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Cohesion Policy Regulations 2021-2027: Implementing New Programmes

Lisbon
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Description

    In this workshop, we will not only examine the requirements for reporting and financial control for 2021-2027 but also point out the major changes and challenges for Audit Authorities in the New Programming Period. We will compare the Financial Management and Audit rules between the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 programming periods. Our special focus will be on financial planning, increasing the use of Simplified Costs Options, anti-fraud measures and protecting the audit trail. We will also benefit from lessons learned from the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programming period in regards to financial management and audit for the new Structural Funds programmes and the new national RRF plans.

    What you will learn?
    • how control and audit differ, look in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations for 2021-2027.
    • We look at the Simplified Cost Options section of the new OP.
    • We will take a close look at the Programme and reporting and financial control for 2021-2027, examining the special link between finance and performance.
    • Finally, we take a special look at the Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities in the Programming Period 2021 – 2027.

    How we work
    We aim to make the course as interactive as possible. Participants will have opportunity to exchange views on the course topics. Workshops and exercises and games will be used to help participants get to grips with practical tools and methodologies.
    the Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities in the Programming Period 2021 – 2027

     

    WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
    Experts from Managing Authorities, Audit Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Regional and local authorities, Court of Auditors
    External evaluators
    Beneficiaries of EU funded projects

  • Programme

    Wednesday 19 October 2022

    • 08.30

      Registration and welcome coffee

    • 09.00

      Overview of EU Funds 2021-2027 – What is New?

      • EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 – summary of changes;
      • Which challenges does the new Programming Period bring?
      • Seven shared management funds;
      • Novelties in roles and responsibilities of the bodies involved;
      • New criteria in the allocation method

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

      Networking

    • 11.00

      Are You ready for simplification?

      • Simplification process for 2021-2027
      • Pros and cons of the simplification;
      • SCOs in practice

       

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 14.00

      Implementing New Programmes

      • Lessons learnt from 2014-2020;
      • Absorption, achievements and findings;
      • Example of “good” projects & operations

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

    • 16.00

      End of the Official Program Day 1

    • 18.00

      Walking tour to discover the heart of Lisbon

      Walking tour to discover the heart of Lisbon (60-90 minutes) and a get together dinner in a restaurant in Lisbon

      Starting point: Hotel lobby

    Thursday 20 October 2022

    • 09.00

      Requirements for reporting and financial control for 2021-2027

      • New system conditions for reporting and financial control for 2021-2027;
      • Novelties in roles and responsibilities of the bodies involved;
      • Which challenges does the new programming period bring for the management verifications of the NextGen Programmes;
      • What is needed for assessment and control;

       

      +Roundtable discussions: What is new in the 2021-2027 period: Pros and cons of the control requirements and the impact of the simplification for the procedures and daily activities of the practitioners; how to promote changes in the public systems

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

       

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

      Coffee Break and Networking

    • 11.00

      Management of and Most Common Irregularities in ESI Funds

      • Definition of an irregularity and difference between error and irregularity;
      • How to avoid errors during the implementations of the projects?
      • Overview on most common types of irregularities;
      • Which irregularities can be prevented by controllers?
      • How to prevent errors and how to treat irregularities

       

      + Game: Tips and tricks for 100% absorption rate: more control or better prevention…

       

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

       

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 14.00

      Challenges of the control practitioners – practical exercises, and case studies

      • Control of the public procurement procedures;
      • Verifications regarding the state aid incidence;
      • What about VAT… and other fiscal requirements;
      • Controlling of the results, including sustainability and increasing awareness related to the impact of the results

      Alina Ploae, PhD, counsellor in a Managing Authority for a Cross Border Cooperation Programme and University Lecturer

       

    • 16.00

      End of Day 2 of the Academy

    Friday 21 October 2022

    • 09.00

      Changes and Challenges for Audit Authorities in the Programming Period 2021 – 2027

      • Are there any changes in the scope of system audits, audits of operations and audits of accounts?
      • Consequences in case of use of the enhanced proportionate arrangements;
      • Challenges of ex-ante assessment of the SCO methodology

       

      Ivan Ramljak; Expert on Audit, Control and Irregularities in ESI Funds

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

    • 11.00

      Audit Findings in System Audits and in Audit of Operations – Practical Insights

      • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits;
        Audit findings and recommendations in audits on operations/projects;
      • Process of the audit of projects (planning, execution, reporting);
      • How to best prepare for audit visits?
      • What does Audit Authority expect from the Managing Authority/Intermediate Body?

       

      Ivan Ramljak; Expert on Audit, Control and Irregularities in ESI Funds

    • 00.30

      Lunch

    • 14.00

      System Set-up and Audit Findings in State Aid and Public Procurement

      • System set-up for public procurement and State Aid
      • Use of professional expert institutions in verification of public procurement and State aid
      • Public procurement and State aid errors detected and further consequences.

      Ivan Ramljak; Expert on Audit, Control and Irregularities in ESI Funds

    • 16.00

      End of the official Programme

      Handing out of the certificates

  • Experts

  • Venue

    4* Hotel in Lisbon

    Novotel Lisboa
    Av. José Malhoa, 1-1A – Novotel Lisboa – 1099-051 Lisboa – Portugal

     

    Next to the training materials the trainign fee is covering:
    a) the Catering during the training (3 Coffee Breaks and a Lunch every day);
    b) the Walking Tour in Lisbon in the evening of the First Day of the Training;

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