Design and Management of EU Cohesion Policy Projects

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EMCS Academy has designed the training programme in Design and Management of EU Cohesion Policy Projects for individuals seeking hands on knowledge, to improve skills and proficiencies.

The overall objective of this training programme is to prepare individuals so that they can translate a project idea into a project proposal and take it through the implementation cycle.

This training programme is designed to build and strengthen the capacity of stakeholders in the design, management, implementation, and control of EU Cohesion Policy Projects.  It aims to provide a good understanding of:

  • the new 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes, by also highlighting differences from the previous one
  • the structures within which these programmes operate
  • how to translate project ideas into project proposal through the adoption of the intervention logic approach
  • how to manage and implement successful EU Cohesion Policy projects, including important obligations, spot-checks and audits
  • how to navigate through the Structural Funds Database.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course, participants will gain knowledge on:  

  • Understanding the new 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy Programmes. 
  • Identifying who is who in European Structural and Investment Funds  
  • Identifying and naming the Intervention Logic 
  • Identifying and describing funding guidelines and procedures for implementation 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Public Administration officers engaged with the Managing Authority, Beneficiaries and other stakeholders within Cohesion Policy Framework, who are involved in project design, management and monitoring of EU funded projects and who wish to improve their skills in this field 
  • Officials from Voluntary Organization who would like to improve their skills in designing and implementing projects that are funded from EU Funds. 
  • Individuals wishing to pursue careers in EU funding.  

Course Dates

An introduction to Cohesion Policy

Session 1

The new multi-annual Framework 2021-2027

  • The priorities and corresponding Specific Objectives
  • Main differences with the 2014-2020 Programme
  • Understanding Malta’s new programmes

The role of the EU Institutions and local structures

  • Who is who in decision making processes at programme and project level
Translating a project idea into a project proposal

Session 2

Programme guidelines and call for applications

  • Understanding objectives, eligibilty of actions and costs, timeframes, understanding simplified cost options

Understanding the Intervention Logic

  • Linking policy, needs, objectives, expected results, activities, and output & result indicators


Project management and implementation

Session 3

Important Obligations

  • Public Procurement, Information and Publicity, and the Grant Agreement)
  • Payment and verification processes
  • Reporting obligation and retention of documents











Translating a project idea into a project proposal

Session 4

Completing a project proposal

  • Structuring a project proposal in line with the requirements of the call

Identifying the resources for the project

  • Internal resources, identification of partners and their role, time, financial resources


Session 5

On the spot checks, audits and irregularities

The Structural Funds Database



A mix of learning methodologies will be used to ensure that that participants are engaged in the learning process throughout the training programme. Various training methods will be adopted throughout the training sessions, including Presentations, Case studies, Group discussions and Workshops.


The course will be delivered over a 2 month period (part-time).

The training will be delivered  in person which allows for the necessary direct interaction and presentation of the training material, facilitate queries and the ability of easily holding group work and discussions in separate breakout rooms/groups.

The course will be delivered in English.

  • 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications or minimum of 2 years working experience. O’Level/A’Level Certification or equivalent required.  
  • Good working knowledge of the English language.  
  • Basic level of digital competence is required.  

Participants’ CV will be requested to verify the above. A request for copies of certification and references will be made, if necessary. 


“I learnt a lot, especially as regards implications for my relatively new role as a Project Leader.”

C. Xuereb
Officer in Scale 5

“The course was very interesting and informative, and the method of delivery was very good and straightforward. I enjoyed that the course was open to people with different backgrounds and levels of understanding of EU funds. This very often made our discussions even more interesting.”

K. Cutajar
Professional - Projects & Support EU funds

“It was very informative. The tutors know the subject very very well and are very experienced. I wish we had more time to go into much more detail. Looking forward to more informative sessions like this in the future.”

L. Caruana
Finance Principal Officer - Heritage Malta, 2023

Total Learning Hours

Full course: 15 hours

Hours include contact hours, supervised practice hours, self-study hours and assesment hours.


Daniela Grech

Daniela heads the Projects and EU funds Unit at the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry. She has worked with the Managing Authority for Cohesion Policy Funds for more than 10 years and has extensive expertise in the implementation cycle of EU funded projects. Her experience ranges from the monitoring of infrastructural projects funded through ERDF and CF in the areas of R&D, Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transport and Health, to support to the Private Sector, including financial instruments. During her tenure with the Managing Authority, she has also headed the Monitoring, Communication and Evaluation Unit. Daniela graduated in Law and European Studies at the University of Malta.

Edel Cassar

Edel spearheads the MCAST Strategy Implementation unit and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. She has worked with the Manging Authority for Cohesion Policy in Malta for 7 years, where she headed the ESF unit, has garnered extensive experience in the management of ERDF projects, and also worked on evaluation of the impact of Cohesion Policy in Malta and monitoring structures.

She is an educator by profession with an educational background in psychology, sociology, human resources and training. She is currently reading for a PhD.

Alison Mizzi

Alison is a Director at EMCS. She has worked in the field of Cohesion Policy since 2001 and has over the years acquired thorough knowledge of the funding programmes and their requirements, covering different aspects as programming, evaluation, monitoring and control. Before joining the private sector, she worked with the Managing Authority for 14 years, where she has also led the ESF Unit.

She has a Master of Arts (European Studies) and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Management, both from the University of Malta.

Rachel Camilleri

Rachel is an Assistant Manager at EMCS. Since 2018 she has been involved in providing organisations with assistance in identifying EU funding streams available to them and their projects both on a local level as well as at an EU level, together with applying, obtaining, and implementing such funds. These include projects under various funding schemes, such as ERDF, ESF, EEA Norway, EAFRD, EIB, CERV, Grant Schemes for Enterprises, and Malta Enterprise.

She holds a Bachelors (Honours) in Business Enterprise from the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Strategic Management and Digital Marketing.

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