Seminar “Financial Management of EU Structural and Investment Funds”, 27-28 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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The seminar will cover all the essentials of Financial Planning and Management, Financial Control and Audit for Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period. The first part of the seminar is dedicated to programme finance and the new accounting year, looking at what goes into the annual accounts and the calculation of the annual balance. It also considers the process of interim payments in detail. This is followed by an in-depth examination of the new eligibility of expenditure rules and an analysis of the particular financial management challenges facing Managing Authorities, seen from a Member State point of view. This includes a review of good practice for financial planning and addressing n+3.

Day 2 starts by looking at financial control and audit, again from a Member State perspective, focusing on the new requirements for the various authorities. The seminar then examines how to use the range of Simplified Cost Options, designed to simplify financial management and control. Information on the content of European Union guidance documents will be referenced throughout the seminar. We hope to share experiences from Member State authorities. The seminar will compare the new rules for 2014-2020 with the situation for the 2007-2013 period.

Learning methodology

The speakers at the seminar will be high-level representatives of Member States’ authorities, as well as regional experts and consultants. The seminar will also include workshops and exercise sessions where examples and case studies will be presented, encouraging the participants to exchange practical examples, experiences and good practice in managing EU Structural Funds.

As the seminar will be of a participatory nature, the participants will be strongly encouraged to actively take part in discussions throughout the entire programme. Moreover, they will have ample opportunity to informally exchange views on the seminar topics, both with the speakers and with each other.

Target group

This seminar is intended for practitioners from national and sub-national authorities and from other public bodies of the EU Member States (and associated countries) working with ESI Funds. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

Objectives
  • Bring together practitioners and experts from the European, national and sub-national level, to enable them to share experiences and identify cases of good practice in financial management.
  • Discuss ways of implementing financial management, control and audit rules, such as eligibility of expenditure, financial controls, audit practices.

 

EIPA members’ fee: €900

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Seminar “EU Negotiations: The Six Skills to Shape EU Decisions in Commission Committees and Council Bodies” 20-22 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

This course is directly relevant for all regional, national and EU officials who take part in the negotiations inherent to the decision-shaping and decision-taking processes of the European Union. In particular, it will be beneficial for case handlers and coordinators based in national capitals, regions or authorities, as well as representatives in Council preparatory bodies and ‘comitology’ committees, attaché(e)s from Permanent Representations, as well as officials from EU institutions and agencies.

Description

This three-day skills-oriented course aims to help participants to improve their abilities to influence processes of multilateral negotiation anywhere within the EU governance system. Specific skills are required to participate effectively in these processes and shape their outcome. The course highlights six essential skills which are required to successfully represent positions and interests. Such skills are methodological, strategic, diplomatic, behavioural and rhetorical. The course transfers both the technical know-how and the politically correct tools which are required to exert credible influence as a delegate holding a mandate in EU multilateral and intercultural negotiation processes.

Learning methodology

The method used is highly interactive, practical and individual. It combines scientifically established recommendations, empirical knowledge, a learning-by-doing approach using three simulations, and performance feedback. As virtual laboratories, the role-plays aim at placing the participants in typical multilateral situations of deliberation, negotiation and bargaining. Participants can audit and improve their individual practice and abilities. Video recording is used to produce learning points and elaborate handy dos and don’ts in a targeted, practical and realistic manner. Participants will receive a special negotiation handbook; specifically designed methodologies to strategically gear up for negotiations; and tools to individually assess their strengths, personality and cultural preferences. 3 months after the course, participants will have the opportunity to continue the indispensable individual self-auditing exercise through individual interviews and exchange sessions with the moderators. Participants will review their skills and assess their performance in the EU negotiations experienced after the programme. The number of participants will be restricted in order to secure the benefits of the learning methodology.

Objectives

The objective of the course is to cultivate the six individual skills required to optimally participate in EU-based deliberation and negotiation processes when representing regional, national or institutional interests. After this programme, participants will know how to:

  • craft a negotiation strategy;
  • prepare for a plenary meeting and the associated informal settings;
  • plan an intervention and communicate with impact;
  • intervene effectively and command attention;
  • adapt to general rules of procedures;
  • develop bargaining tools and alternative solutions to strikedeals in stalemates;
  • send the appropriate flexibility signals and manage concessions;
  • use and respond to the main tactics used in multilateral negotiations;
  • identify and cope with the most common intercultural differences;
  • assess their personal approach and strengths in interpersonal relations;
  • report to one’s capital/authorities in order to plan for the future.

EIPA members’ fee: €1395

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Seminar “Practical Tools for Implementation of EU Policies and Law at the National Level” 19-22 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

Mid-level managers, officials and experts from ministries, central and regional agencies and authorities responsible for or involved in drafting, coordinating and/or implementing European Union legislation at the national level.

Description

This workshop deals in a very practical way with specific aspects concerning political, legal, economical, process and managerial questions related to implementation of EU policies and law at the level of the Member States. It also illustrates the need for timely and appropriate implementation, as well as possible consequences of non- or incorrect implementation. To allow participants the highest possible degree of attending training tailor-made to their interests and needs, the programme is divided into two separate two-day modules, each of which can be attended separately, or which can be attended together. The first module focuses on the implementation obligations, the law approximation process, national coordination of the law approximation efforts, notification to the Commission and the consequences of non-, incomplete or late implementation.

Introducing the European Smart Regulation Strategy, the second module focuses on pre-implementation impact assessment and introduces post-implementation measurement of outcomes.

Methodology

This highly interactive workshop is based on a combination of presentations, problem-solving learning sessions, exchanges of experience, case studies and simulations.

Aims and objectives

The overall aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with a better understanding of national and the Commission’s needs with respect to the implementation of European Union legislation. More specifically, the objectives of the workshop are:

  • to transfer methodology and the practical tools necessary to ensure compliance with EU membership obligations;
  • to provide guidance on balancing domestic and supra-national political interests on the one hand, and constitutional and legal requirements on the other;
  • to introduce ‘European Smart Regulation’ and how Impact Assessment supports better regulation;
  • to enable participants to identify and measure the impact of transposition of EU legislation at the national level;
  • to introduce the objective and methods of measuring and monitoring the outcome of implemented EU legislation;
  • to learn by doing and exchange experiences with colleagues from other countries.

Note: Due to the highly interactive nature of the programme, the number of participants is limited to 20.

EIPA members’ fee: €1575

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Seminar “Introductory and Practitioners Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice” 20-23 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group    

The seminar is intended for officials from national, sub-national and local authorities and other public bodies from the EU Member States, candidate countries and European bodies and organisations, who wish to familiarise themselves with European public procurement rules, policy and practice, as well as for other interested persons working in this field, for example representatives from industry and academia.

Description

The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) is organising an ‘Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ which will take place on 20-23 September 2016. The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 20 September 2016. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

The seminar will cover the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. This comprehensive seminar is based on the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU and the new Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts.

Learning methodology

A mixture of presentations, discussions and cases/exercises concerning actual procurement practice to be discussed in working groups.

Objectives

The primary aim of this seminar is to present and explain the European rules and principles on public procurement in an accessible way and to enhance awareness of professional procurement practices. Most importantly, the seminar will offer an excellent platform for participants to exchange experiences and concerns in dealing with public procurement.

Cost: €1580

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Seminar “Mastering Theory-Based Impact Evaluation” 19-20 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

This two-day seminar is directed towards public officials from EU Member States, candidate countries, the EU institutions and other multilateral institutions, as well as auditors, consultants, staff of NGOs, and other stakeholders involved in the process of impact evaluation of policies, programmes and projects.

Description

In the past, evaluation focused to a large extent on the mechanisms of delivering programmes or projects. In other words, they focused on the implementation process. Relatively little attention was paid to evaluating the impact of interventions that were being financed.

While in recent years substantial efforts have been made to promote and disseminate (quantitative) counter-factual impact evaluation practice  there is much less sharing of good practice concerning so-called theory-based impact evaluation. However, while counter-factual impact evaluation can tell us how much impact an intervention makes, theory-based impact evaluation is crucial to increasing our understanding of why certain interventions work or do not work. Without this understanding, it is impossible to improve interventions. In addition, in many cases counter-factual impact evaluation is not actually a viable method, and then theory-based evaluation can still inform how the intervention is contributing to change.

This seminar will therefore focus on this theory-based impact evaluation, drawing on the latest advances made in terms of methodology. The most cited methods – Process Tracing, Congruence Analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Pawson and Tilley’s Realist Evaluation, Mayne’s Contribution Analysis – will all be covered and put into perspective. Several cases will be used to exemplify these methods. The seminar participants will also undertake a number of exercises to better understand the methods. An important focus of the course will be to show how theory-based impact evaluation can match the rigour associated with counter-factual impact evaluation. The seminar is aimed at those experienced in impact evaluation who wish to further advance their capability in this field.

Learning methodology

The seminar is based on a range of presentations and interactive group work to enable participants to put their knowledge into practice. The seminar integrates case studies to allow participants to assess the quality of actual evaluations, and how they could have been improved.

Objectives

By the end of the seminar participants will be able to design and commission theory-based impact evaluations.

Cost: €900

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Seminar “Performance Assessment: Skills for Leadership” 19-20 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Middle and higher management of public administrations, at the national, regional and local level.

Description

It is very important for managers to be aware of the most recent developments in different topics of public administration, and what this means for their personal function within the organisation. Leadership is very important for motivating staff of a public administration. Changes within governments, other objectives and goals, requires leaders who can take their staff with them in other directions, based on an outcome of democratic developments. In particular, working in a political environment demands special qualities of leaders in public administration. This seminar aims to demonstrate this, as well as providing the relevant tools to deal with those situations.

The seminar aims to be as paperless as possible. During the seminar you will be able to access all seminar materials, including the presentations, using a tablet. At the end of the seminar you will also receive a login and password to download all seminar materials.

Learning methodology

The seminar will include theory in the form of interactive presentations and exercises. There will be an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’.

Objectives

The goal of this seminar is to give participants an insight into the developments in the functioning of public administration and to bring some skills into practice. The experience from these two days can be taken home to their own organisational surroundings. Participants will be able to recognise situations earlier and to act more adequately.

EIPA members’ fee: €900

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Seminar “The European Arrest Warrant: Ten Years of Practice” 22-23 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

Practitioners in the fields of the judiciary (judges, prosecutors) and law enforcement (police, customs and other national forces), defence lawyers, administrators and officers from EU institutions and agencies, officials in ministries of justice and the interior and law-makers/legislators.

Description

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is the seminal instrument in the field of EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It is widely used and has proved to be an efficient tool in accelerating the execution of warrants and surrender procedures in cross border criminal cases within the EU. At the same time the EAW still poses a number of issues – mostly related to constitutional and fundamental rights protection – that Member States find difficult to accommodate in their respective legal systems. It is in this context that the seminar is willing to map out the operational success of the EAW and discuss the concerns present in the application of the EAW.

Learning methodology

A mixture of presentations, case studies, discussions and workshops.

Objectives

The purpose of the seminar is two-fold: firstly, to provide participants with information on the use, domestic application and evaluation of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Emphasis will be made on how to issue an EAW, how the various grounds of refusals are understood by national judiciaries and what are the issues that defence lawyers may want to look at. The practical administration of EAWs will be complemented however with the discussion of constitutional and fundamental rights issues that posed difficulties in applying the instrument and gave rise to litigation before both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the national courts.

EIPA members’ fee: €810

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EIPA Summer School on EU Economic Integration and Local & Regional Development

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Barcelona, 27 June – 1 July 2016

Over the course of this Summer School the main aspects and challenges of economic integration, the aftermath of the financial crisis, and regional and urban development strategies will be discussed and analysed using real life business cases.

Additionally, the way in which territories can steer their own economic destiny and boost growth through dedicated policies and drivers, while at the same time enhancing territorial cohesion and making smart use of the available EU supportive resources will be illustrated. This will be achieved again by using examples – in particular, results-orientated good practices that make use of different EU funds.

This practical and interactive programme will conclude with an examination of seven steps to achieve public management excellence as a basis for territories’ competitiveness and success.

This annual Summer School is a unique opportunity for participants to exchange with and learn from leading-edge experiences and to receive practical instruments and advice.

For more information, please have a look at the programme and registration form.

Seminar “Tackling the Skills Gap – The Golden Key to Economic Growth” 26-27 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

This seminar has been especially designed for individuals working in the fields of education and training, economic growth, employment and the labour market at national, regional and local level. This includes managers and expert practitioners from ministries and government agencies responsible for economic growth, skills development and employment creation, regional development agencies, employment services, vocational training institutions, chambers of commerce, industry organisations, trade unions etc.

Description

The seminar has been developed in cooperation with the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) and the Danish finalist project of the European Public Sector Award 2015 – ‘FREMKOM – Future Competencies of Region North Denmark’.

The seminar is an opportunity to learn about the newest EU initiatives, trends and tools in relation to skills anticipation, and methodologies for skills foresight, as well as to gain practical insight from the EPSA finalist project FREMKOM on how to design and manage innovative methods for sustainable skills development strategies based on social dialogue and strong stakeholder involvement.

Skills are a key factor in the prosperity and economic growth of the regions of the EU. Despite high unemployment, many employers report difficulties in recruiting staff with the right skills. There is an urgent need for better anticipation of the needs of employers, to make better use of existing skills and for development of the skills that are needed by the labour market.

Effective skills strategies are based on three main pillars: firstly, the availability of reliable and robust labour market data to identify and analyse current skills gaps; secondly, the anticipation of trends and of future needs for skills; and thirdly and most importantly, translating this information into actions though the better matching of the supply and demand for skills.

Matching the supply and demand of skills involves cooperation, mediation and negotiation between the education systems and the business sector, while also adjusting supply and demand. Effective matching requires the implementation of coherent and regular anticipation procedures, with policies based on reliable data, diagnosis and monitoring tools.

A wide range of methods and tools have been developed and applied at European, national, regional and sector level, using qualitative and quantitative approaches, ranging from quantitative, model-based approaches to sector studies, employer surveys and qualitative foresight. What has proven most successful is a mix of approaches, regular application and improvements, and a social partnership approach at the regional and local level.

Learning methodology

The seminar applies a practice-learning method. Participants will be actively involved during the two days in tailor-made exercises and will benefit from the EPSA 2015 finalist project FREMKOM to illustrate a successful methodology in tackling the skills gap through the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the joint development of regional skills strategies.

Objectives

Participants will gain insight, practical tools and methodologies relating to:

  • State-of-the-art skills identification methodologies and how to replicate them in their own contexts;
  • How to engage relevant stakeholders in effective skills development systems;
  • Ensuring sustainable investments in skills;
  • How to design, manage and sustain the processes to develop robust joint skills strategies matching the future skills needs.

EIPA members’ fee: €900

More information and registration here.

Seminar “The Common Assessment Framework: The Reference Model for Total Quality Management in the Public Sector” 27-28 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

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Target group

Public top and middle managers as well as quality and change managers, interested and/or involved in introducing management tools and quality management techniques in the public sector (ministries, agencies, regional and local administrations, education, police, healthcare, etc.).

Description

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a total quality management (TQM) tool specifically designed for the develop-ment of TQM in public sector organisations, starting with a self-assessment of their organisational performance leading to an effective improvement plan that brings the organisation step-by-step to the maturity level of Excellence. Since the launch of the first version in 2000 and revised versions in 2002 and 2006, more than 3700 organisations in many countries within and outside of Europe have implemented the CAF. On the basis of an in-depth study on the implementation of the CAF 2006 in which 400 users participated, the CAF 2013 version was realised and is now the new standard.

Performance management in public administration has a long history, and in all probability, a long road ahead. Nonetheless, performance management is not without its problems. Practitioners, management consultants, as well as academics, have sought solutions in response to the paradoxical and often problematic nature of performance management. New Public Management reforms worldwide have introduced a variety of performance measurement and management practices.  Recent evolutions have corrected some aspects of the NPM and broadened the scope towards New Public Governance forms. This evolution from the traditional Weberian bureaucratic public organisation over the New Public Management towards the New Governance approach follows different rhythms in the different European countries and public organisations. But performance management has gradually become an integral part of all modern governance arrangements. What was missing is the global, holistic approach integrating all aspects of the functioning of public sector organisations, driving them towards Excellence and the ultimate level of performance. The Common Assessment Framework 2013 provides this approach.

This three-day seminar will focus on the total organisational performance. In fact, Total Quality Management has evolved towards overall organisational management, including all aspects of the functioning of public administrations and the results they achieve. Performance is looked at in the two senses of the word: performance as the way we do things, and performance as the results we achieve and the outputs and outcomes we deliver.

Learning methodology

The programme will be implemented through a variety of training methods, presentations, discussions, group work, skills practice etc.

Objectives

At the end of this three-day training, the participants should have a clear understanding of:

  • the CAF 2013 quality model itself, the scoring system and the self-assessment process;
  • the specificity of the CAF 2013 in relation with the CAF 2006;
  • how to implement the CAF 2013;
  • how to use the CAF for self-assessment and formulate improvement actions;
  • how to prioritise improvement actions on a short-, medium- and long-term basis;
  • how to play the role of a coach to support their own and maybe other public sector organisations in applying the CAF.

EIPA members’ fee: €1089

More information and registration here.