EU regulations and directives need to be carefully observed
The national and regional administration of EU Funding is subject to uniform EU-wide regulations. These regulations implementation can prove especially challenging in terms how they are applied and how funding can be taken up more efficiently. It is our aim to simplify these regulations and their practical application. The European Academy for Taxes, Economy & Law supports administrative authorities throughout Europe in implementing these rules and regulations so that applicants for funding from all parts of Europe make progress and benefit from the Academy’s special training courses.
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The programming period 2014-2020 introduces new rules for the financial management of the European Structural and Investment Funds. National and regional authorities have become new responsibilities and deadlines regarding preparation, examination, acceptance and closure of accounts as well as financial correction.
For the purpose of simplifying the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020, the European Commission has widened the application of simplified cost options.
Closure of Operational Programmes 2007-2013 has to be conducted simultaneously to the management of the new programming period 2014-2020. This task involves contributions of Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities that need to prove effective communication as well as disciplined time management and coordinated performance.
The EU provides multiple sources of financing for broadband projects, in form of various EU funds as well as European Investment Bank instruments. In the new programming period, broadband projects are not only supported via European Structural and Investments Fund (ESIF), including EAFRD and through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
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.
Thanks to the new EU Cohesion Policy and the new Programming Period 2014-2020 of the European Union, there is more funding available for research, development and innovation than ever before. The EU has set out the goal to enhance investment and to strengthen Europe’s position in R&D&I.
Practitioners in the field of State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors currently face the challenge of significant changes to the existing legislation. The European Commission has substantially modified the existing State aid rules in these sectors. After a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) had been agreed on, State aid provisions in this area also had to be adjusted.
Biodiversity, Nature Conservation & Protection, Natural Resource Management There is More European Funding Available for Environmental Projects than Ever Before
According to the schedule of the funding period 2014-2020, managing and implementing authorities all over Europe are now starting to deliver programs that meet the funding goals defined by the EU. Again the European Social Funds (ESF) represents one of the key pillars of European funding.
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 reform of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Be prepared for the increasing importance of financial instruments with EU Funds!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.