Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Intensive Summer Course |
12.09.2018 - 14.09.2018 |
Copenhagen |
Sprache: Englisch

Financial Control and Audit of ESI Funds 2014-2020

With the current programming period a number of changes and new instruments in the area of financial control and audit of ESI Funds have been introduced. A stronger control regime was established, aimed to prevent and detect irregularities and fraud at all stages. New regulations and requirements as well as some “old” issues can be challenging for professionals dealing with ESI Funds.

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. Not only eligibility of expenditures and compliance with complex State aid and public procurement rules have to be considered, but especially the new obligations, related to the Assurance Package, such as drawing up, certifying and submitting Annual Accounts to the EC, still raise a number of questions to first level controllers.

Furthermore Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities and Intermediate Bodies have to be aware of the new audit requirements in order to be best prepared for audit visits. The day-to-day obligation of Audit Authorities is to conduct audit on operations, audit on projects, audit on payment claims, which causes such difficulties as choosing the right sampling method, handling of error rates and auditing of state aid and public procurement. Besides, Audit Authorities have to meet new requirements and assessment criteria in system audit and audit of accounts, and effectively conduct audit of management declaration.

Irregularities and fraud at any stage of these processes can bring to repayments and financial corrections. When the amounts cannot be recovered and this is a result of fault of a Member State, the latter is obliged to reimburse these amounts to the budget of the Union. Therefore, national authorities have to meet the challenges of stronger financial controls and carry out the respective verifications and audits.


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    The three-day Summer Course focuses on the following topics:

    • Fulfilling performance framework and adaptation of operational programmes
    • Regulatory framework 2014-2020 for financial control and audit of ESI Funds
    • Life cycle of operations and tasks of the authorities involved
    • Administrative and on-the-spot verifications of ESI Funds
    • Verification of Simplified Cost Options, of State aid and public procurement
    • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits, in audits on operations and projects
    • Management of and most common irregularities in ESI Funds
    • Reporting and financial corrections: How to conduct financial corrections
    • Audit findings in State aid and public procurement
    • Audits by the European Court of Auditors
    • Combating fraud & corruption in ESI Funds
    • Assurance Package 2019 and challenges with annual accounts

    Why should you participate ?

    During our intensive course you will participate in numerous in-depth presentations, discussions, brainstorming sessions and interactive
    working groups, learn from practical
    case studies and exchange best practices on:
    • Financial management and control of ESI Funds
    • Conducting management verifications
    • Audit findings and recommendations in
    • ESIFDealing with irregularities and financial corrections
    • Audits by the European Court of Auditors
    • Audit of State aid and public procurement
    • Combatting fraud and corruption in ESI Funds
    Assurance Package and challenges with annual accounts Profit from the
    experience of acknowladged European
    experts, exchange ideas and challenges
    with the colleagues from other Member States.

    Who should participate?

    • Representatives from public authorities in dealing with different aspects of financial control and audit of ESI Funds 2014-2020, especially from:
      • Managing Authorities
      • Certifying Authorities
      • Audit Authorities
      • Intermediate Bodies
    • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
    • 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 specialized on ESI Funds
    • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects

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