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Draft New Regulations for EU Structural Funds programmes in 2021-2027 and Emergency Measures 2014-2020, Praag

Praag, Tsjechië
© Anton Bussemaker
datum 3 juni 2020
plaats Praag, Tsjechië
organisatie European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

This online course will include discussion of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative as it relates to Cohesion Policy. We will look at the new emergency Amending Regulations. We will consider how the remaining €37 billion budget of 2014-2020 can be used for emergency health and economic development measures

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SKU: 2030203 Categories: EU Policies, Law and Practice, EU Structural Funds Tags: 1720 rule, CF, Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, CRSs, emergency Amending Regulation, ERDF, ESF, EU Cohesion Policy, European Semester, Health Crisis Amendments to Cohesion Policy Regulations, Integrated Regional Operational Programme, legal framework of CPR, National Reform Programmes, new Monitoring and Reporting Framework, New OP Template, OMNIBUS, OMNIBUS regulation, SCO

Watch project leader Marco Lopriore explain how Cohesion Policy helps respond to the COVID health crisis in his recent video series.

About this online course

This online course will include discussion of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative as it relates to Cohesion Policy. We will look at the new emergency Amending Regulations. We will consider how the remaining €37 billion budget of 2014-2020 can be used for emergency health and economic development measures - supporting the health sector and the supply chain, SMEs, labour markets, research, development and technologies.

The progress of current programmes and projects will be severely impacted in most Member States. What will happen to delayed projects? Payment claims? Output targets and the Performance Framework? We will attempt to draw together experiences from around the EU.

We will also try to assess how the health emergency might impact on new programmes.

New Operational Programmes for 2021-2027 are being prepared and negotiated. How will you achieve what you need to achieve in your new programmes? What do the new draft Regulations say about programming, the selection of priorities, financial planning and the financial management of programmes?

This online course will address these questions and examine the draft new 2021-2027 regulations. We will make extensive use of the new OP templates. We will see how the draft regulations attempt to simplify rules, add flexibility to programmes, generate synergies between policies and instruments, and maximise the impact of funding.

Key elements for your new programmes include:

  • priority setting, Country-specific recommendations, Country Reports
  • planning, new conditionalities, engaging stakeholders
  • the financial tables, financial planning, flexibility
  • monitoring changes and real-time reporting
  • preparing the new Performance Framework; designing programme-specific indicators
  • simplifying management verifications, risk management
  • choices for simplified cost options and audit checks for SCOs
  • highlights of the new 460/2020 Regulation (and further), on the COVID-19 Response

What you will learn in this online course

You will be guided by Marco Lopriore and Robin Smail, experienced Structural Funds experts who have worked in Brussels and across the EU, gathering numerous case studies and examples of good practice. You will meet online with officials from the European Commission DG REGIO and DG EMPL and have the opportunity to exchange experience and put new ideas into practice.

The online course provides ample time for question and answer sessions and discussions.

Who will benefit most?

This online course is aimed principally at:

  • practitioners from Member State national, regional and local authorities working with Structural / ESI Funds
  • the full range of economic and social partners working with the Funds - including universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

Marco Lopriore (IT)

EU Funds

Robin Smail

Robin Smail Training & Consultancy

EU Structural Funds

Practical information

Programme Organiser

Ms Nancy Vermeulen

Tel: +31 43 32 96 212



This online course will be offered at a special launch price. Regular fee is € 350. EIPA member fee is € 300.


EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.


Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.


Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy

For administrative reasons you will be charged €50 for cancellations received after confirmation of your participation.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel its live online activities up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

The programme



Welcome of participants and opening the “online” networking space


Opening of the conference, learning objectives and agenda

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht


The new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: policy context and highlights

  • The new legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes and economic governance
  • Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports 2019 and 2020 (Annex D)
  • Reference to the new emergency Amending Regulations, 2014-2020

Marco Lopriore


The draft New Regulations: programming, programme management, programme finance

  • Partnership Agreement, strategies and priorities for programmes
  • programme structure, Specific Objectives
  • Enabling conditions, concentration, programme instruments
  • programme finance, financial planning
  • the new OP template

Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, IE/UK (and former Detached National Expert, EC)


Virtual coffee break


Issues of common interest to all CPR funds

  • Horizontal principles
  • Review of the SCO and the template of Annex V
  • Financing not linked to costs
  • Partnership and key changes to ESF+

Marco Lopriore


Discussion with Anna Wagner, Deputy Head of Unit DG REGIO on the impact of COVID crisis for the 2021-2027 programming


End of first day



Opening the “online” networking space for participants


The draft New Regulations: programming, programme management, programme finance (contd.)

  • Key changes in Financial Management: co-finance rates, payment applications, the accounting year
  • Mid-term review, programme performance, financial planning
  • Transmission of financial information
  • Financial Control; Management Verifications; Audit changes
  • programme closure

Robin Smail


Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Key changes in CPR, ESF+, ERDF and CF
  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance

Marco Lopriore


Virtual coffee break


The new Monitoring and Reporting Framework, 2021-2027

  • Monitoring - real time reporting - financial progress & indicators
  • The New Performance Framework, the new reporting template
  • The Mid-term review

Robin Smail


The new Evaluation Framework, 2021-2027

  • the new evaluation requirements in the context of the Evaluation Cycle
  • The Evaluation Plan
  • evaluation questions, evaluation criteria, measuring impact

Robin Smail


Discussion with Michael Grosse, European Commission, DG EMPL on Simplified Cost Options


Evaluation and close of the online course



European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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