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EDITION 2014+: How to Select and Develop a Convincing Project Strategy for EU 2020 Funding? Dos and Donts for Local and Regional Actors


EU Priorities 2020

Event Location

5-7/May/2014 • Barcelona • Fee: €990

Event Description

Target group
This practical seminar is addressed to all levels of public administrations (and their agencies), and particularly sub-state authorities or bodies in charge of or involved in the design, development and implementation of projects subject to compliance with European funds. It will also be of particular interest to NGOs, associations, university departments and consultants that are planning to apply for EU calls for proposal (or tenders) with their project(s).
Following the successful delivery of 30 seminars and having equipped nearly 1000 participants across Europe with the necessary skills over the last six years, one of EIPA Barcelona’s flagship activities has been revamped in line with the new financial framework 2014-2020 and its supportive actions. Without having lost the essence of the seminar, i.e. how to be better prepared to compete in the EU funding arena (Do’s & Don’ts), the newly designed seminar will address several new aspects when developing added-value projects, convincing proposals or bids for EU funds and their territory. This seminar will enable participants to quickly grasp the most relevant guiding principles and rules when it comes to preparing a bid for EU funding.
Learning methodology
A unique combination of theory (presentations) and practice (two interactive group exercises and role plays, i.e. building an intercultural ‘bridge’ and preparing real business cases or project proposals subject to an EU evaluation panel) allows participants to apply in practice the knowledge gained beforehand. A new glossary of the main EU financing instruments available and screened for local and regional actors and related web links will be distributed to support the sessions.
The main aim of this seminar is to prepare participants to compete in the ever-changing arena of EU funding. Each programme or initiative has its own objectives or specific characteristics; but as far as the ‘key rules of the game’ are concerned, elements and success criteria continue to converge and show a harmonised pattern. The seminar will allow the participants to increase the success rate in the EU funding ‘jungle’ as well as the absorption capacity. This new edition of the Do’s & Don’ts will enable them to achieve this purpose. 
Relevant note: A specific new glossary of the main EU supportive actions (2014-2020) will be provided for each participant, having screened and analysed a sample of instruments from the local and regional actors’ perspective.
Project Leader
Alexander Heichlinger
For more information about the activity, please contact:



Central commission for the navigation on the Rhine
Traducteur(trice) français/néerlandais - néerlandais/français
Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)
Head of Digital, Telecoms & Media Programme
B2B Business Developer
European Social Network (ESN)
Development and Policy Manager
European Roundtable on Climate change and Sustainable Transition
Policy Officer