EU regulations and directives need to be carefully observed
The national and regional administration of EU Funding is subject to uniform EU-wide regulations. These regulations implementation can prove especially challenging in terms how they are applied and how funding can be taken up more efficiently. It is our aim to simplify these regulations and their practical application. The European Academy for Taxes, Economy & Law supports administrative authorities throughout Europe in implementing these rules and regulations so that applicants for funding from all parts of Europe make progress and benefit from the Academy’s special training courses.
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There is an increasing demand of public authorities for innovative ICT solutions for their work. Very often, complex and cost-intensive ICT solution is needed. Sometimes, a prototype has to be tailor-made for the authority.
The new 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 effectively or it may be denied due to poor planning.
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.
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.
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).
A strong focus on results will be reinforced by the European Commission according to the draft regulations for EU funds for 2014-2020. Thus, EU funds authorities are asked to stipulate more precisely what changes and results are expected by the interventions of EU funds from the very beginning of the implementation of the new operational programmes (OPs).
According to the latest control results it is the public procurement law that causes the most difficulties while applying European funding. All bodies involved in EU funds administration need to ensure that the beneficiaries of EU funding spend grants also along with the public procurement law.
The New Programming Period of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) has officially started. The application process in the New Programming Period represents a challenge both for the bodies responsible for granting – the managing authorities and intermediate bodies – and for the beneficiaries. A high level of expertise is needed to give grants as well as to receive support from the Structural and Investment Funds.
The practical introduction of eCohesion systems requires Member States to establish electronic data exchange systems which allow the exchange of all information between Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities as well as Intermediate Bodies, on the one hand, and beneficiaries, on the other hand, to take place electronically.
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 are entirely engaged in creating and setting up the new management and control systems for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020.
Bid Rigging, price fixing and illegal agreements between competitors in the public procurement procedures are a great threat for public institutions, especially with regard to cost-intensive and technologically advanced investments and projects. Bid Rigging results in overpriced government contracts which are inacceptable in times of austerity and decreasing public budgets. In this practical seminar you acquire expert knowledge in detecting bid rigging schemes and preventing them. Experts from (amongst others) the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) and the OECD provide you with their expertise and know-how.
EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially the correct financial accounting of the project constitutes a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission.