European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Online Course |
29.06.2020 - 30.06.2020 |
Online |
Language: English

Interactive Online Course on Management and Control of ESI Funds During and Post COVID-19 Crisis

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As a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, ESI Funds managers and auditors are facing a lot of changes and challenges when implementing and controlling ESI Funds under the amended Regulations. In order to create a helpdesk for you and to navigate you through all the difficulties and challenges, we are happy to invite you to this interactive online course. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we would like to create an atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course and encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants.

Join from wherever you are – high-quality content delivered to your (home) office. Please check your device compatibility to be ready to attend the online course. This is your first interactive online course with Lexxion? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide.

Starting from € 790,- (excl. VAT)

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Overview and Preliminary Programme

As a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, ESI Funds managers and auditors are facing a lot of changes and challenges when implementing and controlling ESI Funds under the amended Regulations. In order to create a helpdesk for you and to navigate you through all the difficulties and challenges, we are happy to invite you to this interactive online course. Following topics are on the agenda:

  • Amended Regulatory Environment Related to COVID-19 Crisis – CRII and CRII+
  • Challenges for Managing Authorities Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Challenges for Audit Authorities Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Programming and Implementation of Financial Instruments during the Coronavirus Crisis
  • Risk Assessment, Irregularities and Fraud of ESI Funds Related to COVID-19 Crisis
  • Compliance with State Aid and Public Procurement – Implications of the Pandemic
  • Experiences from Member States on Implementation of COVID-19 Projects

Methodology

An interactive online course by Lexxion Publisher combines presentations, cases studies and discussions on practical problems. All speakers present live via video and audio. Participants are actively involved in the online courses. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we aim to recreate the atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course. We encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants. Additionally, we offer breakout sessions, as part of this format, where participants work in smaller groups on real-life cases and exercises. During these exercises, participants have the technical possibility to see other group members and talk to them (using microphone and camera). There are ample opportunities for the participants to present their own problematic issues, discuss and solve them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

The interactive online course materials are available for download before and after the event.

Upon request participants receive a certificate of participation.

Methodology

An interactive online course by Lexxion Publisher combines presentations, cases studies and discussions on practical problems. All speakers present live via video and audio. Participants are actively involved in the online courses. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we aim to recreate the atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course. We encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants. Additionally, we offer breakout sessions, as part of this format, where participants work in smaller groups on real-life cases and exercises. During these exercises, participants have the technical possibility to see other group members and talk to them (using microphone and camera). There are ample opportunities for the participants to present their own problematic issues, discuss and solve them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

 

The interactive online course materials are available for download before and after the event.

Upon request participants receive a certificate of participation.

Target Group

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

What participants of the previous Online Events of Lexxion said:

“Everything was perfect. The topic, the issues tackled, the presenters. I had again the feeling that we are one community. I had private communication with some speakers and they were really very helpful.”

“This webinar was extremely helpful, in order to understand the next steps of the Member States. Thank you very much!”

Bigmarker is our online platform. In order to join our online course, please check your device compatibility first.

What do you need in order to join the online course?

  • Speakers, Microphone; Camera is possible, if you would like to be seen during the online course.
  • A wired connection is strongly recommended.
  • If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the online course by telephone, using a dial-in number. In this case there might be additional telephone costs.

How to join the online course?

  • Choose the computer from which you would like to follow the course.
  • Please check your device compatibility.
  • As soon as you get the invitation link: Please register for the online course by clicking the invitation link.
  • 15 minutes before the course: Bring your headphones, click the invitation link, enter and enjoy the interactive online course!

Minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or later; Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Linux.
  • Browser: The most recently-published versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Opera.
  • High-speed internet: A consistent, high-speed connection is required. Mobile tethering, hotspots, slow or inconsistent public Wi-Fi networks may create latency when using video conferencing.

FAQ

Why do I need to register before the online course starts?
Thank you for registering! This not only helps us to communicate with you in regard to technical issues but it helps you to network with your fellow participants.

Will the live course be recorded?
Please ask the responsible event manager.

Do I need a camera?
It is recommended to have a camera for more comfortable communication with the speakers and other participants.

Do I need a microphone?
Since this is an interactive online course, yes.

Do I need to install anything?
No. We expect you to have a browser.

Can I ask questions during the live course?
Yes, you can ask your questions live by using your microphone. You can speak to all participants at the same time as you may have experienced in Skype.

When can I enter the live course I’m attending?
15 minutes before the start. You only can enter if you have passed the system check.

May I leave the online course and come back later?
Yes, just log in at a later time during the course.

May I access via Phone?
Yes, you can. Participating via phone means you can listen only. There may be telephone costs for dial-in.

Can’t find invitation?
Please check your spam-folder. You should also ask your colleague from the IT department to ‘whitelist’ us. For more details please ask the corresponding event manager, who will be happy to help you.

I failed the Firewall System Check – what can I do?
Please contact your IT department and have them open the necessary ports, which can be found here.

What are the detailed System requirements?
All requirements can be found here.

I failed the Audio Output System Test – what can I do?
If you are using headphones or external speakers, try unplugging them. Please unmute your device. Test your speakers here to find out if they work.

I would like to participate but I’m waiting for an approval. Can I order a ticket on the day of the online course?
Sure. Please message webinar@lexxion.eu. We need to have a separate testing before the start of the course.

My email address has changed – can I still participate?
Sure. Please provide us with your updated email adress; you will then receive a new invitation.

How do I contact the host of the online course?
webinar@lexxion.eu is happy to help you.

Day 1: Monday, 29 June | 10:00 - 15:30

Chair of the Seminar
Marek Szczepański Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw
10:00

Welcome from Lexxion Publisher and the Chair of the Online Course, Introduction round among the participants, Rules of the Online course will be explained

10.30

Session 1: Amended Regulatory Environment Related to COVID-19 Crisis – CRII and CRII+

  • Objectives of CRII and CRII+
  • Facilitating EU-funded investments
  • Keyword: Simplification
  • Changes on FEAD rules
  • Supporting the seafood sector
  • Supporting farmers and rural areas
Alina Ploae Counsellor in the Managing Authority for Romania-Serbia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and INTERREG IPA Cross border Cooperation Romania Serbia Programme, Directorate -MA for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
11:15

Virtual coffee break

Session 2: Challenges for Managing Authorities Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak

11:30

Implementation and Control Rules in Times of Force Majeure

  • Flexibility for Managing Authorities/Intermediate Bodies and final beneficiaries
  • Amendment of Operational Programmes
  • Examples of possible modifications of Operational Programmes
  • Amendment of Partnership Agreement – no need?
  • How to adapt eligibility rules in order to tackle the negative effects of the Coronavirus pandemic?
  • What will happen with the existing projects: should the project continue, should delivery date be extended, should the project be redesigned or should the project be suspended?
  • To what extend should Managing Authorities allow the extension of the projects to final beneficiaries?
  • What will happen with the delayed projects?
  • New schemes from the Managing Authorities (f.ex. to support SMEs…)
  • Final payment claims
  • Performance framework
  • Scope of on-the-spot verifications: Risk based approach in the verifications
Alina Ploae Counsellor in the Managing Authority for Romania-Serbia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and INTERREG IPA Cross border Cooperation Romania Serbia Programme, Directorate -MA for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
12:45

Selection of Projects

  • How to adapt new calls for project proposals to address the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis?
  • How to avoid gaps and errors during the selection process?
  • How to conduct verification of the real needs during the selection process?
  • Examples of the selected projects
Alina Ploae Counsellor in the Managing Authority for Romania-Serbia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and INTERREG IPA Cross border Cooperation Romania Serbia Programme, Directorate -MA for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
13:00

Virtual lunch break

Session 3: Challenges for Audit Authorities Related to the Coronavirus Crisis

13:30

Communication from the European Commission to Audit Authorities Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Second amendment of the Common Provisions Regulation as EU response to COVID-19 crisis
  • Simplification of audit requirements
  • Main changes and challenges for auditors after the Coronavirus outbreak
Marina Mandac Senior Auditor in Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
14:00

Administrative and On-the-spot Checks
(incl. break at 14:30-14:45)

  • Changes in the co-funding rates of projects
  • When should statistical and when non-statistical sampling methodologies be used?
  • Performance of on-the-spot checks
  • Best practices from Croatia
Marina Mandac Senior Auditor in Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
15:00

Obtaining Reasonable Assurance after Changes in Audit Approach

  • How do Audit Authorities adjust their working tools?
  • Working methods and tools
  • Communication with the auditees
Marina Mandac Senior Auditor in Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
15:30

End of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 30 June | 09:30 - 15:30

Chair of the Seminar
Marek Szczepański Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw
09:30

Session 4: Programming and Implementation of Financial Instruments during the Coronavirus Crisis
(incl. virtual break at 11:00-11:15)

  • How situation caused by COVID-19 can influence the implementation of Financial Instruments (supply and demand side)?
  • What might be response of Managing Authority / Fund of Fund Manager to the new situation? incl. possibility of operational programmes modification – Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and CRII Plus)
  • Rules and methods of updating ex-ante assessment and investment strategy in COVID-19 time
  • Modification of existing financial instruments and development of new ones (loans and guarantees) – Polish cases
  • Re-use of resources allocated to financial instruments – Polish cases
  • First lessons learned for programing financial instruments for period 2021-2027
Marek Szczepański Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw

Session 5: Risk Assessment, Irregularities and Fraud of ESI Funds Related to COVID-19 Crisis

11:45

Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis

  • Risks related to the calls for project proposals, which aim to tackle the effects of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Risks related to the implementation of projects, which aim to tackle the effects of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Risks related to remote auditing/changed scope of on-the-spot controls
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
12:15

Virtual lunch break

12:45

Errors, Irregularities and Fraud

  • Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII)
    • Specific EC guidelines on programme change and audit simplification due to Corona virus outbreak
    • European level and National level programmes for support are being granted in a flexible manner now, in a rush, and auditors will need to be even more cautious
    • EC and ECA are still auditing AA work, so keeping record of all simplifications is vital
  • Increase of fraud cases and irregularities as the planning period is ending, now potentially much more boosted also by COVID 19 crisis opportunists
  • Fake news and trusted news – which will be the basis for many audit findings ahead
  • The new EPPO – if and how is the introduction of European Public Prosecutor’s Office going ahead
  • New fraud risks related to the implementation of anti-COVID 19 measures;
  • How to avoid errors during the implementations of the projects
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
14:00

Virtual coffee break

14:15

Session 6: Compliance with State Aid and Public Procurement – Implications of the Pandemic

  • Commission’s Temporary Framework on State aid. What is relevant for ESI Funds?
  • State aid rules for financial instruments (temporary measures)
  • New Guidance on using the public procurement framework in the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Modification of the rules for selection of Financial Intermediaries
Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
Christopher Bovis Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull, Hull; Managing Editor of EPPPL
14:45

Session 7: Experiences from Member States on Implementation of COVID-19 Projects

  • First experiences from different Member States: Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Romania
  • Early lessons learnt
Marek Szczepański Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
Alina Ploae Counsellor in the Managing Authority for Romania-Serbia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and INTERREG IPA Cross border Cooperation Romania Serbia Programme, Directorate -MA for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
Marina Mandac Senior Auditor in Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
15:30

End of Day 2

* Programme may be subject to change.

Speakers

Marek Szczepański
Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw

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Alina Ploae
Counsellor in the Managing Authority for Romania-Serbia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and INTERREG IPA Cross border Cooperation Romania Serbia Programme, Directorate -MA for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

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Marina Mandac
Senior Auditor in Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb

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Inese Levana
Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga

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Anita Gyürkés
Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

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

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Interactive Online Course | 29.06.2020 - 30.06.2020 | Online | Language: English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 790,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 990,- (excl. VAT)

The German VAT of 19% will be added.

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Financial Management and Control of ESI Funds During and Post COVID-19 Crisis
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€790,00
Financial Management and Control of ESI Funds During and Post COVID-19 Crisis
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€990,00

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