Procurement: avoiding errors, applying corrections and exploring flexible options

Live Online Session - Procurement: avoiding errors, applying corrections and exploring flexible options (including Q&A session)

October 7-8, 2020, Zoom Application

- Discounted Price (If you register by 30 September): €499

- Normal Price (If you register from 1 October onwards): €599

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As new regulations, procedures, forms of support and controls are introduced, EU programme managers face further challenges in ensuring that the EU budget is safe from error or cleaned up properly if adversely affected.

We are quite familiar with the financial corrections procedures for systemic errors and errors in public procurement. Years of implementation and audits may have even taught us the hard way. Yet, the interpretation and application of regulations and guidance still vary from one person to another, and knowledge and experience on the matters is not equally thorough across all national and regional authorities.

The usual questions still surface: What correction should be applied? Is my judgement correct? Is this correction enough (and proportionate)? Would the auditors be happy with my approach?

This online course is designed to analyse the common errors at the crucial stages of public procurement procedures, the design and implementation of financial instruments and the EU programme management system in general. We analyse all possible entry points of error and discuss how these may be prevented and corrected, allowing participants to gain confidence in their interpretation and judgement.

Course Highlight

  1. Discussing the main tools and techniques available for the prevention and detection of errors;
  2. Introducing the main guidance tools for the application of financial corrections in public procurement;
  3. Examining and discussing different practical cases related to errors in the crucial stages of any procurement procedure;
  4. Reviewing reports from various Member States on the application of financial corrections to errors;
  5. Identifying the possible options allowed by the Directive to expedite procurement procedures

 

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, Procurement specialists, 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

Wednesday 7th October 2020
09:00-09:30

Connecting and setting up through Zoom

09:30-10:15

EC guidance note on avoiding the most common errors in Public Procurement This session discusses the most important aspects of the note, with essential guidance on and new examples of procurement cases across the EU.

 

10:15-10:30

Live Q&A session and break

10:30-11:15

Determining financial corrections to public procurement errors The main guidance note for the application of financial corrections provides the basis for our discussions in the workshops which follow. This session analyses the principles behind it and how to interpret the different corrections.

11:15-11:30

Live Q&A session and break

 

11:30-12:15

Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Tender specifications In this workshop we analyse and discuss different practical cases related to errors in the planning stage of any tendering procedure and the recommended financial corrections.

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

Thursday 8th October 2020
09:00-09:30

Connecting and setting up through Zoom

09:30-10:15

Workshop: Applying financial corrections || Evaluations of Tenders We proceed by analysing cases in the evaluation of tenders.

10:15-10:30

Live Q&A session and break

10:30-11:15

OLAF & ECA audits & the application of financial corrections We recall the main lessons learnt from OLAF and ECA audits, analysing the audit approach adopted and the interpretation of the cases audited.

11:15-11:30

Live Q&A session and break

11:30-12:15

Options and flexibilities under the public procurement framework This session explores how Contracting Authorities can avail themselves of possibilities to substantially reduce the deadlines to accelerate open or restricted procedures.

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