European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Workshop | 26.09.2019 - 27.09.2019 | Venice | Language: English

Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds

With European funding involved, all ESI Funds managing bodies have to monitor and audit the procurement procedures for EU funded projects and ensure their compliance with national and European regulation. The knowledge of public procurement rules, acquaintance with relevant procedures as well as awareness of the potential violation risks and know-how in handling irregularities and financial corrections are indispensable for all experts involved in management and control of EU Funds.

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Overview

Public Procurement in the EU amounts to 1 trillion Euro. However, the violation of the public procurement rules remains one of the main sources of irregularities and fraud in projects co-financed by Structural Funds. The European Commission constantly implements decisions to suspend or interrupt European funding due to the infringements of public procurement procedures. Ensuring correct public procurement – a proper drafting of tenders, running of negotiations, assignment and conclusion of the contract – is essential for all contracting authorities.

Who should participate?

Experts responsible for monitoring, control and auditing of public procurement in:

  • ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD, EMFF Managing Authorities
  • Audit Authorities
  • Certifying Authorities
  • Intermediate Bodies

EU funds experts involved in the implementation of EU funded projects and acting as a contracting authority in public authorities such as:

  • National ministries
  • National agencies
  • Regional and local governments
  • City councils
  • National and Regional Development Agencies
  • Auditors from National and Regional Audit Authorities
  • Private companies acting as contractors for the implementation of EU funded projects
  • Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs
  • Private and Public Banks

Programme

Day 1: The Reformed Public Procurement Directives and Procedures

  • Current European procurement rules and their reform
  • The tendering phases from defining the tender to conclusion of the contract
  • Audit requirements

NEW! Problem Solving Session

At the end of day 1 you have the unique opportunity to discuss your burning questions and cases with Prof. Bovis who will get acquainted with the details of your problem and provide you with an advice on how to solve it.
All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Day 2: Managing ESI Funds

  • Public procurement and the management of Structural Funds
  • Tasks of Managing and Contracting Authorities
  • Most frequent public procurement errors
  • Determining, administrating and defining irregularities
  • COCOF Guidelines for determining financial corrections to be made to expenditure financed by the Union under shared management

Practical Workshops and Break-out Sessions

  • Putting in place a system to manage ESI Funds and Measures to Reduce the Risk of Procurement Errors and Fraud
  • Interactive Case Study on Audit Requirements

Workshop and/or Conference Material – No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop 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 € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Gaël Langosch.

Day 1: Thursday, 26 September | 09:00 - 18:00

Chair of the Seminar
Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
09:00

Welcome note by Lexxion and chair; Introduction of participants

09:15

Current European Procurement Law and the Reforms

  • Directive 2014/23/EU: Concessions
  • Directive 2014/24/EU: Public Sector Simplification
  • Directive 2014/25/EU: Utilities
  • What is new?
  • State of play of the transposition across the EU
Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

Public Procurement Proceedings in Theory

Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Interactive Tutorial: Tendering Phases in Practice

Participants will split into parallel working groups to apply the requirements of different tendering phases to real cases.

  • Parallel Break-out session 1: Pre-tendering phase
  • Parallel Break-out session 2: Tendering phase
  • Parallel Break-out session 3: Post-award phase
  • Presentation of findings in panel
Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
14:45

Coffee Break

15:00

Practical Workshop on Audit Requirements and Compliance – Case Study

Participants will be split into smaller working groups to discuss and work on practical exercises. Afterwards, all groups will present their findings in panel and exchange views with the auditor.

Pavel Hradecky Head of EU Funds Unit, EU Economic Policy Coordination Department, Office of the Government, Prague
16:30

Funded Procurement and its control – A Tense Relationship

Alexandra Terzaki Public Procurement Law Expert and Business Consultant, Terzaki Unternehmensberatung, Vienna
18:00

End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 27 September | 09:00 - 15:00

Chair of the Seminar
Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
09:00

Public Procurement in ESI-Funded Programmes – View of  a Managing Authority

  • ESI-funded programmes and public procurement
  • Responsibilities of programme bodies with regard to public procurement
  • Most common procurement questions and errors
  • Fraud risks in public procurement
  • The use of Simplified Cost Options and public procurement
  • Joint cross-border public procurement parallel
Christina Bauer Head of Managing Authority “Alpine Space Programme”, Salzburg
10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

10:45

Interactive workshop

Participants will apply the theory to practical cases in small working groups

Christina Bauer Head of Managing Authority “Alpine Space Programme”, Salzburg
11:15

Preventing Irregularities and Conducting Financial Corrections in Operational Programmes

  • Introduction to Monitoring and Control
  • Preventing Irregularities and Financial Corrections
  • Corrections and Closure
  • Controlling beneficiaries
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
12:30

Lunch & Networking

13:30

Case Studies

Handling Irregularities in EU-funded Projects and Operational Programmes

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
14:00

Problem Solving Session

This session is especially designed for your burning questions and cases. Prof. Bovis will take time to discuss your case with you and provide you with an advice on how to solve it.

You just have to let us know in advance whether you want to book a 15-minutes confidential discussion time.

In order to allow a proper preparation, we would advice to send us a short description of your case in advance, so Prof. Bovis can get acquainted with the details of your problem.

Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
14:45

Summary and discussion of the seminar’s proceedings and main findings – Closing Q&A

Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
15:00

End of Workshop & Distribution of Certificates

*Programme may be subject to change


Confirmation of Participation

You will receive a confirmation letter at the end of the workshop.

Speakers

Christopher Bovis
Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL

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Pavel Hradecky
Head of EU Funds Unit, EU Economic Policy Coordination Department, Office of the Government, Prague

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Alexandra Terzaki
Public Procurement Law Expert and Business Consultant, Terzaki Unternehmensberatung, Vienna

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Christina Bauer
Head of Managing Authority “Alpine Space Programme”, Salzburg

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Simon Hannah
ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge

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Venue

Exclusive Venue in the Centre of Venice

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Venice, Italy
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Interactive Workshop | 26.09.2019 - 27.09.2019 | Venice | Language English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1.240,– (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.640,– (excl. VAT)

Discount for European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL) subscribers: € 100,-

10% Summer Discount – Register by 31 August 2019! (not combinable with any other discount)

The Italian VAT of 22% will be added.

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

Are you a public authority?
Ticket Type Price Spaces
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Regular fee / Regulärer Preis
€1.640,00 N/A
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Regular fee inlc. Early Bird Discount / Regulärer Preis inkl. Frühbucherrabatt
€1.476,00
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Regular fee inlc. Early Bird Discount + 100€ EPPPL subscriber discount / Regulärer Preis inkl. Frühbucherrabatt + 100€ EPPPL Aborabatt
€1.376,00
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00 N/A
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Reduced fee for public authorities incl. Early Bird Discount / Reduzierter Preis für Hochschulen/Behörden inkl. Frühbucherrabatt
€1.116,00
Public Procurement Requirements for ESI Funds
Reduced fee for public authorities incl. Early Bird Discount + 100€ EPPPL subscriber discount / Reduzierter Preis für Hochschulen/Behörden inkl. Frühbucherrabatt + 100€ EPPPL Aborabatt
€1.016,00

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