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Fighting fraud & corruption in EU funded projects

June 25-26, ROME, Italy

Discounted Price (till 4 June 2019): EUR 999

Normal Price (from 5 June 2019): EUR 1,199

 


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Course Description

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that 5% of the annual revenues of a typical organisation is lost to deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain. That is, fraud. In other words, a staggering €3.5 trillion are lost to fraud each year across the world. And some of the typical symptoms may sound quite familiar: cost overruns, project delays, inferior product quality and overstatement of bills.

The EU is on a drive to clamp down on fraud & corruption in EU-funded projects. The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) requires the EU and the Member States to counter fraud and any illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the Union. The Common Provisions Regulation for the 2014-20 Programming Period follows suit, requiring Member States to put in place effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures. Anti-fraud controls are associated with reduced fraud losses and shorter fraud duration. Fraud schemes that occur at victim organizations with anti-fraud controls are significantly less costly and detected much more quickly than fraud at organizations without such controls.

This course discusses the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption. We cover anti-fraud strategies, self-assessment tools, and first and second level controls through a large selection of case studies and workshops of particular relevance to the European Structural and Investment Funds. And this is done with a holistic approach, taking in account other important matters of the 2014-20 multiannual framework - performance and simplification.

 
 
Course Highlights


i. Gaining insight on the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption;

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

iii. Understanding how fraud and corruption affects the EU budget;

iv. Analysing fraud and corruption in public procurement;

v. Exploring anti-fraud strategies, the Self-assessment and the ARACHNE Tools;

vi. Learning how to distinguish between the treatment of errors and the treatment of suspected fraud.



 


 

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

 
Our Trainers

Ray Bartolo
Head of Institution - Speaker

  • Twelve 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
To be confirmed

 


 
Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 25th June 2019

0830-0900
Registration and distribution of training material
0900-0930
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
0930-1030
Fraud & Corruption definitions & relevant statistics We kick off by defining errors, irregularities, fraud and corruption and explore their main types found 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
Workshop: Let’s rig the system! Participants are invited to study a hypothetical scenario and identify weaknesses which may present ideal entry points for fraud.
1145-1230
#Prevent - Mechanisms to prevent the occurrence of fraud This session discusses the in-built mechanisms to safeguard the EU Budget from fraud, describing the different layers of assurance and the tools used to deter the occurrence of fraud.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1445
#Detect 1 - Mechanisms to detect fraud & corruption Prevention mechanisms are just one side of the coin.  Detection methods are equally essential in safeguarding public funding.  This session discusses the features that ensure the timely detection of error, irregularity, fraud and corruption in EU-funded programmes, with particular emphasis on the fraud indicators.
1445-1530
#Detect 2 - Selection of projects/applicants Looking for underlying patterns in real cases of fraud in EU funded projects in the very first phases of the project selection.
1530-1600
Coffee Break
1600-1645
#Detect 3 - Implementation of projects Fraudsters thrive in a weak management & control system and use different schemes through which they abuse the vulnerability of the system during the project implementation phase and beyond.
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1



Day 2 - Wednesday 26th June 2019

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-0945
#Detect 4 - Public Procurement This session focuses on public procurement where corruption generates an economic loss for the public – the costs of corruption.
0945-1030
#Detect 5 - Verifications and Applications for Payment Over 60% of all fraudulent cases in Cohesion Policy are detected during administrative controls.  This session dissects the roles of the IBs, MAs and CAs in detecting fraud before applying for interim payments and the annual clearance of the accounts.
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1145
#Detect 6 - The Arachne & Self Assessment Tools This session explores how Member States ensure better monitoring of the fight against fraud. It addresses the anti-fraud measures required in the 2014-20 period with particular emphasis on the self-assessment and ARACHNE tools
1145-1230
#Report - Getting suspicious, what next?  How to report and treat suspected fraud and corruption This session discusses the roles of the AFCOS partners and OLAF, and discusses the financial corrections to apply in different circumstances, with particular reference to Commission Decisions and guidelines, but with a practical, hands-on approach.
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1500
#Audit - Malta experience with OLAF audits Shifting attention to audit, we discuss the findings from the EU anti-fraud office OLAF's recent audits in Malta, analysing the audit approach adopted and the interpretation of the cases audited.
1500-1615
#2021-2027: Anti-fraud programme More efforts will be made by the EU to curb fraud even further in the upcoming 2021-27 multi-annual financial framework.  We conclude the seminar with a discussion on the proposed EU Anti-Fraud Programme.
1615-1630
Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

 

2019 Training Programme

ROME, Italy || June 25-26

This course explores the realities of fraud and corruption in EU-funded projects and looks at the new solutions available in the hands of Member States to combat fraudulent activities.

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We provide training and other optimal solutions on the back of experience gained in the management of the 2004-2006, 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 EU funded programmes at the Managing Authority of Malta. Our experts were directly involved in operational programme development, final programme closure reporting and (pretty much) anything in between!

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Ray Bartolo

Ray Bartolo is Director and Lead Consultant at EuropeanFunds.info.

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Trevor Fenech

Trevor Fenech is Director and Lead Consultant at EuropeanFunds.info.

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Justine Schinas

Justine Schinas is a Senior Advisor and Speaker at EuropeanFunds.info.

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Whether on business or vacation, Malta offers a rich concentration of natural beauty, cultural legacy, vibrant entertainment, friendly faces and top-end facilities.   The country stretches just over 300km2, covering the three main inhabited islands, with the largest – Malta – lying to the south of the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino.  The population is 418,000 and the official languages are Maltese and English.  The capital city is Valletta.

The wealth of historical sites (including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites), cultural activities, its warm climate, recreational areas, beaches, and architectural diversity, make Malta a popular tourist destination.  It also offers a stable political, economic and industrial environment, hosting thousands of local and international companies in different sectors, mainly tourism, financial services, IT, manufacturing and retail.  EU membership and the adoption of the euro currency have enhanced Malta’s accessibility and attractiveness as an international business hub in the centre of the Mediterranean region.

For more information about Malta, visit www.visitmalta.com.

Malta and European Funds

Malta joined the European Union on 1st May 2004.  Since 2000, the Government of Malta has been actively participating in EU-funded programmes under shared management with the European Commission.  Malta has received in excess of €1bn from the EU under the various initiatives undertaken so far, both pre- and post-accession, including Pre-Accession Funds and the Transition Facility (inc. TAIEX), the Structural Funds Programme 2004-06 (ERDF, ESF, EAGGF, FIFG) and the Cohesion Fund 2004-06, Cohesion Policy 2007-13 (ERDF, CF, ESF), the Rural Development and Agriculture funds (EAGF/EAFRD), The European Fisheries Fund (EFF), Framework Programme on Solidarity and management of Migration funds 2007-2013 and the Lifelong Learning and Youth-in-Action Programmes,

Another €882m are allocated to Malta under the 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework (Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Source: ec.europa.eu).

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