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, IT, Internal Affairs & Security. The event language for all events will be English. Click here for an overview of our German events.
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.
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.
Public sector organisations are under increasing pressure to achieve “more and more” with “less and less”. As a responsible for the modernisation of processes in your institution you have to meet distinct challenges: You have to keep up with changing demographics and both detect and improve poor performance whilst still offering high quality service.
The decrease of external funding and the increase of competition between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) make it essential to think and act more strategically. Therefore, a targeted development strategy is crucial for the institution’s success.
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.
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.
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 Union’s State aid rules in the field of energy and environment differ significantly from State aid rules in other areas. Due to the complexity of the rules, many practitioners still find their correct implementation challenging.
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 fulfill 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?
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.
The separation of economic and non-economic activities is obligatory for all universities and research organisations in the European Union that receive public funding. The European Commission applies specific criteria to evaluate the State aid character of public funding for universities and research organisations.
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).
In times of austerity, audits of public procurements have gained in importance.However, practitioners from public adiminstrations often find auditing public procurement processes to be one of the most challenging and complex fields to audit.
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).
Public administrations and projects funded by institutional donors such as the EU or the UN spend billions of euros each year on goods and services they need to function. In times of shrinking public budgets, even experienced procurement staff is struggling to ensure that their organisations are not wasting money in procurement.
Output and results of projects are important indicators to determine their success as well as their conformity with set targets. In many external cooperation projects reaching these targets is even more critical – especially when dealing with differing requirements from multiple donors.
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.
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.
Fundraising as an integral part of financial planning becomes increasingly important for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) across Europe. Decreasing public funding makes it essential to diversify the income sources of HEI. However, fundraising and philanthropy can never be only about the money as donors have their very own motivations.
The amount of information being processed and thus needing to be audited continuously increases. To keep up with this heightened complexity, it is crucial to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field and optimise the use of existing tools and procedures.
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.
As part of the EU’s Home Affairs and Internal Security programme, the use of the new Internal Security Fund (ISF), which incorporates the former EBF, ISEC and CIPS funds, does not only have to comply with the specific rules of the Home Affairs and Internal Security programme and those of the ISF in particular but also with the general EU regulations on public procurement.
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.
Internal auditors in public institutions around the world face a unique range of challenges. Their work implies more than simple determination whether controls are in place and regulations are obeyed. Internal audit professionals have to comply with national and international audit standards to be able to identify potential fraud indicators.
Managers of organisations, programmes and projects funded by multinational, international, European and national funds need to ensure that they achieve the highest results. On an international level, the call for results in development cooperation is represented by the Aid Effectiveness agenda, culminating into the high level conference in Busan.
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.