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The Most Common Errors - 'Simpler' ways to keep them low

10-12 October 2018, Hilton Malta Hotel

Price: EUR 1,499 (incl VAT)


Register by 19 September and pay EUR1,499

 

Course Description

The European Parliament is clear: we need more results from EU money, with less errors. According to the Annual Report for 2016 by the European Court of Auditors, the error rate in EU expenditure remains 'material' and stands at 3.1%, just below the 3.7% reported in 2015. Areas of shared management between the European Commission and the Member States were the most prone to error, with regional policy, transport, energy, rural development, environment, fisheries and health being the areas most affected.

So what is the European Commission doing now to reduce errors in EU spending? And the Member States? What are the most common errors that need to be avoided and how can you mitigate against them? With major emphasis on simplified cost options and the concept of rewarding the best performing operational programmes in the 2014-20 financial framework, there is more incentive to reduce errors and irregularities.

This course elicits discussions on these and other questions, to better understand the newest regulations, directives, results-oriented and simplification measures intertwine to reduce error in the EU-funded Programmes. Together with our experts, participants analyse the implications of the Performance Framework, the stronger use of simplified cost options, the management declaration, the possible knowledge gaps in the MAs, IBs, CAs and AAs and the recommendations the Court of Auditors and the European Commission.

 

 

Course Highlights

i. Gain insights on the common errors and irregularities

ii. Overview of the Management verifications of ESIF in the context of the principles and priorities promoted for the 2014-20 financial period

iii. Learning how the performance framework and reserve will work

iv. Learning how the performance framework and reserve will work

v. Exploring the different requirements attached to the simplified cost options

vi. Analysing the features of the new directives for Public Procurement

vii. Learn how to treat errors by applying financial corrections


 

 

Target Audience
Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Authorities, Central or Regional Ministries, Finance Officers, Auditors

 

 

One-day EUfundingMalta expedition included

The force behind its regeneration

The ever so popular expedition on EU funded-projects is also included.  The course theme is coupled with visits to important EU-funded projects in a day-long expedition. 

 


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Our Trainers

Ray Bartolo
Director - Speaker

  • Ten years of practical experience in the management and control of European Funds
  • Involved in the implementation and closure process of the Maltese 2004-06 Structural and Cohesion Funds Programme
  • Contributed significantly towards the setting up of the financial management and control systems of the ERDF, CF and ESF Operational Programmes for the 2007-2013 Programming Period
  • Responsible for the implementation of the ERDF and CF Operational Programmes for health, transport, education, urban regeneration and technical assistance
  • Served as National Expert and Coordinator on the CEF coordination committee for transport, Environment and the Telecommunications sectors
  • Prepared Procurement Manuals for a number of Maltese Government entities
  • Drafted and evaluated different types of procurement procedures, including concession contracts
  • Provided strategic guidance and project management services to various beneficiaries of EU-Funding
  • Leading role in the design and approval process of Major Projects
  • Delivered several training sessions and seminars on financial, programme management and public procurement to participants coming from MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries, and other stakeholders from all around Europe
  • Masters graduate in Public Policy from the University of Malta

 

Trevor Fenech
Director – Speaker

  • Former Senior Manager at the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion funds
  • Past experience in ERDF, ESF, CF, EAGGF and FIFG programmes
  • Strongly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of the management and control systems for the 04-06 and 07-13 financial periods, including eligibility rules, financial reporting to Management, the European Commission and the Monitoring Committee, management verifications, audits, financial corrections, and internal procedures
  • Carried out the closure process of the 04-06 Single Programming Document (SPD)
  • Delivered several presentations in the field of financial management of EU funds to the MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries and TAIEX Beneficiaries
  • Engaged in major audit missions carried out by the EC, ECA and OLAF
  • Former nations delegate to the ESF Committee (Treaty of the Functioning of the EU, Art. 163).
  • Providing expert advise to the Maltese Government on PPPs and the conduct of the Competitive Dialogue procedure
  • Managing successfully a number of EU-funded projects
  • Masters graduate in Financial Management and Economics from the University of London

  

Justine Schinas
Senior Advisor – Expedition

  • Worked for the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion Fund since 2009
  • Experience on all Cohesion Policy funds being the ERDF, CF and ESF
  • Assisted in the closure of the 2004-2006 programme
  • Provided technical guidance to MA officials with regards to the implementation of EU Funded projects.
  • Carried out numerous verification and physical project checks, identified financial corrections and was involved in the setting up of operating procedures within the MA.
  • Highly involved in an audit missions carried out by the European Commission
  • Participated in Monitoring Committees, delivered presentations/training to stakeholders and MA officials, and participated in research work and compilation of data, particularly with regards to absorption issues.
  • Managed the implementation of large projects with budgets of close to fifty million.
  • Worked on the Technical Assistance (TA) Fund and was tasked with the role of TA Manager whereby she oversaw a team of officers working on this fund.
  • Responsible for a number of procurement procedures within the MA where she issued call for quotations and tenders. She also formed part of numerous evaluation committees.
  • Masters in Business Administration from the University of Malta

 

 
Venue & Accommodation

Training Venue
Hilton Hotel – Portomaso St. Julian’s

The training course will take place at the Hilton Hotel - Malta, a 5-star luxurious hotel, in St. Julian's. Accommodation can be provided at the Hilton Hotel itself and other hotels in the vicinity.

Below please find special corporate prices for our participants.

 

Hotel
Price

Westin Hotel
EUR 215**

Hilton Hotel
EUR 130*

Intercontinental Hotel
EUR na*

Hotel Valentina
EUR 130**

Hotel Argento
EUR 140**

Cavalieri Art Hotel
EUR 90**

Golden Tulip Vivaldi
EUR 95**

* room only basis
** bed and breakfast basis

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Valentina Hotel – Log on to www.hotelvalentina.com and enter the EUFUNDS promo code

Hotel Argento – send an e-mail to Fabrizio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Cavalieri Art Hotel – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Golden Tulip Vivaldi – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail. 

 

 
 

Useful Information

St Julians

How to get around

Upon arriving at the Malta International Airport, you can get to St. Julian's by catching a taxi or the public transport system (Bus number X2 which runs from 05550hrs till 2250hrs). Buses are quite frequent to St. Julian's.

If you are staying outside of St. Julian's, reaching the training venue is quite easy. The bus stops just further down the road from the Westin Dragonara Resort, which is only 5 minutes away.

 

Weather?

Weather in Malta

Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. THe warm season generally starts in Mid-April and ends in September with an average temperature of 20 degrees. Temperatures are between 20 to 30 degrees in July and August.

 

Food?

Local Cuisine

While the island offers a variety of culinary choices, one must not miss the opportunity to try some local, tasty dishes: the Lampuki Pie (fish pie), rabbit stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouile), and widow's soup. The Gbejniet (sheep or goat's cheese) and Bigilla, a thick pate of broad beans with garlic are an ideal started for your meal.

Don't leave Malta without trying the traditional 'pastizzi'which are flaky parcels filled with ricotta or mushed peas. Some fouvrite dessert delicacies are kannoli and the Helwa tat-Tork.

You should also try out some of our local wines, our local beer and "Kinnie", our local soft drink.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Courses in 2018

 
Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 10th October 2018

0830-0900
Registration and distribution of training material
0900-0930
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
0930-1030
The most common errors in EU-funded projects
This session explores the main types of errors and irregular, fraudulent or corrupt practices in EU-funded projects, both under shared and central management, the areas which are most vulnerable and the consequences of misappropriation of the Funds.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
Management verifications of the ESIF in the context of the principles and priorities promoted for the 2014-20 financial period.
How is it different from the previous programming periods? What do the new ESIF Regulations for 2014-20 request?
1145-1215
Performance Framework, the Reserve and Verifications
Verifying the statistics that will determine a region or Member State’s eligibility to the Performance Reserve.
1215-1230
Group Practical 1 - The Performance Reserve
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1530
Simplified Cost Options
This session explores the different requirements attached to the four simplified cost options.
1530-1600
Coffee Break
1600-1700
Group Practical 2 - Simplified Cost Options
1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1


Day 2 - Thursday 11th October 2018

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-1030
Detection of errors (at first-level of control) – Eligibility, public procurement & audit trail errors
Result orientation and simplification are just one side of the coin. Detection methods are equally essential in safeguarding public funding. Day two opens with a discussion on the features that ensure the timely detection of errors in EU-funded programmes.
1030-1100
Coffee break
1100-1130
Will the new Public Procurement Directives help in reducing public procurement errors?
A discussion on how the new public procurement directives can effectively help in lowering the error rate.
1130-1230
Group practical 3: Verifying public procurement
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1445
Group practical 4: The management declaration and annual summary: adding assurance in the 2014-2020 programming period
1445-1530
How to treat errors – applying financial corrections
This session discusses the financial corrections to apply in different circumstances, with particular reference to Commission Decisions and guidelines, but with a practical, hands-on approach.
1530-1600
Coffee break
1600-1630
Group practical 5: Applying Financial Corrections
1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2



Day 3 - Friday 12th October 2018 - EUfundingMalta Projects Expedition

0900-1145
Stop 1 – Valletta || The Capital City
Visiting:
1. ERDF 244 – Fort St Elmo (also viewing CF 124 – Valletta Breakwater)
2. ERDF 403 - Grand Master’s Palace & Castille Square
3. ERDF 151 - Saluting Battery at the Upper Barrakka Gardens
Also viewing
i. ERDF 245 – Fort St Angelo
ii. ESF 2.186 – Fort Rinella
iii. ERDF 311 – Bighi Hospital
4. ERDF 183 – Upper Barraka Lifts
1145
Boat trip to Cottonera (The Three Cities)
1200-1300
Stop 2: ERDF 104 - Cospicua Waterfront
1300-1500
Stop 3: LUNCH AT Marsaxlokk (Fishing Village)
1500
Stop 4: CF 117 - Council of Europe & Garibaldi Road – Luqa
1530-1630
Stop 5: ERDF 4 - Hagar Qim & Mnajdra – Qrendi
1630-1730
Stop 6: ERDF 39 - Mdina Fortifications
Discussing:
1. ERDF 32 – St. Paul’s Catacombs – Rabat, Malta

October 10-12 || One-day EUfundingMalta expedition included!


This seminar sheds light on how the newest Regulations, Directives and simplification measures coincide to lower the error rates in EU-funded programmes. This is ideal for practitioners in MAs, IBs, CAs and AAs and project managers.

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