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1 7 th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 0 ERDF ESF CF EAFRD EFF Special Focus: Future Structural Policies: Investment in Europe 00 Strategy EU Funds 04-00: New Regulations, New Challenges Reinforced Performance by Single EU Funds Management Rules Enhanced Financial Control Requirements Symposium Brochure March 9 th st 0, Berlin, Germany In cooperation with the European Commission

2 Welcome to the European Knowledge Network! The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law is delighted to announce the 7 th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 0 This annual forum brings together around 500 EU Funds practitioners from all over Europe and encourages an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice between EU Institutions and Member States. With its unique character this European Symposium provides an insight in red-hot EU Funds issues from a strategic as well as from a programme and project management perspective. The year 0 is the right time to look at the achievements of the EU Funds to date, to analyse the ongoing implementation in more depth, to proceed with the necessary financial control activities as well as to undertake additional measures to ensure a full absorption of the available funds. This 7 th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 0 will thus address the key issues for an improved management and implementation of EU Funds in the current period as well as the future challenges and how to face these. The question on how to optimise the management and to intensify the implementation of EU Funds is at the heart of the current and the future EU funding. The Symposium will focus on a variety of important topics that arise from the day-to-day implementation of the EU Funds in terms of improvements that can still be made in this period and lessons learnt for the next period. It brings about the discussion on to which extend the structural goals have been achieved so far as well as on how to conclude the financial control activities of the ongoing projects more efficiently. Furthermore, it will not only address the challenges of the next programming period, but also how to mobilise all involved parties to get prepared on time for a successful use of funds available from 04. You are welcome to contribute to this very unique EU Funds Symposium Please do not hesitate to send us questions or specific topics you would like the speakers to talk about. You are welcome to contact the Head of Conference Management: Great event with hundreds of colleagues from all across Europe and all institutions involved. Auditor, Financial Audit Service, Ministry of Finance, The Netherlands

3 EU Funds: Challenges in the Current and the Next Programming Period The European Commission has recently proposed the legislative package for the Cohesion Policy for the period According to the proposals, the future Cohesion Policy should help to boost the growth and employment across Europe by targeting EU investment on the Europe s Growth and Jobs Agenda in order to achieve the targets defined in the Europe 00 Strategy. Concerning the practical implementation of the future EU Funds, the proposed regulation envisages a common set of rules for governing five funds - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Furthermore, it introduces Partnership Contracts between each Member State and the European Commission for setting out commitments to create actions, enhanced coordination of various EU actions by a Common Strategic Framework, a possibility for rewarding a good performance of a Member State as well as further simplification of the management of European Funds. The year 0 is therefore earmarked by intensive discussions and negotiations between the Member States and the European institutions on numerous questions arising from the proposed regulation. In particular, will it be feasible to concentrate on a smaller number of investment priorities and thus to contribute to the achievement of Europe 00 Strategy s goals? What advantages will bring the announced Partnership Contracts in practice? How will the performance be measured in order to be rewarded? Will the announced simplification for the management of the EU Funds and harmonisation of the provisions really relieve the administrative burden of the management authorities and of the beneficiaries? At the same time, the implementation of the present programming period is approaching its final phase. Not only many projects have already been approved and financed, but also many changes of the operational programmes have already been approved by the EU Commission. Nevertheless, the hot phase of the increased financial controls and auditing by the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors is impending. How can the authorities best prevent financial corrections and repayment requirements? What risks can be avoided? And what kind of adjustments can still be made? Thus, in 0 EU Member States and their EU Funds authorities will be fully engaged with the implementation of the present funding. They are fully aware that a successful and timely completion of current programmes is essential for a smooth transition and beginning of the next programming period Member States are challenged by the question how to best prepare for the new programming period while fulfilling the current tasks. High level of knowledge about the latest developments in structural funds. Ministry of Economy, France

4 Methodology The 7 th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 0 provides participants with answers, discussions and perspectives to a load of new issues surrounding ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD and EFF. This must-attend event features essential expertise from the relevant European Commission Directorates, European Court of Auditors, Committee of the Regions, Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities as well as European Networks. Strategic discussions mingle with issues concerning the implementing level in the Member States and thus provide a unique European forum for an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice. After the opening panel the event breaks up into individual sessions, followed by workshops on day three. Participants may choose from a number of parallel lectures and in doing so can design their individual timetable. Your Benefit Get ready for the next programming period participate actively in the discussions on the future of the Structural Policy in the period Be informed on time about the approaching challenges of the EU Funds Become familiar with the proposed changes in the management of the EU Funds in the programming period Receive hints how to increase the absorption of the EU Funds in your country until the end of the present programming period Learn how to make best use of the available financial resources for achieving your regional and rural goals Bring innovation to the rural and fisheries sector by means of EU funding learn how to use the latest initiatives for a more effective development of your region Acquire confidence in your audit and financial control performance - improve your methods and tools Strengthen your skills in performing the audit and the financial control Avoid the risk of non-eligible expenditures and benefit from presented experiences and recommendations Use the forum to influence strategic debates with the European Commission on red-hot management issues Develop networks and contacts with experts, members of European Institutions and partners of European importance at this all-encompassing EU Funds event Excellent investment in know-how. Solvita Gulbe, Head of Department, State Chancellery, Latvia Interesting and a lot of learning on a wide and complex material. National Coordinator, Swedish ESF Council 4

5 Target Group This 7 th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 0 is primarily targeting public officials such as Directors, Heads of Units, Programme Managers and Auditors dealing with the management, certification and audit of ERDF, ESF, CF as well as EAFRD and EFF. The following institutions are addressed: Ministries of - Economy - Finance - Regional Development - Labour and Social Affairs - Transport - Infrastructure - Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - Environment - Education and Science - Technology and Communication - Culture - Health - Energy and Climate Intermediate Bodies National and Investment Banks, Private Banks Regional Development Agencies Courts of Auditors Regional and Local Governments, Municipalities Consulting Companies, Advisory and Audit Services Particular care and personal attention given to us with big hearts for our education. Valeri Iliev, Chief Expert, Ministry of Regional Development & Public Works, Bulgaria 5

6 Programme Day March 9 th 0 Registration and Hand out of Symposium Material (Please arrange final check-in preferably on Sunday, March 8 th 0) Sunday, March 8 th 0 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. & Monday, March 9 th 0 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m Welcome Note from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law Future Challenges of EU Funds Investment in Europe s Growth and Jobs Agenda Contribution of EU Funds Draft-regulations on EU Funds 04-00: what is to come? How do EU Funds complement the Europe 00 Strategy? Future EU Rural Development Policy in the context of Strategy 00 Main changes in the management of EU Funds 04-00: reinforcing effectiveness and performance? Introducing investment-oriented policy and simplification Chair: Peter Wostner Deputy Director, Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, Slovenia Michail Dumitru Director, Directorate for Rural Development Programmes, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission Michel-Eric Dufeil Head of Unit REGIO F Germany and the Netherlands, Acting Director for Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, DG Regional Policy, European Commission Thomas Bender Head of Unit, ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission Flo Clucas O.B.E. Chair of the Ad-Hoc Commission on the Budget and Rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework, Member of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy, Committee of the Regions Refreshment Break and Questions, Answers & Discussion are included in this Session Lunch Very well organised with many pleasant and skilled experts. Tomas Palecek, Financial Manager of EU Funds, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic 6

7 Session I A The Contribution of the New ESF to the Europe 00 Strategy Less objectives for increased funding impact Focusing on employment promotion and education as well as on social inclusion and innovation Simplification in the management of ESF Simplification for the beneficiaries Joint action plans for a more result-driven approach Thomas Bender, Head of Unit, ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission A Ex-Ante Conditionalities: Smart Strategies as an Example New conditionality provisions in the legal proposal for Structural Funds Ex-ante conditionality for improving the environment for an effective and efficient use of EU financial support Smart specialization strategy as one of the ex-ante conditionalities Requirements: national or regional research, innovation strategy for smart specialization An explicit chapter for digital growth stimulating demand for affordable and good quality ICT services Jack Engwegen, Head of Unit REGIO F Czech Republic, DG Regional Policy, European Commission A Legal Proposals for the Rural Development in the Framework of CAP Towards 00 The new strategic approach for Rural Development Europe 00 Strategy - CAP - Cohesion Policy - The Common Strategic Framework - relation between priorities of the CSR-proposal and priorities of Rural Development proposal Major challenges for implementation in the framework of the Partnership Contract Programming process new challenges related to the key measures, time schedule and stakeholder involvement Ignaz Knöbl, Head of Unit, Coordination of Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria Refreshment Break and Questions, Answers & Discussion are included in this Session Session II B Evaluation in Programming Perspective How to Put the New Requirements Into Practice? New regulation requirements Evaluation plans: How to put them into practice? Impact evaluation: data requirements and possibilities of use Making Cohesion Policy more evidence based use of evaluation results Best practices in Member States Stanislaw Bienias, Evaluation Expert, Poland B Preparation for Closure of the Present Programming Period A Member State Perspective Closure why it s not all about what you do at the end How closure starts from the very beginning of the Programme The importance of close collaboration between the Managing, Certifying and Audit Authority The essential elements of a successful closure pack Post closure how to minimise liability and reduce risk Lorraine Shepherd, Deputy Director ERDF and NDC Closure Division, Department for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom B Preparing for the Next EAFRD Programme A Member State s Perspective Preparations of the Czech Republic for the next programming period Planning the drawing-up of the National Rural Development Programme Considering the possibility for sub-programmes Necessity for ex-ante evaluation, SWOT analysis and identification of the needs Defining the programme measures and financing plan Possible Programme implementing arrangements Juraj Chmiel, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic Questions, Answers & Discussion 7

8 Session III Preparing for Next Operational How to Enhance the Absorption C C C Programmes A Member State of European Funds on Time Perspective Recommendations from a Member State Integrated guidelines and National Reform Programmes towards an Operational Programme Partnership with regional, national and European stakeholders Ex-ante conditionality s evaluation lessons learnt Socio-economic analysis and SWOT of labour market and employment Appropriate strategy and selection of priorities flexibility for seven years Challenging, but realistic goals, targets and indicators Overcoming the difficulties in the implementation Developing useful tools: pre-agreements, flexible deadline and target-oriented training Combining different funds Involving supporting institutions Developing early warning measures The Future Policy of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Challenges for Member States Key policy considerations Delivery Framework Challenges for the programme management and beneficiaries Lessons learnt from present EFF Louis Vervloet, General Director for Employment and Social Economy, ESF Agency Flanders, Belgium Ignacio Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Deputy Director General for Regional Programming and Evaluation of European Programmes, General Directorate for European Funds, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Spain Questions, Answers & Discussion Alan Dell, Deputy of Head of EFF/EMFF Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom 9:00-:00 Festive Evening Reception

9 9 Programme Day March 0 th Session IV D Main Findings of the European Court of Auditors from Auditing the Cohesion Expenditures in 0 The Statement of Assurance (DAS) and DAS audit methodology Risks in Cohesion Policy Auditing Cohesion expenditures: findings from the latest DAS Looking forward: audit work planned for the next DAS Martin Weber, Head of Audit Unit ERDF, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors D Promoting Regional Development Through Financial Instruments Main objectives of EIB support Long-term finance for promoting European objectives Programme oriented loans Project examples: Zachodniopomorskie regional framework, co-financing in Lithuania Strong points and benefits Recommendations for the programming period Roland Randefelt, Senior Engineer, Programme Lending Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg D Evaluation of European Rural Development Programmes and Recommendations for Corner stones and benefits from the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF) Impact of the last Mid Term Evaluation on policy performance Implementing the results of the Mid Term Evaluation Evaluation in the second programming phase of Lessons learnt for evaluation in programming period Bernd Schuh, Project Manager and EU Key Expert, EU Evaluation Network for Rural Development, Austria Refreshment Break and Questions, Answers & Discussion are included in this Session Session V E European Commission s Audit Work: Complementarity with Member States Commission s Audit Strategy Analysis of Annual Control Reports 00 & 0 Main audit results in 0 Interruptions and suspensions Towards reliance on Member States audit work Fabienne Lévy, Head of Unit Shared Management, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission E The JEREMIE Initiative Beyond 0: How to Leverage Private Investors Role of financial instruments in the new programming period Leveraging private investment with limited Cohesion Policy resources JEREMIE 007-0: present progress in supporting SMEs Some case studies on the progress in Lessons learnt for the next programming period Hubert Cottogni, Head of Regional Business Development, European Investment Fund Questions, Answers & Discussion E Handling Irregularities in the Field of CAP Introduction and basic concepts Specificities of the irregularities under EAGF and EAFRD Evaluation of the system: risks and mitigation actions Outlook for the period 04 onwards Nicolas Clisson, Audit Team Leader, Financial Audit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

10 Session VI F Annual Audit Opinion and Control Report Putting Together the Results of System Audits and Audits of Operations Audit performance in 00/0 Implications of the chosen sampling method Conducted system audits and audits of operations System findings and the error rate Analysis of the remedial actions taken Assessment of the whole system and selection of the category Annual opinion and annual control report Considerations for the next programming period Kaur Siruli, Head of Financial Control Department, Ministry of Finance, Estonia F Experiences and Practices with ERDF Co-Financed Loan-, Mezzanine- and Equity Schemes Regional Supply Chain of Support Internal and External Fund Model Role and point of view of a Regional Development Bank Experiences with setting-up ERDF Funds (Loan, Mezzanine and Equity) Advantages and challenges Martin Dastig, Member of the Strategy and Business Development Team, Investitionsbank Berlin, Germany Questions, Answers & Discussion Lunch F Member State s Perspective on Handling Irregularities in EAFRD and EFF What constitutes an irregularity? Different types of irregularities Detection and booking of irregularities Reporting requirements for irregularities Recoveries and measures Friedrich Schabauer, Deputy Head of Unit, Audit of EU Agricultural Funds and Internal Audit, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria Session VII G Minimising the Administrative Burden Through A Greater Use of Simplified Cost Options Key requirements and differences between the types of cost options Considerations for programme management and beneficiaries Experiences with the implementation in the present programming period The simplified costs in the draft regulation for the new programming period Laurent Sens, ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission G European Court of Auditors Report on Financial Engineering Instruments for SMEs Co-financed by the ERDF The quality of the assessment of the SME financing gap The suitability of the ERDF framework to implement financial instruments The effectiveness and efficiency of the financial instruments in achieving results Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Bastero, Head of Cabinet of Dr. Harald Noack, Member of the European Court of Auditors and Dean of Chamber II - Structural Policies, Transport and Energy G Relationship between State Aids and Rural Development Programme and EFF Differences between agricultural and fishery state aid How do state aid and EU funding interact Notification De minimis rule UK experiences Neil Marr, Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Adviser, Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Colin Fletcher, European Services Branch, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Refreshment Break and Questions, Answers & Discussion are included in this Session 0 A practical approach for better facing EU funds practice. Florian Schramm, Auditor, Bavarian Ministry for Environment and Health, Germany

11 Session VIII H Managing Financial and Reputational Risks Associated with EU-Funded Public Procurement Key sources of risk within public procurement law Common causes of non-compliance in EU funded procurements and projects Managing risk pre- and post-award Documenting and demonstrating compliance Preparing for Commission Audits of your procurement or project Declan Wylde, Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Ireland H Avoiding Irregularities in State Aid Basics for state aid control Applicable legal framework Procedural and substantive requirements Potential irregularities and their main implications Carlos Tenreiro, Deputy Head of Unit, R & D, Innovation and Risk Capital, DG Competition, European Commission Questions, Answers & Discussion H Fulfilling the Auditing Responsibilities for the EAFRD and EFF Auditing EAFRD - Accreditation criteria - Internal control system - Audit strategy - Annual assurance Auditing EFF - Compliance assessment - Audit strategy - Annual assurance - Closure Sean McGuinness, Head of Internal Audit, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Session IX I Innovative Solutions & Transnational Cooperation in the ESF Regulation A Member State s Perspective Past experiences with transnational cooperation (TNC) in ESF and other programmes Transnational cooperation in post 0 period as proposed by the Commission in the new ESF regulation Social innovation New macro regions: Baltic Sea Region as a forerunner for TNC? Good practices in the frame of the innovation cycle Christian Råbergh, Transnational Coordinator, Swedish ESF Council, Sweden I Art. 55 Revenue Generating Projects Application of Article 55 Recap - Provisions of Art. 55 Examination of changes to the regulation and COCOF guidance Interpretation and application Practical case study examples Issues identified Revenue generating projects next programming period Andrew Luff, Structural Fund Expert Adviser, United Kingdom I Questions, Answers & Discussion Improving Development in Rural Regions: Co-operation for Development of New Products, Processes and Technologies Improving competitiveness by Measure 4 Focus on innovation, quality, knowledge transfer and modernisation Wide range of interpretations An innovative approach in Wales Obtaining real benefits from the cooperation Neil Howard, Head of Scheme Management, Food Fisheries and Market Development Division, Wales, United Kingdom & Present Experiences with the LEADER Approach The advantages of bottom-up approach for building local capacities Present procedures and selection criteria pros and cons Proven measures for transnational and interterritorial cooperation Shortcomings and lessons learnt for the programming period Giuseppe Gargano, Senior Expert, National Institute for Agrarian Economy, Italy 7:0 End of Conference Day & Hand Out of Certificates

12 Day Workshop March st Workshop Sessions W Complying with the Requirements for Avoiding Irregularities and Fraud in EU Monitoring and Auditing W Funded Projects W Monitoring delivery of Article compliance Monitoring strategy approaches taken Common issues arising from Article 6 audits Discussion of case studies Types and key areas of fraud and irregularities Fraud examples and common irregularities General and specific detection and prevention methods Management tools for identifying and preventing fraud and irregularities Irregularity case studies, workshop and discussion How to Identify State Aid in Agricultural Sector Identifying state aid Notification process Exercises and case study The Giants Causeway Preservation Project Rural Development Programme considerations Andrew Luff, Structural Fund Expert Adviser, United Kingdom Ireland Stewart Roche, Management Accountant, Higher Education Authority, Ireland Emer Musonda, ERDF Coordinator, Higher Education Authority, Ireland Neil Marr, Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Adviser, Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Colin Fletcher, European Services Branch, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Refreshment Break and Questions, Answers & Discussion are included in this Workshop Session Lunch 4.0 End of Workshops Day & Hand Out of Certificates The best possibility to exchange experience, ideas & doubts. Barbara Slusarska, Head of Unit, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Poland

13 Speakers Michail Dumitru Director, Directorate for Rural Development Programmes, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission Michel-Eric Dufeil Head of Unit REGIO F Germany and the Netherlands, Acting Director for Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, DG Regional Policy, European Commission Thomas Bender Head of Unit, ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission Flo Clucas O.B.E. Chair of the Ad-Hoc Commission on the Budget and Rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework, Member of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy, Committee of the Regions Juraj Chmiel Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic Jack Engwegen Head of Unit REGIO F Czech Republic, DG Regional Policy, European Commission Peter Wostner Deputy Director, Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, Slovenia Ignaz Knöbl Head of Unit, Coordination of Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria Louis Vervloet General Director for Employment and Social Economy, ESF Agency Flanders, Belgium

14 4 Speakers Alan Dell Deputy of Head of EFF/EMFF Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Stanislaw Bienias Evaluation Expert, Poland Bernd Schuh Project Manager and EU Key Expert, EU Evaluation Network for Rural Development, Austria Martin Weber Head of Audit Unit ERDF, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors Roland Randefelt Senior Engineer, Programme Lending Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg Lorraine Shepherd Deputy Director ERDF and NDC Closure Division, Department for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom Fabienne Lévy Head of Unit Shared Management, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission Hubert Cottogni Head of Regional Business Development, European Investment Fund Laurent Sens ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

15 Speakers Ignacio Fernandes-Huertas Assistant Director General, General Directorate of Community Funds, Department for Territorial Programming and Evaluation of Community Programmes, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Spain Nicolas Clisson Audit Team Leader, Financial Audit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission Martin Dastig Member of the Strategy and Business Development Team, Investitionsbank Berlin, Germany Carlos Tenreiro Deputy Head of Unit, R & D, Innovation and Risk Capital, DG Competition, European Commission Neil Marr Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Adviser, Agricultural and Fisheries State Aid Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Colin Fletcher European Services Branch, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Sean McGuinness Head of Internal Audit, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Kaur Siruli Head of Financial Control Department, Ministry of Finance, Estonia Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Bastero Head of Cabinet of Dr. Harald Noack, Member of the European Court of Auditors and Dean of Chamber II - Structural Policies, Transport and Energy 5

16 6 Speakers Andrew Luff Structural Fund Expert Adviser, United Kingdom Friedrich Schabauer Deputy Head of Unit, Audit of EU Agricultural Funds and Internal Audit, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria Declan Wylde Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Ireland Neil Howard Head of Scheme Management, Food Fisheries and Market Development Division, Wales, United Kingdom Christian Råbergh Transnational Coordinator, Swedish ESF Council, Sweden Stewart Roche Management Accountant, Higher Education Authority, Ireland Emer Musonda ERDF Coordinator, Higher Education Authority, Ireland Giuseppe Gargano Senior Expert, National Institute for Agrarian Economy, Italy

17 7 Organisational Matters Date of Event March 9 th - st 0 Booking Number K-00 Event Language The event language will be English. Event Price Symposium (March 9 th - 0 th 0) 89,- Euro booking Fax: +49 (0) Phone: +49 (0) For online booking please visit our website: Event Location RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse D- 078 Berlin, Germany Phone: (Booking) Fax: Symposium and Workshop (March 9 th - st 0) 489,- Euro All prices excl. German VAT (9%) For group bookings from the same organisation, the second and every further delegate will be granted a reduction of 5% of the event price (net). Please contact the hotel directly and refer to the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law in order to benefit from a limited room contingent at a special price. Please book as soon as possible. Of course you can always look for an alternative hotel accommodation. The event price covers: Extensive printed training material documents which will be handed out before the symposium Digital version of the trainig material which will be send to you after the symposium Soft drinks and coffee/tea Lunch on all days of the symposium Festive evening reception at the end of day one Programme is subject to alterations

18 BOOKING EVENT Number K-00(DM) DAte: March 9 th - st 0 Herewith we register the following persons to the 7 th European Annual Symposium: EU Funds 0 Note Please note, you can register as many delegates as you wish (except, the symposium is fully booked). Just copy this form for as many persons as you need. Delegate Ms. Mr. First name Last name Please mark the days, the sessions and the workshop in which you want to participate in order to be registered. Note that you can only visit one presentation per session. European Academy for Taxes, Department Job position Your organisation Day to day (symposium & workshop) Day to day (symposium only) Economics & Law Hausvogteiplatz 07 Berlin / Germany Phone Fax Your organisation s address: Street A B C D E F G H I WS Phone: +49 (0) Fax: +49 (0) Postcode / City Country I would like to join the festive evening reception at the end of day one You can find the session numbers in the upper left corner of each presentation in the agenda. (see example). Please choose one presentation per session and tick it. When attending workshop day, please mark the presentation in session WS as well. Invoice organisation Street Postcode / City Country To the attention of Phone Fax In case of registration of more than one delegate - do you prefer: single invoice? collective invoice? With my signature I confirm my registration and accept the General Terms and Conditions as legally binding. I herewith agree to receive further information from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law NOTE Valid only with signature and stamp! 6 Place, Date Authorised Signature and Stamp

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