Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Workshop |
19.11.2020 - 20.11.2020 |
Barcelona |
Sprache: Englisch

Audit and Control of ESI Funds – Outlook on the New MFF

Managing, Certifying, Intermediate and Audit Authorities  face a number of challenges when implementing the audit and control requirements of the current programming period. At the same time, the proposals 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.

Starting from € 1.240,- (excl. VAT)

Event format: Please note that that we will turn this event into an online course should Covid-19 related restrictions prevent Face-to-face meetings from taking place.

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

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.

We take care of your wellbeing:

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces and sanitary facilities
  • Sufficient ventilation of event room
  • Recommended hand hygiene
  • Possibility to keep distance between all speakers and participants
  • Recommended mouth and nose protection
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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
  • Changes and challenges for Audit Authorities related to the Corona Pandemic
  • 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 Simplified Cost Options
  • 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

Event format: Please note that that we will turn this event into an online course should Covid-19 related restrictions prevent Face-to-face meetings from taking place.

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

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.

We take care of your wellbeing:

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces and sanitary facilities
  • Sufficient ventilation of event room
  • Recommended hand hygiene
  • Possibility to keep distance between all speakers and participants
  • Recommended mouth and nose protection

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.

Tag 1: Donnerstag, 19. November | 08:45 - 17:45

08:45

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note by Lexxion Publisher, Introduction Round


Session 1: Audit Findings, Challenges and Recommendations in ESI Funds

09:30

Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities in the Programming Period 2021 – 2027

  • Are there any changes in the scope of system audits, audits of operations and audits of accounts?
  • Consequences in case of use of the enhanced proportionate arrangements
  • Challenges of ex-ante assessment of the SCO methodology
  • Further issues to be discussed
Mechthild von Maydell Director Audit Authority, State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture, Magdeburg
10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities related to the Coronavirus Crisis

  • Second amendment of the Common Provisions Regulation as EU response to COVID-19 crisis
  • Simplification of audit requirements
  • Changes in the co-funding rates of projects
  • When should statistical and when non-statistical sampling methodologies be used?
  • Performance of on-the-spot checks
  • How do Audit Authorities adjust their working tools and working approach?
  • Communication with the auditees
Mechthild von Maydell Director Audit Authority, State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture, Magdeburg
12:00

Audit Findings in System Audits and in Audit of Operations – Practical Insights

  • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits
  • Audit findings and recommendations in audits on operations/projects
  • Process of the audit of projects (planning, execution, reporting)
  • How to best prepare for audit visits?
  • What does Audit Authority expect from the Managing Authority/Intermediate Body?
Mechthild von Maydell Director Audit Authority, State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture, Magdeburg
13:00

Lunch break

14:00

Audit of Simplified Cost Options

  • Using SCO: Considerations for Audit Authorities
  • How to ensure good cooperation between Managing and Audit Authorities?
  • 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
15:00

Audit Findings in State Aid and Public Procurement

  • Use of professional expert institutions in public procurement and State aid
  • Public procurement and State aid errors detected and corrected during management verifications
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
15:45

Practical Examples of Audit Findings in Public Procurement and State Aid

Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
16:00

Coffee break

16:15

Audit of Project Selection

  • Selection process, division of functions and roles
  • Respect for independence and objectivity
  • Process and outcomes of decision on project / programme approval
  • Process of signing grant contract
  • Information to the beneficiaries
  • Appeal procedure
  • Attention to detail in more specific areas, such as ITI (Integrated territorial investment projects), large projects, financial instruments
  • Lessons learnt to take with us into 2021-2027
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
17:00

Audit Documentation Management

  • Audit trail
  • Audit work papers
  • Annual control report and audit opinion
Mechthild von Maydell Director Audit Authority, State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture, Magdeburg
17:45

End of Day 1

Tag 2: Freitag, 20. November | 08:30 - 15:45

Session 2: 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 Head of Finance, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland
(invited)
09:15

Group Work: What if Irregularities are Found?

Declan Wylde Head of Finance, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland
(invited)
09:30

Coffee Break

10:00

Combating Fraud & Corruption in ESI Funds – Practical Insights from National Prospective

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

Experience on Combating Fraud and Corruption from OECD Prospective

Declan Wylde Head of Finance, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland
(invited)
12:00

Lunch Break

12:45

Irregularities and Fraud Risks Related to COVID-19

  • Increase of fraud cases and irregularities as the planning period is ending, now potentially much more boosted also by COVID 19 crisis opportunists
  • Fake news and trusted news – which will be the basis for many audit findings ahead
  • The new EPPO – if and how is the introduction of European Public Prosecutor’s Office going ahead
  • New fraud risks related to the implementation of anti-COVID 19 measures
  • How to avoid errors during the implementations of the projects
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga

Session 3: Audit from the Perspective of the European Court of Auditors

13:30

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  
14:15

Performance Auditing

  • Reasons & objectives
  • Performance audit approaches and methodologies
  • Typical audit results
Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
14:45

Coffee Break

15:00

Case Study

A Real-life Performance Audit

Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
15:30

End of the Workshop and Distribution of Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

Referenten

Mechthild von Maydell
Director Audit Authority, State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture, Magdeburg

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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
Head of Finance, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland

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Kurt Bungartz
Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  

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Workshop | 19.11.2020 - 20.11.2020 | Barcelona | Sprache: Englisch

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