Focusing on EU Competition Rules

Mastering State Aid, Public Procurement & PPP 7-9 November 2018, Amsterdam For the first time this November we’ll be in Amsterdam, focusing on EU competition rules. In particular, we’ll discuss state aid and public procurement control with Alun Williams. Here’s what we’ll work on: the main public procurement aspects set up under the new Public Procurement Directives & the CJEU case law; concepts & key criteria for State Aid about the logic & objectives; applying the 4 State Aid tests; cost-benefit analysis of investment projects in the period of 2014 – 2020; quality of financial needs analysis including revenue; examples of
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Gestion de projet : et si la Révolution venait de Bruxelles ?

A quoi bon demander des fonds européens ? C’est complexe, chronophage, le porteur de projet est noyé dans les formulaires, pièces justificatives, contrôles, corrections financières avec autres délais qui dépassent l’entendement. C’est un air connu. Et pourtant, l’air de rien, depuis quelques années la Commission a introduit un changement radical dans sa méthode de financer les projet : les coûts simplifiés. Est-ce vraiment LE grand changement tant attendu ? D’abord, les coûts simplifiés c’est quoi : un paiement au forfait de certaines dépenses ou de l’ensemble de l’opération. Conséquence ? Fini le recueil et la transmission de factures, de feuilles
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ESIF Common Provisions Regulation: what’s new for 2020?

The European Commission released in May its proposal for a new CPR applying to post-2020 financial perspectives. The current CPR (1303/2013) remains in place and the new CPR applies to the 2021-27 implementing period. However, it introduces some new elements that can be applied right now thanks to the OMNIBUS Regulation that was just fully approved. So, let’s look at the main proposed new elements! The Regulation starts with an introduction quoting “over-complex and fragmented approach” of EU Funds – what a starting point – and then insists on key simplification measures that will need to be anticipated to be
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Focusing on Territorial Development in the New CPR

The Proposal for a new Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) for the upcoming 2021-2027 Programming Period is here. The CPR proposal anticipates the next generation of funds and gives due attention to the integrated territorial development approach. To address specific challenges at the sub-regional and local level, the CPR introduces a simplified approach to the existing territorial tools involving support from several funds – Community-led Local Development (CLLD) and Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI). The new CPR harmonises the approach to territorial tools, setting out a list of minimum requirements for the content of territorial and local development strategies, serving as the bases for
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Territorial & Integrated Development Training

Fostering a more balanced regional development through territorial instruments 25-26 October 2018, Warsaw This October we’ll be in Warsaw, discussing  possibilities of integration of dimensions at national, regional and local level with Richard Harding and Franck Sottou. Here’s what we’ll work on: Presenting EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and territorial cohesion (Strategic and programming frameworks); Learning from previous experiences in EU of urban regeneration; Listing the territorial programming options for 2014-2020; Focusing on Sustainable Urban Development & Integrated Territorial Investment; Building ‘Integrated Territorial Investments’ & Community-led Local Development; Looking to additional EU experiences of local development approach; Building appropriate administrative capacities
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First Responses to the Omnibus Regulation from Interreg Central Europe

The Omnibus Regulation, simplifying the existing EU financial rules, came out this July and the first echoes are already here: in August, Interreg Central Europe amended their Implementation manual by updating the calculation method of staff costs for staff working part-time in line with the Article 68a(2). More specifically, for individuals employed by the beneficiary to work part of their time on the project with a flexible number of hours per month, the reimbursement of staff costs shall be calculated on the basis of real worked hours in the project in the concerned month. Costs to be claimed in the project
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Simplifying ESF with Unit Costs and Lump Sums for Reimbursement of Expenditure

Increasing the scope of standard scales of unit costs and lump sums is essential for reducing administrative burdens and simplifying the use of the European Social Fund (ESF). Taking into account the disparities in cost levels of operations, the definition and amounts of unit costs and lump sums may differ across Member States. To account for Member State differences, the unit costs and lump sums for reimbursement to Member States are set on the basis of commonly agreed calculation methods and on the data submitted by Member States (or published by Eurostat). Relying on the methods submitted by Croatia, Cyprus, the
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Simplification Training

26-27 November 2018, Paris Ensuring simplification of projects, programmes & control systems Join us in Paris this November to: understand the simplification process in full: what is it, what are success conditions to simplification (not only SCO) in terms of costs, delays and quality of interventions; obtain key qualifications to implement simplification measures in your work place (procedures, processes and tools); tackle in particular SCO and to set-up an action plan to apply it in a secure & efficient way; take into account the most recent OMNIBUS simplification proposals. Key elements: Presenting Simplified Cost Options and their contribution to simplification:
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September in Paris: Indicators & Monitoring

Mapping indicators & getting ready for better final evaluations 24-25 September 2018, Paris Join us in Paris for the second Indicators & Monitoring training of the year to: Get acquainted with EC expectations in monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes for 2014-2020; Apply the result-oriented approach on specific cases; Understand the difference between ERDF/CF and ESF indicator systems; Set the options for impact evaluation. Key elements: Understanding the intervention logic; Mapping common and programme-specific indicators; differences across the Funds; Using indicators in monitoring financial and physical progress of projects and programmes; Practical examples applied to different sectors and interventions. Agenda Save your
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Commission adopts Best Practices Code to speed up State aid control

On 16 July the European Commission has adopted a new Best Practices Code for State aid control. The Code provides guidance to the Commission, Member States, businesses and other stakeholders on State aid procedures, to improve their effectiveness, transparency and predictability. Over the past years, the Commission has implemented State Aid Modernisation, a major reform package which allows Member States to quickly implement State aid that fosters investment, economic growth and job creation, leaving the Commission to focus on high-risk cases, most likely to distort competition in the Single Market. The Best Practices Code is an extention of such efforts to focus
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