Internal, External and Performance Audit of EU Funded Programmes and Projects: 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

06/05/2019 - 08/05/2019
Location: Barcelona (ES)
Project number: 1966601

Internal, External and Performance Audit of EU Funded Programmes and Projects: 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

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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 foreseen changes in the 2021-2027 perspective. It covers:

  • Relevant legislation;
  • Methods of incrreasing the efficiency of control and audits;
  • Combating fraud and preventing irregularities;
  • Practical know-how gained 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 European Commission, the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Member States.

How will it help you?

We have made this course very practical and interactive. All presentations are given by audit experts and include concrete examples and real-life case studies, and the majority of them are followed by practical workshops in small working groups with the direct involvement of ECA experts. You will learn about errors and irregularities, and what lessons can be learnt from these.

Who will benefit most?
  • Beneficiaries eligible under the Structural Funds, Cohesion Fund and IPA II Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities and 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 a special focus on public procurement and State aid. You will also learn how financial, compliance and performance audits should be carried out and how these audits will function in the programming period 2021-2027.




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. European Commission: How has the audit and control (internal and external)  for the Structural Funds been functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What changes can be expected for 2021-2027?




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




Q&A session




Coffee break



II. OLAF: Anti-fraudand its role s in the management and implementation process of EU Funds. 2014–2020 and preparation for 2021-2027




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




Q&A session




Joint lunch in the restaurant



III. European Court of Auditors (ECA): Performance auditing 2014-2020 and 2021-2027




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




Q&A session




European Court of Auditors’ performance audits: the basic theory on why do we do this; what is it and how is it done. All the main elements of the performance audit: planning, implementation and reporting.
The presentation will cover the current situation and also provide insight into the new rules proposed for performance measurement for the 2021-2027 programming period.
Luc T’Joen




Q&A session




End of the first day




Walking sightseeing tour of Barcelona




Welcome seminar dinner







IV. ECA: Financial management and audit in 2021-2027



Preparation for the next MFF: ECA remarks on the next programming period 2021-2027 and the proposed audit arrangements
Martin Weber, Director – Presidency – Corporate strategy, planning and performance management, Communication and media relations, Institutional liaisons, European Court of Auditors




Q&A session




Coffee break



V. European Court of Auditors (ECA): Performance auditing 2014-2020 and 2021-2027



Performance auditing – real-life case studies:

 Real-life experiences. Presentation of practical show cases:

  • effectiveness of seaport investments and cost- efficiency of maritime transport;
  • cost-efficiency of EU-funded airport infrastructures;
  • effectiveness and cost-efficiency of high-speed rail investments.

Luc T’Joen




Q&A session




Joint lunch in the restaurant



VI. ECA: Audit of public procurement




Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learnt
Tomasz Kokot, Auditor – Chamber 2 Directorate – Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, European Court of Auditors




Q&A session




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




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




End of the second day





VII. ECA: Audit of State aid



Audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Angelika Zych, Auditor – Chamber 2 Directorate – Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, European Court of Auditors




Q&A session




Coffee break




Case studies: audit of State aid  in the area of cohesion policy – practical examples in working groups
Angelika Zych




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




Joint lunch in the restaurant



VIII. Member State: Organisation of control and audit, success factors of an efficient internal control system for higher absorption of EU funds’.
Audit Authorities and Management Authorities: preparation for the programming period 2021-2027




Best and worst practices and irregularities found in EU-funded projects and programmes – what to do, what to avoid and what possible solutions to apply in the  case  of system problems faced
Preparations for the programming period 2021–2027 in Bulgaria (MA, AA) – from a Member State perspective
Radoslav Nedyalkov, Chief auditor of the Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria




Q&A session




Practical workshop followed by group presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot




Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot

Course venue
Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Roger de Llúria, 60
ES – 08009 Barcelona
Tel. +34 932 720 050

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

The fee includes documentation, three 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.

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.

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.

EIPA Barcelona has made a block booking at the Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864 ( at the special rates of:

  • Single room: €119 + €1.21 tourist tax
  • Double room: €140 + €2.42 tourist tax

The prices mentioned include breakfast buffet and 10% VAT.

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.).

2 reviews for Internal, External and Performance Audit of EU Funded Programmes and Projects: 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zvonko Širić

    Excellent organisation and performance of the seminar.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keith Abela-wadge

    An excellent course organised in one of the EU institutions. It is highly recommended, since you will be getting first hand information from the auditors of the ECA themselves.

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