Financial Management and Control of EU Structural Funds: REACT-EU and the New Draft Regulations 2021-2027

Project number: 2030205

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

25/11/2020 - 26/11/2020
Register before: 16/11/2020

€ 500,00 per attendee

€ 450,00 for EIPA members*

Financial Management and Control of EU Structural Funds: REACT-EU and the New Draft Regulations 2021-2027

From:  450,00

Structural Funds programmes are in transition. What will happen to Management Verifications under the new emergency REACT-EU instrument and in the new programming period? How can Financial Control be simplified? How will the audit trail be protected?

About this online course

Structural Funds programmes are in transition. What will happen to Management Verifications under the new emergency REACT-EU instrument and in the new programming period? How can Financial Control be simplified? How will the audit trail be protected?

This online course examines the Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit requirements for Operational Programmes – both using the REACT-EU budget within current programmes, and for the new 2021-2027 period. We will also look at the effect of the new CRII and CRII+ amending regulations.

How we work

We aim to make the online course as interactive as possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to exchange views informally on the seminar topics. Workshops and exercises will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.

You are invited to send us your problems, issues and questions before the online course, if you wish.  We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the course!

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for:

  • managers and practitioners from managing authorities (Managing, Certifying and Audit authorities) whether they are national, regional or local authorities; and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with Structural Funds
  • economic and social partners / stakeholders working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as employers’ associations, consultants, NGOs, education bodies etc.

What our previous participants said

  • Grazie per il corso, è stato meraviglioso!
  • Thank you very much again for last two days, I really enjoyed it and I also learned a lot.

What you will learn in this online course

  • how to make management verifications simpler and more efficient
  • dealing with REACT-EU projects
  • impact of the new CRII / CRII+ amending regulations on programmes
  • latest developments in negotiations of the new regulations 2021-2027
  • how best to use the range of Simplified Cost Options and what are the verification and audit issues arising
  • how control and audit differ and how to conduct audits of accounts, systems and operations
  • how to deal with risk, irregularities and corrections
  • proposed changes to financial tables, financial planning, the annual accounts and financial reporting
  • The new agreed recommended indicators for measuring co-financed Covid-19 response activities
Robin Smail

Robin Smail

Robin Smail Training & Consultancy
EU Structural Funds

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

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

Discounts
EIPA offers a 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.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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The programme

08.30 Opening of ZOOM platform
09.00 Welcome of participants and opening of the online course
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht
09.10 The new draft Regulations, 2021-2027: policy context and highlights for financial management

  • The draft new regulations: legal framework of CPR
  • Link to the European Semester, National Reform Programmes; Country-specific Recommendations and Country Reports (Annex D)
  • The new Emergency Amending Regulations (CRII and CRII+)
  • European Recovery Plan, REACT-EU, recovery Cohesion funding

Marco Lopriore

09.40 Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

  • the new programmes, programme finance, European Council conclusions
  • financial planning, commitments, automatic de-commitment,
  • pre-financing, interim payments, technical assistance
  • the accounting year and calculation of the annual balance

Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, (and former Detached National Expert, EC)

10.30 Virtual Coffee break & meet Guest speaker
11.00 Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control (contd).

  • financial information, financial control
  • timetables for payments, reporting and closure

Robin Smail

11.20 Break-out rooms: financial allocations
11.40 Financial Management and Control Issues, Management Verifications and the eligibility of projects and expenditures

  • simplification of the administrative burden, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
  • efficient verifications: administrative and on-the-spot verifications
  • impact of simplified cost options on management verifications
  • verification of public procurement, state aid rules
  • eligibility of expenditure issues, in-kind contributions, durability of operations etc.

Julia Szenthe, Senior Expert, ERDF Managing Authority, Vienna, Austria

12.20 Break-out rooms: eligible expenditures
12.40 Financial Management and Control Issues, Management Verifications and the eligibility of projects and expenditures

  • eligibility of expenditure issues
  • impact of the health crisis
  • verification of projects under the new REACT-EU mechanism

Julia Szenthe

13.05 Eligibility of Expenditure

  • Highlight on direct staff costs, VAT, durability and relocation, location, and visibility
  • New flat-rates for technical assistance

Marco Lopriore

13.20 Question and answer session
13.25 End of first day
12.45 ZOOM Platform opens
13.00 Simplified Cost Options and extending simplification in 2021-2027

  • current legal provisions for SCO and the OMNIBUS regulation
  • EC proposals for further simplified costs options

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA

13.40 Break-out rooms: simplified costs options

  • ·Verifications when using flat rates

Marco Lopriore

14.00 Simplification and Eligibility of Expenditure: outstanding issues

  • Direct or Indirect costs?
  • exercises

Marco Lopriore

14.20 Coffee break and meet Guest speaker
14.45 Control and Audit of Structural Funds, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

  • management and control systems (MCS), audit of systems
  • annual Accounts – preparation, audit and acceptance by Commission
  • audits of operations
  • protecting the audit trail for REACT-EU projects
  • most frequent problems and simplifying audit work
  • irregularities and corrections

Dermot Byrne, ERDF Audit Authority, Department of Public Expenditure Reform, Dublin

15.45 Short Break
15.50 Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control (contd).

  • timetables for payments, reporting and closure
  • finance and performance: the new Performance Framework: output and result indicators
  • the new OP template – finance
  • monitoring and reporting performance: new Reporting templates

Robin Smail

16.40 Simplification and Eligibility of Expenditure: outstanding issues

  • guidance on conflict of interest
  • exercises on verification of SME definition

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht

17.00 Break-out rooms: simplified cost options

  • Verifications using standard scales of unit costs and lump-sums
17.20 Evaluation feedback from participants
17.25 Close of online course