[Debate] Are beneficiaries really the beneficiaries?

Imagine you are in a training. And you ask yourself who is the beneficiary of this training? Logical answer should be me! I’m the beneficiary of this training! Common sense. But according to EU Regulation, the beneficiary is the one preparing and/or implementing the operation. In short, the one getting the money (the training organisation, the municipality or the ministry organising it…). This is confusing. So, time for a change? OECD did that change already. Beneficiaries are defined as, “the individuals, groups, or organisations, whether targeted or not, that benefit directly or indirectly, from the development intervention.” But this is
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New compromise text for Common Provisions Regulation

New year, new presidency of the Council of the EU and this time, and for the first time of EU history, this is the turn of CROATIA. Everybody is looking for : best agreement on MFF (multiannual financial framework) in line with EU ambitions on the #greendeal and carbon-neutral economy ; a sound vision on Enlargement and Migration ; and also full approval of the Regulation package on Cohesion policy. 2021-2027 Common Provisions Regulation, what’s going on? Remember, it was on 29 May 2018, European Commission released it’s first proposal of Common Provisions Regulation. A good occasion to anticipate the
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Results-oriented Management (ROM) | E-training

ETCP’s first E-training Results-oriented Management (ROM) is available! ETCP offers its first online learning solution on Results-oriented Management of EU Funds. This course is organised as an on-the-job training, providing learners with practical examples, exercises, case studies and other tools for becoming a better, results-oriented EU-funds manager. Lecturers Franck Sottou, Key international Expert and ETCP Director Colm Dunne, Senior International Public Sector Team Leader Here the first extract of the course – a dialogue between the lecturers Franck Sottou and Colm Dunne. Europe | ESIF | Monitoring | Horizon2020 | ENI | Subsidy| IPA | EU2020 | Impact | Evaluation | EU funds | Black
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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
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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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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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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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