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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Omnibus Regulation: Council Adopted Simpler Rules EU Funds Management

The so-called Omnibus regulation was adopted on 16 July 2018. It will amend the existing EU Financial Regulation to make financial rules simpler and more results-oriented. The Omnibus Regulation sets out the overall framework for budget management, as well as a number of acts governing the EU’s multiannual programmes in various fields, including Cohesion policy. In concrete, the changes include inter alia : extended use of  Simplified Cost Options (SCO) in relation to concrete outputs and / or results and in particular with the introduction of “single lump sum” covering all the cost of the operation on a “beneficiary-by-beneficiary” approach extended
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Focusing on Control & Annual Closures in Prague

Getting a positive opinion on the Management Declaration of Assurance 17-18 September 2018, Prague After the summer break we’ll be in Prague, getting ready for annual closures with Susanne Volz and Goran Zakanji. Here’s what we’ll work on: Overview of MDA and annual closures: the new control processes and key success conditions Obtaining the necessary confirmations for a reliable MDA Elements of the new verification work Calculation of the TER and obtaining reasonable assurance Dealing with specific challenges of fraud: PP & State Aid, conflict of interest… Preparing an Action plan Agenda Save your seat
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EU Countries’ Transition towards Circular Economy

Poland and the Czech Republic rank near the top of the list of the EU’s most circular economies, partly because they produce significantly less waste than Western European countries – which, on the other hand, have more robust recycling systems.
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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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ETCP & Sitra’s 2018 EU Green Week Partner Event

CIRCULAR ECONOMY & SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT 22-23 May 2018, Helsinki Ever since the European Commission adopted its ambitious Circular Economy Package in 2015 , the interest in this topic has been growing not only among European businesses, but also among EU and Member State officials in charge of environmental programmes. Using resources in a more sustainable way and accelerating the transition to a stronger, more circular economy is moving up on EU’s priority list.
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Let’s Cover EU Funds Management from A-Z in Paris this July

Covering EU Funds Management from A-Z #5DayTraining #Paris 2-6 July 2018, Paris With experts Susanne Volz, Colm Dunne and Franck Sottou participants get step-by-step knowledge about the key points of EU Funds management at programme and project level. This 5-day training focuses on EU 2020 strategies / New Logframe of indicators / Key alerts about errors, irregularities and fraud / Essential knowledge about the Theory of Change / Examples of Smart Specialisation and Sustainable Development schemes. It also introduces simplification steps towards a more efficient and effective EU Funds management. Agenda Save your seat The participants of the 5-day training in
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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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Sitra at the Forefront of Finland’s Road Map to a Circular Economy

Finland has put in place an ambitions 2016–2025 circular economy strategy and Sitra is leading the way. The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is the driving force behing the Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016–2025, describing concrete actions that can accelerate the transfer to a competitive circular economy. The road map highlights best practices and pilots that can be easily replicated and provide added value on a national scale. Starting from the food system, transport and logistics, forest-based and technical loops, the road map recognises the importance of a coordinated action if Finland is to achieve a systemic change. Earlier this year, Sitra has
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Circular Economy & Sustainable Urban Development

22-23 May 2018, Helsinki Training and study visit: Fostering a transition towards smarter & greener cities with EU-Funded projects and programmes Join us in Helsinki during EU Green Week to learn more about Sustainable (Urban) Development in EU Policies. This event is organised in partnership with Sitra, Finland’s leading driver of the circular economy.
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