Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Investment Funds, 2014-2020

28-29/Nov/2017  •  Maastricht

Project Leader
Marco Lopriore
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What is this course about?
Only 3%-6% of the total Structural and Cohesion Fund budgets (depending on the Fund) for the 2014-2020 Operational Programmes has been spent by mid-2017. Planned expenditure for projects which have been approved is between 25% and 30% of the total budget available. So what are the major issues and problems holding back programme implementation? Are there still challenges for management and control systems? What are the implications of delay for audit activities? Are anti-fraud systems operational? Will the new OMNIBUS regulation help to simplify the financial management and control of programmes and projects?
These issues and many others will be examined at the forthcoming EIPA seminar. The seminar will cover all the essentials of Financial Management, Financial Control and Audit for Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period, with an emphasis on audit and anti-fraud.

The first part of the seminar is dedicated to programme planning and finance, as well as the new accounting year. It also considers the process of interim payments and automatic de-commitment in detail. We look at what goes into the annual accounts, the calculation of the annual balance, and the link to n+3. There is then an examination of key live issues within Financial Control and Audit, presented by one of the EU’s leading Member State practitioners. This is followed by an in-depth examination of the new eligibility of expenditure rules, gathering experience from around the EU.

Day 2 starts by looking in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations, again from a Member State perspective, plus an examination of irregularities, corrections, and calculation of the error rate. We then look in a highly practical manner at the anti-fraud mining tool, ARACHNE. The rest of the seminar is then dedicated to simplifying programmes: how to use all types of Simplified Costs Options and what changes have been introduced with the new OMNIBUS regulation.

How will it help you?
Participants will work with live issues and practical solutions for challenges in the fields of financial management, financial control and audit. They will enjoy quality speakers from Member States’ authorities and the European Commission, as well as regional experts and consultants. The seminar will include numerous workshops and exercise sessions where examples and case studies will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to exchange practical examples, experiences and good practice in managing EU Structural Funds.

Who will benefit most?
This seminar is intended for practitioners from national, regional and local authorities and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with ESI Funds. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.