FEAD Community 

First Annual Conference 

 

 10 March 2020

Brussels (Belgium)


 

 

What is the conference about?

The Conference is the first mutual learning event of a cycle of capacity-building seminars aimed at improving the FEAD delivery at national, regional and local level. The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of FEAD’s achievements to date and discuss future challenges to be addressed. It will provide a space for participants to share experiences from the ground and to shape the upcoming capacity-building seminars aiming at exploring promising practices and innovative solutions to common issues.

The Conference will balance panel discussions with interactive workshops, providing opportunities for maximising communication between participants. It will focus on:

·         Taking stock of achievements of the FEAD Community so far;

·         Identifying challenges that still need to be tackled by involved stakeholders; 

·         Identifying steps to overcome priority challenges during the transition period and in view of the upcoming programming period (ESF+).

 

Who will attend?

The Conference will be open to 150 participants representing local, regional and national stakeholders involved in the implementation of FEAD, including: Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, beneficiaries providing support and their partners (e.g. municipalities), independent experts, civil society organisations and representatives from the European Commission.

 

Registration

Registration for this Conference is mandatory. In view of ensuring a diverse participation, we kindly request you not to register more than two participants per organisation. Places will be subject to availability and confirmation by the European Commission.

Please note that this event will be held in English.


Agenda
 

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH 2020

08:30 - 09:00

Arrival of participants and registration

09:00 – 09:45

Opening and welcome

·       Setting the scene: aims, objectives and format of the day

·       Putting the conference in the EU policy context

09:45 – 10:45

Overview of the main activities of the FEAD Community in the past years

Overview the main activities of the FEAD Community, followed by a discussion with participants what activities they found particularly fruitful.

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

Walking World Café on challenges that still need to be tackled and ideas on how to address them using the input and resources of the FEAD Community 

Participants will be divided into groups and rotate at various stations.
At these stations, the different questions could be addressed:

·       What challenges have you encountered during the planning phase of the current programming period, and how could they be addressed?

·       What challenges have you encountered during the implementation of FEAD-funded projects, and how could they be addressed?

·       What challenges have you encountered during monitoring and evaluation of FEAD-funded projects, and how could they be addressed?

·       What challenges have you encountered in securing stakeholder engagement in all phases: planning and programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation?

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 – 14:15

Update on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, in particular ESF+

This session will focus on giving an overview of the state of play concerning the new ESF+, and particularly support to the most deprived, giving participants the change to discuss and exchange.

14:15 – 15:45

Next steps to tackle priority challenges during the transition period and
in view of the upcoming programming period

Working group discussion including all stakeholders. This session will provide
the opportunity participants to identify the priority challenges they want to tackle during the transition period, and envisage steps to move forward.

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00

Key messages and conclusions

·       Presentation by Mutual Learning Service team summarising key lessons learned and opportunities for follow-up/ dissemination activities.

·       Key learning messages and action points

17:00

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