Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments carried out by the European Court of Auditors

15/11/2018 - 16/11/2018
Location: Madrid (ES)
Project number: 1860702

Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments carried out by the European Court of Auditors

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What is this course about?

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) carries out three types of audit in the area of EU Cohesion Policy: financial, compliance and performance audit. Each of them has different objectives and addresses different audit questions.

The legal framework 2014-2020 has the ambition to be a more results oriented spending framework, where performance and results are the key words.

This highly practical two-day course presents all aspects of each stage of the performance audit process. It includes the unique feature of providing an insight into how the European Court of Auditors plans, prepares and implements their audit assignments, as it covers real audit case studies and experiences of the Court’s teams.

How will it help you?

After the presentation of each stage of performance audit, you will work on real life case studies in small working groups, with direct involvement and guidance of experts from the European Court of Auditors.

Who will benefit most?

Audit, Managing and Certifying Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, beneficiaries of EU Funds,  independent auditors dealing with or interested in EU funded project and programmes and consulting companies specialised in auditing EU co-funded programmes and projects.

What will you learn?

You will improve your practical knowledge about each stage of performance audit performed by the European Court of Auditors.

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018

 

08.30

Registration and handing out of seminar material

 

 

09.00

Opening of the seminar: introduction to the programme, objectives and methodology
Iwona Karwot, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader, EIPA Barcelona
Luc T’Joen, Senior Administrator, Performance Audit, European Court of Auditors

 

 

09.20

Tour de table: presentation of participants to endorse networking

 

 

Part I – Setting the scene: what is a performance audit, and how do we plan one?

 

 

09.40

Performance audit approach and objectives: the three “E”s (Economy, Efficiency, Effectiveness); the distinction with financial, compliance and internal auditing; the European Court of Auditor’s mandate
Luc T’Joen

 

 

10.40

Questions & Answers

 

 

10.50

Coffee break

 

11.20

Overview of the performance audit cycle: main steps – Purpose of the preliminary study and risk assessment
Guido Fara

 

 

12.20

Workshop I: WHAT exactly should we audit?

Case studies:

  • High speed rail
  • Energy efficiency
  • Public – private partnerships (PPP)

Based on hand-outs prepared by the Court’s experts, three case studies dealing with transport (airports and high speed rail) and PPPs will be developed focusing on the following issues:

  1. What is a Programme Logic Model, and how to use it to assess performance?
  2. Risk assessment: how to identify the main risks, and assess their likelihood and importance?
  3. Which of the three “E’s” will you choose?

Luc T’Joen and Guido Fara

 

 

13.20

Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant

 

15.00

Plenary session with short group presentations

 

 

15.30

Outlining the performance audit plan: defining audit questions, scope, criteria, methodology and preparing an evidence collection plan
Luc T’Joen

 

 

16.30

Workshop II: HOW are we going to do the audit? CBA quality and benchmarking
Based on hand-outs prepared by the Court’s experts, three case studies dealing with transport (airports and high speed rail) and PPP will be developed focusing on the following issues:

  1. What Audit Questions would you develop in your group?
  2. What is an Evidence collection Plan, and how to use it to enable a performance audit?

Case studies:

  • High speed rail
  • Energy efficiency
  • Public – private partnerships (PPP)

Luc T’Joen and Guido Fara

 

 

17.30

Plenary session with short group presentations

 

 

18.00

End of the first day

 

 

18.05

Sightseeing tour of Madrid

 

 

20.15

Official dinner

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2018

 

Part II – Implementing a performance audit : real life findings of ECA audits

 

 

9.00

Presentation of the findings of transport audits (a selection of findings on seaports, maritme transport and airports performance audits)
Luc T’Joen

 

 

10.30

Coffee break

 

11.00

Presentation of the findings of energy and rural development performance audits (energy efficiency, renewable energy and start-up aid to young farmers performance audits)
Luc T’Joen

 

 

11.45

Presentation of the key findings of the public – private partnership performance audit (PPPs on transport and broadband infrastructures) and of the high speed rail performance audit
Guido Fara

 

 

13.00

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

Part III – Reporting on a performance audit

 

 

14:30

Drafting a performance audit report: main principles and quality checks; drawing conclusions techniques, and making recommendations to improve spending quality
Luc T’Joen

 

 

15.00

Workshop III: Which report would you publish?
Using the detailed feedback of the morning presentations on the real life findings on the three performance audit developed (airports, high speed rail and PPPs), participants will be working again in groups, guided by the Court’s experts, on:

  1. What would be the main parts and headings of your audit report?
  2. Which conclusions would you draw, and in what order?
  3. What recommendations would you make?

Luc T’Joen and Guido Fara

 

 

16.30

Plenary session with short group presentations

 

 

Part IV –  Impact and follow-up of a performance audit

 

 

17.00

Examples of impact of performance audits – Follow-up of recommendations
Guido Fara

 

 

Part V –  Implementing a performance audit in your organisation

 

 

17.30

How to implement a performance audit in your organization
Guido Fara

 

 

18.00

Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot and Guido Fara

Course venue
INAP, Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública
Calle Atocha, 106
ES – 28012 Madrid

Programme Organiser
Ms Miriam Escola
Tel: +34 93 245 12 06
m.escola@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

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.

Hotel reservations
EIPA Barcelona has made a block booking at the:

Hotel Catalonia Atocha 
Calle Atocha, 81
28012 Madrid (ES)
Tel. +34 91 420 37 70
www.cataloniahotels.com

With special rates for EIPA participants of: Single room: 140 €, Double room: 160 €, breakfast buffet and 10% VAT included. This hotel is 4 minutes walking distance to the seminar venue. Should you wish to book a room, please inform the organizer of this seminar: m.escola@eipa.eu, and she will inform you how to do it. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out.

Meals
Lunch(es) will be served at the restaurant Hotel Catalonia Atocha 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.). 

2 reviews for Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments carried out by the European Court of Auditors

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maša Brezovac

    Great organisation! Presented with a lot of knowledge and experience.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrei Ana

    The seminar was practical, very useful, well prepared and Mr. Luc T’Joen is a great speaker.
    Thank you!

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