Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-funded Programmes and Projects – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 – Organised at the European Court of Auditors

Project number: 1966602

European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg (LU)

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Date & pricing

02/10/2019 - 04/10/2019
Register before: 18/09/2019

€ 1.325,00 per attendee

€ 1.195,00 for EIPA members*

Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-funded Programmes and Projects – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 – Organised at the European Court of Auditors

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This highly-practical course will give you a complete overview and detailed understanding of all practical aspects of control and audit of EU funds in the programming period 2014-2020 and 2021-2027.

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About this course

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 in the current programming period and the 2021-2027;
  • Methods of increasing 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 combines the experience of internal and external audit experts from the public sector, the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF.

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

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 you will learn in this course

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. The majority of them are followed by practical workshops in small working groups with the direct involvement of national and ECA’s audit experts. You will learn about errors and irregularities, and what lessons can be learnt from these. You will also learn how audits are performed.

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.

Iwona Karwot

Dr Iwona Karwot (PL)

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Luc T'Joen

Luc T’Joen (External Expert)

Senior Administrator, Investments for Cohesion, Growth and Inclusion, European Court of Auditors

Rafael Lopez Sanchez

Rafael López Sánchez

Deputy Head of Unit C.1 ‘Audit Co-ordination, relations with the Court of Auditors and OLAF’

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Radoslav Nedyalkov (External Expert)

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

Eduardo Ruiz García

Eduardo Ruiz García (External Expert)

Secretary-General of the European Court of Auditors

Kevin Deceuninck (External Expert)

Auditor, Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion - Financial Audit, European Court of Auditors

Practical information

Course venue
European Court of Auditors (ECA)
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.

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 Welcome speech

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
I. European Court of Auditors (ECA): Performance Auditing 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
10.00 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

10.45 Q&A session
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 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

12.45 Q&A session
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
14.00 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

II. 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

15.45 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

16.45 Practical workshop followed by group presentations

Radoslav Nedyalkov and Iwona Karwot

17:45 End of the first day
18.00 Walking sightseeing tour of Luxembourg
20.00 Welcome seminar dinner
III. ECA: Audit of public procurement 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
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 (tbc)

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 (tbc)

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
IV. ECA: Audit of State aid 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
14.30 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 (tbc)

16.00 Q&A session
16.15 Case studies: audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy – practical examples in working groups

Angelika Zych (tbc)

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

 

V. ECA: Financial management and audit in 2021-2027
09.00 Preparation for the next MFF: ECA remarks on the next programming period 2021-2027 and the proposed audit arrangements

ECA

10.30 Q&A session
10.45 Coffee break
VI. European Commission: How has the audit and control (internal and external) for the EU Funds been functioning in the programming period 2014-2020? What changes can be expected for 2021-2027?
11.15 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

12.45 Q&A session
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
VII. OLAF: Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of EU Funds. 2014–2020 and preparation for 2021-2027
14.15 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

15.45 Q&A session
16.00 Guided visit of the ECA’s premises
16.45 Closure and issuing of EIPA seminar certificates to participants

Iwona Karwot and Eduardo Ruiz García, Secretary-General of the European Court of Auditors

The detailed programme of this course will be available soon.

Course venue
European Court of Auditors (ECA)
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.

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.).