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Be prepared for the increasing importance of financial instruments with EU Funds!
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.
In current times of tight public budgets, public administrations must set and achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical way. This new obligation also alters the responsibilities of auditors in the public sector.
The compliance of national funding and EU Funds with EU State Aid Rules is under strict control of the European Commission. State aid officials administering national and European funding in all member states still face difficulties when applying the European Union’s complex system of State aid rules and procedures, which regulate how public authorities use public resources to support organisations involved in business activities.
Meet the financial control requirements and reduce risk of incorrect reimbursements of EU Funds. The European Commission has set out detailed arrangements on the management and control systems to be operated by Member States for the EU Structural Funds in both programming periods (2007-2013 and 2014-2020).
The New Programming Period has begun and the last one has to be brought to a successful closure. The practical implementation of the two remaining Home Affairs and Security Funds, 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.
Errors in handling EU Funds finances can seriously jeopardize your project! EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially the correct financial accounting of the project constitutes a great challenge.
In current times of tight budgetary discipline, it is more important than ever for public bodies involved in EU funds administration to manage funds cost effectively, efficiently and in accordance with the law.
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.
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.
Correctly used clouds enable organisations to achieve an increase of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. For this reason cloud computing has become a common strategy of hosting data in private companies.
A crucial part of public spending today is handled through public procurement procedures aiming to ensure financial prudence when dealing with taxpayers’ money. Thus, public institutions are required to transparent, effective and efficient measures to safeguard public finances.
Performance Measurement, Transparency, Interoperability and Innovation as a Challenge for e-Government Responsibles
National, European and international public institutions are under increasing pressure to achieve more and more with less and less. A solution to this problem is the introduction and implementation of a professional management of business processes that helps institutions to operate successfully despite budget cutbacks.
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.
The current Programming Period 2014-2020 holds lots of opportunities to fund innovative ideas and projects. The architecture of European Funds and direct grants continues to offer a wide range of funding opportunities in the Member States. However, funding is often not used as effectively as possible or it may be denied due to lack of knowledge or poor planning. Although the numerous programmes and initiatives have different features, the development and implementation of projects in practice follow common rules.
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.
Crises are a significantly increasing threat to operations of public institutions, international organisations, NGOs and associations as well as their stakeholders worldwide.
Quality is an increasingly talked about catchword in higher education. The Bologna Process as well as national legislation have made quality management (QM) and quality assessment (QA) a requirement for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
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.
Simplified cost options can lighten the administrative burden for beneficiaries and management bodies
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.
The European Union is striving for energy independence. As a consequence, increasingly more money gets allocated to the funding and financing of private and public energy projects in Europe and beyond.
As research results become increasingly important for international rankings and external funding, it is crucial to figure out how to compare research.
Higher education and research institutions face unique challenges in Internal Audit. Their complexity, individuality and diverse foci and fields of work make for a wide array of issues, which are not covered by common place Internal Audit knowledge covered by Internal Audit in the private sector.
The success of health actions mainly depends on an effective funding and a good financial management. In the current programming period 2014 - 2020, the health focus is present through funding instruments such as ERDF & ESF (ESIF), HORIZON 2020 (H2020) and the EU Health Programme.
Developing and Implementing a KM Strategy * Obtaining Buy-in from Leadership and Staff * Effectively Choosing and Using KM Technology
The competitive dialogue and the competitive procedure with negotiation as compared to the open or restricted procedures can be advantageous tools to purchase complex contracts: they make it possible for public buyers to refine requirements, develop a detailed evaluation matrix and purchase works, services, and goods (e.g. research products) tailored to their needs and budgetary constraints.
The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law is delighted to announce the 11th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 2016 This annual forum brings together around 500 EU Funds experts from all over Europe and promotes an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice between EU Institutions and Member States with regard to the correct management and control of EU Funds.
Broadband Infrastructure in Europe – A New Key Priority for Growth
Performance Indicators * Performance-based Budgeting * Activity-based Budgeting & Costing * Accrual Budgeting & Accounting
Closure of Operational Programmes 2007-2013 has to be conducted simultaneously to the management of the new programming period 2014-2020.
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.
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.
There is a range of fundamental services that are of major importance to citizens and their everyday life which have to be supplied by public authorities. Providing and financing these services – for instance in the social or transport sectors – needs to be in accordance with European State aid regulations and the provisions for Services of General Economic Interest.
Public funding is by trend decreasing in the medium-term. Europe-wide, universities are urged to detect the generation of additional sources of income. As public funding cannot be considered safe in the long term anymore, planning and allocating university budget has become more difficult over the past years.
With the start of the new programming period 2014-2020 new regulations and rules regarding financial management, control and audit have been introduced. On the basis of the Common Provisions Regulation, Fund-specific rules as well as delegated and implementing acts EU-Member States have created and set up management and control systems for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020.
Funding Sources * Electrification for Agriculture * Financing Maintenance
New Horizons for Funding and Financing Energy Projects in Emerging Markets