European Structural and Investment Funds
Intensive Online Course |
21.04.2021 - 23.04.2021 |
Online |
Language: English

Spring Course: Innovation in Management and Control of EU Funds. Towards a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative Europe

On the way to a green, digital, resilient and innovative Europe 2021-2027, it is crucial not only  to select and implement the projects, which fit into the framework of the European Commission about innovative, resilient, digital and green Europe, but also to use new, innovative approaches and instruments for the controlling activities of this kind of projects.

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 € 1.490,- (online, excl. VAT)

Reservation: You are welcome to reserve your seat, which is financially non-binding. For this, please drop me an email.: zuschke@lexxion.eu

Cancellation: The cancellation of participation must be in writing and is possible free of charge up to 14 days before the start of the event. In case of no-show or cancellation later than two weeks before the date of the event, the entire event price plus VAT is due.

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Overview

On the way to a green, digital, resilient and innovative Europe 2021-2027, it is crucial for the involved authorities to:

  • Select and implement the projects, which fit into the framework of the European Commission about innovative, resilient, digital and green Europe,
  • Use new, innovative approaches and instruments for the controlling activities; they will help to make management control, verifications and audits of EU Funds even more efficient, effective and successful.

Topics

Session 1: Experience and Lessons Learnt from 2014-2020 for Management and Control of Innovative and Green Projects in 2021-2027

Session 2:  Programming and Management of ESI Funds: On the way to a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative  Europe

Session 3: How to Control  this kind of projects from the Managing Authority Perspective

Session 4: Practical Aspects of Control in Financial Instrument

Session 5: Using Innovative Approaches for Your Controlling Activities – ESIF Innovation Game by Jo Kremers.

The participants will be actively involved in the course in various exercises and group work. An engaging round-table format will offer a platform to learn the new methods and instruments, data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the controlling activities. Besides expert presentations, the sessions will include discussions and exchange of national (best) practices as well as expert guidance on how to best implement and apply the foreseen measures and strategies in your country.

And don’t forget, as Jo Kremers (one of the speakers of this course) always says during his presentations, “a day without laughing is a day wasted!” 

Who Should Participate

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

Previous Participants Said

“Thank you for organising the delivery of this course which went really well.  The breakout rooms were a novel and worthy idea. It was also helpful to have the slides which are very useful resources for our work”.

“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 was my first experience in a Lexxion online seminar. Great organisation. Big “Thank you” to the organisers and presenters!”

Methodology

The three-day intensive course offers the possibility to meet with experts from EU institutions, Member States as well as the private sector. The different perspectives of our experienced trainers will support you in applying complex rules to your practical day-to-day work. To achieve the best results, a mix of learning methods will be applied in the course.

Our approach combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of the applied rules:

1) Identification of the main rules and principles,
2) Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles,
3) Application of the rules and principles.

The participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunity to present your own issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the course. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Online Course

During the online course by Lexxion Publisher 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). Moreover, we make use of different interactive features of the online platform, such as polls, multiple choice questions and quizzes. This way participants can test their knowledge on the topic, anonymously. 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.


Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to attend the course you may want to order all the presentations shown during the event. The price is € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

How to Join the Course Online

Zoom is the platform for online participation in this course. In order to join the course online, please check your device compatibility first.

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

  • 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.

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

How do I join the course online?

  • Choose the computer from which you would like to follow the course.
  • Please install the zoom, if not done yet. Install here.
  • Please test your microphone and camera in advance. For this, follow these instructions.
  • Open the Zoom App, click on “Join a Meeeting”, enter your full name, so that we could recognise you, enter the ID and the Passcode, which we sent you, and wait in the waiting room, until our host will let you in.
  • Alternatively, it is possible to use Zoom through browser or through skype for business. BUT! Some functions are not available in these versions, therefore we highly recommend using the downloaded App.
  • Use your headset and camera.

FAQ for Online Participation

Why do I need to register before the 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 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 course, yes.

Do I need to install anything?
Yes, you should install Zoom app here.

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

May I leave the 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.

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.

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 course?
Sure. Please message events@lexxion.eu.

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 course?
events@lexxion.eu is happy to help you.

Day 1: Wednesday, 21 April | 09:30 - 15:30

09:30

Welcome from Lexxion. Introduction round between speakers and participants.

10:00

Session 1: Experience and Lessons Learnt from 2014-2020 for Management and Control of Innovative and Green Projects in 2021-2027

11:00

Coffee break

11:15

Session 2: Programming and Management of ESI Funds: On the way to a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative Europe

  • How to fit Managing Authority thinking into the framework of the European Commission about an innovative, resilient, digital and green Europe?
  • Potential of such projects in Member States?
  • How to access and select this kind of projects?
  • Which instruments should be used to finance such projects?
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
12:45

Lunch break

13:15

Session 3: How to Control this kind of projects from the Managing Authority Perspective

  • Conducting Risk Management – focus on long-term effects
  • How to verify this kind of projects?
  • How do Managing Authorities adjust their working tools?
  • Innovative methods in working approach and processes of the Managing Authority
  • Communication with the beneficiaries
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
14:30

Session 4: Practical Aspects of Control in Financial Instruments

  • Financial instruments under Cohesion Policy – brief overview
  • Management and control of financial instruments – responsibilities of the main stakeholders
  • Control of financial instruments – perspectives of Managing Authority, Fund of Fund Manager, Financial Intermediary and Final Recipient (Polish experience and lessons learnt)
  • Management and control of financial instruments – key changes planned for 2021-2027 period
Marek Szczepański Former Managing Director in BGK (National Development Bank), responsible for Financial Instruments; Owner of MWS Consulting, Warsaw
15:30

End of Day 1

Day 2: Thursday, 22 April | 09:30 - 15:00

Session 5: Using Innovative Approaches for Audits and Management Verifications – THE ESIF INNOVATION GAME

This ESIF Innovation Game consists of two parts

  • a Team Game
  • an Individual Game

The winners of both Team and Individual Games these will receive an award.

09:30

Conducting Risk Management and Risk Analysis of the Projects
(including coffee break at 10:15-10:45)

  • Risk management and Healthy Scepticism, including lessons learned (current period and COVID-19 experiences)
  • An introduction of Risk Management, realistic cases and lessons learned
  • New upcoming risks in a Digital, Green , Resilient World were Climate is changing. Be prepared!
  • Risks to focus on while selection operations (KR2), managing, verfying and auditing them.
    So innovate your Management Verifications and audits!
  • An Innovative way, by use of Artificial Intelligence, HI-Tech, Data Mining, Robot-Eyes, Sophisticated Tools, Data Analytics and so on
  • What would help you to get acquainted with and understand the project better?
  • Threats inside and outside the organisation
  • Identifying risks for objectivity, equality and independency in selection
  • Risks for regularity and legality of expenditures, and the image and reputation of the Funds and the authorities
  • Risks of lack of expertise to assess and to decide about potential new innovative projects, and lack of expertise to verify and audit these types of projects; including corruption, bribery, manipulation, non-integrity risks
  • How to control those risks?
  • Analysing the risks – identifying the risk causes
  • Risks of non-integrity, conflicts of interest within authorities and by that for the image of the authorities and the Funds
  • New methods and instruments , data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the verifications and audits
  • How to design, implement and incorporate a culture of integrity, effective anti-fraud policies, deterrence techniques and vigilance systems
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
12:45

Lunch break

13:45

Use of Innovative Sources and Innovative Instruments for Controlling Activities
(including coffee break at 15:00-15:30)

  • How to use social media sources, Artificial Intelligence, HI-Tech, Data Mining, Robot-Eyes, Sophisticated Tools, Data Analytics and so on to make management verifications and audits effective and efficient?
  • Which useful information can be found on the internet about the project?
  • How EU databases can be helpful for you?
  • Practical exercises, demonstrating benefits of using internet resources for your controlling activities
  • Use of analytical review and data-analytics
  • Use of official certification marks or declaration of conformity
  • How to use the most important (audit) instruments in an effective way
  • How to invest in more effective interviews
  • Use of self-assessments and SATooling
  • Use of internal audit in an effective way
  • Use of frameworks set up by accredited renowned institutions
  • Use of historical data and (upcoming/expected) trends
  • Use of innovative techniques in your presentation
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
15:00

End of Day 2

Day 3: Friday, 23 April | 09:30 - 14:30

09:30

Conducting On-the-spot Visits
(including coffee break at 10:00-10:30)

  • Preparation for on-the-spot visits, by sophisticated desk research by use of innovative (IT) tools
  • Data analysis, financial and non-financial information
  • How to make use of IT tools, and related regulations
  • Preparation for on-the-spot visits, desk research by use of innovative (IT) tools
  • Set up of checklists and questionnaires before visiting the projects
  • Fact finding, collecting and checking evidence by use of automation, robotics, and other (IT) tools
  • Writing reports in an attractive and understandable way
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
12:00

Lunch break

13:00

Live Demonstrations: Exercises on How to Use Innovative and Sophisticated (Audit) Software as part of

  • selection of operations
  • management verifications
  • effective anti fraud measures
  • system audit
  • audits on operations

For these exercises please bring your laptops and we will demonstrate how to use different IT tools, for example how to detect possible electronic manipulations, to spot plagiarism using a special software, as well as many other helpful IT-based tips and tricks.

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
14:00

Individual Game.
Check your healthy scepticism and your way of thinking, by use of practical and life like cases

14:30

And don’t forget, as Jo always says during his presentations, “a day without laughting is a day wasted!” , the same as for this ESI Funds Innovation game.
And “Who will be the Winner of this Game”? Will it be you or your colleague?

14:30

End of the Course and Distribution of Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

Speakers

Simon Hannah
ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge

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

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Jo Kremers
Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

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Venue

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Online-Registration

Intensive Online Course | 21.04.2021 - 23.04.2021 | Online | Language: English

Participation fees for online participation:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 1.490,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.890,- (excl. VAT)

19% VAT (Germany) will be added. For online participation the following applies additionally: Customers from other EU countries with a valid VAT ID number will receive an invoice without VAT (reverse charge).

Please contact events@lexxion.eu if technical problems occur during the booking process.

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