The Master Programme, 8th Module
Introduction to European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds
The eighth module of the Master in European Project Planning and Management was delivered on 15 and 16 November 2021. It focused on European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. The trainer, Stanislav Ranguelov from the European Commission, provided an overview of the funding opportunities available within the framework of the European Union Cohesion policy. The module presented in more detail the organization and management of the European Social Fund (ESF) plus for the period 2021-2027. Some important principles in the application of the Cohesion policy, such as shared management, additionally, performance framework, orientation to results, and partnership principles have been discussed. Special attention was put on the preparation of the programming documents and the link between reforms, investment, and the long-term impact of the EU support.