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About this course
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 2014-2020 and foreseen changes in the 2021-2027 perspective. It covers:
- Relevant legislation in the current programming period and the 2021-2027;
- Methods of increasing the efficiency of control and audits;
- Combating fraud and preventing irregularities;
- Practical know-how gained through workshops on audit of public procurement, audit of State aid and Performance audit.
The unique feature of this course is that it combines the experience of internal and external audit experts from the public sector, the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF.
The course is organised in premises of European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg (with active participation of ECA’s auditors) and includes a guided visit of the ECA’s premises.
Who will benefit most?
- Beneficiaries eligible under the Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund and IPA II Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities and 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.
What you will learn in this course
We have made this course very practical and interactive. All presentations are given by audit experts and include concrete examples and real-life case studies. The majority of them are followed by practical workshops in small working groups with the direct involvement of national and ECA’s audit experts. You will learn about errors and irregularities, and what lessons can be learnt from these. You will also learn how audits are performed.
What will you be able to do with what you learn?
You will improve your knowledge about errors, irregularities and fraud in ESIF co-financed projects with a special focus on public procurement and State aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance and performance audits should be carried out and how these audits will function in the programming period 2021-2027.
European Court of Auditors (ECA)
12 Rue Alcide de Gasperi
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06
The fee includes documentation, three lunches, one dinner, refreshments and a walking sightseeing tour. During the seminar participants will receive the digital version of the presentations. After the event, a certificate of participation will be handed out to participants. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.
EIPA offers a 10% 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, United Kingdom.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
Lunch(es) will be served at the ECA’s restaurant and dinner will be held at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
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.).
|08.30||Registration and handing out of seminar material|
European Court of Auditors
|09:15||Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona
|09.30||Tour de table: presentation of participants to endorse networking|
|I. European Court of Auditors (ECA): Performance Auditing 2014-2020 and 2021-2027|
|10.00||European Court of Auditors: its mission, long term strategy, organisation, types of audits and audit reports
Luc T’Joen, Senior Administrator, Performance Audit, European Court of Auditors
|11.30||European Court of Auditors’ performance audits: the basic theory on why do we do this; what is it and how is it done. All the main elements of the performance audit: planning, implementation and reporting.
The presentation will cover the current situation and also provide insight into the new rules proposed for performance measurement for the 2021-2027 programming period.
|13.00||Joint lunch in the restaurant|
|14.00||Performance auditing – real-life case studies:
Real-life experiences. Presentation of practical show cases:
|II. Member State: Organisation of control and audit, success factors of an efficient internal control system for higher absorption of EU funds.
Audit Authorities and Management Authorities: preparation for the programming period 2021-2027
|15.45||Best and worst practices and irregularities found in EU-funded projects and programmes – what to do, what to avoid and what possible solutions to apply in the case of system problems faced
Preparations for the programming period 2021–2027 in Bulgaria (MA, AA) – from a Member State perspective
Radoslav Nedyalkov, Chief auditor of the Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria
|16.45||Practical workshop followed by group presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot
|17:45||End of the first day|
|18.00||Walking sightseeing tour of Luxembourg|
|20.00||Welcome seminar dinner|
|III. ECA: Audit of public procurement 2014-2020 and 2021-2027|
|09.00||Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learnt
Kevin Deceuninck, Auditor, ERDF, transport and energy – Financial audit, European Court Of Auditors (tbc)
|11.15||Case study: audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples in working groups
Kevin Deceuninck (tbc)
|12.30||Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions|
|13.15||Joint lunch in the restaurant|
|IV. ECA: Audit of State aid 2014-2020 and 2021-2027|
|14.30||Audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Angelika Zych, Auditor – Chamber 2 Directorate – Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, European Court of Auditors (tbc)
|16.15||Case studies: audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy – practical examples in working groups
Angelika Zych (tbc)
|17.15||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|
|V. ECA: Financial management and audit in 2021-2027|
|09.00||Preparation for the next MFF: ECA remarks on the next programming period 2021-2027 and the proposed audit arrangements
|VI. European Commission: How has the audit and control (internal and external) for the EU Funds been functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What changes can be expected for 2021-2027?|
|11.15||Audit and control in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms and challenges. Changes proposed by Commission for the post-2020 period.
Rafael López Sánchez, Deputy Head of Unit C.1 ‘Audit Coordination, relations with the Court of Auditors and OLAF’, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
|13.00||Joint lunch in the restaurant|
|VII. OLAF: Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of EU Funds. 2014–2020 and preparation for 2021-2027|
|14.15||Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud office. Practical examples of fraud.
Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 ‘Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis’, OLAF – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission
|16.00||Guided visit of the ECA’s premises|
|16.45||Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot and Eduardo Ruiz García, Secretary-General of the European Court of Auditors