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Technical Assistance:
Practical Toolbox for Better Absorption of the European Non-reimbursable Funds and EEA Grants

Napoli
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Description

    The workshop aims at providing recommendations and practical tips regarding efficient use of technical assistance with the aim of improving the capacity of institutions, financing services, staff and training. Participants will become acquainted with best practices in management and implementation of technical assistance in the financial perspective 2021-2027, both for the ESI Funds and EEA Grants.

    The training will focus on the specifities of the Technical Assistance for grant management for EEA grants and Norway grants.

    The European Commission adopted a proposal for the next multi-annual financial framework for the period 2021-2027. The ambition is to modernise the cohesion policy and transform it into a simple, flexible and dynamic policy supporting modern investments in all the EU regions. One of the proposed simplifications is related to Technical Assistance. The European Commission would like to introduce a flat rate approach when it comes to settling technical assistance expenses with Member States. During the workshop we will analyse in details the European Commission proposal, looking at both: pros and cons.

     

    The simplified approach towards technical assistance has already been introduced in the financial perspective 2014-2020. Experience suggested that the existing rules had been over-complex and had led to an unnecessary burden on programme managers and final beneficiaries. Therefore, at our workshop we will also have a look at the most interesting examples  and Case Studies of the use of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) in technical assistance projects.

     

    Topics considered in the workshop

     

    • Main principles governing technical assistance;
    • Eligibility Rules for Technical Assistance;
    • Simplified Management of Technical Assistance;
    • Eligibility of staff costs;
    • New rules for reimbursement of the technical assistance funds and services contracts management;
    • Technical assistance for Management Verifications.

     

    After completion of the official programme of the first day of the Spring Academy, the ESIFA is inviting participants to a walking tour on the Wedesday afternoon and a Get together dinner in a restaurant in Napoli.

  • Programme

    Wednesday 24 April 2024

    • 08.45

      Registration

    • 09.00

      Welcome by the ESI Funds Academy & Introduction Round

      Introduction Round using a Pecha Kucha Presentation by every participant. Each participant will prepare a standard Pecha Kucha Presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds), or a short version Pecha Kucha Presentation (10 slides x 20 seconds), and will bring it on USB, or will email it to the speaker after the Registration.

    • 09.15

      The role of TA for the implementation of ESI Funds and EEA Grants

      • Technical Assistance rules for EEA and Norway grants management;
      • Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Member States;
      • Main actors involved in management and control of technical assistance; Who can participate?
      • Possibilities of absorption in Technical Assistance;
      • Which indicators exist? Role and implications at Programme level;
      • Roundtable discussions: How to increase absorption rate at Programme level using Technical Assistance funds?

       

      Alina Ploae, PhD, expert in the field of Cross Border Cooperation Programmes and University Lecturer

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

    • 11.00

      Eligibility Rules for Technical Assistance

      • Eligibility of TA expenditures;
      • TA and public procurement procedures;
      • How to simplify the use of TA
      • What about publicity requirements?
      • Practical exercise: How to increase the visibility of EU funds using technical assistance?

       

      Alina Ploae, PhD, expert in the field of Cross Border Cooperation Programmes and University Lecturer

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      New rules for reimbursement of the technical assistance funds and services contracts management

      • Service contracts: preparation and implementation;
      • Public procurement procedures for service contracts: dos and don’ts
      • How to increase absorption rate at Programme level using Technical Assistance

       

      Alina Ploae, PhD, expert in the field of Cross Border Cooperation Programmes and University Lecturer

    • 16.00

      End of the official Programme Day One

    • 18.00

      Walking Tour and a networking dinner in Napoli

      After the completion of the first day of the Spring Academy, we are inviting the participants to a Walking Tour and a networking dinner in a restaurant in Napoli

    Thursday 25 April 2024

    • 09.00

      Technical Assistance for building Administrative Capacity

      • The importance of good institutional set-up;
      • How to support beneficiaries and partners with TA money;
      • Lessons learnt: the challenges and the solutions found;
      • Roundtable discussion – challenges and solutions

       

      Ioana Mindru, counsellor, in the Managing Authority for INTERREG IPA CBC Romania – Serbia Programme

    • 10.30

      Coffee break

    • 11.00

      Use of Technical Assistance in 2021-2027

      • Advantages and disadvantages of the TA flat rate in the 2021-2027 programming period;
      • How to manage TA using flat rate?
      • Practical exercise – managing TA projects using both options – exercise for the participants to develop in a small groups a budget on a chosen scenario

       

      Ioana Mindru, counsellor, in the Managing Authority for INTERREG IPA CBC Romania – Serbia Programme

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Is Technical Assistance only about the money?

      • HR policies (retention of personnel, rotation of activities, formal and informal bonuses for employees, etc.);
      • Professional development for employees within managing structures of the programmes;
      • Practical exercise – information campaign relevant for their home institution/ projects related to building the administrative capacity. Presentation and feedback on the ideas

       

      Ioana Mindru, counsellor, in the Managing Authority for INTERREG IPA CBC Romania – Serbia Programme

    • 16.00

      End of the official Program of Day 2

    Friday 26 April 2024

    • 09.00

      Simplified Management of Technical Assistance. Are you ready for the new challenges that simplifica-tion of TA brings?

      • How to simplify the use of TA?
      • Off-the-shelf SCOs and FNLC in TA;
      • What has changed for perspective 2021-2027?

       

      Speakers: Maciej Aulak/Urszula Wójcik

    • 10.30

      Coffee break

    • 11.00

      New rules for reimbursement of the technical assistance funds and eligibility of staff costs

      • TA eligibility of staff costs: salaries and other staff costs;
      • Practical examples of SCO for salaries and staff costs from different EU countries;
      • Practical example of FNLC in a TA project.

       

      Speakers: Maciej Aulak/Urszula Wójcik

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Technical Assistance for supporting capacity of beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries of the Cohe-sion Policy

      • The importance of good capacity of staff in central and local government;
      • How to support beneficiaries in strategic planning and investment development?

       

      Speakers: Maciej Aulak/Urszula Wójcik

    • 15.30

      End of the seminar

      Handing out of the certificates

  • Experts

  • Venue

    Holiday Inn Naples
    Centro Direzionale Isola E/6
    Via Domenico Aulisio – 80143 Napoli, Italy

     

    Next to the training materials the training fee is covering:

     

    • Catering during the training (3 coffee breaks and a lunch every day);
    • Walking Tour in Napoli in the evening of the first day of the training;
    • Get-together dinner in a restaurant in Napoli in the evening of the first day.

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