PROJECT NUMBER: 0930205

Financial Management of the EU Structural Funds

12-13/Feb/2009  •  Maastricht

Introduction
Project Leader
Martin Unfried
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Description: The speakers at the seminar will be high-level representatives of the European institutions, including the European Commission, as well as of various Member States' authorities. The seminar will also include sessions where case studies will be presented, encouraging the participants to exchange practical examples and experiences in managing EU Structural Funds.

Method: 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.

Objectives: The objective of this seminar is twofold: (1) to bring together practitioners from the European, national and sub-national level, as well as academic experts, to enable them to share experiences and identify cases of good practice in the financial management of Structural Funds in different Member States; and (2) to discuss ways of implementing financial management rules such as eligibility rules, financial controls, different co-financing rates, state aid aspects, etc. The seminar will cover both the situation under the old rules and what is known so far under the new regulations.

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 Structural Funds.