Audit, Structural and cohesion funds/ESIF

Management, Control, Audit and Fraud in the ESIFs and RRF Funded Programmes and Projects: 2021-2027

This highly practical three-day course will give you a complete overview and detailed understanding of all practical aspects of control (external and internal) and audit of EU Funds in the programming period 2021-2027, including Next Generation EU.

About this course

This highly practical three-day course will give you a complete overview and detailed understanding of all practical aspects of control and different types of audits of EU Funds in the programming period 2021-2027, including Next Generation EU. It covers:

  • Focused reminder of the relevant legislation and standards
  • Methods of increasing efficiency of control and audits
  • Risk based management verifications by the MAs and their evaluation
  • Fraud prevention landscape in the management and implementation process of ESI Funds and NEXTGENERATION EU
  • Practical knowhow through workshops on audit of public procurement, audit of State Aid, and Performance audit.

The unique feature of this course is that it covers the experience of audit experts from EU Commission, OLAF, European Court of Auditors (ECA), and Audit Authorities of Member States.

What will you learn:

We have made this course very practical and interactive. All presentations conducted by audit experts include concrete examples and real-life case studies. Each of them is followed by a practical workshop in small working groups with direct involvement of ECA’s expert, where you will learn about errors and irregularities and about how audits are performed, including many real-life cases.

You will improve your knowledge about risk based management verifications and their evaluation, errors, irregularities, and fraud measures in ESIF and NextGeneration EU co-financed programmes and projects. Special focus will be given to Public Procurement and State Aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance, and performance audits should be performed in the programming period 2021-2027.

  • Managing Authorities, Audit Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, public bodies dealing with Next Generation EU funds, beneficiaries eligible under ESI Funds, Next Generation EU and IPA III, Joint Secretariats and first level controllers under cross-border programmes
  • Internal auditors, independent auditors and private audit companies dealing with or interested in EU-funded projects and programmes
  • Consulting companies specialised in the management of projects, financed by EU Funds or programmes
  • Managers and potential beneficiaries interested in EU-funded projects and programmes

Course venue
INAP (Instituto Nacional de la Administración Pública).
Calle de Atocha, 106, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Tel.: +34 912 73 91 00
Email: inforinap@inap.es
https://www.inap.es/)

Programme Organiser
Ms Rafaella Giussani
Tel: +31 43 32 96 372
r.giussani@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation, refreshments, lunches, and a dinner. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

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.

Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Meals
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.

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 €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

A few days before the start of the course you will receive the log-in details for accessing the course materials. You can log in here.

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Project leader

Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Programme

DAY 1
08.30Registration and handing out course material
09.00Opening of the course: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA
09.15Tour de table: presentation of participants to encourage networking
I. EU Commission: How the audit and control (internal and external) of ESI Funds is functioning in the programming period 2021-2027?
09.45Audit and control in the programming period 2021-2027: rules, mechanisms, challenges and introduced changes in comparison of 2014-2020 from the Commission perspective.
ESIFs Risk based management verifications by the MAs and how to evaluate them.
Rafael López Sánchez, Head of Unit DAC.4, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Joint Audit Directorate for Cohesion Policy, European Commission
11.15Questions and answers
11.30Coffee break
II. OLAF: Fraud prevention landscape in the management and implementation process of ESI Funds and NEXTGENERATION EU in the programming period 2021-2027
12.00EU anti-fraud system with focus on risks and vulnerabilities in ESIF and RRF funds. Practical arrangement of the anti-fraud system (prevention, detection, investigation & sanctions) with particular focus on OLAF.
Practical examples of fraud in ESIFs and RRF
The lecture will offer detailed overview of issues linked to fraud and will encompass:

  • Organisation of anti-fraud system;
  • Roles and prerogatives of OLAF;
  • Auditors’ role in the anti-fraud system;
  • Risks identified in EISF and RRF funds;
  • Practical tools to reinforce fraud prevention.

Piotr Baczmanski, Policy Analyst at Unit C.1 Anti-Corruption, Anti-Fraud Strategy and Analysis, (OLAF) – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission

13.30Questions and answers
13.45Joint lunch
III. European Court of Auditors: How audits of ESI Funds and NEXTGEN EU are performed by the ECA in the programming period 2021-2027?
15.15European Court of Auditors: mission, long term strategy, organisation, types of audits and audit reports
Luc T’Joen, Active Senior, Former Senior Administrator, European Court of Auditors, Luxemburg
16.00Questions and answers
IV. European Court of Auditors: performance audit
16.15European Court of Auditors’ performance auditing or how exactly to measure results:

  • the basic theory (why do we do this, what is it and how is it done)
  • an overview of the main elements of performance auditing for the 2021-2027 programming period
  • sharing of best practices of performance auditing in various fields

Luc T’Joen

17.30Questions and answers
17.45End of the first day and sightseeing tour of Madrid
20.15Welcome seminar dinner
DAY 2
09.00Performance auditing: sharing of experience through real-life showcases of ECA performance audits (some in which EU-money is involved, and others without EU-money). This presentation will include:

  • various tools to measure effectiveness (e.g. through benchmarking and comparisons of performance over time);
  • methods to assess efficiency (e.g. by using ratios and composite indicators);
  • how to assess the economy aspect at best;
  • information on how the analysis of costs and benefits can help assessing results and impact.

Luc T’Joen

10.30Questions and answers
10.45Coffee break
V. European Court of Auditors: financial management and audit
11.15Financial audit by the ECA in the 2021–2027 programming period of ESIFs and NextGenEU funded programmes and projects.
This presentation provides an overview of how financial audit is done by the ECA, the main principles and actors, and the key aspects to look at and shares the experience of what is expected from an auditee.
Luc T’Joen
12.45Questions and answers
13.00Joint lunch
VI. European Court of Auditors: audit of public procurement
14.30Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learnt
Annekatrin Langer, Auditor, Financial Audit, European Court of Auditors
16.00Questions and answers
16.15Case study: audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples in working groups
Annekatrin Langer
17.15Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
18.00End of the second day
DAY 3
VII. European Court of Auditors: audit of State Aid
09.00Audit of State aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Kevin Deceuninck, Auditor, Financial Audit, European Court of Auditors
10.30Questions and answers
10.45Coffee break
11.15Case studies: Audit of State aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples in working groups
Kevin Deceuninck
12.15Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
13.00Joint lunch
VIII. Organisation of internal control and external audit in different models applied by beneficiaries of ESI Funds and  NEXTGEN EU: success factors of an efficient internal control system for higher absorption of EU Funds.
14.30Best and worst practices and irregularities found in EU funded projects and programmes – what to do, what to avoid and what possible solution to apply in case of system problems faced.
Preparation of AA for the 2021 – 2027 (MA, AA) in Latvia – from the Member State perspective
Inese Levana, Senior Expert of EU Funds Audit Department; Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
16.00Questions and answers
16.15Practical workshop: preparation for Recovery and Resilience Facility audits
Inese Levana
17.00Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
17.45Closure of the course and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

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Management, Control, Audit and Fraud in the ESIFs and RRF Funded Programmes and Projects: 2021-2027

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18 Oct 2023 - 20 Oct 2023
Madrid (ES)
Register before: 13 Oct 2023

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 1.275 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.

Early bird discount

For a limited number of training courses, EIPA offers an early bird discount.

For more information please contact us.

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