Prevention, Detection and Correction of Errors

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Prevention, Detection and Correction of Errors

6 March - 10 March 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

- Discounted Price (till 20 Feb 2023): EUR 2,500

- Normal Price (from 21 Feb 2023): EUR 2,900

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Typical errors in EU-funded projects and how to fix them

6 March - 8 March 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

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Audits and Verifications of ESIF, EMFAF, AMIF, ISF, BMVI, EAFRD

7 March - 8 March 2023, St. Julian’s, Malta

- Discounted Price (till 20 Feb 2023): EUR 1,000

- Normal Price (from 21 Feb 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 6th March 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
Facts and figures on errors and irregularities in EU-funded programmes across the EU – 2023 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).
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:45

Major Error #1: Eligibility of projects & expenditure

The first specific theme of the seminar will focus on the most common error found in EU-funded projects. The issue of eligibility of projects and expenditure will be discussed in depth, through various examples, together with possible mitigation measures to reduce the risk.

11:45 -12:30
Practical workshop – Addressing eligibility errors in EU-funded projects
A workshop will follow, where participants will be presented with a case or series of cases for group discussion and presentation.
12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:00
Error prevention – The case for Simplified Cost Options
Rather than detection, Simplified Cost Options and other simplified rules and procedures seek to improve prevention of error. This session discusses the strong inverse correlation between simplification and the error rate.
15:00-15:15
Coffee Break
15:15-16:15

WORKSHOP: Designing and implementing SCOs in practice

Participants will be presented with different cases to be discussed in groups, inviting discussion on daily problems with the implementation of projects based on real costs and SCOs.

16:15-16:30

Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1

DAY 2

Timeline Plan

Tuesday 7th March 2023
08:30-09:00
Welcome coffee
09:00-09:45
Major Error #2: 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.
09:45-10:30
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.
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-12:30
Practical workshop – Proportionate treatment of procurement errors in EU-funded projects
Acting on the principles and correction rates discussed in the previous session, a series of cases will be presented to participants for discussion and application of financial correction.
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:15
Closure of 2014-20 Programmes – Considerations on the treatment of irregularities in the final year
A discussion on eligibility at the impending closure of the 2014-20 programmes in 2024/25, the treatment of irregularities, amounts recoverable or withdrawn, irrecoverable amounts and the calculation of the final balance.
15:15-15:30

Coffee Break

15:30-16:15

Final discussion: Failure to reach Programme indicators – the other form of error

The panel addresses a series of situations having significant implications on the performance framework of a Programme, including serious failures in the achievement of financial and output indicators and non-functional projects.

16:15-16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2

DAY 3

Timeline Plan

Wednesday 8th March 2023 - EUfundingMalta Projects Expedition
08:00-08:30
Meeting in front of Venue
Stop 1
ERDF 244: Fort St. Elmo Heritage Experience
Discussing
CF 124: Refurbishment of the Valletta Breakwater
STOP 2
ERDF.05.109: Refurbishment of St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum
STOP 3
ERDF 403 – Castille Square – Enriching Valletta’s touristic and cultural offer
STOP 4
ERDF 151 – Saluting Battery – RE.VI.VE – Renewed Visitor Venues
Stop 5
ERDF 183 – Barrakka Lift – Vertical Connection
Discussing
ESF 2.186 – Re-Skilling of Workers for the Local Film Industry
Discussing
ERDF 245 – Fort St. Angelo Heritage Experience
Discussing
ERDF 311 – National Interactive Science Centre
STOP 6
ERDF 104 – Stronger Cottonera Communities
STOP 7

Marsaxlokk for lunch – discussing the Fisheries Funds

STOP 8

ERDF 4 – Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Conservation and Interpretation Project

STOP 9

ERDF 39 – Restoration and rehabilitation of Historical Fortifications

17:30-18:00
Returning to Venue

DAY 4

Timeline Plan

Thursday 9th March 2023
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
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
11:00-11:45
Audit findings from the 14-20 programming period – what lessons can be learnt from ECA, EC and national Audit Authorities?
11:45-12:30
WORKSHOP: Considerations for sample selection and projection of error
12:30-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:15

Internal Auditing: Applying audit principles to management and controls by the MAs, IBs and Beneficiaries

15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-16:15
Auditing public procurement
16:15-16:30
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 4

DAY 5

Timeline Plan

Friday 10th March 2023
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
11:00-12:00
WORKSHOP: Risk-based Management Verifications and proportionate controls – Verifying ESIF, EAFRD, EMFAF and ISF/AMIF/BMVI projects in 21-27
12:00
Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

Calendar

2023 Training Programme

2023 Training Programme