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.

About this course

How do the New Regulations change Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit rules for 2021-2027? What are the implications for Management Verifications in practice? What are the key live issues for Financial Management and Audit of Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period, and have these issues been addressed for the new programming period?

How do the New Regulations change Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit rules for 2021-2027? What are the implications for Management Verifications in practice? What are the key live issues for Financial Management and Audit of Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period, and have these issues been addressed for the new programming period?

This course will address these questions and examine the programme and financial templates for the new programmes. There will be a special focus on simplifying management verifications, extending the use of simplified cost options and protecting the audit trail.

We will be joined by highly experienced, leading practitioners from the Member States: Dermot Byrne, from the Audit Authority of Ireland, and Julia Szenthe, from an Austrian Managing Authority.

What you will learn?

Practical issues to be discussed will include:

  • 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
  • complementarity between Cohesion Policy programmes and the RRF
  • how control and audit differ and how to conduct audits of accounts, systems and operations
  • how to deal with risk, irregularities and corrections

How we work

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.

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.

Programme Organiser
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
n.vermeulen@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.

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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Dermot Byrne

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

Programme

08.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
09.00Welcome of participants, opening of the online course, Tour de Table
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht
09.15The new Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and highlights for financial management

  • The draft new regulations: legal framework of CPR
  • The new Emergency Amending Regulations (CRII and CRII+)
  • European Recovery Plan, REACT-EU, Cohesion funding and the RRF
  • The new anti-fraud framework, preventing conflict of interests and EPPO role

Marco Lopriore

10.00Workshop: Multiple Choice Test on financial management and control
Marco Lopriore
10.30Virtual Coffee break
10.50Break-out rooms: financial allocations within programmes
11.10Programming and Programme Structure 2021-2027

  • Partnership Agreement, simplification
  • programming and programme structure
  • justifying priorities, financial allocations
  • conditionality, concentration, use of funding instruments
  • the Programme template, funding flexibilities
  • programme performance, monitoring and evaluation
  • the project pipeline, project selection and value for money

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

12.00Short break
12.15Programme Finance and Financial Management: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 (part 1)

  • the new programmes, programme finance, financial tables
  • financial planning and financial transfers
  • commitments, automatic de-commitment

Robin Smail

13.00Question and answer session
13.10End of first day
08.45Opening of Zoom platform, Central European Time (Amsterdam)
09.00Meeting our guest speaker
09.05Financial 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
  • DISCUSSION – risk management
  • verification of public procurement, state aid rules
  • eligibility of expenditure issues, in-kind contributions, durability of operations etc.

Julia Szenthe, Senior Expert, ERDF Managing Authority, Vienna, Austria

10.20Virtual Coffee break
10.40Audit 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

11.20Break-out rooms: verifying simplified costs options

  • verification for flat rates, unit costs and lumpsums
  • potential errors and irregularities in SCO

Marco Lopriore

12.00Short break
12.15Programme 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, financial control
  • timetables for payments, reporting and closure
  • financial control and audit

Robin Smail

13.00Q&A
13.10End 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 infrigements
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance
  • Simplification and eligibility

Marco Lopriore

09.50Break-out rooms: eligible expenditures
10.30Virtual Coffee break & meet 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
  • Risk management
  • audits of operations, sampling, changes for 2021-2027; audit of accounts
  • DISCUSSION: your most frequent audit issues, and simplifying audit work
  • protecting the audit trail for REACT-EU projects, RRF
  • irregularities and corrections

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

12.00Short Coffee Break
12.10Measuring Value for Money / Evaluation questions
12.25Programme Finance and Programme Performance

  • programme performance, monitoring and reporting
  • finance and performance: the new Performance Framework: output and result indicators
  • reporting performance: new Reporting templates the new OP template – finance
  • evaluation and VfM

Robin Smail

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

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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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