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Spring Academy

Construction Projects in ESI Funds:
Management, Control and Audit of Investments

Madrid
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Programme

    Wednesday 29 March 2023

    • 09.00

      Welcome note by ESI FA

      Introduction Round of the participants. Expectations of the participants.

    • 09.15

      Management, Control and Audit of Construction Projects

      Practical Toolbox: Part 1

      + Case Studies

       

      Mariela Sjekavica Klepo, PhD expert in management and control of construction projects

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

    • 11.00

      Management, Control and Audit of Construction Projects

      Practical Toolbox: Part 1

      + Case Studies

       

      Mariela Sjekavica Klepo PhD, expert in management and control of construction projects

    • 00.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Management, Control and Audit of Construction Projects

      Practical Toolbox: Part 2

      + Case Studies

       

      Mariela Sjekavica Klepo PhD, expert in management and control of construction projects

    • 15.00

      Practical exercise: Case studies

      Mariela Sjekavica Klepo PhD, expert in management and control of construction projects

    • 16.00

      End of the Official Programme Day 1

    • 18.00

      Walking Tour in Madrid

      Walking Tour followed with a common get-together dinner in Madrid

    Thursday 30 March 2023

    • State Aid Errors. How to avoid them in relation to construction projects? Managing Authority experiences and best practices from Poland

    • 09.00

      State aid at the stage of projects selection and management verifications

      • Introduction. State Aid compliance;
      • Preparation of guidance for applicants. Available resources;
      • Application forms – designing and filling in;
      • State Aid management verifications;
      • Examples of the most common issues
      • Questions and discussion

       

      Roman Gąszczyk PhD, legal expert, Managing Authority, Polish Governmental Administration, Warsaw (invited, tbc)

    • 10.30

      Coffee break & networking

    • 11.00

      State Aid and construction projects in specific areas. Part 1

      Avoiding State Aid – the case of waste water infrastructure

      • selection stage verifications;
      • implementation stage verifications

      Application of SGEI rules – the case of waste management infrastructure

      • selection stage verifications;
      • implementation stage verifications

      + Questions and discussion

       

      Roman Gąszczyk PhD, legal expert, Managing Authority, Polish Governmental Administration, Warsaw (invited, tbc)

    • 00.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Monitoring and control of construction projects by the Managing Authority – State Aid issues in low emission transport sector – experience and best practices from Poland. Part 2

      • No economic activity – Landmark judgements (Leipzig-Halle, Eventech);
      • No advantage;
      • No effect on trade between Member States and no distortion of competition;
      • State Aid on the level of the owner of the infrastructure;
      • State Aid on the level of the operator of the infrastructure;
      • State Aid on the level of the end users of the infrastructure;
      • Application of SGEI rules to transport projects;
      • Notion of public service;
      • Public service compensation and Altmark criteria;
      • Rules applicable to the Recovery and Resilience Facility

      + Questions and discussion

       

      Stefan Akira Jarecki PhD DSc, Expert on State Aid and public transport regulation (invited, tbc)

    • 15.00

      Monitoring and control of construction projects by the Managing Authority – State Aid issues in low emission transport sector – findings for audits of the European Court of Auditors – experience and best practices from Poland. Part 3

      • Examples of co-financed projects;
      • Dedicated or non-dedicated infrastructure – example of port and rail infrastructure;
      • Lack of genuine SGEI;
      • Incorrect operator selection procedure (fulfilment of public procurement rules);
      • Incorrect assessment of influence of the measure on competition and trade between Member States (local infrastructure);
      • Incorrect qualification of the infrastructure as non-economic;
      • Lack of equal and non-discriminatory access to the cofinanced infrastructure – examples of intermodal infrastructure;
      • Lack of the incentive effect – consequences of the war in Ukraine
        procedural infringements

      + Questions and discussion

       

      Stefan Akira Jarecki PhD DSc, Expert on State Aid and public transport regulation (invited, tbc)

    • 16.00

      End of the Day two

    Friday 31 March 2023

    • 09.00

      Audit of construction projects

      • Specific risks related to construction projects;
      • Audit scope and methodology;
      • Why we need adequate cost benefit analysis;
      • How to use effectively ESI funds and RRF to finance construction projects;
      • Detection of fraud risks in construction projects;
      • Building of effective systems for management and control of construction projects;
      • Risk based management verifications. Focus on the risky areas;
      • Data analytics in the control and audit of construction projects;
      • Best practices for prevention, detection and combating irregularities and fraud in construction projects, financed by the ESIF and RRF;
      • How to decrease the financial corrections in the construction projects;

       

      + Questions and discussion

       

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 10.30

      Coffee break & networking

    • 11.00

      Common errors, findings and cases of the European Court of Justice

      • Common gaps in the cost benefit analysis;
      • Role and importance of the on the spot checks;
      • Common errors, findings and irregularities;
      • European Court of Justice cases related to infringements of public procurement legislation and imposed financial corrections of works contracts;

      + Questions and discussion

       

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 00.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Practical exercise: Case studies

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 15.00

      Final conclusions from the workshop, questions and discussion

      Radoslav Nedyalkov, CGAP, audit expert

    • 15.30

      End of the Day three

      Handing out of the Certificates

  • Experts

  • Venue

    4 * Hotel in Madrid

     

    Next to the training materials the training fee is covering:
    a) the Catering during the training (3 Coffee Breaks and a Lunch every day);
    b) a Walking Tour in Madrid in the evening of the First Day of the Training;
    c) get-together dinner in a Restaurant in Madrid in the evening of the 1st Day

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