If we had to draw one lesson from our first fifteen years’ experience in EU funding, it would be this: errors happen, regardless. Coupling the erratic traits of human nature with volumes of laws, regulations and guidelines is, inevitably, a prescription for misfired calculations, interpretations and judgements.
Controls help. Reshaping EU and self-inflicted national regulations, obligations and demands help much more.
This seminar sheds light on the continuous struggle in the management of EU-funded programmes, where the ever stronger calls for more results are continuously met by challenging control and compliance arguments. Through intense workshops and first-hand experience, we explore past cases of fraud and irregularity, review the current prevention, detection and correction techniques, interpret statistics, and discuss controls and audits within the evolving regulatory scenario (including the proposals for 21-27).
i. Defining error and the most common areas of irregularities;
ii. Studying errors in public procurement;
iii. Discussing the main tools and techniques available for the prevention and detection of errors;
iv. Examining and discussing different practical cases related to errors in the planning, tendering, selection and contracting stages of any procurement procedure;
v. Learning how to apply financial corrections to procurement errors.
The training course will take place at the NH Firenze hotel, in the centre of Florence. The NH Firenze hotel is in the Porta al Prato area, near to one of the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence. In front of the hotel is Cascine Park, the city’s biggest green space. And 20 minutes’ walk along the Arno River gets you to the stunning Duomo and the San Lorenzo shopping area.
Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Authorities, Central or Regional Ministries, Finance Officers, Auditors, Methodology Departments, Irregularities officers
Delivering knowledge, experience and good feelings!
Our Plan for day 1 - 3
Registration and distribution of training material
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
Facts and findings by the EC, ECA and OLAF This session provides an overview of the cases of irregularities as reported by the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
Common Irregularities #1: Eligibility of projects & expenditure We discuss eligibility of projects and expenditure, particularly the question whether national eligibility rules are more demanding than the minimum rules set by the EC.
Common Irregularities #2: Durability & Net Revenue Here we discuss the verification of revenue-generating projects, the funding gap and durability of the project after completion.
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1
2021 Training Programme