Developing and Managing the Project Pipeline for EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes in 2014-2020

Section

Euro & Finance

Event Location

Netherlands
12-14/May/2014 • Maastricht • Fee: €1050

Event Description

Target group
Programme officers and managers, project managers and developers, as well as other officials from central, regional and local government involved in the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) projects and programmes. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners involved in developing Structural and Cohesion Funds projects, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, employers’ representatives, consultants and financial bodies.
 
Description
This seminar will provide a step-by-step guide to the pipeline, from the point of view of both programme managers and project sponsors. We look at how to determine project priorities for the new programming period 2014-2020; planning, institutional and procedural issues; generating project ideas and establishing partnerships, putting together financial packages and applications; project development steps and ex ante project appraisal techniques (including an introduction to cost-benefit analysis); developing project and programme indicators, as well as the matter of project selection. Special attention is paid to the challenge of developing smart projects, developing SMEs and developing successful ESF projects. We will also consider the key responsibilities and tasks required to manage programmes successfully.
 
Learning methodology
There will be a series of presentations by regional practitioners, expert consultants and EU officials. Each presentation will leave time for a question and answer session; discussions and exchanges of experience will be encouraged. Mini workshops and exercises will be used to develop simulations of essential elements and to generate a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.
 
Objectives
At the end of the seminar the participants should have – from the point of view of managing authorities – a clear idea of how to create a strong project pipeline and a steady flow of quality projects, as well as the essentials of good programme management. Participants should also have a clear understanding of how to generate good projects and how to maximise the probability of getting projects selected.
 
Project Leader
Marco Lopriore
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