Irregularities & fraud: definitions, prevention, detection & reporting

Live Online Session - Irregularities & fraud: definitions, prevention, detection & reporting (including Q&A session)

September 28-29, 2020, Zoom Application

- Discounted Price (If you register by 19 September): €499

- Normal Price (If you register from 20 September onwards): €599

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If we had to draw one lesson from experience in EU funding, it would be this: errors happen, regardless!  Coupling the volumes of laws, regulations and guidelines with the erratic traits of human nature, inevitably, a prescription for misfired calculations, interpretations and judgements.

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. 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 21-27).

Course Highlight

  1. Defining error and the most common areas of irregularities;
  2. Understanding how the Annual Submissions (management declaration, accounts and annual summary) will contribute to less error;
  3. Discussing the main tools and techniques available for the prevention and detection of errors;
  4. Learning to use the principles advocated by the EC for better interpretation and proportionate correction of errors;
  5. Exploring the most common errors in public procurement, eligibility and horizontal priorities.

 

Venue & Mode of delivery

The sessions will be delivered live from our offices in Malta through the Zoom application (see https://zoom.us/), which may be downloaded either on a personal computer, laptop or smartphone. A reliable internet connection is important, but the sessions will also be recorded.

 

Target Audience

EU institutions; CF, ERDF, ESF+, EMFF, AMIF, ISF and EAFRD Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Bodies, Methodology Departments, Central or Regional Ministries, Finance Officers, Auditors, Methodology Departments, Irregularities officers

OUR TRAINERS

Delivering knowledge, experience and good feelings!

Ray Bartolo

Head of Institution

Trevor Fenech

Director – Lead Speaker

AGENDA

Our Plan for the day

DAY 1

Timeline Plan

Monday 28th September 2020
09:00-09:30

Connecting and setting up through Zoom

09:30-10:15

Irregularities in EU-funded projects: definitions & relevant statistics The course kicks off with an overview of the most common errors, irregularities and fraud cases, ensuring a common understanding of the major terms and definitions and discussing interesting statistics from recent reports.

 

10:15-10:30

Live Q&A session and break

10:30-11:15

Verifications, Applications for Payment and the Annual Clearance of Accounts 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.

11:15-11:30

Live Q&A session and break

 

11:30-12:15

How the EC reasons out corrections of systemic or one-off errors and irregularities Through a review of the relevant Delegated Regulations and guidance notes, this session finds the common principles used by the EC to correct major errors and irregularities discovered during audits of programmes, public procurement, financial instruments and other.

12:15-12:30

Live Q&A session

12:30

Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Online Live Session Day 1

 

DAY 2

Timeline Plan

Tuesday 29th September 2020
09:00-09:30

Connecting and setting up through Zoom

09:30-10:15

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.

10:15-10:30

Live Q&A session and break

10:30-11:15

Common Irregularities #2: Public Procurement An overview of the errors relating to public procurement, referring to the latest reports and updates from the EC and EU audit bodies

11:15-11:30

Live Q&A session and break

11:30-12:15

Common Irregularities #3: Horizontal Priorities & Publicity This is an essential element to ensure absorption of funds is maximised.  One error in a horizontal priority of a programme and a systemic correction might need to be applied on the programme. First-level control by IBs, MAs and CAs is crucial.

12:15-12:30

Live Q&A session

12:30

Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Online Live Session Day 2

Calendar

2020 Training Programme