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Modern public institutions are depending on functioning IT in their daily business. Therefore, IT emergencies represent a constant fundamental threat. However, it is not always possible to avoid such threats and emergencies do occur regularly. In case of emergency it is necessary to contain the damage.
The programming period 2014-2020 introduces new rules for the financial management of the European Structural and Investment Funds. National and regional authorities have become new responsibilities and deadlines regarding preparation, examination, acceptance and closure of accounts as well as financial correction.
With the new public procurement directive 2014/24/EU, which has come into effect in 2014, the European Commission has introduced a number of opportunities that allow for more flexibility in the procurement process while upholding the basic requirements of competition, transparency and equal treatment.
For the purpose of simplifying the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020, the European Commission has widened the application of simplified cost options.
As research results become increasingly important for international rankings and external funding, it is crucial to figure out how to compare research. How can research results be compared across different subject areas? Where to find the right counterparts to benchmark the institution’s research performance? Which tools are available to assess research quality?
Whether internal or external, strategic, financial, operational or reputational risks – these can significantly hinder the work of your authority. In the current economic and financial context the lack of an adequate approach to risk management is an enormous and real threat to the work of any public administration, since nowadays work efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector are more important than ever before. For that reason, it is of extreme importance that public authorities do not rely solely on their intuition in dealing with risks, but use professional formalised risk management as an integral and ongoing part of their general management process.
Closure of Operational Programmes 2007-2013 has to be conducted simultaneously to the management of the new programming period 2014-2020. This task involves contributions of Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities that need to prove effective communication as well as disciplined time management and coordinated performance.
Higher education and research institutions face unique challenges in Internal Audit. Their complexity, individuality and diverse foci and fields of work make for a wide array of issues, which are not covered by common place Internal Audit knowledge covered by Internal Audit in the private sector.
The EU provides multiple sources of financing for broadband projects, in form of various EU funds as well as European Investment Bank instruments. In the new programming period, broadband projects are not only supported via European Structural and Investments Fund (ESIF), including EAFRD and through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
Technical Assistance (TA) for European Structural Funds has been in use for several years now. However, there are many changes that apply to Technical Assistance in the Programming Period 2014-2020.
Thanks to the new EU Cohesion Policy and the new Programming Period 2014-2020 of the European Union, there is more funding available for research, development and innovation than ever before. The EU has set out the goal to enhance investment and to strengthen Europe’s position in R&D&I.
Practitioners in the field of State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors currently face the challenge of significant changes to the existing legislation. The European Commission has substantially modified the existing State aid rules in these sectors. After a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) had been agreed on, State aid provisions in this area also had to be adjusted.
Biodiversity, Nature Conservation & Protection, Natural Resource Management There is More European Funding Available for Environmental Projects than Ever Before
According to the schedule of the funding period 2014-2020, managing and implementing authorities all over Europe are now starting to deliver programs that meet the funding goals defined by the EU. Again the European Social Funds (ESF) represents one of the key pillars of European funding.
The proper handling of the rules for the eligibility of expenditure in EU funded projects has proven to be very challenging and remains difficult in the new period 2014-2020. Disregarding the rules for eligibility of expenditure causes many irregularities.
Knowledge, technology and innovations created at universities and other research entities have to make an impact outside of faculties and laboratories. Commercialisation of research is a mean to fulfil this task. Once a research project or innovation carried out by a university, research institution and its researchers is ready to achieve commercial results, it has to be decided how it can best be commercialised. Which is the most promising way to pursue?
IT for education has the potential to enhance and support the teaching and learning process immensely. Higher education institutions need to use innovative new technologies in order to boost their academic performance and attract and satisfy the new and technologically aware generation of students.
The European Commission is currently taking a close look at the different areas of competition law including antitrust rules. The new Antitrust Damages Directive marks a big step towards a more coherent approach to infringements of EU antitrust law.
In times of austerity, audits of public procurements have gained in importance. However, practitioners from public administrations often find auditing public procurement processes to be one of the most challenging and complex fields to audit. Misspent public money in low quality services and goods can endanger both the financial and operational integrity of an organisation.
The field of food labelling in the European Union and the member states remains very dynamic. Several regulations have to be taken into account to guarantee all declarations on the contents of the food products and their possible benefits (or allergic threats!) are declared according to the applicable laws. Therefore, it is essential for practitioners and food law specialists to get to a running start in the domain of the complex legal and regulatory framework on EU Food Law.
The European Union provides various funds and instruments to support stakeholders such as universities, research centres and companies in the fields of research and development and the commercialisation of research results. However, financial accounting and reporting of EU-funded projects are considered very time consuming and complex.
The reform of Common Agricultural Policy brought significant changes in the implementation of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2014-2020 by calling for simplifying rules for implementation of national and regional Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and for reducing the related administrative burden.
Many authorities within the management and control system of EU Funds still face considerable difficulties and uncertainties when it comes to detecting and handling (suspected) fraud cases. They are presented with the challenge of distinguishing these cases from irregularities as well as identifying necessary actions.
During the public procurement process a contracting authority puts a lot of time and effort into identifying reliable business partners, negotiating favourable terms, and ensuring a strong basis for the award decision. Despite the best preparations, however, existing contracts often require amendments.
European research locations are constantly competing for talent with higher education institutes (HEI) in other areas of the world offering excellent conditions for researchers and lecturers.
Workplace culture has a powerful impact on employees’ health and well-being. Both physical and mental health are directly linked to an organisation’s overall productivity. In times of tight budgets, it is necessary to exploit existing resources to the full.
A strong focus on results is being reinforced by the European Commission for the ESI Fund 2014-2020. Thus, EU funds authorities were asked to stipulate more precisely what changes and results are expected by the interventions of ESI Funds from the very beginning of the implementation of the Operational Programmes (OPs) 2014-2020.
Providing more than half of all development aid worldwide, the European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors. In order to successfully cooperate with the EU and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of accounting regulations for projects financed by the EU.
Be prepared for the increasing importance of financial instruments with EU Funds!
Nowadays, young people are faced with hard competition for job opportunities. So they make the choice for their Higher Education Institution (HEI) by deciding which environment offers them the best foundation to have good job opportunities after graduation. Universities have recognised this challenge but the circumstances make it hard to fulfill these very complex needs – the same is true for identifying and implementing the tools to fit those needs.
In current times of tight public budgets, public administrations must set and achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical way. This new obligation also alters the responsibilities of auditors in the public sector.
The compliance of national funding and EU Funds with EU State Aid Rules is under strict control of the European Commission. State aid officials administering national and European funding in all member states still face difficulties when applying the European Union’s complex system of State aid rules and procedures, which regulate how public authorities use public resources to support organisations involved in business activities.
Meet the financial control requirements and reduce risk of incorrect reimbursements of EU Funds. The European Commission has set out detailed arrangements on the management and control systems to be operated by Member States for the EU Structural Funds in both programming periods (2007-2013 and 2014-2020).
The New Programming Period has begun and the last one has to be brought to a successful closure. The practical implementation of the two remaining Home Affairs and Security Funds, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), brings a number of challenges for the authorities in charge of migration, asylum and internal security.
In current times of tight budgetary discipline, it is more important than ever for public bodies involved in EU funds administration to manage funds cost effectively, efficiently and in accordance with the law.
Advanced hands-on experience, operative know-how and thorough knowledge of procedures and risks are necessary to ensure clear, effective and reliable procurement procedures. While the new EU procurement directives require more flexibility, transparency and fulfilment of high qualitative, environmental, social and innovation standards, many contracting authorities still favour lowest price criterion as the safest and fastest procedure. Yet, many examples prove that the lowest price does not always mean lowest costs and therefore needs to be extended by additional criteria.
Researchers in Europe and beyond face mutual challenges. In times of declining national public funding for higher education and research institutions it becomes increasingly important to identify and to seize all sources of revenue.
Correctly used clouds enable organisations to achieve an increase of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. For this reason cloud computing has become a common strategy of hosting data in private companies.
A crucial part of public spending today is handled through public procurement procedures aiming to ensure financial prudence when dealing with taxpayers’ money. Thus, public institutions are required to transparent, effective and efficient measures to safeguard public finances.
Public administrations in Europe, but also in developing countries are under increasing pressure to achieve more and more with less and less money and ressources.
National, European and international public institutions are under increasing pressure to achieve more and more with less and less. A solution to this problem is the introduction and implementation of a professional management of business processes that helps institutions to operate successfully despite budget cutbacks.
The ESI Funds 2014-2020 offer the possibility to support an operation comprising a series of works, activities or services of a precise economic or technical nature (for which the total eligible costs exceed 50 million Euro) as well as operations contributing to one thematic objective (where the total eligible costs exceed 75 million Euro) such as transport, water, waste and energy projects.
The current Programming Period 2014-2020 holds lots of opportunities to fund innovative ideas and projects. The architecture of European Funds and direct grants continues to offer a wide range of funding opportunities in the Member States. However, funding is often not used as effectively as possible or it may be denied due to lack of knowledge or poor planning. Although the numerous programmes and initiatives have different features, the development and implementation of projects in practice follow common rules.
Quality is an increasingly talked about catchword in higher education. The Bologna Process as well as national legislation have made quality management (QM) and quality assessment (QA) a requirement for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donors, providing more than half of all development and humanitarian aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate successfully with the EU and to benefit from the external cooperation funds, beneficiaries have to follow a multitude of administrative regulations and fulfil all external audit requirements.
The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law is delighted to announce the 11th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 2016 This annual forum brings together around 500 EU Funds experts from all over Europe and promotes an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice between EU Institutions and Member States with regard to the correct management and control of EU Funds.
With the start of the new programming period 2014-2020 new regulations and rules regarding financial management, control and audit have been introduced. On the basis of the Common Provisions Regulation, Fund-specific rules as well as delegated and implementing acts EU-Member States have created and set up management and control systems for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020.