Structural and cohesion funds/ESIF

Financial Management and Control of New EU Structural Funds Programmes 2021-2027

What do the Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit rules look like for the new 2021-2027 period? What are the implications for Management Verifications in practice? There was a range of key live issues at the end of the 2014-2020. We consider how these have been handled as the 2014-2020 programmes are closed, and how these issues been addressed for the new programming period.

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What do the Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit rules look like for the new 2021-2027 period? What are the implications for Management Verifications in practice?

There was a range of key live issues at the end of the 2014-2020. We consider how these were handled at the closure of the 2014-2020 programmes, and how these issues are being addressed in the new programming period.

This course will address these questions, examine the financial templates for the new programmes and look at a selection of new programmes. There will be a special focus on simplifying management verifications and extending the use of simplified cost options. We also examine the content of Audit Authority Annual Control Reports and Audit Opinions.

We will be joined by highly experienced, leading practitioners from the Member States: Julia Szenthe, former Head of Accounting Function with the Austrian ERDF Managing Authority; and Dermot Byrne, formerly Head of the ERDF Audit Authority of Ireland.

Course methodology

We aim to make the course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the course topics. Workshops and exercises will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.

You will have the opportunity to discuss these practical issues:

  • programme finance, financial tables and the significant flexibility proposed for 2021-2027
  • key issues for the eligibility of expenditure
  • the extended use of simplified cost options and how to choose between them
  • how to make management verifications simpler and more efficient
  • how control and audit differ and how to complete Annual Control Reports and Audit Opinions
  • how to deal with irregularities and corrections
  • the link between finance and programme performance, achieving value-for-money (VfM)

This course is intended for:

  • managers and practitioners from managing authorities (Managing, Certifying and Audit authorities) whether they are national, regional or local authorities; and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with Structural Funds
  • economic and social partners / stakeholders working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as employers’ associations, consultants, NGOs, education bodies etc.

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Senior Project Officer
Ms Rafaella Giussani
Tel: +31 43 32 96 372
r.giussani@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

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.

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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Robin Smail

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Dermot Byrne

Dermot Byrne

Former Head of ERDF Audit Authority Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the Republic of Ireland

Programme

12.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
13.00Welcome of participants, opening of the online course
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht
13.10The new Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and highlights for financial management

  • The legal framework of CPR and STEP (Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform)
  • European Recovery Plan, REACT-EU, Cohesion funding and the RRF
  • The new anti-fraud framework, preventing conflict of interests and EPPO role
  • Effective implementation of the DNSH principle

Marco Lopriore

14.00Financial issues with your programmes; Tour de Table
14.30Virtual Coffee break
14.50Workshop: Multiple Choice Test on financial management and control

Marco Lopriore

15.20Programmes and finance, 2021-2027

  • programme structure, specific objectives
  • simplification, justifying priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • sample of new programmes, funding flexibilities
  • programme performance, the project pipeline, project selection and value for money

Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, UK/IE (and former Detached National Expert, EC)

16.00Short break
16.10Programme Finance and Financial Management: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

  • financial tables, financial planning and financial transfers
  • commitments, automatic de-commitment

Robin Smail

17.00Question and answer session
17.10End of first day
12.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
13.00Review of issues from day 1.
13.10Audit and control consequences in Simplified Cost Options in 2021-2027

  • the need for a common audit and control approach in SCO
  • scope of verifications when using Art. 94 and 95
  • correct establishment and correct application of the methods

Marco Lopriore

13.55Break-out rooms: verifying simplified costs options

  • verification or flat rates, unit costs and lumpsums; applying corrections
  • potential errors and irregularities in SCO

Marco Lopriore

14.25Virtual Coffee break and meet our guest speaker
14.45Financial Management and Control Issues, Management Verifications and the eligibility of projects and expenditures

  • simplification of the administrative burden, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
  • efficient verifications: administrative and on-the-spot verifications
  • impact of simplified cost options on management verifications
  • verification of public procurement, state aid rules
  • eligibility of expenditure issues, durability of operations etc.

Julia Szenthe, EU Cohesion expert, former Head of Accounting Function, ERDF Managing Authority, Austria

15.50Short break
16.00Break-out rooms: risk assessment

Robin Smail

16.25Programme Finance and Financial Management: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 (Part 2)

  • pre-financing, interim payments, technical assistance
  • the accounting year and calculation of the annual balance
  • financial information, reporting and closure
  • financial control and audit

Robin Smail

17.10Q&A
17.20End of second day
08.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
09.00Review of Issues from days 1 & 2
09.05Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • Non-eligible costs, non-compliance and infringements
  • Access of large companies and SME
  • Simplification and eligibility

Marco Lopriore

09.50Break-out rooms: eligible expenditures
10.30Virtual Coffee break & meet our guest speaker
10.50Control and Audit of Structural Funds, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

  • Management and Control Systems (MCS), audit of systems, new Key Requirements
  • audits of operations, sampling, changes for 2021-2027; audit of accounts
  • Annual Control Report, Audit Opinion

DISCUSSION: audit issues – closing the 2014-2020 period, audit issues for 2021-2027

  • irregularities and corrections

Dermot Byrne, Formerly Head of ERDF Audit Authority, Department of Public Expenditure Reform, Dublin

12.10Short Coffee Break
12.20Measuring Value for Money / Evaluation questions
12.35Programme Finance and Programme Performance

  • finance and performance: the new Performance Framework
  • reporting performance: new Reporting templates
  • evaluation and VfM

Robin Smail

13.05Question and answer session
13.15Evaluation feedback from participants
13.20End of the course

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Financial Management and Control of New EU Structural Funds Programmes, 2021-2027

1 Oct 2024 - 3 Oct 2024
Online
Register before: 24 Sep 2024

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

 795 per attendee
 675 for EIPA members
Early bird ends 6 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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