Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-Funded Programmes and Projects, Organised at the European Court of Auditors

26/09/2018 - 28/09/2018
Location: Luxembourg (LU)
Project number: 1866602

Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-Funded Programmes and Projects, Organised at the European Court of Auditors

From:  1.100,00

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 the closure of the period 2007-2013. It covers:

  • Relevant legislation
  • Methods of increasing efficiency of control and audits
  • Combating fraud and preventing irregularities
  • Practical knowhow through workshops on audit of public procurement, audit of State Aid, and Performance audit

The unique feature of this course is that it covers the experience of internal and external audit experts from the public sector, the EU Commission, as well as the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and OLAF.

The course is organised in the premises of European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg (with active participation of ECA’s auditors) and includes guided visit of the ECA’s premises.

How will it help you?
We have made this course very practical and interactive. All presentations conducted by audit experts include concrete examples and real case studies. Each of them is followed by a practical workshop in small working groups with direct involvement of ECA’s experts, where you will learn about errors and irregularities and about how audits are performed.

Who will benefit most?

  • Beneficiaries eligible under Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund and IPA II Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities  Audit Authorities, 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 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 special focus on Public Procurement and State Aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance, and performance audits should be performed.

WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

08.30

Registration and handing out of seminar material

 

 

09.00

Welcome speech
Alfonso De La Fuente Garrigosa, Head of the Private Office of the Secretary General of the 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

 

 

10.00

European Court of Auditors: mission, long term strategy, organisation, types of audits and audit reports
Luc T’Joen, Performance Audit, Senior Administrator, European Court of Auditors

 

 

10.45

Coffee break

 

 

I. Performance auditing by ECA

 

 

11.15

European Court of Auditorsperformance auditing: the basic theory on why do we do this; what is it and how is it done: all main elements of the performance audit planning.
Luc T’Joen

 

 

12.45

Q&A session

 

 

13.00

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

14.15

Performance auditing – Workshop:                
Practical case studies: based on a team briefing note, participants will be guided while working in groups to make a programme logic model and a detailed risk assessment to support their choice on the type of performance audit (Economy, Efficiency and/or Effectiveness) they would want to propose on two recent topics developed in the transport field (high speed rail investments and road expenditure), and defend their choice in the subsequent group presentation
Luc T’Joen

 

 

15.45

Performance auditing: Findings and reporting principles, practical showcases:

  • effectiveness of seaport investments and cost- efficiency of maritime transport;
  • EU-funded airport infrastructures;
  • high speed rail investments.
    Luc T’Joen

 

 

17:30

End of the first day

 

 

17.45

Walking sightseeing tour of Luxembourg

 

 

20.00

Welcome seminar dinner

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

 

II. Audit of public procurement by the ECA

 

 

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

 

 

10.30

Q&A session

 

 

10.45

Coffee break

 

 

11.15

Case study: audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples in working groups
Kevin Deceuninck

 

 

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

 

 

III. Audit of State aid by the ECA

 

 

14.30

Audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Julia Pilarczyk, Auditor,ERDF, transport and energy – Financial audit, European Court Of Auditors

 

 

16.00

Q&A session

 

 

16.15

Case studies: audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy – practical examples in working groups
Julia Pilarczyk

 

 

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

 

 

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

IV.  Organisation of internal control and external audit in different models applied by beneficiaries of EU Structural Funds: success factors of an efficient internal control system for higher absorption of EU Funds

 

 

09.00

Best and worst practices and irregularities found in EU funded projects and programmes – what to do, what to avoid and what possible solution to apply in case of system problems faced – Case study
Radoslav Nedyalkov, Chief auditor in Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria

 

 

09.45

Practical workshop followed by groups presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot

 

 

10.30

Coffee break

 

V. How the audit and control (internal and external) for Structural Funds is functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What changes can we foreseen for post 2020?

 

 

11.00

Audit and control in the programming period 2014-2020: rules, mechanisms, challenges. Changes proposed by Commission for post 2020.
Rafael López Sánchez, Deputy Head of Unit C.1 ‘Audit Co-ordination, relations with the Court of Auditors and OLAF’, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

 

 

12.30

Q&A session

 

 

12.45

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

VI. Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of EU Funds

 

14.00

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 tbc

 

15.30

Q&A session

 

 

16.00

Guided visit of the ECA’s premises

 

 

16.45

Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Eduardo Ruiz García, Secretary-General of the European Court of Auditors
Iwona Karwot

 

 

Course venue
European Court of Auditors
12, rue Alcide de Gasperi
1615 Luxembourg
www.eca.europa.eu

Programme Organiser
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06
m.escola@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

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 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.

Hotel reservations
EIPA Barcelona suggests you to stay at the Hotel Novotel Kirchberg, which is the closest hotel to the venue.
Hotel Novotel Kirchberg
6, rue du Fort Niedergruenewald
1615 Luxembourg
http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1930-novotel-luxembourg-kirchberg/index.shtml

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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