Anti-Fraud and Arachne in ESI Funds Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

Project number: 1961501

Gran Hotel Havana, Barcelona (ES)

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Date & pricing

17/10/2019 - 18/10/2019
Register before: 11/10/2019

€ 1.000,00 per attendee

€ 900,00 for EIPA members*

Anti-Fraud and Arachne in ESI Funds Audit of the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

From:  900,00

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-life case studies.

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About this course

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

  • Foreseen changes for the 2021-2027 programming period in the CPR and the state of play of its negotiations: simplified costs/financing not linked to costs, proportionate control arrangement, annual accounts and audits, conditionalities, performance in 2021-2027.
  • Fraud: what is it? How do you combat it?
  • Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) 2014-2020 and 2021-2027.
  • Fraud in ESI Funds co -financed projects, with real-life examples presented by an OLAF expert.
  • Arachne programme: practical tool of fraud prevention and detection for MS.
  • ESF and ERDF audits: where are the differences? How does it function in the current programming period and what is foreseen to change in the 2021-2027?
  • Main elements of the ESF/ERDF audit and how to plan an efficient ESF/ERDF audit.
  • Main errors and irregularities in projects co-funded by the ESF/ERDF.
  • ESF/ERDF audit findings in different Member States, including real case studies.

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 experts from 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-life case studies.

Who is this course for?

  • Beneficiaries of ESI Funds 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 ESI Funds co-financed projects and about the way how ESF/ERDF audits should be carried out. You will also learn about the Arachne programme – the amazing tool for combating fraud, and its practical use.

What you will learn in this course

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-life case studies.

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 ESI Funds co-financed projects and about the way how ESF/ERDF audits should be carried out. You will also learn about the Arachne programme – the amazing tool for combating fraud, and its practical use.

Iwona Karwot

Dr Iwona Karwot (PL)

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Chief auditor in Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency (Audit Authority)

Practical information

Course venue
Gran Hotel Havana
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933 417 000
www.granhotelhavana.com

Programme Organiser
Ms Marta Gracia
Tel: +34 93 245 13 13
m.gracia@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

Discounts
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.

Meals
Lunch 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 would be 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 opportunity, kindly contact the organiser of this seminar m.escola@eipa.eu. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel when 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
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.).

The programme

08.30 Registration and handing out of seminar material
09.00 Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona
09.15 Tour de table: presentation of participants to initiate networking
I. Setting the scene: CPR 2021 – 2027 and the state of play What are the main changes foreseen in 2021-2027?
09.30 EU Cohesion Policy in the programming period 2021-2027: continuity and changes in the draft Regulations; state of play of the CPR negotiations
Iwona Karwot
11.00 Questions and answers
11.30 Coffee break
II. Combating fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of ESI Funds
12.00 Organisation, mission and procedures of the European Anti-Fraud Office.

Fraud in the ESI Funds – practical real-life examples of main problems in ESIF co-funded projects
Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst at Unit D.2 Fraud Prevention, Reporting and Analysis, OLAF  European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission

13.30 Questions and answers
13.45 Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant
14.45 Fraud in the ESIF – Practical workshop
Piotr Baczmański, OLAF
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
Luc Molemans, Arachne Project manager, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Unit F5 – Information Technologies, European Commission
17.45 End of the first day of the seminar and walking sightseeing tour of Barcelona
20:00 Official dinner
9.00 Arachne as a practical tool for fraud prevention and detection in the ESF co-financed programmes and projects – Part 2
Luc Molemans
10.00 Questions and answers
10.15 Coffee break
11.15 How to use Arachne to detect and prevent fraud and irregularities? Real-life case studies
Luc Molemans
12.15 Questions and answers
III. Audit ESF/ERDF in the current programming period and foreseen changes 2021-2027.
12.30 Audit and control in the ESF / ERDF in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms and challenges and foreseen changes in the programming period 2021-2027
What are the differences between ESF and ERDF audits? Simplified costs option ESF/ERDF
Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF 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 Audit and control in the ESF / ERDF in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms and challenges and foreseen changes in the programming period 2021-2027.
What are the differences between ESF and ERDF audits? SCO ESF / ERDF
Where are the main errors and irregularities in ESF co-financed projects and programmes?– Part 2
Radoslav Nedyalkov
16.00 Audit of ESF:  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
17.45 Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot
THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019
08.30 Registration and handing out of seminar material
09.00 Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona
09.15 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?
09.45 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
11.15 Questions and answers
11.30 Coffee break
12.00 Audit of ESF: workshop followed by group presentations
13.00 Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant
II. Combating fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of ESF
 
14.15 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
16.00 Questions and answers
16.15 How to use Arachne to detect and prevent fraud and irregularities? Real- life case studies
Luc Molemans
17.30 Summary of the day’s proceedings and announcement of the programme for the following day
17.45 Walking sightseeing tour of the city
20:00 Official dinner
FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019
9.00 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
10.30 Questions and answers
10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Fraud in the ESF – Practical workshop
Piotr Baczmański, OLAF
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
III. Simplified costs in the ESF
14.15 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
15.45 Questions and answers
16.00 Irregularities in SCOs (Simplified Cost Options) – workshop
Renata Piecyk
17.00 Plenary session: group presentations – evaluation of workshop results, including debates on problems faced by the participants during the exercises and possible solutions
17.45 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
www.granhotelhavana.com

Programme Organiser
Ms Marta Gracia
Tel: +34 93 245 13 13
m.gracia@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

Discounts
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.

Meals
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 m.escola@eipa.eu. 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
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.).