Managing, controlling and auditing Funds in 2022: A practitioners’ guide to multi-tasking!

Managing, controlling and auditing Funds in 2022: A practitioners’ guide to multi-tasking!

12 Sep - 16 Sep 2022, Malta

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Implementing and Auditing multiple Funds, Programmes and Projects in 2022 – Challenges to the MAs, IBs and AAs.

12 Sep - 14 Sep 2022, Malta

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Verifications and Audits in 2022 – Challenges to the MAs, IBs and AAs.

15 Sep - 16 Sep 2022, Malta

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This new seminar reflects of the impact of today’s dynamic landscape of EU-funding on the work of the Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Audit Authorities and all the other related units responsible for the management, control and audit of EU funds and the Recovery and Resilience and REPowerEU Plans.

  • What are the new, added pressures on the current workforce making up our restrictive pool of administrative capacities?
  • What are the implications of the new rulebooks and the concurrent implementation of multiple projects which are financed from different funds?
  • Are we prepared to handle so many funds at a go, each addressing situations of extreme urgency?
  • What tools do we have to provide quick, feasible solutions?

These and other questions will be addressed by our new team of speakers, including current and former high-level managers and auditors at national and EU level. Everything will be complemented by our usual direct and practical approach, delivered through a mix of classroom discussion and on-site project visits.

Course Highlight

These are challenging times for a Union. As it slowly comes out of a pandemic, it is now facing an unprecedented international crisis brought about by the Ukraine-Russia conflict at its doorstep. All this while it attempts to remain true to its original priorities for the coming decade – a greener, digital and more resilient EU.

So now, in 2022, Member States and its Regions have a coffer of funds of unexpected proportions. Apart from the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27 providing funds, amongst other, for Cohesion Policy, rural development and migration and border management, MS will also benefit from the Recovery and Resilience Facility to finance their Recovery and Resilience Plans and REPowerEU Plans.

 

  • What does this mean for Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Audit Authorities and all the other related units responsible for the management, control and audit of EU Funds?
  • What are the new, added pressures on the current workforce making up our restrictive pool of administrative capacities?
  • What are the implications of the new rulebooks and the concurrent implementation of multiple projects which are financed from different funds?
  • Are we prepared to handle so many funds at a go, each addressing situations of extreme urgency?
  • What tools do we have to provide quick, feasible solutions?

 

These and other questions will be addressed in this new seminar aimed at making sense out of the current confusion. For this reason, we start off by addressing the latest developments in the area of simplification of programmes, the management of the project pipeline and implementation of projects (including simplified cost options and financing not linked to costs). This will include a study visit to an ERDF-funded project currently being implemented at the St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, presenting a clear case where the drive for procedural simplification had to face the reality of a complex, historically-sensitive location.

The impact on verification and audit work will also be discussed in detail, drawing on the latest developments on risk-based management verifications and audits, performance-based financing mechanisms (e.g. financing not linked to costs) and data management. Several management, control and audit findings will also be presented during our visit to the EU-funded projects implemented in Gozo in recent years.

Target Audience

EU institutions, Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Bodies, Methodology Departments, Central or Regional Ministries, persons involved in the management control and/or audit of the NextGenerationEU, the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and REPowerEU Plan.

OUR TRAINERS

Delivering knowledge, experience and good feelings!

Ray Bartolo

Director - Lead Speaker

Trevor Fenech

Head of Institution

AGENDA

Our Plan for day 1 - 5

DAY 1

Timeline Plan

Monday 12th September 2022
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

The eventful EU Funding landscape post-COVID and during the Ukraine Crisis

The Multiannual Financial Framework 21-27, NextGenerationEU (Recovery & Resilience Facility,  REPowerEU) and the European Green Deal.

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:30

Management of NextGenerationEU – quick interventions in need of quick procedures

11:30 -12:30

Performance budgeting mechanisms – the future of EU funding is happening now 

An insight into the result-based management approaches, financing not linked to costs (FNLC), the use of soft indicators and milestones

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Simplified Cost Options – Back to Basics and Off-the-Shelf: Challenges and solutions to MAs, IBs and AAs

15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16:30

Auditing Simplified Cost Options and FNLC –typical findings and errors

16:30

Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1

DAY 2

Timeline Plan

Tuesday 13th September 2022
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-10:30

Management of Calls for Project Proposals 21-27– lessons learnt for the future

 

Programmes

Calls for proposals

Enabling Conditionality

Horizontal Priorities

State Aid

Financial Instruments

Technical Assistance

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45

Management of ESIF Operations and Payments to Beneficiaries in 21-27 

Eligibility of expenditure

Managing Public Procurement vs Need for quick results – management and control challenges

Data management

Financial Commitment and Decommitments

11:45-12:30
Managing Technical Assistance in 2021-27 – Building simplified procedures and stronger administrative capacities
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-16:30
SITE VISIT – ST. JOHN’S CO-CATHEDRAL IN VALLETTA: An ERDF 2014-20 project managed by an NGO
16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2

DAY 3

Timeline Plan

Wednesday 14th September 2022 - 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
16:00-17:30
Returning to Venue

DAY 4

Timeline Plan

Thursday 15th September 2022
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45
Risk-based management verifications – What is Risk?
09:45-10:30

Risk-based Management Verifications and proportionate controls – How will we verify ESIF, RRF, EAFRD, EMFAF, ISF/AMIF/BMVI projects in 21-27?

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-12.30
Risk-based Management Verifications and proportionate controls – Verifying ESIF, EAFRD, EMFAF and ISF/AMIF/BMVI projects in 21-27 – Practical Workshop
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:00

Most common errors and irregularities in ESIF, EAFRD, EMFAF and ISF/AMIF/BMVI projects & Financial Corrections during the Annual Clearance of Accounts

15:00-15:15
Coffee Break
15:15-16:00
Evaluation of Performance in MFF and NextGenerationEU  – Considerations for an era of results-based programming
16.00
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 4

DAY 5

Timeline Plan

Friday 16th September 2022
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45

Audit work in 21-27 – Changes in scope of systems audits, audits of operations and audits of accounts

Arachne and other detection tools

09:45-10:30

The ever-stronger drift towards performance auditing over financial auditing – The Challenges to Audit Authorities

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-12.00

Audit findings from the 14-20 programming period – what lessons can be learnt from ECA, EC and national Audit Authorities?

12:00
Distribution of certificates and end of seminar

Calendar

2022 Training Programme

2022 Training Programme