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The new normal for EU public sector engagement Free 30-minute webinar | 30 April - 10:00 CET

COVID-19 has changed everything

Since the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, the EU has taken unprecedented measures to contain the pandemic as well as to limit its impact on the economy.

  • Temporary deviation from the EU Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) has been decided
  • State aid approval has been made faster and more flexible
  • Structural Funds rules have been changed dramatically to offer Member States the possibility to spend money on urgent healthcare and economic needs
  • A new EU 2021-2027 budget proposal will be tabled by the EC in the coming weeks

In parallel, at country level, governments supplement the EU initiatives by accepting delays in payment of bank/social/tax obligations, supporting the cost of short term lay-offs, compensation schemes, local state aid schemes and injecting cash into companies.

On top of everything, procurement rules have been amended to allow contracting authorities to buy supplies and services within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary.

Schuman Associates, in partnership with Bird & Bird, invite you to a free 30-minute webinar on the most important EU funding developments and public procurement guidance triggered by COVID-19.

The information presented will be critical for those working in large corporations in the areas of governmental affairs, public sector business development, sales, public procurement and marketing, in the sectors of health, digital transformation, energy and mobility.

Agenda

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Overview of EU measures to fight COVID-19 and its economic consequences

II

The new funding and financing landscape in Brussels and in-country

III

Public procurement in the time of COVID-19 and beyond

IV

Key recommendations to adapt your engagement with the public sector at EU and country level

Bird & Bird

Stuart Cairns

Stuart is a London-based partner in Bird & Bird's Commercial practice, focusing on public sector and utilities procurement particularly in infrastructure. He has worked extensively with all manner of Government and regulated bodies both nationally and internationally.

Schuman Associates

Anca Andreea Calugaru

Anca-Andreea Calugaru is the Head of the EU Structural and Investments Funds Practice in Schuman Associates. Over the last 13 years, Anca has assisted public and private organisations with the implementation of their public funding strategies across various EU countries in areas such as digitalisation, healthcare, energy, labour market and education.

Registration

Register by 29 April.

Please note that places are limited.

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Schuman Associates is an EU public affairs and funding specialist consultancy with over 30 years' experience delivering impact for our clients. Schuman Associates is headquartered in Brussels, with a network of dedicated in-country teams in Athens, Bucharest, Dublin, Hanover, Madrid, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw and Washington DC.

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Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. With over 1,300 lawyers in 30 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America, we're ready to help you wherever you are in the world.

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