Anti-Fraud and Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF)

22/11/2018 - 23/11/2018
Location: Barcelona (ES)
Project number: 1861502

Anti-Fraud and Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF)

From:  900,00

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The goal of this highly-practical course/workshop extending over two full days is to present:

  • The most important changes regarding the audit of the ESF introduced in the 2014–2020 programming period compared to the previous perspective;
  • The main differences between audits of the ESF and the ERDF;
  • Simplified costs in ESF projects and its audit;
  • The main elements of the ESF audit and how to plan an efficient one;
  • The main errors and irregularities in projects co-funded by the ESF;
  • ESF audit findings in different Member States, including real case studies;
  • Fraud in ESF co-financed projects, with real examples presented by an OLAF expert

After the presentations, you will work in small groups with experts on practical case studies.

The unique feature of the course is the combination of the experience of audit experts from Member States, the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

How will it help you?

The course is very practical and interactive. All presentations given by audit experts from the public sector, the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) include concrete examples and real case studies.
Each presentation will be followed by a workshop in small working groups, during which, with the direct involvement of the EU experts, you will learn about the main errors and irregularities in ESF-financed projects, and the way ESF audits should be performed.

Who will benefit most?
  • Beneficiaries of ESF and IPA II
  • Managing authorities, certifying authorities, audit authorities and intermediate bodies
  • Independent auditors dealing with or interested in ESF-funded projects and programmes.
What will you be able to do with what you learn?

You will learn in practical ways about the main errors, irregularities and fraud in ESF co-financed projects and about the way ESF audits should be performed.




Registration and handing out of seminar material




Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona




Tour de table: presentation of participants to endorse networking



I. Setting the scene: How the audit and control of European Social Fund is functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What are the main changes in relation to 2007-2013? What are the differences between ESF and ERDF audits?




Audit and control in the ESF in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms, challenges and introduced changes in relation to the programming period 2007-2013; and possible changes in the post 2020 perspective.
Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF co – financed projects and programmes?
Cristina Chaparro and Sonja Scherer, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, G.3 Audit Shared Management II, European Commission




Questions and answers




Coffee break




What are the main differences between audits of ESF and ERDF?
Audit of simplified costs options
Cristina Chaparro and Sonja Scherer




Questions and answers




Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant




Audit of ESF –workshop followed by groups presentations
Cristina Chaparro and Sonja Scherer



II. Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of ESF



Arachne and ESF co-financed programmes and projects
Luc Molemans, Arachne Project manager, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Unit F5 – Information Technologies,European Commission




Questions and answers




Summary of the day’s proceedings and announcement of the programme of the following day




Walking sightseeing tour of the city




Official dinner








Fraud in the ESF –   practical examples of main problems in ESF projects
Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 ‘Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis’, OLAF – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission




Questions and answers




Coffee break




Fraud in ESF – Workshop
Piotr Baczmański




Joint lunch in the restaurant



III. Simplified costs in ESF




Simplified costs in ESF projects – Polish experience
Renata Piecyk, Expert, trainer and adviser in ESF. Former expert and manager in the ESF Managing Authority in Poland supervising the process of financial implementation of ESF Operational Programmes in Poland




Questions and answers




Irregularities in SCOs – workshop
Renata Piecyk




Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions




Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

Course venue
Hotel Grupotel Gran Via 678
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 678
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 1924560

Programme Organiser
Ms Marta Gracia
Tel: +34 93 245 13 13

The fee includes documentation, two lunches, one dinner, refreshments and a walking sightseeing tour. After the event, a certificate of participation will be handed out and participants will be given access to the digital version of the event documents. 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.

Hotel reservations
EIPA is pleased to make reservations for you at the same hotel where the seminar will take place, and where special rates apply for EIPA participants. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please contact the organiser of this seminar Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. Please note that if you register after the deadline, hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed.

EIPA Barcelona has made a block booking at the Hotel Grupotel Gran Via 678 at the special rates of:

– Single room: 110€

– Double room for single use: 132€

– Double room: 154€

The prices mentioned include breakfast buffet and 10% VAT and exclude tourist tax of 1.21€ per person per night.

Lunch(es) will be served at the hotel 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. 

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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