European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Online Course |
30.09.2020 - 02.10.2020 |
Online |
Language: English

Financial Management, Control and Audit of ESI Funds: Outlook on 2021-2027

With the proposed regulations for the upcoming programming period 2021-2027, the European Commission aims to introduce a number of changes and new instruments that the Member States need to implement into their Operational Programmes. New regulations and requirements can be challenging for professionals dealing with financial management and control of ESI Funds. The upcoming Interactive Online Course will provide you with first-hand information and expert guidance on financial management and control requirements, which are essential for the successful implementation of ESI Funds in this and in the next programming period.

Participate from wherever you are – high-quality content delivered to your (home) office. This is your first online course with Lexxion? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide.

Participants receive a certificate upon participation.

Starting from € 1.280,- (excl. VAT)


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    Overview

    Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies have to conduct administrative and on-the-spot verifications in order to ensure efficient and reliable first level control procedure. Some of the requirements of this and next programming periods can be challenging for the involved authorities. Eligibility of expenditures, compliance with complex State aid and public procurement rules, Simplified Cost Options have to be considered. The obligations, related to the Assurance Package, such as drawing up, certifying and submitting annual accounts to the EC, also still raise a number of questions for first level controllers. Furthermore, Managing Authorities, Responsible Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Delegated Authorities and Certifying Authorities have to be aware of the audit requirements in order to be best prepared for audit visits.

    The day-to-day obligation of Audit Authorities in this and next programming period is to conduct audit on operations, audit on projects, audit on payment claims. This can cause difficulties, such as choosing the right sampling methodhandling of error rates, ex-ante checks of Simplified Cost Options and audit of State aid and public procurement. Audit Authorities also have to meet the requirements and assessment criteria in system audits and audit of accounts, and effectively conduct verification of management declaration.

    Irregularities and fraud at any stage of these processes can lead to repayments and financial corrections. To avoid these financial losses, national authorities have to implement stronger financial controls and carry out the respective verifications and audits very carefully.

    Programme

    The 3-day Interactive Online Course focuses on the following topics:

    • Financial management and control requirements 2014-2020 versus 2021-2027: What will actually change?
    • ESIF for emergency measures 2014-2020 and new challenges for MA/IB and CA
    • Experience and Lessons Learnt for Preparing for Verification Activities in 2021-2027 – Challenges for Managing Authorities
    • Administrative and on-the-spot verifications of ESI Funds
    • Verification of Simplified Cost Options
    • Verification of State aid and public procurement
    • Verification of eligibility of expenditure
    • Sampling
    • Changes and challenges for Audit Authorities in 2021-2027
    • Changes and challenges for Audit Authorities related to the Coronavirus outbreak
    • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits, audits on operations and projects
    • Audit of Simplified Cost Options
    • Audit findings in State aid and public procurement
    • Audit of project selection
    • Audit documentation management
    • Management of and most common irregularities in ESI Funds
    • Reporting and financial corrections: How to conduct financial corrections
    • Combating fraud and corruption in ESI Funds
    • Irregularities and fraud risks related to COVID-19
    • Establishing and Functioning of AFCOS Network on the National Level – Experience from Montenegro

    Who should participate?

    • Representatives from public authorities dealing with different aspects of financial management and control of ESI Funds, especially from:
      • Managing Authorities
      • Responsible Authorities
      • Intermediate Bodies
      • Delegated Authorities
      • Certifying Authorities
      • Audit Authorities
    • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programmes
    • Auditors controlling and auditing ESI Funds programmes and projects
    • Experts from EU, national and regional Court of Auditors
    • Experts from Institutions involved in implementation of ESI funds
    • Consultants and lawyers specialised in ESI Funds
    • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects

    Course Material – No need to miss anything!

    If you were unable to attend the online course you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

    Zoom is our interactive online course 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 course
    • A wired connection is strongly recommended.
    • If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the 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 online course.
    • Please test your microphone and camera in advance. For this please install zoom and follow these
      instructions
    • In order to join the live online course, please open the URL link, which you receive from us. Please install
      the zoom, if not done yet
    • Click on “Join a Meeeting”, enter your full name, so that we could recognize you, and wait in the waiting
      room, until our host will let you in
    • Use your headset and camera

    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 course participants.

    Will the online 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?
    Yes, you should install Zoom app. Please click on the URL link, which you receive from us. It will automatically prompt to download the app.

    Can I ask questions during the online 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 online course I’m attending?
    Please enter Zoom 10 minutes before start. Our host will let you in in due time.

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

    May I access via Phone?
    Yes, you can. Participating via phone means you can listen only.

    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?
    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 online@lexxion.eu. We need to have a separate testing before the start of the online 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?
    online@lexxion.eu is happy to help you.

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