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EU Funding

EU Funding is a sensible alternative to traditional methods of financing. It promotes innovation and sustainable development, improves chances for education and regional growth; and creates incentives for new employment.

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.

Extend your expertise by participating in the various events held by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law in this area.

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lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

A strong focus on results will be reinforced by the European Commission according to the draft regulations for EU funds for 2014-2020. Thus, EU funds authorities are asked to stipulate more precisely what changes and results are expected by the interventions of EU funds from the very beginning of the implementation of the new operational programmes (OPs).

lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Arcotel John F

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. The simplified cost options – flat rates for indirect costs, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums – signalise a departure from the principle of real costs. They lighten the administrative burden on beneficiaries and management bodies thus contributing to a more efficient, correct and increased use of the funds.

lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Ellington Hotel

EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially correct financial accounting of projects constitutes a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission. The project needs to be correctly managed with respect to its financial accounting.

lang_en 26. January 2015 - 27. January 2015, Arcotel John F

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. The majority of Member States therefore have adopted this goal and plan to dedicate more European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to this area. This development entails quite a large amount of new funding possibilities available for projects by universities, research centers and other potential beneficiaries.

lang_en 19. February 2015 - 20. February 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially correct financial accounting of projects constitutes a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission. The project needs to be correctly managed with respect to its financial accounting.

lang_en 23. February 2015 - 24. February 2015, NH Berlin Friedrichstraße

As one of the world’s major donors for development cooperation, the European Union and its Member States provide a broad range of funding opportunities.

lang_en 25. February 2015 - 27. February 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

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.

lang_en 26. February 2015 - 27. February 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

The correct handling of irregularities in EU funded projects is still a very difficult issue for all bodies involved in the management and control systems of EU funds. As the number of irregularities reported remains very high, the European Commission stresses that Member States need to continue their efforts in order to minimise the rate of irregularities. Thus, the topic of irregularities has to remain a priority for Member States as well.

lang_en 26. February 2015 - 27. February 2015, Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

With the new public procurement directive 2014/24/EU, which has come into effect in 2014, the European Commission has introduced a number of opportunities that allow for more flexibility in the procurement process while upholding the basic requirements of competition, transparency and equal treatment.

lang_en 09. March 2015 - 10. March 2015, Mercure Hotel Berlin City

Technical Assistance (TA) for European Structural Funds has been in use for several years now. However, there are many changes that will apply to Technical Assistance in the new Programming Period 2014-2020.

lang_en 23. March 2015 - 25. March 2015, Maritim Hotel Berlin

The EU Member States have already prepared their Operational Programmes (OPs) outlining the investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.

lang_en 13. April 2015 - 14. April 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

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.

lang_en 20. April 2015 - 21. April 2015, Mercure Hotel Berlin City

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.

lang_en 20. April 2015 - 21. April 2015, Arcotel John F

For a contracting authority to ensure that contractual terms and conditions are realised in the execution phase, contract management is key. 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.

lang_en 27. April 2015 - 28. April 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

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.

lang_en May 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

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.

lang_en May 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

With the integration of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) into a single Common Provisions Regulation for the programming period 2014-2020 and the introduction of single rules for management and control of all European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), the management and implementing bodies of EAFRD and EMFF have to follow the single set of rules, decisions and procedures.

lang_en 04. May 2015 - 05. May 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors, providing more than half of all development aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate with the EU successfully and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of accounting regulations for projects financed by the EU.

lang_en 04. May 2015 - 05. May 2015, abba Berlin Hotel

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).

lang_en 11. May 2015 - 12. May 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

EU Member States have already made some practical experiences with Financial Engineering Instruments. However, in the last programming period, only 5% of the entire ERDF resources were distributed through Financial Instruments (FI). For the current programming period 2014-2020, the European Commission demands an increased use of this innovative tool.

lang_en 18. May 2015 - 19. May 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

The New Programming Period has begun and the National Programmes are in the process of their submission and examination by the European Commission. With the new year, comes the practical implementation of the rules and regulations for the two remaining Home Affairs Funds: the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

lang_en June 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

The ESI Funds have been redirected to fulfill special requirements and needs of the European Union until 2020. This means that there are new requirements to meet when applying for ESI funding.

lang_en 01. June 2015 - 03. June 2015, Maritim Hotel Berlin

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.

lang_en 25. June 2015 - 26. June 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

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.

lang_en 29. June 2015 - 01. July 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

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.

lang_en Juli 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

For the actual programming period 2014-2020, the European Commission pay increased attention to communication as well as to results and outcomes. Managing Authorities have to carefully set up a Communication Strategy, or revise the existing one if needed, in order to make their projects visible and transparent.

lang_en 24. August 2015 - 28. August 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

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.

lang_en 24. August 2015 - 25. August 2015, Arcotel John F

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.

lang_en September 2015, This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.

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.