The use of Simplified Cost Options has been extended to all ESI Funds, being applicable to more projects and mandatory for small projects. Therefore, public officials from Managing, Certifying, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also Beneficiaries, need to be aware of how to correctly make use of flat rates, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums.
The 2014-2020 regulatory framework includes a number of measures that encourage the use of SCO and improves their legal certainty. Among others, more possibilities are given to apply flat rates, not only based on indirect costs, but to calculate any type of costs, more calculation methods have been introduced and the threshold for lump sums has been increased. Although the extended use of simplification methods does explicitly include ERDF programmes, programme managers often encounter difficulties in their practical use, when it comes to cost calculation and eligibility of costs. As the use of simplified cost models and the move towards a result-based management have significant implications on the management and control of ESI Funds, all responsible programming bodies need to familiarise with these requirements.
This Online Course is created for specialists from Managing, Certifying, Audit Authorities and Beneficiaries, who plan to set-up Simplified Cost Models or have already implemented this approach. During the first day participants will learn about the requirements for SCO and how to adapt their working methods and procedures to this simplified method in compliance with eligibility rules and regularity of expenditures. During the second day we will discuss practicalities of verification and audit of SCO procedures.
Topics & Methodology
Day I: Rules, Methodology, Calculation Methods and Implementation of Simplified Cost Options for ESI Funds
- Regulatory Framework and Principles
- Simplified Cost Options after 2020
- Calculation Methods for Simplified Cost Options
- Flat-rate Financing: How to Apply & Practical Examples
- Standard Scales of Unit Costs & Lump Sums: Principles & Practical Examples
- Considerations for Managing and Certifying Authorities & Beneficiaries
Day II: Control and Audit of Simplified Cost Options
- First-Level Control & Verification of Simplified Cost Options
- How to Avoid Errors and Irregularities
- Audit of Simplified Cost Options
- Ex-ante Assessment of SCO’s Methodology
- Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit, especially from:
- Managing Authorities
- Certifying Authorities
- Audit Authorities
- Intermediate Bodies
- ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
- Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
- Public and private banks
- International, national and local associations and networks
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.
Course Material – No need to miss anything!
If you were unable to attend the online course you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.
What participants of our previous (online) events said:
“Everything was perfect. The topic, the issues tackled, the presenters. I had again the feeling that we are one community. I had private chats with some speakers and they were really very helpful”.
“This webinar was extremely helpful, in order to understand the next steps of the Member States. Thank you very much!”
„New programming period and new approach, combined with structural changes for most of Managing Authorities – It is obligatory to learn about SCO.“
„It was very useful. I can recommend it for everybody who works or will work with simplified cost.“
„It´s my second training with 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!“
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