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Nowadays, young people are faced with hard competition for job opportunities. So they make the choice for their Higher Education Institution (HEI) by deciding which environment offers them the best foundation to have good job opportunities after graduation. Universities have recognised this challenge but the circumstances make it hard to fulfill these very complex needs – the same is true for identifying and implementing the tools to fit those needs.
Providing more than half of all development aid worldwide, the European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors. In order to successfully cooperate with the EU and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of accounting regulations for projects financed by the EU.
Researchers in Europe and beyond face mutual challenges. In times of declining national public funding for higher education and research institutions it becomes increasingly important to identify and to seize all sources of revenue.
Many authorities within the management and control system of EU Funds still face considerable difficulties and uncertainties when it comes to detecting and handling (suspected) fraud cases. They are presented with the challenge of distinguishing these cases from irregularities as well as identifying necessary actions.
Fraud and corruption in the public sector heavily harm the economy, lower investment levels and reduce public finances. Anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies are often not effective enough and damages done to public institutions and their budgets by fraud and corruption can be enormous ranging from financial loss to reduction of organisational performance, reputation, credibility and public confidence.
2015 is a crucial moment for experts dealing with EU Funds. Most Operational Programmes have been published, so that it is time to start new projects and write new project proposals in the current programming period 2014-2020. The Commission emphasises an increased use of financial instruments and aims at simplified and more coherent solutions.
With the launch of Horizon 2020 and its first calls, European Research, Development and Innovation have entered a very exciting period indeed. R&D projects and cooperation, whether with or without European or national funding, need a safe and sound legal contract design.
EU Funds Project Managers have to deal with several challenging management tasks specific to EU Funds. Their work refers to different aspects and phases of project and programme management which require a high level of expertise.
New Horizons for Funding and Financing Energy Projects in Emerging Markets
The practical introduction of eCohesion systems requires Member States to establish electronic data exchange systems which allow the exchange of all information between Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities as well as Intermediate Bodies, on the one hand, and beneficiaries, on the other hand, to take place electronically.
With the introduction of the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) the European Commission has given Member States ample scope when dealing with State aid cases in many areas.
Advanced hands-on experience, operative know-how and thorough knowledge of procedures and risks are necessary to ensure clear, effective and reliable procurement procedures. While the new EU procurement directives require more flexibility, transparency and fulfilment of high qualitative, environmental, social and innovation standards, many contracting authorities still favour lowest price criterion as the safest and fastest procedure. Yet, many examples prove that the lowest price does not always mean lowest costs and therefore needs to be extended by additional criteria.
The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors, providing more than half of all development and humanitarian aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate successfully with the EU and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to follow a multitude of administrative regulations and fulfil all external audit requirements.
Whether internal or external, strategic, financial, operational or reputational risks – these can significantly hinder the work of your authority. In the current economic and financial context the lack of an adequate approach to risk management is an enormous and real threat to the work of any public administration, since nowadays work efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector are more important than ever before. For that reason, it is of extreme importance that public authorities do not rely solely on their intuition in dealing with risks, but use professional formalised risk management as an integral and ongoing part of their general management process.
Ensure Result Orientation in EU Projects by Predefining all Relevant Criteria in Your Calls
Workplace Health Management – Boosting productivity with a healthy and motivated workforce
As research results become increasingly important for international rankings and external funding, it is crucial to figure out how to compare research.
Broadband Infrastructure in Europe – A New Key Priority for Growth
Research and science is more and more taking place on a European and international level. Therefore, higher education and research institutes have to attract researchers, PhD candidates as well as students from abroad.
National, European and international public institutions are under increasing pressure to achieve more and more with less and less.
The ESI Funds 2014-2020 offer the possibility to support an operation comprising a series of works, activities or services of a precise economic or technical nature (for which the total eligible costs exceed 50 million Euro) as well as operations contributing to one thematic objective (where the total eligible costs exceed 75 million Euro) such as transport, water, waste and energy projects.
Crises are a significantly increasing threat to operations of public institutions, international organisations, NGOs and associations as well as their stakeholders worldwide.
Practitioners in the field of State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors have continuously been facing the challenge of understanding and applying the State aid rules.
Public administrations in Europe and worldwide are under increasing pressure to achieve more and more with less and less money and resources. Digitisation is praised as a tool for achieving cost effectiveness in the delivery of public services.
Technical Assistance (TA) for European Structural Funds has been in use for several years now. However, there are many changes that apply to Technical Assistance in the Programming Period 2014-2020.
Workplace Wellbeing and Engagement – Laying the basis for thriving universities and innovative research
The Implementation of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) brings a number of challenges for the authorities in charge of migration, asylum and internal security.
The programming period 2014-2020 introduces new rules for the financial management of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds). Now national and regional authorities have new responsibilities and deadlines regarding preparation, examination, acceptance and closure of accounts as well as financial correction.
Be prepared for efficient implementation of EAFRD 2014-2020! The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy brought significant changes in the implementation of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2014-2020 by calling for simplifying rules for implementation of national and regional Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and for reducing the related administrative burden.