European Structural and Investment Funds
Master Class with On-the-Spot Approach | 25.09.2019 - 27.09.2019 | Maastricht | Language: English

Real-life On-the-spot Visits: How to Detect and Combat Irregularities & Fraud in ESI Funds

Maastricht Lexxion Irregularities ESI

Join us for the real-life on the spot visits! Our approach during this unique event is to take you by hand and train you to detect irregularities and fraud during the real-life on-the-spot controls. For this, we will get on the bus and visit 3 real projects, make our observations, write our reports and discuss and analyse these reports. Finally, we will offer you the opportunity to bring your cases, which we will discuss with our expert in full confidentiality.

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Overview

Irregularities and fraud on project or programme level can bring to withdrawals, repayments and financial corrections. If lead partner does not succeed in securing repayment of any amount unduly paid as result of an irregularity or fraud, the member state on whose territory the beneficiary causing the error is located is obliged to reimburse the amount. Therefore it is crucial for national authorities to implement all measures, aimed to prevent, detect and combat irregularities and fraud at any stage of management of ESI Funds.

Target Group

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
  • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
  • Public and private banks
  • International, national and local associations and networks
  • Consultants

Topics & Methodology

We would like to introduce our highly new format: Master class with on-the-spot approach. The Chair of the Master Class is Jo Kremers, former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, the Netherlands.

Our approach during this unique, attractive and highly interactive event, an event organised in and close to the real cradle of the European Union, includes
the set up of a well-structured risk analysis, focused on gathering of evidence, fact finding, based on professional scepticism, by the use of internet, open sources, data analysis and sophisticated software, and not to forget the use of your most important instruments,  combined with a more innovative way of thinking. All done while working in enthusiastic teams, being coached and guided, teams going for the best results and for the reward : a real award.

On the first day, we will train you on innovative methods and approaches to audits and verifications and will prepare you for on-the-spot control of the real projects, which will take place on the second day of the master class. During the second day we will visit 3 real projects in the south of the Netherlands and will write reports on your observations. These reports will be discussed and analysed during the third day. The third day will be devoted to problem-solving: Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will discuss them and look for solutions during the master class.  

Day 1: Innovative Approaches to Verifications and Audits

  • Discussion of innovative approaches to verifications/audits
  • Preparation for on-the-spot verifications/audits
  • Set up of checklists and questionnaires before visiting the projects

Day 2: On-the-spot Visits and Reporting

  • Testcases to improve your skills and the use of instruments
  • On-the-spot visits of three real projects in the Netherlands
  • Report writing and discussion of reports
Day 3: Problem-Solving Day
  • Discussion of cases, submitted by the participants
  • Analysing of problematic aspects of submitted cases and identification of possible solutions
  • Conclusions and exchange of experience

The participants will be actively involved in the course in various exercises and group work. This round-table format will offer a platform to learn how to prevent, detect and combat irregularities and fraud in ESI Funds. Besides expert presentations, the sessions will include discussions and exchange of national (best) practices as well as expert guidance on how to best implement and apply the foreseen measures and strategies in your country.

During the event we are planning to visit the Maastricht Treaty, which is the cradle of the European Union and therefore very important for all of us, citizens of the European Union.


Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop and/or conference you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

Day 1: Wednesday, 25 September

Chair of the Seminar
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

Day 1: Innovative Approaches to Verifications and Audits

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note by Lexxion and Introduction Round

09:30

Use of Innovative Sources and Innovative Instruments for Your Controlling Activities: Risk Management and Risk Analysis, Verifications, Audits  (incl. 30 minutes coffee break)

  • Combating Fraud and Corruption, related to the Anti-Fraud Cycle in general and specific for ESI Funds
  • What can help you to get acquainted with and understand the project better?
  • Examples and first practice in risk analysis, use of data analytics and sophisticated software
  • Cases regarding Risk management, Fraud Risk management, including risks of non integrity
  • Effective use of your most important instruments, such as:
    – social media,
    – internet
    – EU databases
    – analytical review and data analytics
    – official certification marks
    – frameworks set up by accredited renowned institutions
    – internal audit in an effective way
    – self-assessments and SATooling
    and many other instruments
  • How to innovate your way of thinking
  • How to innovate your approach of verifying and audit of operations and the assessment of the system
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
13:00

Lunch

14:00

Live Demonstrations: Exercises on How to Use Sophisticated Audit Software to Detect Irregularities and Fraud

For these exercises please bring your laptops and we will show you different IT tools, for example how possible electronic manipulations can be detected, how plagiarism can be detected with a special software, as well as many other very useful IT tools.

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
15:00

Coffee break

15:30

How to Best Prepare for the On-the-spot Visits

• Preparation for on-the-spot visits
• Set up of checklists and questionnaires before visiting the projects
• Investigative interviewing during management verifications and audits
• Writing reports in an attractive and understandable way

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
18:00

Social activity and common dinner with all speakers and participants

22:00

End of the Day 1

Day 2: Thursday, 26 September | 8:30-18:00

Chair of the Seminar
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

Day 2: On-the-spot Visits and Reporting

8:30

The second day of our Master Class will be devoted to the on-the-spot controls of the real projects. Jo Kremers will give you best practice recommendations on how to prepare for the on-the-spot verifications/audits. Altogether we will set up checklists and questionnaires for the upcoming on-the-spot visits. Afterwards we will go by bus to visit three real projects in the south of the Netherlands. During our bus tour you will receive the last recommendations for the fulfilment of all the requirements for the successful on-the-spot controls. After visiting the projects you will write reports, discuss them in groups and analysis the results of your on-the-spot controls together with the chair of our Master Class Jo Kremers.

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
17:00

In the evening we would like to visit the Treaty of Maastricht, which is the cradle of the European Union and therefore very important for us, citizens of the European Union.

Transportation and catering will be organised by Lexxion.

Day 3: Friday, 27 September

Chair of the Seminar
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

Day 3: Problem-Solving Day

09:00

Case Analysis & Advice on Possible Solutions for the Problems raised by Participants (inkl. Coffee break)

The whole day is devoted to the discussion of cases submitted by participants. The lessons drawn from the review of the first and second days will be used to analyse the problematic aspects of submitted cases and identify possible solutions.

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Case Analysis & Advice (Part II)

15:00

Summary & Closing discussion

15:30

End of the Master Class and Distribution of the Certificates

Speakers

Jo Kremers
Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

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Venue

Exclusive Venue in the Centre of Maastricht

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Maastricht, Netherlands
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Master Class with On-the-Spot Approach | 25.09.2019 - 27.09.2019 | Maastricht | Language English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 2.430,– (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 2.830,– (excl. VAT)

10% Summer Discount – Register by 31 August 2019!

21% VAT (Netherlands) will be added.

Seating limit
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
How to Detect and Combat Irregularities & Fraud in ESI Funds
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€2.830,00
How to Detect and Combat Irregularities & Fraud in ESI Funds
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€2.430,00

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