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Management Verifications, Audit and Anti-Fraud Prevention in ESIF and RRF Funded Projects: 2021-2027

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

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 the different types of audits of EU Funds in the programming period 2021-2027, including RRF.

It will cover:

  • 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: methodologies, challenges and best practices
  • Fraud prevention landscape in the management and implementation process of ESIFs and RRF
  • Practical know-how through workshops on audit of public procurement, audit of State-Aid, and Performance audit.

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

You will improve your knowledge about errors, irregularities, and anti-fraud measures in ESIFs and RRF co-financed programmes and projects, with special focus on Public Procurement and State-Aid. You will learn what are the expectations of the EC auditors on the risk based management verifications methodologies and what are the challenges and best practices in this field. You will also learn how financial, compliance, and performance audits should be performed in the programming period 2021-2027.

Course methodology

We have designed this course to be 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 experts, where you will learn about errors and irregularities and about how audits are performed, including many real-life cases.

Who will benefit most?

  • Managing Authorities, Audit Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, public bodies dealing with NextGenerationEU funds, beneficiaries eligible under ESI Funds, NextGenerationEU 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

Project number: 2420603

Course venue – to be determined
Madrid (ES)

Senior Project Officer
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, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, 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.

Loyalty coupon
As a token of appreciation we offer all our participants a loyalty coupon for one of our future courses. The offer can be shared with colleagues and relevant networks. The coupon will expire one year after its release. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts, 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 of participants and distribution of seminar materials
09.00Opening of the Seminar: 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. OLAF: Fraud prevention landscape in the management and implementation process of ESIF and RRF in the programming period 2021 – 2027
09.45The EU’s anti-fraud system, with a 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 ESIF 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

11.15Q&A
11.30Coffee Break
II. European Court of Auditors: How audits of ESI Funds and RRF are performed by the ECA in the programming period 2021 – 2027?
12.15European Court of Auditors: Its mission, long term strategy, organisation, types of audits and audit reports.
Luc T’Joen, Active Senior, Former Senior Administrator, European Court of Auditors, Luxemburg
13.00Q&A
13.15Joint Lunch
III.  European Court of Auditors: performance audit
14.45The European Court of Auditors’ Assessments of Results, Milestones and Targets for RRF and ESIF:

  • 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

16.15Q&A
16.30Presentation of real-life findings from the ECA’s audits assessing results, milestones and targets of ESIF and RRF funded programmes and projects (Part 1):

  • Various tools to measure effectiveness (e.g. through benchmarking and comparisons of performance over time);
  • Methods to assess efficiency (e.g. by analysing costs and benefits and using composite indicators);
  • How to assess the economy aspect at best;
  • Sharing of best practices of performance auditing in various fields.

Luc T’Joen

17.30End of the first day and sightseeing tour of Madrid
20.00Welcome Dinner
DAY 2
09.00Presentation of real-life findings from the ECA’s audits assessing results, milestones and targets of ESIF and RRF funded programmes and projects (Part 2).
Luc T’Joen
09.45Q&A
IV. EU Commission: How is the audit and control (internal and external) of ESI Funds functioning in the programming period 2021 – 2027?
10.00Audit and Control in the 2021-2027 programming period: rules, mechanisms, challenges and best practices from MS. 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
11.30Q&A
11.45Coffee Break
V. European Court of Auditors: Financial management and audit
12.15Financial Audit by the ECA in the 2021–2027 programming period of ESIF and RRF 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
13.00Q&A
13.15Joint Lunch
VI. European Court of Auditors: audit of public procurement
14.45Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learned
Annekatrin Langer, Auditor, European Court of Auditors
16.15Q&A
16.30Case study: Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – Practical cases in working groups
Annekatrin Langer
17.30Plenary 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 learned
Sven Kölling, Senior Administrator, European Court of Auditors
10.30Q&A
10.45Coffee Break
11.15Case Studies: Audit of State-Aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical cases in working groups
Sven Kölling
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 ESIF and RRF: success factors of an efficient internal control system for higher absorption of EU Funds
14.30Best practices in auditing and detection of omissions and irregularities in ESIF and RRF projects in the 2021-2027 programming period – what to do, what to avoid and what possible solution to apply in case of system problems faced.
Radoslav Nedyalkov, State Auditor, Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria
16.00Q&A
16.15Practical Workshop: ESIF and RFF Case Studies
Radoslav Nedyalkov
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 seminar and distribution of EIPA Attendance Certificates
Iwona Karwot
18.00End of third day

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Management Verifications, Audit and Anti-Fraud Prevention in ESIF and RFF Funded Projects: 2021-2027

9 Oct 2024 - 11 Oct 2024
Madrid (ES)
Register before: 24 Sep 2024

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

 1.610 per attendee
 1.370 for EIPA members
Early bird ends 14 Aug 2024

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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