European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Workshop |
05.12.2019 - 06.12.2019 |
Vienna |
Language: English

Errors, Irregularities and Fraud in ESIF Programmes and Projects

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During the first day you will learn about differences between errors, irregularities and fraud, about common types of irregularities, about irregularities resulting from public procurement and State aid, about simplified cost options and irregularities, and how to proceed with irregularities and financial corrections. During the second we will present you the Anti-Fraud Game of Jo Kremers and train you on how to detect and combat fraud and corruption in the management of ESI Funds.

Please have a look at the programme and register now!

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Overview

The correct handling of irregularities and fraud within ESI Funds is still a very difficult issue for all involved bodies. The number of irregularities and fraud cases reported to the European Commission remains high, therefore member states need to continue their efforts to minimise the rate of irregularities and to prevent and combat fraud on the project and programme level. As a consequence, this topic remains high up on agenda for national authorities managing ESI Funds.

Managing authorities and intermediate bodies have to put in place effective and proportional risk management measures. Certifying Authorities are obliged to certify completeness, accuracy and veracity of accounts and that expenditure entered in accounts complies with applicable law. Audit authorities have to ensure that internationally accepted audit standards are applied, and have to conduct annual control report and annual opinion, presenting findings and corrective measures.

Irregularities and fraud on the project or programme level can lead 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 at preventing, detecting and combating irregularities and fraud at any stage of the management of ESI Funds.

Programme

The two-day intensive workshop focuses on the following topics:

  • Difference in definitions between error, irregularity and fraud
  • Role of managing, certifying, audit authorities and intermediate bodies in matters of irregularities and fraud
  • Most common types of irregularities
  • Public Procurement as the biggest source for irregularities and fraud
  • Most common procurement errors
  • Management verifications as a measure to prevent irregularities
  • How to proceed in case of irregularities and financial corrections?
  • Irregularities resulting from State aid
  • Simplified cost options and irregularities
  • How to avoid irregularities
  • Fraud and corruption in the procurement cycle
  • How to conduct fraud risk assessment and risk analysis
  • The Anti-fraud cycle: Prevention of fraud & corruption
  • How to detect and combat fraud

Who should participate?

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of management and control of ESI Funds, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
  • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
  • Auditors controlling and auditing ESI Funds programmes and projects
  • Experts from EU, National and regional Courts of Audit
  • Experts from Institutions involved in implementation of ESI funds
  • Consultants and lawyers specialised on ESI Funds
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects

Workshop Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are 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,- (each, excl. of VAT).
If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

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