Audit and Anti-Fraud Measures, ESI Funds 2021-2027 – ARACHNE Programme

Project number: 2120601

, Barcelona (ES)

Date & pricing

24/11/2021 - 26/11/2021
Register before: 09/11/2021

€ 1.200,00 per attendee

€ 1.080,00 for EIPA members*

Audit and Anti-Fraud Measures, ESI Funds 2021-2027 – ARACHNE Programme

From:  1.080,00

How could we ensure effective and efficient control systems at the national level for the RRF? What are the audit rules for the RRF and ESI Funds in the 20212027 programming period? What are the new fraud risks and how do we combat them? How do we effectively apply ARACHNE in the management verifications of MA?

Book up until 29 September 2021 to get a 20% early bird discount

About this course

The goal of this highly practical course/workshop extending over two and a half days is to present the following:

  • Changes in the 2021–2027 programming period (CPR and other regulations): simplified costs/financing not linked to costs, proportionate control arrangement, annual accounts and audits, conditionalities, performance, proportional anti-fraud measures etc.
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) – what are the requirements of the European Commission in relation to the measures of the Member States to prevent, detect and correct conflicts of interests, corruption, fraud and double financing, and to ensure sound financial management of the RRF funds? How do we establish effective and efficient internal control systems? Is it a good idea for Member States to rely on the control systems for the national budget funds? Who will audit RRF funds? How the audit will look like and what are the proportional anti-fraud measures under RRF?
  • What are the new fraud risks and corruption practices and how can we prevent and combat them?
  • Organisation, mission, procedures and vision of the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) for the new programming period 2021–2027: what should we expect from OLAF in relation to RRF inspections?
  • Fraud in Structural and Cohesion Fund co-financed projects: real-life examples are presented by an OLAF expert.
  • The ARACHNE programme: a practical tool of fraud prevention and detection for MSs. How do we use ARACHNE effectively in the management verifications of the Managing Authorities? How do we use ARACHNE in the sampling methodology of the Managing Authorities if we decide to perform checks on a sample base?
  • ESF/ERDF/CF audits: where are the differences? How do these function in the programming period 2021–2027?
  • Main elements of the ESF/ERDF/CF audits: how do we plan efficient ESF/ERDF/CF audits?
  • What are the main conflicts of interests and fraud risks in the processes of a selection of project proposals and management verifications in the current programming period?
  • What are the main errors and irregularities in projects co-funded by the ESF/ERDF/CF and significant risks related to RRF projects?
  • ESF/ERDF audit findings in different Member States are presented, including real case studies.

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

Course methodology / highlights and level

The course has a very practical and interactive character. All presentations are given by audit and fraud prevention experts from the National Audit Authority, the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) include concrete examples and real-life case studies.

How will it help you?

You will learn in a practical way about the main errors, irregularities and fraud in European Structural and Cohesion Fund co-financed projects and about the way that ESF/ERDF/CF audits should be carried out. You will also learn how to put in place effective and efficient control systems for the new instrument Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), how to prevent, detect and correct conflicts of interests, corruption, fraud and double financing, and to ensure sound financial management of the RRF funds. In addition, you will discover the practical applications of the ARACHNE programme in management verifications.

Target group

  • Managing authorities, certifying authorities, audit authorities, national authorities, joint secretariats for cross-border programmes and intermediate bodies, as well as first-level controllers and independent auditors dealing with or interested in European Structural and Cohesion Fund co-funded projects and programmes;
  • Experts in charge of fraud investigations and experts from national contact points with OLAF;
  • Internal auditors and other experts in charge of the control and audit of RRF projects, where Member States decided to rely on the control systems for the national budget funds;
  • Beneficiaries of the Structural and Cohesion Fund, RRF and IPA III;
  • Universities, NGOs and consulting companies.
Iwona Karwot

Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Chief auditor in Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency

Practical information

Course venue

Programme Organiser
Ms Amber Kessels
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
a.kessels@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

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
Book up until 29 September 2021 to get a 20% early bird discount

Please note that the early bird discount will be applied at a later stage, when you receive the final invoice. The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, 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 €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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The programme

09.00  Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA  
09.15  Tour de table: presentation of participants to initiate networking 
  Part I: Setting the scene: MFF and NextGenerationEU 2021–2027 
09.30  EU Cohesion Policy, its funding and the new NextGenerationEU-related funds in the programming period 2021–2027: continuity and changes in adopted regulations
Iwona Karwot  
11.00  Questions and answers 
  Part II: Combating fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of Structural and Cohesion Funds and the new Recovery and Resilience Facility 
11.45  Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud Office. Fraud in the Structural and Cohesion Funds – practical real-life examples of main problems in ESCF co-funded projects and possible fraud cases in the new Recovery and Resilience Facility
Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis, (OLAF) – European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission (tbc) 
13.15  Questions and answers 
13.30  Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant 
14.45  Fraud in the ESIF – practical workshop
Piotr Baczmański, OLAF (tbc) 
16.15  Plenary session: group presentations  

  • Evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions 
16.45  ARACHNE as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the ESF co-financed programmes and projects (Part 1)
N.N. European Commission
17.45  Questions and answers 
18.00  End of the first day of the seminar 
18.15  Walking sightseeing tour of Barcelona 
20.00  Official dinner 
09.00  ARACHNE as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the ESIF co-financed programmes and projects (Part 2)
N.N. European Commission
10.30  Questions and answers 
10.45  Coffee break 
11.15  How do we use ARACHNE to detect and prevent fraud and irregularities? Real-life case 

studies and workshop
N.N. European Commission

12.15  Questions and answers 
12.30  What are the differences between ESF, ERDF and Cohesion Fund audits?  

  • Simplified costs option ESF/ERDF.  
  • Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF/ERDF/CF co-financed projects and programmes? (Part 1) 

Radoslav Nedyalkov, Chief Auditor of the Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria 

13.30  Joint lunch in the restaurant 
15.00  What are the differences between ESF, ERDF and Cohesion Fund audits?  

  • Simplified costs option ESF/ERDF.  
  • Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF/ERDF/CF co-financed projects and programmes? (Part 2) 

Radoslav Nedyalkov, Chief Auditor of the Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria 

16.00  Audit of ESF/ERDF: workshop followed by group presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot 
17.00  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 of the seminar 
09.00  Evaluation of workshop result and Q & A session
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot 
09.15  Audit, control and anti-fraud measures in the Recovery and Resilience Facility
Radoslav Nedyalkov 
10.45  Questions and answers 
11.00  Coffee break 
11.30  Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility: workshop followed by group presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot 
12.30  Group presentations 

  • Evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions 
13.30  Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants 

Iwona Karwot