Anti-fraud and Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

27/06/2019 - 28/06/2019
Location: Barcelona (ES)
Project number: 1961501

Anti-fraud and Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

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What will you learn in this course?

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

  • the most important questions related to ESF audit in the current programming period;
  • foreseen changes for the 2021-2027 programming period: Simplified costs/financing not linked to costs, proportionate control arrangement, annual accounts and audits in 2021-2027;
  • state of play of the CPR negotiations;
  • the main elements of the ESF audit and how to plan an efficient ESF audit;
  • the main errors and irregularities in projects cofunded by the ESF;
  • ESF audit findings in different Member States, including real case studies;
  • fraud in ESF cofinanced projects, with real-life examples presented by an OLAF expert;
  • Arachne programme as a practical tool of fraud prevention and detection;

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

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

How will it help you?

The course has a very practical and interactive character. 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 practical workshop in small working groups with the direct involvement of the EU experts, during which you will learn about the main errors and irregularities in ESF-financed projects, and the way ESF audits should be performed.

Who is this course for?
  • Beneficiaries of ESF and IPA II,
  • Managing authorities, certifying authorities, audit authorities and intermediate bodies, as well as independent auditors dealing with or interested in ESF-funded projects and programmes;
  • Universities, NGOs and consulting companies.
What will you be able to do with what you learn?

You will learn in a practical way about the main errors, irregularities and fraud in ESF co-financed projects and about the way how ESF audits should be carried out. You will also learn about the Arachne programme – the amazing tool for combating fraud, and its practical use.




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 initiate networking



I. Setting the scene: How is the audit and control of the European Social Fund functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What are the main changes foreseen in 2021-2027? What are the differences between ESF and ERDF audits?




Audit and control in the ESF in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms and challenges. What are the foreseen changes in the programming period 2021-2027 and what is the state of play of the CPR negotiations?
Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF cofinanced projects and programmes?
Cristina Chaparro Ramirez, External auditor, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, G.2 Audit Shared Management I, European Commission




Questions and answers




Coffee break




Audit of ESF: workshop followed by group presentations




Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant



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



Arachne as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the 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




How to use Arachne to detect and prevent fraud and irregularities? Real- life case studies
Luc Molemans




Summary of the day’s proceedings and announcement of the programme for 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 the ESF – Practical workshop
Piotr Baczmański, OLAF




Joint lunch in the restaurant



III. Simplified costs in the ESF




Simplified costs in ESF projects – The 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 (Simplified Cost Options) – 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
Gran Hotel Havana
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933 417 000

Programme Organiser
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06

The fee includes documentation, two lunches, one dinner, refreshments and a walking sight-seeing 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.

Lunch(es) will be served at the hotel restaurant and dinner will be held at a restaurant in town. Special requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the event.

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, kindly 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.

The EIPA special rate at the Gran Hotel Havana is:
134€ Single room
148€ Double room
(breakfast and VAT included. + Tourist tax 1.21€ pppn.)

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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