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Next Generation EU Funds:
How to Efficiently Repair the Economic and Social Damages Caused by Covid-19 Crises

Lisbon
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Description

    On 21 July 2020, after four days of negotiation, the European Council agreed to a EU recovery fund of 750 billion euro (in 2018 constant prices) branded Next Generation EU (NGEU) in order to support member states hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NGEU fund goes over the years 2021–2023 and will be tied to the regular 2021–2027 budget of the EU (MFF). The comprehensive packages of NGEU and MFF will reach the size of 1824.3 billion euro.
    But how the Member States to use Next Generation EU in the most effective and efficient way?
    How the Member states to absorb these significant allocations of 750 billion € in just 3 years till the end of 2023? In a very short time the Member States should build the necessary administrative capacity, develop recovery plan, procedures and methodology, identify strategic projects, select project proposals and implement approved projects in accordance with the principles of sound financial management and applying adequate and effective management verifications.
    The Member states will face a lot of challenges due to the following objective reasons and circumstances:

    • the current Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities and Audit Authorities does not have sufficient staff resources to manage and control Next Generation EU funds;
    • new management and control systems need to be developed;
    • new legal base should be established;
    • new procedures manuals, check-lists and methodologies need to be developed;
    • there is no detail EU legislation on the implementation, management and control of Next Generation EU funds;
    • in some cases new public bodies without previous experience in the management and control of EU funds will be involved in the implementation, management and control of Next Generation EU funds.

     

    The current methodologies of the Managing Authorities and programme documents are not adapted to face the concrete needs of the most affected economic operators and social groups. The COVID-19 economic crisis creates new criteria, requirements and expectations for the sustainability, added value and outcomes of the project proposals which should be taken into account by the Managing Authorities.

    The Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies are facing significant practical issues and challenges how to use this additional funds in the most effective, efficient and timely manner.
    How to repair the immediate economic and social damages caused by the coronavirus pandemic? How to assist the green transition, digital transformation, smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth and jobs, social and territorial cohesion? How to support the health and resilience, policies for the next generation, including education and skills? How to achieve modernization of the EU facilities and support research and innovation, fair climate and digital transitions? How to prepare effective and efficient recovery and resilience plan? How to identify strategic projects – what should be the priorities? How to prepare and adapt new calls for project proposals to address the current needs of the most affected economic operators and social groups? How to undertake adequate and timely support to the most affected economic operators and social groups? Shall we put our focus on the creation of new jobs or support the financial liquidity of the companies? Shall we put a special attention to the sustainability and financial perspectives of the project proposals and beneficiaries? How to determine if the business plans are realistic? How to simplify the rules and administrative burden for the beneficiaries? How to apply the risk based approach during the management verifications?

    Join our three days seminar to learn more about Next Generation EU, challenges, experience and best practices of Member states in the preparation, building of administrative capacity, development of management and control systems, strategic projects, identification of priorities and measures for recovery of the economic and social damages caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Programme

    Wednesday 26 October 2022

    • 09.00

      Welcome note by ESI FA

      Introduction round of the participants

    • 09.15

      EU legislation in relation with Next Generation EU

      • Recovery and Resilience Facility;
      • Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU);
      • InvestEU;
      • Just Transition Fund;
      • RescEU (natural disaster relief and health crisis)

       

      Artur Bartoszewicz, PhD, Warsaw School of Economics

    • 11.00

      How to benefit from the Next Generation EU funds – Polish experience

      • Focus on quality projects and reaching most affected regions and people;
      • Needs and expectations of the economic operators;
      • How to determine the new priorities?
      • How to ensure good balance between prompt measures and good planning?
      • How to obtain preliminary feedback from the interested economic operators;
      • Programmes for reforms and investments;
      • National recovery and resilience plan;
      • Milestones and targets of the recovery and resilience plan;
      • Monitoring and evaluation of the recovery and resilience plan;
      • Examples and best practices

       

      Artur Bartoszewicz, PhD, Warsaw School of Economics

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Implementation of measures, financed by the Next Generation EU funds – Polish experience

      • Preparation of calls for project proposals;
      • Evaluation methodology;
      • Assessment of the business plans. Are they achievable and realistic?
      • Project indicators, outcomes and outputs for ERDF projects;
      • How to assess the sustainability of the projects;
      • Examples and best practices

       

      Artur Bartoszewicz, PhD, Warsaw School of Economics

    • 14.45

      Management verifications of Next Generation EU projects – Polish experience

      • Methodology and best practices for verifications of Next Generation EU projects;
      • Risk based approach;
      • Administrative verifications and on the spot checks;
      • Common errors identified by the Managing Authority;
      • Irregularities and financial corrections

       

      Artur Bartoszewicz, PhD, Warsaw School of Economics

    • 16.30

      End of the Day one

    • 18.30

      Walking Tour and a get-together dinner

      After the completion of the first day of the Autumn Academy we are inviting the participants to a get-together dinner and a walking tour in Lisbon

    Thursday 27 October 2022

    • 09.00

      How to benefit from the Next Generation EU funds – Italian experience

      • Focus on quality projects and reaching most affected regions and people;
      • Needs and expectations of the economic operators;
      • How to determine the new priorities?
      • How to ensure good balance between prompt measures and good planning?
      • How to obtain preliminary feedback from the interested economic operators;
      • Programmes for reforms and investments;
      • National recovery and resilience plan;
      • Milestones and targets of the recovery and resilience plan;
      • Monitoring and evaluation of the recovery and resilience plan;
      • Examples and best practices

       

      Francesco Loiero; Expert on management and control systems of Operational Programmes, covered by the EU Structural Funds

      Giorgio Centurelli; Expert on Simplified Cost Options and ESI Funds management

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

    • 11.00

      Implementation of measures, financed by the Next Generation EU funds – Italian experience

      • Preparation of calls for project proposals;
      • Evaluation methodology;
      • Assessment of the business plans. Are they achievable and realistic?
      • Project indicators, outcomes and outputs for ERDF projects;
      • How to assess the sustainability of the projects;
      • Examples and best practices

       

      Francesco Loiero; Expert on management and control systems of Operational Programmes, covered by the EU Structural Funds

      Giorgio Centurelli; Expert on Simplified Cost Options and ESI Funds management

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Management verifications of Next Generation EU projects – Italian experience

      • Methodology and best practices for verifications of Next Generation EU projects;
      • Risk based approach;
      • Administrative verifications and on the spot checks;
      • Common errors identified by the Managing Authority;
      • Irregularities and financial corrections

       

      Francesco Loiero; Expert on management and control systems of Operational Programmes, covered by the EU Structural Funds

      Giorgio Centurelli; Expert on Simplified Cost Options and ESI Funds management

    • 14.45

      Coffee Break and Networking

    • 15.00

      Problem-solving Session

      • Exercise: Case studies
      • Questions and Discussion

       

      Francesco Loiero; Expert on management and control systems of Operational Programmes, covered by the EU Structural Funds

      Giorgio Centurelli; Expert on Simplified Cost Options and ESI Funds management

    • 16.00

      End of the Day two

    Friday 28 October 2022

    • 09.00

      How to put in place effective and efficient internal control system for the Next Generation EU funds

      • EU legal framework and requirements;
      • Prevention, detection and correction of fraud and corruption and conflicts of interests;
      • How to apply effectively EU guidelines on anti-fraud measures in the process of selection of project proposals?
      • How to identify conflict of interests?
      • How to avoid double funding?
      • Audit methodology for assessment of the selection process;
      • Re-performance of the work of the evaluators;
      • Considerations on the sustainability of the projects;
      • Audit findings and considerations;
      • Examples and best practices

       

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

    • 11.00

      Audit and control of Next Generation EU funds

      • EU legal framework and requirements;
      • How to apply effectively EU guidelines on anti-fraud measures in the process of management verifications?
      • Shall Member States rely on their regular national budget management systems?
      • How to build effective preventive and detective controls?
      • Common gaps and errors;
      • How to determine the financial impact of the omissions identified;
      • How to detect fraud indicators?
      • Audit findings and financial corrections;
      • Action plans and corrective measures

       

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Problem-solving Session

      • Exercise: Case studies
      • Questions and Discussion

       

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 15.00

      Discussion and lessons learned during the Workshop

      Handing out of the certificates

    • 15.30

      End of the Workshop

  • Experts

  • Venue

    4* Hotel in Lisbon

     

     

    Next to the training materials the trainign fee is covering:
    a) the Catering during the training (3 Coffee Breaks and a Lunch every day);
    b) a Walking Tour in Lisbon in the evening of the First Day of the Training;
    c) a get-together dinner in the evening of the First Day of the Training.

     

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