Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments Carried out by the European Court of Auditors — Results or no Results? That is the Question. 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

20/05/2019 - 22/05/2019
Location: Malta (MT)
Project number: 1960701

Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments Carried out by the European Court of Auditors — Results or no Results? That is the Question. 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

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

The legal framework 2014-2020 had the ambition to be more results oriented spending framework, where performance and results were the key words. Performance will be even more important in the next programming period 2021 – 2027, which we already started to prepare.

This highly practical 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 plan, prepare and implement their audit assignments, covering real-life audit case studies and experiences of the Court’s teams.

It also explains the rules proposed for performance measurement for the 2021 – 2027 period, has some unique features and insights with regard to the analysis of costs and benefits, and the strength of Key performance Indicators, and, how to use them.

How will it help you?

After the presentation of each stage of a 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 in order to learn how to carry out the performance audit yourself in your Institution, or how to be prepared for future ECA’s auditors visits.

Who will benefit most?

Audit, Managing and Certifying Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, beneficiaries of EU Funds,  independent auditors dealing with or interested in EU funded projects and programmes; consulting companies specialised in auditing EU co-funded programmes and projects, and representatives of Ministries dealing with, and responsible for, spending public (national and EU) money.

What will you be able to do with what you learn?

You will improve your practical knowledge about each stage of the performance auditing carried out by the European Court of Auditors. You will also be able to apply this knowledge for developing a results based analysis system within your organisation, and you will learn about the rules proposed for 2021 – 2027.

MONDAY 20 MAY 2019

 

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. In-depth focus on aspects of particular relevance, such as the use of a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), and the definition of Key Performance Indicators
Guido Fara, Auditor, European Court of Auditors

 

 

12.20

Workshop I: WHAT exactly should we audit and HOW should we plan it?
Case studies:

 I – Transport: High speed rail, air and maritime transport

II – Energy efficiency and renewable energy

III – Public – private partnerships (PPP)

Based on hand-outs prepared by the Court’s experts, five case studies dealing with transport (High speed rail; maritime transport; air transport; energy efficiency, 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, Guido Fara and Lorenzo Pirelli

 

 

13.30

Joint lunch in the hotel restaurant

 

15.00

Plenary session with short group presentations, and advice from the trainers

 

 

15.45

Outlining the performance audit plan: defining audit questions, scope, criteria, methodology and preparing an evidence collection plan with an in-depth focus on a number of specific audit methodologies, such as benchmarking and the use of technical experts, consultants, surveys and focus groups for gathering data
Lorenzo Pirelli, Auditor, European Court of Auditors

 

 

16.45

Workshop II: HOW are we going to do the audit? CBA quality and benchmarking

Based on hand-outs prepared by the Court’s experts, the five case studies worked upon in Workshop I will be continued with further analysis on:

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:

I –  High speed rail, air and maritime transport

II – Energy efficiency and renewable energy

III – Public – private partnerships (PPP)

Luc T’Joen, Guido Fara and Lorenzo Pirelli

 

 

18.00

End of the first day

 

 

18.05

Sightseeing tour of La Valletta

 

 

20.15

Official dinner

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 21 MAY 2019

 

09.00

Plenary session with short group presentations, and advice from the trainers

 

 

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

 

09.30

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

 

 

11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.30

Presentation of some of the real life findings of energy and rural development performance audits (energy efficiency, renewable energy and start-up aid to young farmers performance audits)
Lorenzo Pirelli

 

 

13.00

Joint lunch in the restaurant

 

 

14.30

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

 

 

Part III – Reporting on a performance audit

 

 

15:30

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

 

 

16.30

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 (High speed rail, airports 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, Guido Fara and Lorenzo Pirelli

 

 

17.30

Plenary session with short group presentations, and advice from the trainers

 

 

18.00

End of the second day

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2019

 

 

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

 

 

09.00

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

 

 

Part V –  Implementing a performance audit in your organisation

 

 

09.45

How to implement a performance audit in your organization: a discussion on possible practical cases in your organisation, and possible suggestions from the ECA specialists
Luc T’Joen, Guido fara and Lorenzo Pirelli

 

 

10.30

Coffee break

 

 

Part VI – Performance audit in the programming period 2021 – 2017

 

 

11.00

The use of performance audit in the programming period 2021 – 2027: a future outlook. What may change, how, what do you need to know, and what do you need to do?
Luc T’Joen

 

 

12.30

Q&A session

 

 

13.00

Closure of seminar and issuing of EIPA certificates to participants
Iwona Karwot and Luc T’Joen

Course venue
The George, Urban Boutique Hotel
Paceville Avenue
St Julians, STJ 3103 Malta
https://www.thegeorgemalta.com
Phone: +356 2011 1000

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 is pleased to make reservations for you at the same hotel where the seminar will take place, and where special rates apply for EIPA participants. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, kindly contact the organiser of this course m.escola@eipa.eu. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. Please note that hotel reservations can be guaranteed until the 1st of May.

EIPA Barcelona has made a block booking at The George, Urban Boutique Hotel
https://www.thegeorgemalta.com at the special rates of:
Single room: €140
Double room: €160
(Breakfast and VAT included. + eco-tax 0.5€ pppn.)

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.).

2 reviews for Performance Auditing of EU Co-Funded Investments Carried out by the European Court of Auditors — Results or no Results? That is the Question. 2014-2020 and 2021-2027

  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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