Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Intensive Workshop | 21.11.2019 - 22.11.2019 | Barcelona | Language: English

Control and Audit of ESI Funds

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Managing, Certifying, Intermediate and Audit Authorities still face a number of challenges when implementing the audit and control requirements of the current programming period. At the same time, the first proposal for the Regulatory Framework for Structural Funds 2021-2027, aiming among others, to simplify financial management and control system of ESI Funds, will bring new practical questions. New regulations and requirements, as well as some old issues, can be challenging for professionals dealing with audit and control of ESI Funds.

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Overview

Managing authorities, intermediate bodies and beneficiaries 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 is to conduct audit on operations, audit on projects and 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. Furthermore audit authorities have to meet requirements and assessment criteria in system audit and audit of accounts, and effectively conduct audit of the management declaration. A failure to comply with the rules and incorrect reimbursements of EU Funds may lead to repayments and financial liability of the EU Member States. 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 audits.

Programme

The two-day intensive workshop focuses on the following topics:

  • Control and Audit Framework for Managing, Certifying, Intermediate and Audit Authorities in 2014-2020 and prospective for 2021-2027
  • Key requirements and assessment criteria related to system audits
  • How should managing authority/intermediate body/beneficiary best prepare for auditors’ visits?
  • What does the audit authority expect from the managing authority/intermediate body/beneficiary in terms of audits?
  • Audit of accounts
  • Audit documentation management (audit trail/working papers)
  • Audit of public procurement and audit of State aid
  • How to detect and manage errors and irregularities
  • How to combat fraud and corruption
  • How to analyse risks and implement a risk management system
  • Audit by the European Court of Auditors: Performance audit

Who should participate?

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of  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 specialised on ESI Funds
  • Beneficiaries of EU-funded projects

Workshop Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the workshop you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT).
If interested, please contact  Anya Zuschke.

Day 1: Thursday, 21. November | 08:45 - 17:15

08:45

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note by Lexxion and Chair; Introduction Round


Session 1: Control and Audit Framework for Managing, Intermidiate, Certifying and Audit Authorities in 2014-2020 and prospective for 2021-2027

09:30
  • Roles and responsibilities of the bodies involved in control and audit of ESI funds
  • Outlook into the future: Which challenges will the new Programming Period bring?
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
10:45

Coffee Break


Session 2: Audit Challenges for ESI Funds 

11:15

Audit Challenges for ESI Funds 

  • Audit on operations/projects/payment claims
  • Key requirements and assessment criteria related to system audits
  • System assessment categories
  • How should managing authorities/intermediate bodies/beneficiaries best prepare for auditors’ visits?
  • What does the audit authority expect from the the managing authority/intermediate body/beneficiary in terms of audits?
  • Audit of accounts and audit of management declaration
  • Audit documentation management (Audit trail/working papers)
  • Real-life practical examples on audits of projects from the Croatian Audit Authority
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
13:15

Lunch Break

14:15

Workshop “Auditors versus Auditees”

During this practical workshop participants from managing and certifying authorities as well as intermediate bodies will be asked to reflect on what and how they would prepare for audit control. Auditors will be asked to consider their expectations to the auditees. Finally, we will examine the gap between auditors and 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
15:00

Audit of Public Procurement and Audit of State Aid

(including 15 minutes coffee break)

  • Legal base and why focus on public procurement
  • Public procurement audit
  • State aid audit
Irena Vrkljan Didić Head of Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
16:30

Quiz Time

You are welcome to take part in the quiz and to test your gained knowledge. Don’t miss the chance to win special prizes from our 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
Irena Vrkljan Didić Head of Independent Service for Methodology and Quality Assurance, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (Croatian Audit Authority), Zagreb
16:45

Audit of Simplified Cost Options

  • How to ensure good cooperation between managing and audit Authorities?
  • Using SCOs: Considerations for Audit Authorities
  • Implications for the audit procedure Audit of methodology
  • Specific audit trail requirements
  • Compliance with eligibility rules, public procurement and State aid rules
  • Errors and irregularities in SCOs – how to avoid them?
  • Practical exercises and group work on eligibility of costs: How to avoid errors and irregularities in SCO?
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
(invited)
18:00

End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 22. November | 08:30 - 15:45

Session 3: Errors, Irregularities and Fraud in ESI Funds

08:00

Detecting and Managing Errors & Irregularities in ESI Funds

  • How to deal with errors and irregularities
  • Types of irregularities
  • How to prevent and detect irregularities
  • How to report irregularities
  • How to deal with financial corrections
  • How to strengthen and improve control and verification activities
Declan Wylde Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin
09:15

Group Work: What if Irregularities are Found?

Declan Wylde Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin
09:30

Coffee Break

10:00

Combating Fraud & Corruption in ESI Funds – Practical Insights

New Requirements and Tools

  • KR 7: anti-fraud measures
  • Instruments and methods for the prevention and detection of irregularities, fraud and corruption
  • How to identify red flags of fraud and corruption?
  • Cyber fraud
  • The anti‐fraud cycle
  • Capability of IT tools: The obligatory fraud risk self‐assessment tool and Arachne
  • Best practice from Latvia on implementation of Anti Fraud measures
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
11:00

Best practice: How to Analyse Risks and Implement a Risk Management System?

  • Programme and project risk management
  • Anti-fraud strategy
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
11:30

Best Practice: Experience on Combating Fraud and Corruption from Ireland

Declan Wylde Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin
12:00

Lunch Break


Session 4: Cooperation with External Auditors

13:00

Audits by the EU’s External Auditor –the European Court of Auditors

  • Financial and compliance audits – the ECA’s approach
Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
13:45

Performance Auditing

  • Reasons & objectives
  • Performance audit approaches and methodologies
  • Typical audit results
Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
14:30

Coffee Break

14:45

Case Study

A Real-life Performance Audit

Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
15:45

End of the Workshop and Distribution of Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

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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Irena Vrkljan Didić
Head of 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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Declan Wylde
Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Dublin

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Kurt Bungartz
Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  

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Venue

Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 171
Barcelona, Spanien
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Intensive Workshop | 21.11.2019 - 22.11.2019 | Barcelona | Language English

Teilnahmegebühren
Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde: € 1.240,- (exkl. USt)
Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr: € 1.640,- (exkl. USt)

21% USt (Spanien) wird zusätzlich berechnet.

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Control and Audit of ESI Funds
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€1.640,00
Control and Audit of ESI Funds
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€1.240,00

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