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Internal, External and Performance Audit of the ESIF and NEXTGEN EU 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

What is this course about?

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

  • Relevant legislation
  • Methods of increasing efficiency of control and audits
  • Combating fraud and preventing irregularities
  • 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, European Court of Auditors (ECA), OLAF and AA of Member States.

What will you learn:

You will improve your knowledge about errors, irregularities, and fraud measures in ESIF and NextGeneration EU co-financed projects with special focus on Public Procurement and State Aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance, and performance audits should be performed in the programming period 2021-2027.

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 ECA’s audits are performed.

Who will benefit most?

  • Beneficiaries eligible under ESI Funds, NextGeneration EU and IPA III, Managing Authorities, Audit Authorities, Intermediate Bodies
  • Independent auditors and junior auditors dealing with or interested in EU-funded projects and programmes
  • Consulting companies specialised in the auditing of EU Funds or programmes and projects

Course venue
Grupotel Gran Via 678
Barcelona, Spain

Programme Organiser
Ms Isabela Puscasu
Tel: +31 43 3296240
i.puscasu@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. 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
Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. 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.).

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Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Programme

08.30 Registration and handing out seminar material
09.00 Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona.
09.15 Tour de table: presentation of participants to encourage networking
I. EU Commission
How the audit and control (internal and external) of ESI Funds and NEXTGENERATION EU is functioning in the programming period 2021 – 2027?
09.45 Audit and control in the programming period 2021-2027: rules, mechanisms, challenges. Introduced changes in comparison of 2014 – 2020.
N.N, European Commission
11.15 Questions and answers
11.30 Coffee break
II. OLAF:
Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of ESI Funds and NEXTGENERATION EU in the programming period 2021 – 2027
12.00 Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud office. Practical examples of fraud in ESIF and RRF
Piotr Baczmanski, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis, (OLAF) – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission (tbc)
13.30 Questions and answers
13.45 Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant
III. European Court of Auditors:
How audits of ESI Funds and NEXTGEN EU are performed by the ECA in the programming period 2021 – 2027?
15.15 European 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
16.00 Questions and answers
IV. European Court of Auditors: performance audit
16.15 European Court of Auditors’ performance auditing: the basic theory on 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 period
Luc T’Joen, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
17:30 Questions and answers
17:45 End of the first day and sightseeing tour of Barcelona
20.15 Welcome seminar dinner
09.00 Performance auditing – real – life case studies:
Practical showcases of ECA performance audits (some in which EU-money is involved, and others without EU-money). This presentation will include:

  •  tools to measure effectiveness (eg. through benchmarking and comparisons of performance over time);
  • methods to assess efficiency (eg. 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

10.30 Questions and answers
10.45 Coffee break
V. European Court of Auditors: financial management and audit
11.15 Financial audit by the ECA in the 2021–2027 programming period

Auditor, Financial audit, European Court of Auditors

12.45 Questions and answers
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
VI. European Court of Auditors: audit of public procurement
14:30 Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learnt
Auditor, Financial audit, European Court of Auditors
16.00 Questions and answers
16.15 Case study: audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples in working groups
Auditor, ECA
17.15 Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
18.00 End of the second day
Part VII: European Court of Auditors – audit of State aid
09.00 Audit of State aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Auditor, Financial audit, European Court of Auditors
10.30 Questions and answers
10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Case studies: audit of State aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples in working groups
Auditor, Financial audit, European Court of Auditors
12.15 Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
Part 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.
14.30 Best 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 in Bulgaria (MA, AA) – from the Member State perspective
Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, Chief auditor, Bulgaria
16.00 Questions and answers
16.15 Practical workshop: preparation for Recovery and Resilience Facility audits
17.00 Group presentations: evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
17.45 Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

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Internal, External and Performance Audit of the ESIF and NEXTGEN EU Funded Programmes and Projects: 2021-2027

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17 Oct 2022 - 19 Oct 2022
Barcelona (ES)
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Simultaneous interpretation can be offered. Contact the programme organizer for more information and conditions.

SKU: 2220604
Register before: 11 Oct 2022
 1.415 per attendee
 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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SKU: 2220604
Register before: 11 Oct 2022

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