EU-Projects 360: Essentials for 21-27

EU-Projects 360 degrees: Essentials for 21-27

19 - 23 June 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

- Discounted Price (till 5 June 2023): EUR 2,500

- Normal Price (from 6 June 2023): EUR 2,900

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Critical elements of ESIF, EMFAF, AMIF/ISF/ BMVI Projects

19 June - 21 June 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

- Discounted Price (till 5 June 2023): EUR 1,500

- Normal Price (from 6 June 2023): EUR 1,800

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Public Procurement Irregularities and Financial Corrections

22 June - 23 June, 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

- Discounted Price (till 5 June 2023): EUR 1,000

- Normal Price (from 6 June 2023): EUR 1,200

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OUR TRAINERS

Delivering knowledge, experience and good feelings!

Trevor Fenech

Head of Institution

Ray Bartolo

Director - Lead Speaker

AGENDA

Our Plan for day 1 - 5

DAY 1

Timeline Plan

Monday 19th June 2023
08.30-09.00

Registration and distribution of training material

09.00-09.30

Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes

09.30-10.30
Project Selection: Reading Cost Benefit Analysis
Cost Benefit Analysis are a very useful tool in assessing the social and economic worth of a project proposal. We start the course by looking into the essentials of CBAs, what to look for and how to tell a good project from a bad.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45

Launching the Public Procurement procedures

Several public procurement procedures are available. But where do we start from? Shall we proceed with the classical open procedure or can we explore other alternatives? What selection and award criteria do we apply? This session provides an overview of the procedural options available, using several examples of good practice applied in different circumstances.

11:45 -12:30
State Aid considerations – GBER, De Minimis, notification to the EC
A brief outline of the principles of state aid and the different regimes, which are essential considerations in the project selection process.
12:30-13:45

Lunch

13:45-14:30
WORKSHOP: Eligibility rules and errors in EU-funded infrastructural projects
Eligibility rules have serious implications on the control and audit of projects. During this workshop, participants will be presented with a case or series of cases on eligibility taken from the past, for group discussion and presentation
14:30-15:15

Implementation: The power of simplification

We will appreciate the value of simplification in reducing errors and ‘implementation clutter’. Here we discuss the central principles of simplified cost options, the process to establish them and the off-the-shelf rates made available by the European Commission.

15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-16:15

WORKSHOP: Simplified Cost Options for infrastructural projects

Through this practical session we take a look at the SCOs available for infrastructural projects. Through typical infrastructural scenarios, we demonstrate the application of SCOs in the implementation of infrastructural projects.

16:15-16:30

Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1

DAY 2

Timeline Plan

Tuesday 20th June 2023
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45
Management Verifications: Risk Management in 21-27

The concept of risk management will take a prevalent role in the functioning of the internal control systems of MAs and IB. Here we take a closer look at the definition of risk, how to carry out a risk assessment and what possible risk mitigation measures to introduce.

Includes: A brief workshop during which participants will apply risk management principles and techniques into practice.

09:45-10:30
Discussion: Audit work in 21-27 – Changes in scope of systems audits, audits of operations and audits of accounts
The audits, audit opinion and audit control report are essential to the annual clearance procedure for 2021-27. Here we discuss on the updates to the role of the Audit Authority and their audits in the next period.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
The Accounting function: Payment Applications and the Accounts in 2021-27
An overview of the tasks of the accounting function and its importance in the context of the annual submissions.
11:45-12:30
Project Quality: Maintaining quality through strong Internal Audit

The concepts of internal audit are well known in various sectors, yet are relatively underutilised in the field of EU-funded projects. This session sheds light on the benefits of having a robust internal audit unit to supervise the quality of project management, performance against key indicators, financial management and value-for-money.

Includes: A brief workshop involving internal audit processes.

12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-14:45
Alternative financing of infrastructural projects: Financial Instruments
An overview of the highlights on financial instruments, their relevance to infrastructural projects and the lessons learnt from implementation in the past programming periods.
14:45-15:30

Performance management: Monitoring, Evaluation & Data management in 2021-27

Annual performance reporting for AMIF, ISF and BMVI and the final report for the rest. Indicators tied exclusively to the performance framework. Real-time data on an open data platform. A mid-term review to allow adjustments to the Programmes mid-way through. This session discusses monitoring, evaluation, data and performance management for ESIF, EMFAF, AMIF/ISF/BMVI, EAFRD and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16.30

WORKSHOP: Communication, Publicity and Horizontal priorities in 2021-27

A practical session to discuss how the EC is prioritising horizontal principles and promoting publicity for the new programmes, with special mention to the contribution each must make towards the European Green Deal.

16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2

DAY 3

Timeline Plan

Wednesday 21 June 2023 - EUfundingGozo Projects Expedition
08:00-08:30
Meeting in front of Venue
Discussing
CF 125: Salina Road Project
Discussing
CF 118: Rehabilitation of Maghtab Landfills
STOP 1
CF 198 –Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal
STOP2
ERDF 31 – Upgrading of Zewwieqa Waterfront
STOP 3
ERDF 32 – Ggantija Temples Conservation Project
Discussing
ERDF 24 – Upgrading of Villa Rundle Gardens
Discussing
CF 1.1.0.2 – Restoration and Upgrading of Mgarr-Victoria Link
Discussing
ERDF 142 – Developing a cultural and historical eco-museum
STOP 4
ERDF 246 –Implementing of Cittadella Masterplan
17:30-18:00
Returning to Venue

DAY 4

Timeline Plan

Thursday 22nd June 2023
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45
Facts and figures on errors and irregularities in EU-funded programmes across the EU – 2022 update
An overview of the most common errors and irregularities in Cohesion Policy and other Funds, as reported lately by the various EU institutions, including the European Court of Auditors, the European Commission and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
09:45-10:30
Common errors and irregularities in Public Procurement
Public procurement errors are a significant contributor to annual error rates. Here we discuss the most common causes and the preventive solutions available.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
What financial correction should we apply?
An insight on the principles to apply when determining financial corrections to public procurement, drawing on European Commission guidelines.
11:45-12:30
Workshop #1: Applying Financial Corrections errors in the tender planning, preparation and publication phase
The first set of cases is presented for discussion in groups, aimed at identifying the errors and applying a proportionate financial correction.
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-14:45

Workshop #1: Reporting on the outcomes from the discussions

14:45-15:30
Workshop #2: Applying Financial Corrections errors in the tender evaluation phase
The second set of cases is presented for discussion in groups, aimed at identifying the errors and applying a proportionate financial correction.
15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16:30
Workshop #2: Reporting on the outcomes from the discussions
16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 4

DAY 5

Timeline Plan

Friday 23rd June 2023
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45
Workshop #3: Applying Financial Corrections errors in the contract implementation phase
The third set of cases is presented for discussion in groups, aimed at identifying the errors and applying a proportionate financial correction.
09:45-10:30
Workshop #4: Reporting on the outcomes from the discussions
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
Audit on Public Procurement – approach and typical findings
12:00
Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

Calendar

2023 Training Programme

2023 Training Programme