Summer Course: How to Use Simplified Cost Options for ESI Funds?

20-22 June 2018 | Lake Como (near Milan), Italy

For any information on the programme or organisational matters, please contact Juliana Veit.


Overview


The use of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) has been extended to all ESI Funds, being applicable to more projects and mandatory for small projects. As such, public officials from Managing, Certifying, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also beneficiaries, need to be aware of how to correctly make use of flat rates, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums.

The 2014-2020 regulatory framework includes a number of measures that encourage the use of SCOs and improves their legal certainty: Among others, more possibilities are given to apply flat rates, not only based on indirect costs, but to calculate any type of costs, more calculation methods have been introduced and the threshold for lump sums has been increased. Although the extended use of simplification methods does explicitly include ERDF programmes, programme managers often encounter difficulties in their practical use, when it comes to cost calculation and eligibility of costs. As the use of simplified cost models and the move towards a result-based management have significant implications on the management and control of ESI Funds, all responsible programming bodies need to familiarise with these new requirements.

This intensive 3-day Summer Course is for specialists from Managing, Certifying & Audit Authorities and beneficiaries, who plan to set-up Simplified Cost Models or have already implemented this approach. Participants will learn about the new requirements and how to adapt their working methods and procedures to this simplified method in compliance with eligibility rules and regularity of expenditures.

Topics & Methodology


Day 1: How to use Simplified Cost Options

  • Why and how to use SCOs
  • Calculation methods: Flat-rate financing, Standard scale of unit costs, Lump sums
  • Requirements for financial reporting

Day 2: Implementing, Managing & Auditing Simplified Cost Options

  • Considerations for MA, CA, AA and beneficiaries
  • Setting up Simplified Cost Models in ERDF projects
  • Verification and audit of SCOs
  • State aid and public procurement compliance

Day 3: Best Practice and Recommendations for a Successful Use of Simplified Cost Models in Operational Programmes

  • Group work and exercises on real life examples and cases


The participants will be actively involved in the course in various exercises and group work. This round-table format offers a platform to learn about the new regulations and how to implement simplified cost models. Besides expert presentations, the sessions will include discussions and exchange of national (best) practices as well as expert guidance on how to best implement and apply the foreseen measures and instruments in your country

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training.

Target Group

 

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies 
  • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
  • Public and private banks
  • International, national and local associations and networks
  • Consultants

What participants of events on Simplified Cost Options in 2017 said:

   "It´s my second training in Lexxion for this year and I can say that they are
    very
professional, with good and experienced speakers and important topics
    in the
seminars. Thank you!"
    Participant from the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia

   "You are on the good way to solve my problems, which appear in my job
     everyday!"

    
Participant from the Ministry of Economic Development, Warsaw

   "It was very useful. I can reccomend for everybody who works with
     simplified cost or
will work."

    
Participant from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Prague

   "Very useful and helpful. Very good presentation of the core issues with
     wonderful
speakers."
    
Participant from the Audit of EU Funds Executive Agency, Sofia

   "New programming period and new approach, combined with structural
    changes for most of Managing Authorities - It is obligatory to learn
    about SCOs"

 

Course Material - No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop and/or conference you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Juliana Veit.
 

The use of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) has been extended to all ESI Funds, being applicable to more projects and mandatory for small projects. As such, public officials from Managing, Certifying, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also beneficiaries, need to be aware of how to correctly make use of flat rates, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums.

 
 

EStIF
European Structural and Investment Funds Journal
Publication frequency: quarterly
approx. 80 pages
ISSN 21 96-82 68

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