Registration and distribution of training material
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
Irregularities & EU-funded projects This session defines irregular expenditure and explores the main types of irregularities in EU-funded projects, both under shared and central management, and the most vulnerable areas.
Safeguarding and preventing the EU Budget from irregularities This session discusses the in-built mechanisms to safeguard the EU Budget from irregularities, describing the different layers of assurance in the management & control system and the tools used to deter the occurrence of irregular expenditure.
Ensuring a timely detection of errors (at first-level of control) Prevention mechanisms are just one side of the coin. Detection methods are equally essential in safeguarding public funding. This session explores the features that ensure the timely detection of irregularities in EU-funded programmes.
Common irregularities – Part I (Workshop): Eligibility This session takes a closer look at the most common types of irregularity which prevail in EU-funded projects: ineligible projects & ineligible expenditure.
Common irregularities – Part II (Workshop): Durability & Net Revenue In which context can the durability clause become a problem for a beneficiary? And how do you treat net revenue? Can it be used a source of co-financing? These, and other questions will be discussed during this session.
Common irregularities – Part III(Workshop): Horizontal Priorities & Publicity This session explores where failure to comply with horizontal priorities & publicity rules may put the eligibility of expenditure risk.
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1
Common irregularities – Part IV: Public Procurement (incl Workshop) An analysis of the most common errors at all stages of the public procurement process – from planning down to the final payment.
Introducing the EC guidelines for determining financial corrections for non-compliance with the rules on public procurement The main guidance tool for the application of financial corrections provides the basis for our discussions in the workshops which follow. This session analyses the principles behind it.
Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Tender specifications In this first workshop of the day we analyse and discuss different practical cases related to errors in the planning stage of any tendering procedure and the recommended financial corrections.
Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Advertising Tenders The second workshop addresses errors in the publication and advertising of tenders and the corresponding financial corrections.
Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Evaluations of Tenders The third workshop analyses cases in the evaluation of tenders.
Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Contract Implementation The fourth workshop discusses cases in contract implementation.
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2
Reducing irregular expenditure – Part I: The Public Procurement Directive (incl Workshop) This session discusses how the new Public Procurement Directives address the common errors of the past.
Reducing irregular expenditure – Part II: The Performance Framework In the Annual Report for 2013 the European Court of Auditors expressed concerns that Member States were narrowly focused on disbursement rather than to reach the result indicators. This session analyses whether the performance framework will now shift the focus on result-orientation and whether this will bring with it a reduction in the error rate.
Reducing irregular expenditure – Part III: Simplified Cost Options This session explores the different requirements attached to the simplified cost options and explains why SCOs promise a reduction in the number of irregularities detected.
Workshop: Working with Simplified Cost Options Applying SCOs to a common case under ESI Funds.
Reducing irregular expenditure – Part IV: The Management Declaration and Annual Summary This session explores how the management declaration and annual summary add assurance in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Reporting & Treatment of irregularities Once irregularities have been detected and corrections have been applied, the European Commission needs to be notified. However, it is the Member State’s decision whether to withdraw them immediately from the next Statement of Expenditure or await recovery from the Beneficiary. This session analyses both.
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 3
Stop 1 – Valletta || The Capital City
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
i. ERDF 245 – Fort St Angelo
ii. ESF 2.186 – Fort Rinella
iii. ERDF 311 – Bighi Hospital
4. ERDF 183 – Upper Barraka Lifts
Boat trip to Cottonera (The Three Cities)
Stop 2: ERDF 104 - Cospicua Waterfront
Stop 3: LUNCH AT Marsaxlokk (Fishing Village)
Stop 4: CF 117 - Council of Europe & Garibaldi Road – Luqa
Stop 5: ERDF 4 - Hagar Qim & Mnajdra – Qrendi
Stop 6: ERDF 39 - Mdina Fortifications
1. ERDF 32 – St. Paul’s Catacombs – Rabat, Malta
Dealing with EC, ECA & OLAF Auditors – The Maltese experience This session discusses the relationship between national authorities and the EU audit bodies.
The Auditing perspective of irregularities: The self-assessment and the ARACHNE tools This session explores the role of second-level of control in the detection of irregularities, together with the investigative roles entrusted to Member States.
Group discussion Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in dealing with irregular expenditure. This session provides a unique opportunity to ask the opinion of other colleagues on how they would have reacted to specific cases.
Wrap-up and distribution of certificates