Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Intensive Online Course |
22.03.2021 - 24.03.2021 |
Online |
Sprache: Englisch

Financial Management, Control and Audit of ESI Funds: Transition Towards 2021-2027

With the proposed regulations for the upcoming programming period 2021-2027, the European Commission introduces 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 Intensive 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.

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,- (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

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  payment applications and 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.

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 system of EU Funds 2014-2020 versus 2021-2027
  • ESIF for emergency measures – Status quo
  • Main changes for Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies in 2021-2027
  • Management verifications and on-the-spot verifications
  • Practical discussions in small groups in breakout rooms: Verification of Simplified Cost Options, verification of State aid and Public Procurement, verification of eligibility of expenditures, sampling
  • Main changes and challenges for Audit Authorities in 2021-2027
  • Audit findings in system audits and in audit of operations
  • Audit of Simplified Cost Options, Audit findings in State aid and Public Procurement
  • Management of and most common errors and irregularities in ESI Funds, including group work in breakout rooms
  • Combatting fraud and corruption in ESI Funds
  • Preparing for closure 2014-2020

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

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.

Tag 1: Montag, 22. März | 09:00 - 15:30

09:00

Welcome Note by Lexxion and Introduction Round

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

09:30

Overview of EU Funds 2021-2027

  • EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – summary of changes
  • Which challenges does 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
Olga Guza Deputy Director of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
10:20

Session 2: ESIF for Emergency Measures 2014-2020 – Status Quo

  • What are the key aspects of the amended Regulations (CRII, CRII+, REACT-EU)?
  • Was the amendment of Operational Programmes 2014-2020 successful?
  • What happened with the existing projects – different scenarios
  • Which measures were implemented?
  • How did the health emergency impact the new Operational Programmes 2021-2027?
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

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)
12:00

Lunch break

12:30

Experience and Lessons Learnt for Preparing for Verification Activities in 2021-2027 – Challenges for Managing Authorities

  • Novelties in respect to verifications and control
  • 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)
13:15

Practical Discussions and Exchange of Experience in Small Groups in Breakout Rooms on the Following Topics: (incl. coffee break at 14:15-14:30)

 

  • Verification of Simplified Cost Options
    • Why, when, who, which and how?
    • Eligible costs using SCO
    • Public Procurement and SCO
  • Verification of State aid and Public Procurement
  • Verification of eligibility of expenditure
  • 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: Dienstag, 23. März | 09:00 - 15:30

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

09:00

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
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
10:00

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 did 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: Mittwoch, 24. März | 09:30 - 14:45

Session 5: Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds

09:15

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
11:15

Coffee break

11:30

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
12:30

Practical Exercises in Small Groups in Breakout Rooms

We will work in small groups in breakout rooms on different cases, related to combatting fraud and corruption in structural funds.

Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
13:00

Lunch break

13:30

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
14:00

Session 6: Preparing for Closure of the Programmes 2014-2020

  • Legal basis for closure 2014-2020: Requirements from the European Commission
  • Process, deadlines, involved authorities
  • Lessons learnt from closure 2007-2013 and how to use them for closure 2014-2020
Inese Levana Senior Auditor of EU Funds Audit Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, AFCOS Member, Riga
14:45

End of the Online Course


*Programme may be subject to change.

Referenten

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

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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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Intensive Online Course | 22.03.2021 - 24.03.2021 | Online | Sprache: Englisch

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Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde: € 1.490,- (exkl. USt)
Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr: € 1.890,- (exkl. USt)

19% USt (Deutschland) wird zusätzlich berechnet. Kunden aus dem EU-Ausland mit gültiger USt-IdNr. bekommen eine Rechnung ohne USt (Reverse-Charge).

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