Here you can find all upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops in their chronology. If you wish to view the events according to their topics, please visit these links: EU Funding, Law & Taxes, State Aid, Audit, Energy & Environment, HEI and R&D, Procurement and Development Cooperation. The event language for all events will be English. Click here for an overview of our German events.
Make use of the increasing importance of financial instruments with EU Funds!
The proper handling of the rules for the eligibility of expenditure in EU funded projects has proven to be very challenging and remains difficult in the new period 2014-2020. Disregarding the rules for eligibility of expenditure causes many irregularities.
The European Commission introduces new measures for Circular Economy In December 2015, the European Commission adopted ambitious Circular Economy Package and Action Plan for the Circular Economy. The Package foresees a significant revision of the current legislation on waste management and envisages numerous measures to be undertaken by the EU Member States.
The European Union provides various funds and instruments to support stakeholders such as universities, research centres and companies in the fields of research and development as well as the commercialisation of research results.
The European Commission has set out detailed arrangements on the management and control systems to be operated by Member States for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020.
During the public procurement process a contracting authority puts a lot of time and effort into identifying reliable business partners, negotiating favourable terms, and ensuring a strong basis for the award decision. Despite the best preparations, however, existing contracts often require amendments.
Stress and Burnout is a Challenge for Public Sector Entities
Fighting poverty and accelerating development is possible through rural electrification
Governments and Public Sector Organisations under Increasing Pressure to better Manage Public Resources
The new EU Directives on Public Procurement implicate a number of modifications and bring in some significant changes, particularly to the range of contracts subject to the EU public procurement regime.
A strong focus on results is being reinforced by the European Commission for the ESI Fund 2014-2020. Thus, EU funds authorities were asked to stipulate more precisely what changes and results are expected by the interventions of ESI Funds from the very beginning of the implementation of the Operational Programmes (OPs) 2014-2020.
Public construction projects and infrastructure modernisation need effective audit more than ever before
Most public institutions use social media tools in their communication. It is a key part of any communications planning and long-term strategy in today’s media landscape. Some organisations use in-house competence, whereas others choose to source out this area and work with external experts.
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.
The Summer Academy “Public Procurement 2016” is a three-day intensive practical training providing practical skills and know-how in the field of public procurement for all authorities.
The European Summer Academy “State Aid” provides extensive and case-study based training on almost every aspect related to state aid. During three days in June, experienced and reknowned practitioners in the complex field of European state aid work on real cases and thus explore the legal and practical framework for state aid in Europe.
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.
For the new Programming Period 2014-2020, the European Commission pays increased attention to communication as well as to results and outcomes in European Investment and Structural Funds (ESI Funds). Managing Authorities or intermediate bodies have to carefully set up communication plans, in order to raise participation and ensure high quality projects as well as to make public investment more visible and transparent.
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.
Broadband Infrastructure in Europe – A New Key Priority for Growth