Selected Events

Selected Events 2013/14
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Overview

The European Academy for Taxes, Economy & Law offers advanced training courses by way of congresses, conferences, seminars and workshops in German and English.

Here you can find all upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops in their chronology. If you wish to view the events according to their topics, please visit these links: EU Funding, Law & Taxes, State Aid, Audit, Energy & Environment, R&D and Innovation, ITInternal Affairs & Security. The event language for all events will be English. Click here for an overview of our German events.

lang_en 25. September 2014 - 26. September 2014, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

EU Member States are nowadays entirely engaged in preparing the Operational Programmes for 2014-2020. In order to start with the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020, the Operational Programmes must be approved by the European Commission and the Member States must set up their new Management and Control Systems (MCS).

lang_en 29. September 2014 - 30. September 2014, Mercure Hotel Berlin City

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.

lang_en 29. September 2014 - 30. September 2014, Maritim Hotel Berlin

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. To ensure that public institutions operate most efficiently and effectively, auditors can no longer focus on their traditional task of financial audits.

lang_en 06. October 2014 - 07. October 2014, Arcotel John F

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.

lang_en 16. October 2014 - 17. October 2014, abba Berlin Hotel

Technical Assistance (TA) for European Structural Funds has been in use for several years now. However, there are many changes that will apply to Technical Assistance in the new Programming Period 2014-2020.

lang_en 16. October 2014 - 17. October 2014, Arcotel John F

R&D projects and cooperation, whether with or without European or national funding, need a safe and sound legal contract design. In most cases, the legal framework decides about the success of a project and lays the foundation for a smooth pursuit of research activities.

lang_en 20. October 2014 - 21. October 2017, Mercure Hotel Berlin City

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.

lang_en 23. October 2014 - 24. October 2014, Arcotel John F

In the new Programming Period 2014-2020 Article 13 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006 that stipulates certain procedures and requirements for verification will be repealed. Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies will have to meet new standards regarding the implementation of administrative and on-the-spot verifications.

lang_en 27. October 2014 - 28. October 2014, Arcotel John F

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.

lang_en 03. November 2014 - 04. November 2014, Arcotel John F

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.

lang_en 12. November 2014 - 14. November 2014, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

The new programming period is about to begin and the last one has to be brought to a successful conclusion. This symposium offers the national bodies in the Member States of the European Union the possibility to exchange first-hand experiences concerning the implementation and utilisation of the structures and instruments of the new programming period with their European peers and in dialogue with the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors.

lang_en 13. November 2014 - 14. November 2014, Arcotel John F

EU Member States have already made some practical experiences with Financial Engineering Instruments. However, in the last programming period, only 5% of the entire ERDF resources were distributed through Financial Instruments (FI). For the current programming period 2014-2020, the European Commission demands an increased use of this innovative tool.

lang_en 13. November 2014 - 14. November 2014, abba Berlin Hotel

Public procurement for research equipment, scientific materials and research services is most challenging for all stakeholders in Higher Education and Research Institutions as well as in University Hospitals.

lang_en 13. November 2014 - 14. November 2014, Ellington Hotel

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.

lang_en 20. November 2014 - 21. November 2014, abba Berlin Hotel

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.

lang_en 20. November 2014 - 21. November 2014, Arcotel John F

There is a range of fundamental services that are of major importance to citizens and their everyday life which have to be supplied by public authorities. Providing and financing these services – for instance in the social or transport sectors – needs to be in accordance with European State aid regulations and the provisions for Services of General Economic Interest.

lang_en 01. December 2014 - 02. December 2014, Ellington Hotel

The European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world’s biggest donor, providing more than half of all development 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.

lang_en 01. December 2014 - 02. December 2014, abba Berlin Hotel

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 aim to prevent public authorities from using public money to support industries or offering unfair incentives.

lang_en 01. December 2014 - 02. December 2014, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

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).

lang_en 04. December 2014 - 05. December 2014, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

In times of decreasing public funding Higher Education and Research Institutions are urged to generate additional sources of income. As funding amounts cannot be foreseen for the long term anymore, planning and allocating the budget has become more difficult.

lang_en 04. December 2014 - 05. December 2014, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

In times of decreasing public funding Higher Education and Research Institutions are urged to generate additional sources of income. As funding amounts cannot be foreseen for the long term anymore, planning and allocating the budget has become more difficult.

lang_en 08. December 2014 - 09. December 2014, Ellington Hotel

Many public administrations have successfully developed and implemented risk management strategies and frameworks. Yet, it is time to examine how effectively the public sector is managing risk, with a special interest in measuring progress since the launch of risk management. Moreover, many authorities still face difficulties and barriers while implementing the strategy and using it on a daily basis.

lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

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).

lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Arcotel John F

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. The simplified cost options – flat rates for indirect costs, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums – signalise a departure from the principle of real costs. They lighten the administrative burden on beneficiaries and management bodies thus contributing to a more efficient, correct and increased use of the funds.

lang_en 22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015, Ellington Hotel

EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially correct financial accounting of projects constitutes a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission. The project needs to be correctly managed with respect to its financial accounting.

lang_en 26. January 2015 - 27. January 2015, Arcotel John F

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. The majority of Member States therefore have adopted this goal and plan to dedicate more European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to this area. This development entails quite a large amount of new funding possibilities available for projects by universities, research centers and other potential beneficiaries.

lang_en 29. January 2015 - 30. January 2015, abba Berlin Hotel

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 the private sector.

lang_en 25. February 2015 - 27. February 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Berlin Mitte

EU Funds Project Managers have to deal with several challenging management tasks specific to EU Funds. Their work refers to different aspects and phases of project and programme management which require a high level of expertise.

lang_en 26. February 2015 - 27. February 2015, RAMADA Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

The correct handling of irregularities in EU funded projects is still a very difficult issue for all bodies involved in the management and control systems of EU funds. As the number of irregularities reported remains very high, the European Commission stresses that Member States need to continue their efforts in order to minimise the rate of irregularities. Thus, the topic of irregularities has to remain a priority for Member States as well.