiary from the ERDF, the ESF+, the JTF, the AMIF, the ISF and the BMVI shall mandatory take the form of unit costs, lump sums or flat rates, for all the projects under EUR 200.000. Therefore, public officials from Managing, Responsible, Delegated, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also beneficiaries, need to learn about the new requirements and how to adapt their working methods and procedures to this simplified method in compliance with eligibility rules and regularity of expenditures.

    Programme

    The three-day interactive online course focuses on:

    Day 1 – Rules, Methodology and Calculation Methods of SCO for EU Funds

    • Regulatory framework and principles of „ SCO 2014-2020 versus 2021-2027
    • Calculation methods: Flat-rate financing, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums
    • Exercises and practical group work on calculation methods

    Day 2 – How to Establish the Methodology for Using SCO in your Programmes and Projects

    • Implementing SCO: Considerations for Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, for Responsible and Delegated Authorities, for beneficiaries
    • Recommendations for a successful use of SCO in your Operational Programmes
    • Setting up simplified cost models for ERDF projects, ESF projects, Migration and Security Funds projects

    Day 3 – Verification and Audit of Simplified Cost Options

    • First-level control & verification of SCO
    • How to avoid errors and irregularities when using SCO
    • Audit of SCO
    • New mandatory requirement: Ex-ante assessment of SCO´s methodology

    Who should participate?

    • Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit, especially from
      • Managing Authorities
      • Responsible Authorities
      • Intermediate Bodies
      • Delegated Authorities
      • Certifying Authorities
      • Audit Authorities
      • Regional and local authorities
      • Court of Auditors
    • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
    • Bodies working in European Territorial Cooperation
    • Public and private banks and other financial intermediaries
    • International, national and local associations and networks
    • Consultants and lawyers

    Previous Participants Said

    “The SCO workshop was very informative and helpful and the speakers shared their contacts for further questions, if there will be any, which I consider the added value to the workshop and I am thankful that I was a participant.”

    “New programming period and new approach, combined with structural changes for most of Managing Authorities – It is obligatory to learn about SCO.”

    “Fantastic course! You covered everything.”

    “The professional scale that has been established by Lexxion is extremly high.”

    “It’s my second training in Lexxion for this year and I can say that they are very professional, with good and experienced speakers and important topics in the seminars. Thank you!”

    “You are on the good way to solve my problems, which appear in my job everyday!”

    “Thank you for this opportunity to listen to such highly qualified experts!”

    “Very useful and helpful. Very good presentation of the core issues, wonderful speakers.”

    Methodology

    The three-day intensive course offers the possibility to meet with experts from EU institutions, Member States as well as the private sector. The different perspectives of our experienced trainers will support you in applying complex rules to your practical day-to-day work. To achieve the best results, a mix of learning methods will be applied in the course.

    Our approach combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of the applied rules:

    1) Identification of the main rules and principles,
    2) Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles,
    3) Application of the rules and principles.

    The participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunity to present your own 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 course. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

    Online Course

    During the online course by Lexxion Publisher all speakers present live via video and audio. Participants are actively involved in the online courses. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we aim to recreate the atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course. We encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants. Additionally, we offer breakout sessions, as part of this format, where participants work in smaller groups on real-life cases and exercises. During these exercises, participants have the technical possibility to see other group members and talk to them (using microphone and camera). Moreover, we make use of different interactive features of the online platform, such as polls, multiple choice questions and quizzes. This way participants can test their knowledge on the topic, anonymously. There are ample opportunities for the participants to present their own problematic issues, discuss and solve them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.


    Course Material – No need to miss anything!

    If you are unable to attend the course you may want to order all the presentations shown during the event. The price is € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

    How to Join the Course Online

    Zoom is the platform for online participation in this course. In order to join the course online, please check your device compatibility first.

    What do I need in order to join the course online?

    • Speakers, Microphone; Camera is possible, if you would like to be seen during the course
    • A wired connection is strongly recommended.
    • If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the course by telephone, using a dial-in number. In this case there might be additional telephone costs.

    Minimum system requirements are as follows:

    • Operating System: Windows 7 or later; Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Linux.
    • Browser: The most recently-published versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Opera.
    • High-speed internet: A consistent, high-speed connection is required. Mobile tethering, hotspots, slow or inconsistent public Wi-Fi networks may create latency when using video conferencing.

    How do I join the course online?

    • Choose the computer from which you would like to follow the course.
    • Please install the zoom, if not done yet. Install here.
    • Please test your microphone and camera in advance. For this, follow these instructions.
    • Open the Zoom App, click on “Join a Meeeting”, enter your full name, so that we could recognise you, enter the ID and the Passcode, which we sent you, and wait in the waiting room, until our host will let you in.
    • Alternatively, it is possible to use Zoom through browser or through skype for business. BUT! Some functions are not available in these versions, therefore we highly recommend using the downloaded App.
    • Use your headset and camera.

    FAQ for Online Participation 

    Why do I need to register before the course starts?
    Thank you for registering! This not only helps us to communicate with you in regard to technical issues but it
    helps you to network with your fellow course participants.

    Will the course be recorded?
    Please ask the responsible event manager.

    Do I need a camera?
    It is recommended to have a camera for more comfortable communication with the speakers and other participants.

    Do I need a microphone?
    Since this is an interactive course, yes.

    Do I need to install anything?
    Yes, you should install Zoom app here.

    Can I ask questions during the course?
    Yes, you can ask your questions live by using your microphone. You can speak to all participants at the same time as you may have experienced in Skype.

    When can I enter the course I’m attending?
    Please enter Zoom 10 minutes before start. Our host will let you in in due time.

    May I leave the course and come back later?
    Yes, just log in at a later time during the course.

    May I access via Phone?
    Yes, you can. Participating via phone means you can listen only.

    Can’t find invitation?
    Please check your spam-folder. You should also ask your colleague from the IT department to ‘whitelist’ us. For more details please ask the corresponding event manager, who will be happy to help you.

    What are the detailed System requirements?
    All requirements can be found here.

    I failed the Audio Output System Test – what can I do?
    If you are using headphones or external speakers, try unplugging them. Please unmute your device. Test your speakers here to find out if they work.

    I would like to participate but I’m waiting for an approval. Can I order a ticket on the day of the course?
    Sure. Please message events@lexxion.eu.

    My email address has changed – can I still participate?
    Sure. Please provide us with your updated email adress, you will then receive a new invitation.

    How do I contact the host of the course?
    events@lexxion.eu is happy to help you.

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