Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-funded Programmes and Projects – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-funded Programmes and Projects – 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

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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.

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 2021-2027. It covers:

  • Relevant legislation in the current programming period and the 2021-2027;
  • Methods of increasing efficiency of control and audits;
  • Combating fraud and preventing irregularities;
  • Practical know-how 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 European Commission (EC), the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Member States.

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 carried out and how these audits will function in the programming period 2021-2027.

What you will learn in this course

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

 Who will benefit most?

  • Beneficiaries eligible under 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 specialising in the auditing of EU funds or programmes and projects.
Piotr Baczmanski

Piotr Baczmanski

OLAF, European Commission
Policy Analyst

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Chief auditor in Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency

Luc T’Joen

Luc T’Joen

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

Practical information

Course venue
Gran Hotel Havana Barcelona****
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 647
ES – 08010 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 3417000
www.granhotelhavana.com

Programme Organiser
Ms Winny Curfs
Tel: + 31 43 3296320
w.curfs@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation, three lunches, one dinner and refreshments. 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 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

8.30 Registration and handing out of seminar material
9:00 Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
9.15 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 20142020? What changes can be expected for 20212027?
9.45 Audit and control in the programming period 20142020 and changes proposed by Commission for 2021–2027: rules, mechanisms and challenges

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

11.15 Q&A session
11.30 Coffee break
II. OLAF: Anti-fraud and its role in the management and implementation process of EU funds; 2014-2020 and preparation for 20212027
12.00 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
13.30 Q&A session
13.45 Joint lunch in the restaurant
III. Member States: 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 20212027

15.15 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 Q&A session
17.00 Practical workshop followed by group presentations
Radoslav Nedyalkov and Marco Lopriore
18.00 End of the first day
20.00 Welcome seminar dinner
IV. European Court of Auditors (ECA): performance auditing 20142020 and 20212027
9.15 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, Luxembourg
10.00 European Court of Auditors’ performance audits: the basic theory on why do we do this; what it is and how it is done. All the main elements of the performance audit: planning, implementation and reporting Part I
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
11.00 Coffee break
11:30 European Court of Auditors’ performance audits: the basic theory on why do we do this; what it is and how it is done. All the main elements of the performance audit: planning, implementation and reporting, 2021-2027 Part II
Luc T’Joen
12.45 Q&A session
13.00 Joint lunch in the restaurant
14.30 Performance auditing – real-life case studies

Real-life experiences. Presentation of practical showcases with explanation of methodology, tools and types of assessments:

  • Effectiveness of seaport investments and cost efficiency of maritime transport;
  • Cost efficiency of EU-funded airport infrastructures.

Luc T’Joen

15.45 Q&A session
16.00 Performance auditing – real-life case studies, continued.

Real-life experiences. Presentation of practical showcases with explanation of methodology, tools and types of assessments:

  • Effectiveness and cost efficiency of high-speed rail investments;
  • Efficiency and impact of transport flagship infrastructures.

Luc T’Joen

17.30 Q&A session
17.45 End of the second day
IV. ECA: audit of public procurement
9.00 Audit of public procurement in the area of cohesion – practical examples and lessons learnt
Auditor, European Court of Auditors
10.30 Q&A session
10.45 Coffee break
11.15 Case study: public procurement audit in the area of cohesion – practical examples in working groups
ECA
12.15 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
VI. ECA: audit of state aid
14.30 Audit of state aid in the area of cohesion policy: practical examples and lessons learnt
Auditor, 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
Auditor, ECA
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 issue of EIPA seminar certificates to participants
Marco Lopriore
18.00 End of the seminar