PROJECT NUMBER: 1730211

Good Practice for Implementing Structural Funds Programmes 2014-2020: Generating Good Projects and Ensuring Result-Orientation

6-7/Dec/2017  •  Vienna  •  EIPA members' fee: €995

Introduction
Project Leader
Marco Lopriore
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Only 3%-6% of the total Structural and Cohesion Fund budgets (depending on the Fund) for the 2014-2020 Operational Programmes has been spent by mid-2017. Planned expenditure for projects which have been approved is between 25% and 30% of the total budget available. So what can be improved in programme implementation? Are good projects being generated? Will they deliver results? What lessons can we learn from the past and how can we do things better?

This seminar will examine good practice in implementation of operational programmes and look at how good projects can successfully deliver programme results.

There will be sessions dedicated to the lessons learnt and good practice generated from implementing ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund programmes and projects, including a presentation from the European Commission. We have a particular focus on common issues for business development initiatives and the particular question of how Structural Funds operations can be linked to Horizon 2020, the new EU framework programme for research and development. We also have a focus on how to develop and select good projects – including infrastructure, productive investments, revenue-generating projects, and all other projects.

We can choose to use a project pipeline model to help us identify a range of typical implementation issues for programmes, so addressing the question: “how do we produce a constant flow of high quality projects and ensure that the new programmes produce the results they plan to achieve?” The pipeline model can be described from the point of view of both programme managers and project sponsors. At the end of the pipeline model, we look at how project and programme impact can be measured.


How will it help you?

This course uses a mix of lectures, question-and-answer sessions, discussions and exchanges of experience. Mini-workshops and exercises will be used to develop simulations of essential elements and to generate a clear view of good practice in implementing programmes.

At the end of the seminar the participants should have – from the point of view of managing authorities – a clear idea of how to generate a steady flow of result-oriented quality projects. Participants should also have a clear understanding of how to generate projects which will maximise impact.

Who will benefit most?
Programme officers and managers, project managers and project developers, as well as other officials from central, regional and local government involved in the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) projects and programmes. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners involved in developing Structural and Cohesion Funds (and other ESIF) projects, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, Chambers of Commerce, consultants and financial bodies.