Europäische Struktur- und Investitionsfonds
Hybrid Workshop |
27.06.2022 - 28.06.2022 |
Berlin |
Sprache: Englisch

The EU’s Pandemic Response: Lessons Learned from Managing & Auditing COVID-19 Funds

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought major challenges for our society. The health and private sector in particular required public sector interventions. The Commission, therefore, swiftly launched two packages of measures: the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+). This was followed by the REACT-EU package. Existing funds were re-oriented and new funds were made available in all EU countries to tackle the crisis.

As we slowly exit the pandemic, it’s important to not only understand how public resources were spent, but also learn lessons for the future. This is especially important because Covid funds follow different rules. Indeed, the pandemic is one of the key reasons for shifting EU policies towards a performance-based system. This is a shift from the cost-reimbursement system. This means that auditors may have less oversight over the spending of funds. Most importantly, one must ask if subsidies achieve their objectives? What are the risks and opportunities of Covid-19 funding? How to detect fraud during lockdowns?  Our experts will offer a comprehensive view of the current situation and provide advice on the most important topics.

Starting from € 990,- (excl. VAT)

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Methodology

A workshop by Lexxion Publisher offers the possibility to meet with experts from Member States and EU institutions, 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, we employ a mixture of learning methods.

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 of practical problems. You will have ample opportunity to present your own issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

You can 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.

Course materials will be available to download after the event.

Who should participate?

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of  management and audit of Covid funds, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities;
    • Certifying Authorities;
    • Audit Authorities;
    • Intermediate Bodies;
    • Regional and local authorities; and
    • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, such as:
        • private and public
          companies
        • research institutes.

Tag 1: Montag, 27. Juni

09:00

Introduction to COVID-19 Funds

  • Regulatory environment for CRII and CRII+
  • Flexibility at member states’ disposal for managing and auditing EU funds during the pandemic
  • Overview of funds disbursed per member states and sectors
  • How the funds were disbursed (EU COVID-19 funding and national support schemes) – national cases
  • Overview of post CRII period – REACT-EU and Next Generation in general
  • Main challenges in managing COVID-19 funds per sectors
Ana Jurak Head of Department for Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System, Zagreb, Croatia
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

State Aid during the Pandemic

  • Concept of State aid in a nutshell
  • Application of State aid rules to the disbursement of RRF
  • Temporary State aid rules applied to Covid-19
  • Case studies
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Public Procurement during the Pandemic

  • EU and national legislation
  • Challenges for beneficiaries during checks and audits
  • Modification of contracts in light of EC audits
  • Controls and monitoring for Next Generation EU funds, RRF and differences from ESI funds
Pavel Hradecky Head of Coordination of National Recovery Plan Unit, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Prague, Czech Republic
15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

The Impact of Covid on E-Procurement

Prof. Tünde Tátrai Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest; Country Correspondent of EPPPL
16:30

End of Day 1

Tag 2: Dienstag, 28. Juni

09:00

Auditing COVID-19 Funds

  • Approach to auditing COVID-19 funds and differences compared to non COVID-19 funds
    • specifics in system audits of COVID funds
    • sampling for audits of operations of COVID funded operations
    • on the spot checks for COVID funds
    • reporting on audits of COVID funds
    • experience with EC’s approach to reviews of MS’s audits of COVID-19 funding
  • Most common errors and irregularities in COVID-19 funding
Ana Jurak Head of Department for Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System, Zagreb, Croatia
10:00

Changes in EU Funding Arising from the Pandemic

  • The Next Generation EU
  • Performance based systems
  • Auditing performance vs. eligibility
Ana Jurak Head of Department for Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System, Zagreb, Croatia
10:45

Coffee Break

11:15

Effective Risk Management for Covid-19 Funds and Facilities.

  • Set up, management, control and audit of Corona support funds, facilities and subsidies in the healthcare and business sector
  • Fraud trends during the pandemic
  • Case study on mismanagement
  • Case study on fraud and corruption
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Audit Authority EU Funds, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Management Verifications and Audits during the Pandemic

  • Risk analysis as part of risk management: selection of beneficiaries
  • Verifications and audits during the pandemic
  • Case studies
Jo Kremers Former Senior Audit Manager, Audit Authority EU Funds, Ministry of Finance, The Hague
14:30

Discussion/ Q&A Session

Performing Audits during the Pandemic – Challenges and Lessons Learned

15:00

End of the Workshop

Referenten

Ana Jurak
Head of Department for Audit of Recovery and Resilience Facility, Agency for Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System, Zagreb, Croatia

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Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

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Pavel Hradecky
Head of Coordination of National Recovery Plan Unit, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Prague, Czech Republic

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Prof. Tünde Tátrai
Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest; Country Correspondent of EPPPL

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

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Hybrid Workshop | 27.06.2022 - 28.06.2022 | Berlin | Sprache: Englisch

Participation fees for participation in Berlin:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 1.240,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.640,- (excl. VAT)

Participation fees for online participation:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 990,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.290,- (excl. VAT)

VAT will be added if applicable.

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The EU's Pandemic Response: Lessons Learned from Managing & Auditing COVID-19 Funds | Berlin
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€1.640,00
The EU's Pandemic Response: Lessons Learned from Managing & Auditing COVID-19 Funds | Berlin
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00
The EU's Pandemic Response: Lessons Learned from Managing & Auditing COVID-19 Funds | Online
Regular fee / Regulärer Preis
€1.290,00
The EU's Pandemic Response: Lessons Learned from Managing & Auditing COVID-19 Funds | Online
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€990,00










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