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.Share
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
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 Mariell Raisma.
Day 1: Thursday, 24 September | 09:00 - 18:00
Welcome note by Lexxion and chair; Introduction of participants
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
Coffee Break & Networking
Public Procurement Proceedings in Theory
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
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.
Funded Procurement and its control – A Tense Relationship
End of Day 1
Day 2: Thursday, 24 September | 09:00 - 15:00
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
Coffee Break & Networking
Participants will apply the theory to practical cases in small working groups
Preventing Irregularities and Conducting Financial Corrections in Operational Programmes
- Introduction to Monitoring and Control
- Preventing Irregularities and Financial Corrections
- Corrections and Closure
- Controlling beneficiaries
Lunch & Networking
Handling Irregularities in EU-funded Projects and Operational Programmes
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.
Summary and discussion of the seminar’s proceedings and main findings – Closing Q&A
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.
Exclusive Venue in the Heart of Athens
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,-
The Greek VAT of 24% will be added.
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.