Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Interactive Online Course |
09.09.2020 - 11.09.2020 |
Online |
Sprache: Englisch

Online Summer Course: Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds and Public Procurement: Experiences from ESI Funds, AMIF/ISF and IPA Funds

The number of irregularities and fraud cases reported to the European Commission remains high. Massive EU emergency and recovery packages will significantly increase the risks of irregularities, and especially of fraud and corruption. Therefore, Member States need to put even more efforts to minimise the rate of irregularities and to prevent and combat fraud on programme and project level. Consequently, this topic remains high on agenda for national/regional/local authorities managing ESI Funds, AMIF/ISF and IPA Funds. Join us during this online course and get prepared for the upcoming challenges.

Participate 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.

Starting from € 1.280,- (excl. VAT)

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Overview

The correct handling of irregularities and fraud within all EU Funds is still a very difficult issue for all involved bodies. The number of irregularities and fraud cases reported to the European Commission remains high. EU emergency and recovery packages will significantly increase the risks of irregularities, and especially of fraud and corruption. Therefore, Member states need to put even more efforts to minimise the rate of irregularities and to prevent and combat fraud on project and programme level. Consequently this topic remains high on agenda for national, regional and local authorities managing ESI Funds, IPA Funds, Migration and Security Funds. 

Managing authorities and Intermediate Bodies, Reponsible Authorities and Delegated Bodies have to put in place effective and proportional risk management measures. Certifying Authorities are obliged to certify completeness, accuracy and veracity of accounts and that expenditure entered in accounts comply with applicable law. Audit Authorities have to ensure that internationally accepted audit standards are applied, and have to issue an annual control report and annual opinion, presenting findings and corrective measures. 

Irregularities and fraud on project or programme level can lead to funding withdrawals, repayments and financial corrections. If the lead partner does not succeed in securing repayment of any amount unduly paid as result of an irregularity or fraud, the Member State on whose territory the beneficiary causing the error is located is obliged to reimburse the amount. Therefore, it is crucial for national authorities to implement all measures that prevent, detect and combat irregularities and fraud at any stage of the management of EU Funds.

Target Group

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of financial management, control and audit of ESI Funds, IPA Funds, Migration and Security Funds, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Responsible Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
    • Delegated Authorities
  • EU 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

Topics

Day 1: Errors, Irregularities and Financial Corrections in EU Funds

  • Overview of most common types of errors and irregularities
  • New sources for errors and irregularities, related to the massive EU emergency and recovery packages
  • State aid as a source for irregularities?
  • Simplified Cost Options and irregularities
  • Management verifications – measure to find errors before they become irregularities
  • Treatment of irregularities, reporting and financial corrections
  • When do irregularities lead to recoveries, withdrawals and financial corrections
  • How to detect and handle irregularities
  • How to choose the right type of financial correction and how to calculate the rate of corrections

Day 2: Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds and Public Procurement & Remedial Actions

  • EU programmes and public procurement
  • Most common procurement errors and irregularities
  • Fraud risks in public procurement
  • Remedial actions for Funds managers

Day 3: Preventing, Detecting and Combating Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds, IPA Funds, AMIF and ISF – with Elements of Online Version of Anti Fraud and Corruption Game by Jo Kremers:

  • New sources for fraud and corruption related to the enormous EU recovery and health packages
  • The Anti-fraud Cycle: Implementing effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures
  • Conducting fraud risk assessment and risk analysis
  • How to improve your own skills in successful prevention and detection
  • The most important elements / framework of references

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 the training event.


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.


What participants of the previous Lexxion events said:

„I was very satisfied with the course, the content and the speakers. I gained a lot of useful information, which I will transfer to my colleagues and my work.“

“Everything was perfect. The topic, the issues tackled, the presenters. I had again the feeling that we are one community. I had private chats with some speakers and they were really very helpful.”

“This webinar was extremely helpful, in order to understand the next steps of the Member States. Thank you very much!”

„No good practice! Only burdens! … but sometimes (only sometimes!) there is a little sparkle in the dense and overwhelming darkness like this training“

 

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 Hanne Goldbeck.

Tag 1: Mittwoch, 9. September | 9:30-15:00

Day 1: Errors, Irregularities and Financial Corrections in EU Funds

09:30

Welcome note by Lexxion

09:35

Most Common Irregularities and New Sources for Irregularities, related to the Massive EU Emergency and Recovery Packages

  • Definition of an irregularity
  • Difference between error, irregularity and fraud
  • Overview on most common types of irregularities
  • New sources for errors and irregularities, related to the enormous EU recovery packages
  • State aid as a source for irregularities?
  • Simplified cost options and irregularities
  • Role of programme bodies with regard to irregularities
  • How to avoid irregularities?
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
10:30

Virtual coffee break

10:45

Effective Management Verifications – Measure to Find Errors before They Become Irregularities

  • The role and obligations of Managing Authorities
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Risk analysis
  • Administrative vs. On the spot verifications
  • Carrying out verifications in practice
  • Sampling
  • Any changes in verification process in 2021-2027?
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
11:45

Virtual lunch break

12:30

Treatment of Irregularities, Reporting and Financial Corrections: Requirements of the Current and Future Programming Periods

  • Legislation and guidance notes for 2014-2020 and expectations for 2021-2027
  • Member States responsibilities
  • When do irregularities lead to recoveries, withdrawals, and financial corrections?
  • Purpose and types of financial corrections
  • How to calculate financial corrections?
  • Pre- and post-payments
  • What accounting records have to be kept?
  • How to treat financial corrections in the annual accounts:

    • Withdrawals and recoveries
    • Annual accounts timeline
    • Worked examples
    • Withdrawal & Recoveries workflows
    • Amounts under going assessment
  • Irrecoverable amounts
Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
13:30

Virtual coffee break

13:45

Best Cases on How to Detect and Handle Irregularities

Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
14:15

How to Choose the Right Type of Financial Correction and How to Calculate the Rate of Corrections

  • Identification of errors and ineligible expenditure
  • How to calculate a correction
  • Financial correction regarding the performance framework and system deficiencies
Stavri Ttofa Head of the Verifications and Certification Directorate, Treasury of Cyprus
14:45

Q&A

15:00

End of Day 1

Tag 2: Donnerstag, 10. September | 9:30 - 15:00

Day 2: Irregularities and Fraud in Public Procurement & Remedial Actions against Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds and PP

09:30

Common Procurement Errors

  • The EU Public Procurement Regime
  • Requirements for EU Funded programmes
  • Regulatory requirements and the application of public procurement to EU Funded programmes
  • Types of breaches and irregularities
  • Key areas of risk: In which areas irregularities occur and why?
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
10:00

Case Study:
Typical Irregularities and Fraud in the Procurement Cycle

  • Pre-tendering phase
  • Tendering phase
  • Post-award/contracting phase
Simon Hannah ERDF Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager, East of England ERDF Growth Delivery Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cambridge
10:45

Virtual coffee break

11:00

Remedial Actions against Irregularities and Fraud in EU Funds 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
12:00

Virtual lunch break

Preventing, Detecting and Combating Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds, AMIF/ISF and IPA Funds –
with Elements of Online Anti-Fraud and Corruption Game by Jo Kremers

12:45

Fraud and Corruption in EU Funds (incl. 15 min virtual coffee break)

  • New sources for fraud and corruption, related to the massive EU emergency and recovery packages
  • An „Alert on Fraud and Corruption“ (BP)
  • Identifying risks
  • Risk areas (public procurement, HR, tax)
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
15:00

End of Day 2

Tag 3: Freitag, 11. September | 10:00-13:00

10:00

Day 3: Preventing, Detecting and Combating Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds, AMIF/ISF and IPA Funds – with Elements of
Anti-Fraud and Corruption Game by Jo Kremers (Continuation of the previous day)

Conducting Fraud Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis

  • Threats inside and outside the organisation
  • Identifying risks
  • New risks of fraud connected with the EU recovery and health packages
  • Risks of corruption, bribery, manipulation, non-integrity
  • How to control those risks?
  • Analysing the risks: Identifying the risk cases
  • Which methods and procedures can be implemented for prevention?
  • How to apply risk rating in the control activities?
  • How to design, implement and incorporate a culture of integrity effective anti-fraud policies, deterrence techniques and vigilance systems
  • IT tool (ARACHNE)
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

The Anti-fraud Cycle: Implementing Effective and Proportionate Anti-fraud Measures

  • Preventive, detective, corrective measures
  • The most important fraud symbols
  • How to make use of them to recognise cases of fraud and corruption
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

Prevention of Fraud & Corruption

  • The most important instruments, methods, standards, (new) techniques and sources
  • What are red flags and signals for fraud? 
  • Which methods and procedures can be implemented for detection and correction?
  • Fraud hotlines and helpdesks:
  • Critical success factors, financing of hotlines, successful cases
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

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, you will need your computers/laptops. Our expert will show you different IT tools, for example how possible electronic manipulations can be detected, how plagiarism can be detected with a special software, as well as many other very useful IT tools.

Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
13:00

End of the Online Summer Course


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

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

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Interactive Online Course | 09.09.2020 - 11.09.2020 | Online | Sprache: Englisch

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Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde: € 1.280,- (exkl. USt)
Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr: € 1.480,- (exkl. USt)

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