The European Commission emphasises the sound financial management of EU Funds in order to ensure that all financial resources are spent efficiently. Audit of EU funded projects must follow international auditing standards according to Article 62 of the EU Regulation EC 1083/2006. Manifold standards issued by organisations such as IFAC, IIA and INTOSAI have to be applied appropriately. This European Seminar addresses auditors on all levels who have to carry out audits in projects co-financed by European Funds.
The European Commission strongly recommends the use of Financial Engineering Instruments with EU funded projects. Innovative tools like JESSICA, JEREMIE or Microcredit Funds can provide sustainability of resourced, even beyond the programme itself. In this seminar you will gain expertise in FEIs.
Having become an integral component of public administration, Information Technology (IT) infrastructure as well was frequently audited lately. This is a challenging task for auditors who have to acquire specific knowledge about IT risks and processes in IT projects and environments. In fact, IT auditing requires new skills and knowledge. This European Seminar helps to add those skills to the internal and external auditor's portfolio.
Energy and IT infrastructures are absolutely vital for any modern civilisation. Energy infrastructures, moreover, are fully dependent on IT solutions. Both have already become subject to cyber-attacks. This European seminar addresses managers and specialists bearing the responsibility for securing IT and energy infrastructures for public and private sector enterprises.
The real impact of EU Funds will be increasingly addressed in the new programming period 2014-2020. After 2013, you will not only have to assure the quality of your ongoing and in particular ex-post evaluations, you will also have to fulfil the evaluation and monitoring rules of the new programming period 2014-2020.
EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially the correct financial accounting of the project is a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow the strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission.
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 European Summer Academy “State Aid” provides extensive and case-study based training on almost every aspect related to state aid. During three days in June, experienced and reknowned practitioners in the complex field of European state aid work on real cases and thus explore the legal and practical framework for state aid in Europe.
The European Summer Academy “Financial Control of EU Funds” offers 5 full days of intensive training on topics such as administrative verifications, eligibility of expenditures, simplified cost options, system audits and many more in the field of Financial Control and Auditing regarding publicly funded projects. In the last edition of this summer academy, Martin Weber, Head of Unit at the European Court of Auditors lectured as well as Fabienne Lévy, responsible for ESF Audit in the European Commission.
Auditors – both internal and external – play a vital role in guaranteeing the sound management of their own or the audited institution. The audit report is the most visible tool that demonstrates their work.
The end of the current programming period is approaching and authorities have to begin to plan the closure of the current Operational Programmes according to the new Commission’s guidelines.
The practical introduction of e-Cohesion systems requires Member States to establish electronic data exchange systems which allow the exchange of all information between the Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities as well as Intermediate Bodies, on the one hand, and the beneficiaries, on the other hand, to take place electronically.
Public funding for universities and research institutions is decreasing. At the same time, competition between universities is increasing and they become more commercially orientated.
EU funds communications have to be evaluated on a regular basis and to be revised if needed. For this, the responsible body should be able to define and use evaluation and monitoring measures. Difficulties arise as the process of evaluating communication is only slowly becoming more concrete as a tool itself.
Clamp down on fraud and corruption in the public sector Fraud and corruption in the public sector heavily harm the economy, lower investment levels and reduce public finances. Anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies are often not effective enough and damages done to public institutions and their budgets by fraud and corruption can be enormous ranging from financial loss, reduction of organisational performance, reputation, credibility and public confidence.
Risk Management has long since been part of any modern management strategy in private enterprises. For public administrations this topic still is relatively new. In this seminar you will learn how to identify risks of any kind and to manage them according to best standards. Whether you are being audited or you are working for an auditing authority you will get familiar with professional formalised risk management especially for public institutions.
Preventing, detecting and correcting irregularities is the obligation of each EU member state. If unduly payment cannot be recovered from a beneficiary and if this was caused by fault or negligience the member state is liable for refund. Consequently, unprofessional handling of irregularities can constitute high financial risks. Preventing irregularities, managing possible risks, conducting necessary corrections and avoiding repayment ist central to this European seminar.
This seminar addresses Project Managers of EU funded projects. In three days, participants acquire a very structured and high-level expertise of Project Management including an extensive set of instruments such as the Logical Framework Approach, a financial Cost-Benefit-Analysis (CBA), a Value Analysis (VA), Results-Based Management (RBM). Also, the new intervention logic of the 2014-2020 programming period is explained in detail.
The European Union is the world’s biggest donor, providing more than half of all development aid worldwide. However, in order to cooperate with the EU successfully and to benefit from the funds, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of complicated accounting regulations of projects financed by the EU.
EU member states have to make sure, that the billions of Euro, that will be granted by the European Commission result in successful projects. For the next programming period 2014-2020 new standard in project management, accouning and auditing will be demanded by the European Commission. So, national, regional and local agencies and authorities as well as final beneficiaries have to update their knowledge regarding the new regulation on EU funded projects. This European Summer Seminar offers the unique opportunity to catch up on these topics.
Ensuring that broadband internet is available in all European regions is one of the most important goals of EU infrastructure policy. Many opportunities of funding broadband projects are available for public administrations. The huge investments that are necessary need not be shouldered by a regional budget alone. Financing, though, still is one of the main hurdles, especially in rural areas. This seminar addresses public and private applicants and beneficiaries of EU funding, especially national, regional and local authorities planning to invest in the broadband infrastructure. Topics include the multiple opportunities of EU funding in this area, how to use Structural Funds for broadband projects, how to apply for ERDF and EAFRD funding and what financial instruments are being provided by the European Investment bank.
Many changes in the structure of Funds will be realised at the beginning of the next programming period 2014-2020. Two new funds will be launched, the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). On this European Symposium renowned experts will report on the imminent changes and help you prepare for next year's novelties.