European Structural and Investment Funds
Webinar |
09.06.2020 |
Online |
Language: English

Live Webinar: Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Consequences of the Coronavirus outbreak significantly impact usual procedures and approaches for the management and control of EU Funds. Despite all the COVID-19 obstacles, auditors have to fulfil their professional obligations and conduct audits of EU Funded projects, comply with the amended regulations and obtain reasonable assurance about proper management of EU Funds. Join our live webinar and find answers to all your questions related to changes and challenges for Audit Authorities related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Participation fee: € 190,- (excl. VAT)

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Overview and Preliminary Programme

Consequences of the Coronavirus outbreak significantly impact usual procedures and approaches for the management and control of EU Funds. Despite all the COVID-19 difficulties, auditors have to fulfil their professional obligations and conduct audits of EU Funded projects, comply with the amended regulations and obtain reasonable assurance about proper management of EU Funds. In order to navigate this challenging environment, we are providing information on the following pressing topics during our live webinar:

  • Which supporting information did the European Commission provide to Audit Authorities during this time of uncertainty?
  • What are the new working methods and tools for Audit Authorities?
  • How do Audit Authorities adjust their communication with the auditees?
  • What are statistical and non-statistical sampling methodologies?
  • Which methodology should auditors use, depending on the co-funding rates of projects?
  • Equal probability selection methodology and probability proportional to expenditure selection methodology
  • How should auditors conduct on-the-spot checks?
  • Best practices from Croatia and Bulgaria

Methodology

A live webinar by Lexxion Publisher combines presentations, cases studies and discussions on practical problems. All speakers present live via video and audio. Participants can ask questions and actively engage in discussions at any time using the Q&A chat function.
The webinar materials are available for download 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 EU Funds, especially from:
    • Audit Authorities
    • Managing Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
    • Certifying Authorities
  • Internal Auditors
  • External Auditors
  • EU Funds experts from regional and local authorities
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
  • Public and private banks
  • Consultants

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Please contact Anya Zuschke.

Tuesday, 9 June | 09:30 - 13:00

Chair of the Seminar
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
09:30

Welcome from Lexxion and from the Chair of the Webinar

09:35

Session 1: 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 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
10:00

Session 2: Administrative and On-the-spot Checks

(incl. virtual break at 10:45-11:15)

  • Changes in the co-funding rates of projects
  • When should statistical and when non-statistical sampling methodologies be used?
  • Real-life examples about Equal probability selection methodology and probability proportional to expenditure selection methodology
  • Performance of on-the-spot checks
  • Best practices from Croatia
  • Experience from Bulgaria
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
Krasimir Nikolov Chief Internal Auditor in the Audit Authority at the Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
12:00

Session 3: 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
12:30

Q & A

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
Krasimir Nikolov Chief Internal Auditor in the Audit Authority at the Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
13:00

End of the webinar

Speakers

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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Krasimir Nikolov
Chief Internal Auditor in the Audit Authority at the Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria

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Webinar | 09.06.2020 | Online | Language: English

Participation fee
€ 190,- (excl. VAT)

The German VAT of 19% will be added.

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