709 Preparation and Implementation of EU Co-Funding Project

709 Preparation and Implementation of EU Co-Funding Project

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD

 

1. Objectives and competences

The aims:

  • student understands the functioning of the financial incentives of the EU vis-à-vis the Member States
  • student understands the role of the EU funds and the purpose of co-financing of projects at national and regional level
  • student understands the implementation of EU funds in concrete projects at the national/regional level and is able to relate it to the content of other courses
  • student identifies sources of the EU (co-) funding
  • student distinguishes the various stages of preparation and implementation of the EU project

Competences:

  • student will be able to identify the reasons for the EU co-financing of national and regional projects
  • student understands the organization and functioning of the various EU funds and related financial opportunities for co-financing of projects and programs of EU Member States
  • student to be able to participate in the preparation and implementation of the EU project
  • student understands the examples from the field of drawing of EU funds

2. Content

  • EU Financial Framework (past, present and future) and Slovenia
  • Basis of EU cohesion policy and Slovenia
  • Identifying opportunities for utilization of EU funds
  • Understanding the national and EU financial guidelines
  • Centralized and decentralized sources of EU funding
  • Structural/Cohesion Fund (s) and other EU financial instruments
  • The possibility of obtaining partners for EU projects
  • Identification and preparation of project ideas for the Call
  • The financial structure of the project
  • Implementation of the project (co-) financed by EU funds
  • Fundamental problems and errors in the application and implementation of the project (co-) financed by EU funds
  • Case studies from Slovenia and the EU

3. Readings

  • Stare, Aljaž (2012). Projektni management: teorija in praksa. Ljubljana: Agencja Poti, (1. in 2. poglavje). 50 str.
  • Verhovnik J., et al.: Pridobitev nepovratnih sredstev iz strukturnih skladov EU. Maribor: Založba Forma Media, 2005. 85 str.
  • Priročnik za prijavitelje projektov na področju Evropskega socialnega sklada, SVLR: Ljubljana, 2009. 90 str.
  • New Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation. Brussels: European Commission, 2011. 130 str.
  • Revizijsko poročilo: Sistem izvajanja evropske kohezijske politike v Republiki Sloveniji. Ljubljana: Računsko sodišče RS, 2012. 55 str.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student is able to understand and to detect potential projects and their (co-)financing options by the EU, integration with the project management methods and problem solving, and critical overview/analysis of the unresolved issues within implementation of the EU (co-)funded project.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • practical work
  • seminar paper
  • case study
  • e-learning
  • individual tutorial

6. Assessment

  • seminar work (40%)
  • written and/or oral exam (60%)