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October 13-14 || The Most Common Errors - 'Simpler' ways to keep them low


13-14 October - EUR 825 (+ EUR 148.50 VAT)    

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Description:

The European Parliament has been clear in its demands of late: we need more results from EU money, with less errors. According to the Annual Report for 2013 by the European Court of Auditors, the error rate in EU expenditure stood at 4.7%, just below the 4.8% reported in 2012 but still higher than the 3.7% of 2010. 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.

 

Target audience:

Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central or Regional Ministries, Finance officers, Auditors

Learning style:

Our experts lead the course in a set-up that facilitates open discussion and sharing of experiences.  Learning material is distributed on take-home tablets and presentations are delivered through a mix of media.


 

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Practical and comprehensive courses on EU Funds management and control based on first-hand experience, research and insight. They will expose the important features of the course theme, through practical, real-world examples, in a set-up that facilitates the free exchange of ideas.   {marcoparallaxbground height="300" image="IPH_0148.jpg"}     December 2018   5-day seminar December 3-7 || Irregularities toolkit: how to prevent, detect & treat errors One-day EUfundingMalta expedition included! This 5-day toolkit deals with anything you need to know on irregularities; from prevention to detection, all the way to treatment of irregularities. It is ideal for EU-funding practitioners across all stakeholders.   Upcoming Seminars for 2019*     March 2019 MALTA || March 6-8 || Verifying & Certifying ESIF projects in 2014-2020 (incl sampling) (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (NORTH) expedition)   April 2019 ZAGREB, Croatia || April 1-2 || Managing ESF projects in 2014-2020LJUBJANA, Slovenia || April 4-5 || Applying, verifying & auditing SCO   May 2019 MALTA || May 6-10 || Financial Management Toolkit May 6-8: Carrying out administrative and on-the-spot verifications (incl One-day EUfundingGozo expedition)May 9-10: Focus on: Verifying & auditing Public Procurement   BRUSSELS, Belgium || May 23-24 || Introducing ESI Funds 2021-2027: Fewer, clearer, shorter rules. June 2019 MALTA || June 3-7 || ERDF & CF projects ToolkitJune 3-5: Procurement & State Aid in Infrastructural Projects (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition)June 6-7: Focus on: Major projects: getting your projects through (incl CBA)ROME, Italy || June 25-26 || Fighting fraud & corruption in EU funded projects July 2019 MALTA || July 15-19 || Indicators ToolkitJuly 15-17: Indicators and the Performance Framework (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (NORTH) expedition) July 18-19: Focus on: Indicators in 2021-2027 September 2019 MALTA || September 16-20|| Irregularities ToolkitSeptember 16-18: Irregularities workshop: how to prevent, detect & treat errors (incl One-day EUfundingGozo Expedition)September 19-20: Focus on: Measures to reduce irregular expenditure & the auditing perspective October 2019 MALTA || October 23-25 || Simplification mid-way through implementation: lessons learned (incl New! One-day EUfundingMalta (SOUTH) expedition) November 2019 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia || November 25-26 || Financial Corrections workshop: prevent, detect and correct errors BUDAPEST, Hungary || November 28-29 || Verifying & Certifying ESIF projects in 2014-2020 (incl sampling)   *Dates and destinations are still subject to minor changes For more information about our courses Subscribe to ENews.  

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At EuropeanFunds.info we understand that EU-funded initiatives are not the most forthright instruments around.  But we also understand the accountability that needs to go along with the use of the European taxpayers’ money.  And that’s what we strive to attain – aligning your brilliant ideas with the basic principles of public spending.     


Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes   The Business Enhance Grant Schemes provide non-refundable grants which are financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  These are available to private enterprises, namely SMEs.  Under the current Programming Period for 2014-2020, these schemes are being managed and issued by the Measures and Support Division which falls under the remit of the Ministry for European Affairs.  To date six grant schemes have been published which include:  •    SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme•    E-Commerce Grant Scheme•    SME Diversification and Innovation Grant Scheme•    SME Internationalisation Grant Scheme•    SME Growth Grant Scheme•    Start-up Investment Grant Scheme  For further information on each scheme please click on the relevant schemes listed above.   Our Services At EuropeanFunds.info, we are able to guide you through the whole Grant Scheme application process.  This entails determining your eligibility for the schemes as we will not advise you to apply should you not be eligible for such funding.  Guidance as to which scheme best suits your enterprise will also be provided.  Together with the filling in of the application form/s, all Grant Scheme application forms include an obligatory business plan which related costs may be recovered through the SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme.   Our directors and advisors have worked in the EU Funding area and previously within the Ministry managing the Grant Schemes for over ten years which benefits our clients as we will provide guidance based on our experience within this field. For further details on the schemes and application process you may contact us on justine@europeanfunds.info to set an obligation-free meeting.
   

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Studies   The European citizen is ready to invest aggressively in our growth and quality of life.  It is only with strong investments in social infrastructure, employment and education that the Union can achieve its long-term objectives linked to the Europe 2020 strategy.  Europe wants to listen to your idea, to make it happen, to make the little change that will make a difference in the lives of its citizens.  But, the public needs data and information.  Project proponents need to present the background details leading to the identification of the need and to clearly explain how the project adds value and in what manner it is consistent with the specific and general objectives of the national and EU strategies.    Equipping your proposal with strong evidence So, in plain terms, intuition and a strong faith in your project are not enough! EuropeanFunds.info can help.  We take you that step further by collecting the data you need, analysing it, and giving you the hard evidence that will support your proposal for European funds.  We carry out feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses in all sectors, drawing upon its vast experience in the evaluation of project proposals when engaged in the managing authority, but also on the strong network of business partners.  We understand how public authorities analyse proposals and we know what buttons to push.  So trust that we will do just that.   Measuring performance And do you want to measure the effectiveness of your project mid-way or at the end of it? EuropeanFunds.info performs evaluation studies at all stages of the project lifecycle, giving you and the funding bodies the means to gauge the project’s performance.     Contact Us
         

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Project Management Successful EU-funded projects bring together bright ideas, smart management and exceptional results with the utmost attention to accountability and transparency.  Whoever has managed projects in the past knows that funds are subject to tight scrutiny by the Commission, national authorities and auditors.  And rightly so.  The European Court of Auditors, year after year, reports shortcomings in public procurement and financial expenditure, often leading to the recovery of funds from Beneficiaries.  Neither the Commission nor Member States want to waste invaluable financial resources in non-compliant activities.    We believe in your ideas! So the instructions are clear.  Your project ideas are very welcome, but sound financial and performance management are essential for long-term success.  We’ve been on the other side of the fence, so we know what quality is expected of project management and administration.  At EuropeanFunds.info we understand your frustrations in dealing with the necessary administrative work which comes along with EU-funded projects.  Your ideas and technical capabilities should not get entangled in undesirable paperwork and financial corrections.  And we also know that your day, like ours, is only 24 hours long.  So we will let you concentrate on the deliverables that matter and leave the rest to us.   You look after what really counts; we take care of the distractions.     Contact Us
   

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The European Union wants results.  EuropeanFunds.info is just about them.

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!

2014-2020 is about performance.  Indeed, we are here to share our knowledge on EU funding and help you perform.

Our Team

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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About Malta

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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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