About this course
This seminar will examine how Financial Management and Audit rules are changing between the 2014-2020 period and the 2021-2027 period. There will be a special focus on simplification and performance measurement – of programmes, finance and audit.
We start by considering some key current challenges for programme planning and finance, including the risks of under-spend and the need for programme revisions. How will this change for 2021-2027? We describe also planned changes for the annual accounting process and the calculation of the annual balance.
This is followed by an in-depth examination of how Managing Authorities are expanding the use of Simplified Cost Options and, with the new OMNIBUS regulation in place, how this will develop.
Dermot Byrne, a leading Member State audit practitioner will highlight how control (including so-called “first-level control”) and audit differ, and look in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations. He will also outline planned changes for 2021-2027.
Prof. Dr Hendrik Fehr, a former Director at the European Court of Auditors, will look at current audit issues through a series of cases and explain the emerging emphasis on performance audit. We will also look in a highly practical way at the special link between finance and performance in current and future programmes, and the notion of Value for Money.
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. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.
What you will learn in this course
Participants will work with live issues and practical solutions for challenges in the fields of financial management and audit. They will enjoy quality speakers from Member States/ECA, as well asEIPA’s own regional experts and consultants – who have worked with stakeholders from all Member States.
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.
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. 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.
Lunches and the reception will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
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.).
|08.30||Registration of participants|
|09.00||Welcome of participants and opening of the conference
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA Maastricht
|09.15||Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control: moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027
Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA, Consultant, (and former Detached National Expert, EC)
|11.00||Workshop: Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control
|12.00||Simplification and Simplified Cost Options
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA
|14.30||Workshop: simplified costs options
|15.15||Control and Audit of Structural Funds, moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027
Dermot Byrne, ERDF Audit Authority, Department of Public Expenditure Reform, Dublin
|16.30||Control and Audit of Structural Funds, moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027 (contd.)
|17.15||Linking programme finance to programme performance: 2021-2027
|18.00||End of first day|
|18.30||Reception, Hotel Derlon|
|09.15||Audit of accounts, systems and operations: old and new
|11.15||Audit of Structural Funds and Performance Audit
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Fehr, former Director, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
|14.15||Programme Finance, Financial Management and Control (contd).
|15.00||Eligible expenditure rules, types of funding in 2021-2027
|16.30||Evaluation of seminar|
|16.35||Close of seminar|