Online Course: “The New ESF+ Regulations and Programmes 2021-2027”, June 22-24 (EIPA, Maastricht)

What does your new ESF+ Programme look like? Are you confident that you will spend the entire budget in the best way possible? Will you be able to achieve and demonstrate clear programme successes and measurable results? What are the challenges you will face to ensure that all spending is eligible and the audit trail is protected?

This 3-day EIPA course examines these questions and assesses the state of new programmes. We will ask whether you have a strong and adaptable project pipeline? We will ask what lessons have been learnt from current and previous ESF programmes? We will consider some recent cases of good practice from around the EU in the areas of programme and financial management.

EIPA experts will build on a series of successful EIPA course-workshops recently delivered under contract to the Flanders Region, the Brussels Capital Region, and the Wallonie region – assisting them with the preparation of a new generation of ESF+ programmes.

What you will learn?

Key elements include:

  • What priorities and financial allocations for your programmes stem from Country Specific Recommendations and Country Reports?
  • The relevance of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the EU Social Scoreboard
  • How best to coordinate of Structural Funds programmes and projects with RRF activities
  • Choosing the best programme-specific indicators for ESF+ and how to use the new Performance Frameworks
  • financial planning and flexibility for new programmes
  • simplifying financial control and audit – expanding the use of simplified cost options and protecting the audit trail

How it works

The course will be led by highly experienced EIPA experts/consultants, Marco Lopriore and Robin Smail, who have been working with the ESF for more than 20 years. There will be a keynote interventions from the European Commission, DG EMPL, and from the Slovak Ministry of Labour, looking at innovations in new programmes and lessons learnt from previous programmes.

EIPA aims to make the course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the course topics. Workshops will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.

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