This seminar will examine live issues of Programme and Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit for Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period and look forward at how the proposed Regulations will change and have an impact on these areas for 2021-2027. There will be a special focus on financial planning for programmes, extending the use of simplified cost options, and the most frequent audit issues – in particular – eligibility of expenditure and public procurement.
What you will learn?
Practical issues to be discussed will include:
- new programme structures and priorities
- programme finance, financial tables and flexibility proposed for 2021-2027
- co-finance ceilings, the risks of automatic de-commitment
- changes to the annual accounting process and the calculation of the annual balance
- key issues for the eligibility of expenditure
- the new OMNIBUS regulation, simplification and the extended use of simplified cost options
- changes to the audit of accounts, systems and operations
- risk assessment, protecting the audit trail
- irregularities, corrections, withdrawals
- public procurement rules and good practice
- the link between finance and performance, using the Performance Framework
How we work
Participants will work with live issues and practical solutions for challenges in the fields of financial management, financial control and audit. They will enjoy quality speakers from Member States and the European Commission, as well as highly experienced EIPA experts and consultants.
The seminar will include numerous workshops and exercise sessions where examples and case studies will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to exchange practical examples, experiences and good practice in managing EU Structural Funds.
Participants are invited to send us their problems, issues and questions before the seminar, if they wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the seminar!
Who will benefit most?
This seminar is intended for:
- practitioners from national, regional and local authorities and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with ESI Funds
- economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.