Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Interactive Online Course |
30.09.2020 - 02.10.2020 |
Online |
Sprache: Englisch

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.

Join from wherever you are – high-quality content delivered to your (home) office. Please check your device compatibility to be ready to attend the online course. 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
  • Changes and challenges for Managing Authorities in 2021-2027
  • 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
  • Audits by the European Court of Auditors
  • 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.

Bigmarker 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 online course.
  • A wired connection is strongly recommended.
  • If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the online 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 check your device compatibility.
  • As soon as you get the invitation link: Please register for the online course by clicking the invitation link.
  • 15 minutes before the online course: Bring your headphones, click the invitation link, enter and enjoy the online course!

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 online 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?
No. We expect you to have a browser.

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?
15 minutes before the start. You only can enter if you have passed the system check.

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. Please keep in mind that you will be dialling a US number which would result in higher telephone costs.

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?
Please contact your IT department and have them open the necessary ports, which can be found here.

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 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?
Please contact Anya Zuschke.

Tag 1: Mittwoch, 30. September | 09:30-15:30

09:30

Welcome Note by Lexxion

Session 1: Financial Management and Control Requirements 2014-2020 versus 2021-2027: What will Actually Change?

09:35

Overview of EU Funds 2021-2027

  • EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – summary of changes
  • Which challenges will the new Programming Period bring?
  • Seven shared management funds
  • Simplification
  • Simplified designation process
  • Novelties in roles and responsibilities of the bodies involved
  • New criteria in the allocation method
Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
10:05

Session 2: ESIF for Emergency Measures 2014-2020 and New Challenges for Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies

  • What are the key aspects of the amended Regulations (CRII, CRII+, REACT-EU)?
  • Amendment of Operational Programmes 2014-2020
  • What will happen with the existing projects: should the project continue, should delivery date be extended, should the project be redesigned or should the project be suspended?
  • What will happen with the delayed projects?
  • Final payment claims
  • Performance framework
  • How will the health emergency impact the new Operational Programmes?
Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
10:50

Coffee break

Session 3: Effective Management Verifications in ESI Funds

11:00

Strengthening and Improving Verification Activities in 2021-2027 – Changes and Challenges for Managing Authorities

  • Novelties in respect to verifications and control
  • New rules in eligibility of expenditure
  • What are the main changes in responsibilities and who will take over the accounting function?
  • Risk-based management verifications
  • Simplified Cost Options
  • New rules for Technical Assistance
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
11:45

Lunch break

12:15

Administrative versus On-the-Spot Verifications

  • Guidance for Member States on Management Verifications (legal requirements, verification methodologies, delegation principles, timing/nature/frequency of verification)
  • Strategy and planning: Administrative versus on-the-spot verifications
  • Cooperation between Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies
  • Record-keeping and reporting requirements
  • How to put together a verification methodology for on-the-spot checks
  • How to deal with personnel and overhead costs?
  • The importance of documentation in the verification process
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
13:15

Verification of Simplified Cost Options

  • Why, when, who, which and how?
  • Eligible costs using SCOs
  • Public Procurement and SCOs
  • Verification – practical exercise
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
13:45

Coffee break

14:00

Verification of State Aid and Public Procurement

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
14:30

Verification of Eligibility of Expenditure

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
15:00

Sampling and On-the-Spot Verifications

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
15:30

End of Day 1

Tag 2: Donnerstag, 1. Oktober | 09:30-15:30

Session 4: Audit Findings, Challenges and Recommendations in ESI Funds

9:00

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
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
9:45

Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 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
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
10:30

Coffee Break

10:45

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?
Olga Guza Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
11:45

Lunch break

12:15

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
Olga Guza Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
13:00

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
Olga Guza Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
13:45

Coffee break

14:00

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
14:45

Audit Documentation Management

  • Audit trail
  • Audit work papers
  • Annual control report and audit opinion
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
15:30

End of Day 2

Tag 3: Freitag, 2. Oktober | 9:30-14:45

Session 5: Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds

09:30

Management of and Most Common Irregularities in ESI Funds

  • Definition of an irregularity and difference between error and irregularity
  • Overview on most common types of irregularities
  • Who can determine irregularities?
  • Which irregularities can be identified by first level controllers?
  • Which irregularities are typically identified by auditors?
  • How to treat irregularities?
Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
10:30

Coffee break

10:45

Combatting Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds – Requirements and Tools

  • The anti‐fraud cycle in practice
  • KR 7: Anti-Fraud Measures
  • Instruments and methods for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption
  • How to identify red flags of fraud and corruption?
  • Cyber fraud
  • Capability of IT tools: The obligatory fraud risk self‐assessment tool and Arachne
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
11:45

Practical Exercises with Fraud Risk Self Assessment Tool

How to conduct a (fraud) risk analysis with fraud risk self‐assessment tool, and how to define effective and proportionate measures based on the outcome of that risk analysis.

Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
12:00

Lunch break

12:30

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
13:30

Coffee break

13:45

Establishing and Functioning of AFCOS Network on the National Level – Experience from Montenegro

  • How to establish the anti-fraud and anti-cooruption network in the country
  • Anti –fraud strategy and management of irregularities in order to protect the financial interests of the European Union
Natasa Kovacevic Head of AFCOS Department for Combating Irregularities and Fraud, Montenegro
14:45

End of the Online Course


*Programme may be subject to change.

Referenten

Stavri Ttofa
Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus

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

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Olga Guza
Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia

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Natasa Kovacevic
Head of AFCOS Department for Combating Irregularities and Fraud, Montenegro

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Interactive Online Course | 30.09.2020 - 02.10.2020 | Online | Sprache: Englisch

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