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Audit and Anti-Fraud Measures in ESI Funds and NextGeneration EU 2021-2027 Arachne

This course has a very practical and interactive character. All presentations, given by audit and fraud prevention experts from the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), include concrete examples and real-life case studies.

About this course

How could we ensure effective and efficient control systems at the national level for the RRF? What are the audit rules for the RRF and ESI Funds in the 20212027 programming period? What are the new fraud risks and how do we combat them? How do we effectively apply ARACHNE in the management verifications of MA?

The goal of this highly practical course/workshop extending over two days is to present the following:

  • Changes in the 2021–2027 programming period (CPR and other regulations): simplified costs/financing not linked to costs, proportionate control arrangement, annual accounts and audits, conditionalities, performance, proportional anti – fraud measures etc.
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) – what are the requirements of the European Commission in relation with the measures of the Member States to prevent, detect and correct conflict of interests, corruption, fraud, double financing and to ensure sound financial management of the RRF funds; how to establish effective and efficient internal control systems? Is it a good idea for Member States to rely on the control systems for the national budget funds? Who will audit RRF funds? How the audit will look like and what are the proportional anti –fraud measures under RRF?
  • What are the new fraud risks and corruption practices and how to prevent and combat them?
  • Organisation, mission,procedures and vision of the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) for the new programming period 2021–2027. What to expect from OLAF in relation with the ispections of the RRF?
  • Fraud in Structural and Cohesion Fund co-financed projects, with real-life examples presented by an OLAF expert.
  • Arachne: practical tool of fraud prevention and detection for MS. How to use effectively ARACHNE in the management verifications of the Managing Authorities? How to use ARACHNE in the sampling methodology of the Managing Authorities if we decide to perform checks on a sample base?
  • ESF/ERDF/CF audits: where are differences? How does it function in the programming period 2021–2027?
  • Main elements of the ESF/ERDF/CF audits and how to plan an efficient ESF/ERDF/CF audits.
  • What are the main conflict of interests and fraud risks in the processes of selection of project proposals and management verifications in the current programming period.
  • Main errors and irregularities in projects co-funded by the ESF/ERDF/CF and significant risks related to RRF projects.
  • ESF/ERDF audit findings in different Member States, including real case studies.

After the presentations, you will work in small groups with experts on practical case studies.

Course methodology/highlights and level:

The course has a very practical and interactive character. All presentations given by audit and fraud prevention experts from the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) include concrete examples and real-life case studies.

You will learn in a practical way about the main errors, irregularities and fraud in European Structural and Cohesion Fund co-financed projects and about the way how ESF/ERDF/CF audits should be carried out. You will also learn how to put in place effective and efficient control systems for the new instrument Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), how to prevent, detect and correct conflict of interests, corruption, fraud and double financing and to ensure sound financial management of the RRF funds . In addition, you will discover the practical applications of Arachne programme in management verifications.

  • Managing authorities, certifying authorities, audit authorities, national authorities, joint secretariats for cross-border programmes and intermediate bodies, as well as first-level controllers and independent auditors dealing with or interested in European Structural and Cohesion Fund co-funded projects and programmes;
  • Experts in charge of fraud investigations and experts from national contact points with OLAF;
  • Internal auditors and other experts in charge of the control and audit of RRF projects, where Member States decided to rely on the control systems for the national budget funds;
  • Beneficiaries of the Structural and Cohesion Fund, RRF and IPA III;
  • Universities, NGOs and consulting companies.

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Amber Kessels
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
a.kessels@eipa.eu

Discounts
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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Project leader

Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Programme

08.45Registrations of participants
09.00Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA
09.15Tour de “online table”: presentation of participants to initiate networking
Part I: Setting the scene: MFF and NEXTGENERATION EU 2021–2027
09.30EU Cohesion Policy, its funding and the new NEXTGENERATION EU related funds in
the programming period 2021–2027: continuity and changes in adopted regulations
Iwona Karwot
10.30Questions and answers
10.45Coffee break
Part II: Combating fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of Structural and Cohesion Funds and the new Recovery and Resilience Facility

 

11.00Arachne as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the ESIF co-financed programmes and projects – Part 1
Luc Molemans, Arachne Project Manager, DG Employment, Social Affairs and inclusion, Unit F5 – Information Technologies, European Commission
12.00Short break
12.10Arachne as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the ESIF co-financed programmes and projects – Part 2
Luc Molemans
12.40Questions and answers
12..50End of the first day
09.00How to use Arachne to detect and prevent fraud and irregularities? Real-life case    studies
Luc Molemans
10.00Questions and answers
10.15Coffee break
10.30Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud Office.
Fraud in the ESI Funds – practical real-life examples of main problems in ESIF co-funded projects and possible fraud cases in the new Recovery and Resilience Facility
Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis, (OLAF) – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission
11.30Short break
11.40Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud Office.
Fraud in the ESI Funds – practical real-life examples of main problems in ESIF co-funded projects and possible fraud cases in the new Recovery and Resilience Facility PART II
Piotr Baczmański 
12.10Questions and answers
12.20Fraud in the ESIF – Practical workshop
Piotr Baczmański
13.00Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
13.30End of the second day
Part III: Audit of ESF/ERDF/CF and the Recovery and Resilience Facility in the programming period 2021–2027
09.00Audit and control in the ESF/ERDF/CF in the programming period 2021–2027: rules, mechanisms and challenges. Part 1
Experience from 2014-2020: Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF/ERDF/CF co-financed projects and programmes? What are the novelties in relation to management and control systems and in particular audit for the programming period 2021-2027?
Miriam Fernandez Jutz, Deputy Head of Unit DAC 7 – Joint Audit Directorate for Cohesion, DG Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
10.00Coffee break
10.15Audit and control in the ESF/ERDF/CF in the programming period 2021–2027: rules, mechanisms and challenges. Part 2
Miriam Fernandez Jutz
10.45Questions and answers
11.00Audit of ESF/ERDF: practical workshop
Miriam Fernandez Jutz
12.00Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
Miriam Fernandez Jutz and Iwona Karwot
13.00End of the third day
09.00Audit, control and antifraud measures in the Recovery and Resilience Facility Part 1
Mark Schelfhout, Head of unit Audit of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, European Commission
10.15Coffee break
10.45Questions and answers
11.00Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility: practical workshop
Mark Schelfhout
12.00Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
13.00End of the online course

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Audit and Anti-Fraud Measures in ESI Funds and NextGeneration EU 2021-2027 Arachne

23 Nov 2021 - 26 Nov 2021
Online
English

Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

SKU: 2120601
Register before: 16 Nov 2021
 900 per attendee
 810 for EIPA members
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Discount policy

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

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