Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Advanced Winter Course |
02.12.2020 - 04.12.2020 |
Vienna |
Sprache: Englisch

Innovation in Management and Control of ESI Funds. Towards a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative Europe.

Receive guidance on innovative methods and approaches for your controlling activities of ESI Funds, such as use of internet and social media, sophisticated audit software, risk analysis, EU databases, and many other tools, which will make your audits and verifications even more effective.

Starting from € 2.230,- (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

First level control and second level control play a crucial role in the financial management and control system of ESI Funds. Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies have to carry out administrative and on‐the‐spot verifications in order to ensure an efficient and reliable first level control procedure. Audit Authorities have to be very well aware of the audit requirements in order to be best prepared for audit visits.

The question today is, if it is enough to follow the „standard“ procedures and requirements when conducting your controlling activities? There are more and more innovative and intellectual property projects under the subsidised projects. Which consequences does it have for the risk analysis, verifications and audits of the projects? What are the innovative approaches and instruments, which will help you to conduct your controlling activities? Join this Intensive Course and learn about the new methods and instruments, data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the verifications and audits in the most efficient way.

Who Should Participate

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Responsible Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Delegated Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
  • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, i.e.: Private and public companies, associations, research institutes
  • Public and private banks
  • International, national and local associations and networks
  • Consultants

What participants of last year’s course on Innovative Approaches to Risk Analysis, Verifications and Audits in ESI Funds said:

„Very professional organised and conducted seminar. The topic is very useful – it’s important that goals for the future were pointed out.“

„It was a nice mixture of lectures and teamwork.“

„This was my first experience in a Lexxion seminar. Great organisation and hospitality. Big „Thank you“ to the organisers and presenters!“


Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to attend the event 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 € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

Topics & Methodology

Session 1: Lessons learnt from 2014-2020

Session 2: New Programming Period 2021-2027 – Main Changes and Challenges

Session 3:  Programming and Management of ESI Funds: On the way to a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative  Europe

  • How to fit Managing Authority thinking into the framework of the European Commission about innovative, resilient, digital and green Europe?
  • Potential of such projects in Member States?
  • How to access and select such projects?
  • Which instruments should be used to finance such projects?

Session 4: How to Control  this kind of projects from the Managing Authority Prospective

  • How do Managing Authorities adjust their working tools?
  • Working approach
  • Communication with the beneficiaries

Session 5: View from the European Court of Auditors on

  • CRII, CRII plus
  • REACT-EU
  • Just Transition Fund
  • Recovery Fund

Session 6: Using Innovative Approaches for Your Controlling Activities – ESIF Innovation Game by Jo Kremers

  • Conducting risk management and risk analysis of the projects
  • New methods and instruments, data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the controlling activities
  • Risk management and Healthy Scepticism (current period and COVID-19 experiences)
  • New upcoming risks in a Digital, Green , Resilient World were Climate is changing
  • Risks to focus on while selection operations (KR2), managing, verfying and auditing them
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence, HI-Tech, Data Mining, Robot-Eyes, Sophisticated Tools, Data Analytics and so on
  • How to use social media sources to make management verifications and audits easier?
  • Which useful information can be found on the internet about the project?
  • How EU databases can be helpful for you?
  • Use of analytical review and data-analytics
  • Use of official certification marks or declaration of conformity
  • How to use the most important (audit) instruments in an effective way
  • How to invest in more effective interviews
  • Use of self-assessments and SATooling
  • Use of internal audit in an effective way
  • Use of frameworks set up by accredited renowned institutions
  • Use of historical data and (upcoming/expected) trends
  • Use innovative techniques in your presentation
  • Exercises on how to use sophisticated audit software to detect irregularities and fraud, for example, how possible electronic manipulations can be detected, how plagiarism can be detected with a special software, as well as many other useful IT tools

The participants will be actively involved in the course in various exercises and group work. An engaging round-table format will offer a platform to learn the new methods and instruments, data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the controlling activities. Besides expert presentations, the sessions will include discussions and exchange of national (best) practices as well as expert guidance on how to best implement and apply the foreseen measures and strategies in your country.

And don’t forget, as Jo Kremers (one of the speakers of this course) always says during his presentations, „a day without laughting is a day wasted!“ 

Simply send 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 this Course.

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

Tag 1: Mittwoch, 2. Dezember | 8:45-22:00

8:45

Registration

9:00

Welcome from Lexxion. Introduction round between speakers and participants.

9:30

Session 1: Lessons Learnt from 2014-2020

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Session 2: New Programming Period 2021-2027 – Main Changes and Challenges in terms of Verifications and Audits

Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
12:30

Lunch break

13:30

Session 3: Programming and Management of ESI Funds: On the way to a Green, Digital, Resilient and Innovative Europe

 

  • How to fit Managing Authority thinking into the framework of the European Commission about an innovative, resilient, digital and green Europe?
  • Potential of such projects in Member States?
  • How to access and select such projects?
  • Which instruments should be used to finance such projects?
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

Coffee break

15:20

Session 4: How to Control  this kind of projects from the Managing Authority Prospective

  • How do Managing Authorities adjust their working tools?
  • Working approach
  • Communication with the beneficiaries
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
(invited)
16:20

Session 5: View from the European Court of Auditors on

  • CRII, CRII plus
  • REACT-EU
  • Just Transition Fund
  • Recovery Fund
Kurt Bungartz Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  
17:30

End of Day 1

18:30

Common social programme with all speakers and participants, of course under necessary hygiene requirements

Tag 2: Donnerstag, 3. Dezember | 08:30 - 17:00

Session 5: Using Innovative Approaches for Audits and Management Verifications – THE ESIF INNOVATION GAME

This ESIF Innovation Game consists of two parts

  • a Team Game
  • an Individual Game

The winners of both Team and Individual Games these will receive an award.

08:30

Conducting Risk Management and Risk Analysis of the Projects
(including coffee break at 10:15-10:45)

  • Risk management and Healthy Scepticism, including lessons learned (current period and COVID-19 experiences)
  • An introduction of Risk Management, realistic cases and lessons learned
  • New upcoming risks in a Digital, Green , Resilient World were Climate is changing. Be prepared!
  • Risks to focus on while selection operations (KR2), managing, verfying and auditing them.
    So innovate your Management Verifications and audits!
  • An Innovative way, by use of Artificial Intelligence, HI-Tech, Data Mining, Robot-Eyes, Sophisticated Tools, Data Analytics and so on
  • What would help you to get acquainted with and understand the project better?
  • Threats inside and outside the organisation
  • Identifying risks for objectivity, equality and independency in selection
  • Risks for regularity and legality of expenditures, and the image and reputation of the Funds and the authorities
  • Risks of lack of expertise to assess and to decide about potential new innovative projects, and lack of expertise to verify and audit these types of projects; including corruption, bribery, manipulation, non-integrity risks
  • How to control those risks?
  • Analysing the risks – identifying the risk causes
  • Risks of non-integrity, conflicts of interest within authorities and by that for the image of the authorities and the Funds
  • New methods and instruments , data analysis and more effective and innovative approaches to perform the verifications and audits
  • How to design, implement and incorporate a culture of integrity, effective anti-fraud policies, deterrence techniques and vigilance systems
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
12:45

Lunch break

13:45

Use of Innovative Sources and Innovative Instruments for Controlling Activities
(including coffee break at 15:00-15:30)

  • How to use social media sources, Artificial Intelligence, HI-Tech, Data Mining, Robot-Eyes, Sophisticated Tools, Data Analytics and so on to make management verifications and audits effective and efficient?
  • Which useful information can be found on the internet about the project?
  • How EU databases can be helpful for you?
  • Practical exercises, demonstrating benefits of using internet resources for your controlling activities
  • Use of analytical review and data-analytics
  • Use of official certification marks or declaration of conformity
  • How to use the most important (audit) instruments in an effective way
  • How to invest in more effective interviews
  • Use of self-assessments and SATooling
  • Use of internal audit in an effective way
  • Use of frameworks set up by accredited renowned institutions
  • Use of historical data and (upcoming/expected) trends
  • Use of innovative techniques in your presentation
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
17:00

End of Day 2

Tag 3: Freitag, 4. Dezember | 08:30 - 15:30

08:30

Conducting On-the-spot Visits
(including coffee break at 10:00-10:30)

  • Preparation for on-the-spot visits, by sophisticated desk research by use of innovative (IT) tools
  • Data analysis, financial and non-financial information
  • How to make use of IT tools, and related regulations
  • Preparation for on-the-spot visits, desk research by use of innovative (IT) tools
  • Set up of checklists and questionnaires before visiting the projects
  • Fact finding, collecting and checking evidence by use of automation, robotics, and other (IT) tools
  • Writing reports in an attractive and understandable way
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
12:00

Lunch break

13:00

Live Demonstrations: Exercises on How to Use Innovative and Sophisticated (Audit) Software as part of

  • selection of operations
  • management verifications
  • effective anti fraud measures
  • system audit
  • audits on operations

For these exercises please bring your laptops and we will demonstrate how to use different IT tools, for example how to detect possible electronic manipulations, to spot plagiarism using a special software, as well as many other helpful IT-based tips and tricks.

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
14:00

Individual Game.
Check your healthy scepticism and your way of thinking, by use of practical and life like cases

And don’t forget, as Jo always says during his presentations, „a day without laughting is a day wasted!“ , the same as for this ESI Funds Innovation game.
And „Who will be the Winner of this Game“? Will it be you or your colleague?

15:30

End of the Course and Distribution of Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

Referenten

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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Kurt Bungartz
Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg  

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Jo Kremers
Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

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Advanced Winter Course | 02.12.2020 - 04.12.2020 | Vienna | Sprache: Englisch

Teilnahmegebühren
Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde: € 2.230,- (exkl. USt)
Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr: € 2.630,- (exkl. USt)

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€2.230,00
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