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Construction Projects in the ESI Funds:
Efficient Monitoring, Verification and Audit

Lisbon
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Description

    How to  use effectively European Structural and Investment Funds and Recovery and Resilience Facility to finance construction projects? How to ensure proper selection process of construction projects and how to be sure that the state aid rules are observed? What are the most significant risks, problems and challenging issues in relation with the implementation of the construction projects? How to perform effective and efficient monitoring, management verifications and audit of construction projects?

    Answering these questions is the key point of the advanced course on management, control and audit of construction projects, financed by the ESIF and RRF in the new programming period 2021-2027.
    The participants will gain practical knowledge and know-how on the selection, management, control and audit of construction projects. They will get to know what are the common problems and challenges in the management and realization of construction projects. The participants will get also in dept understanding how to perform state aid verifications, what are the state aid issues and challenges, including those in the low emission transport sector, what are the recent findings of the European Court of Auditors and how to ensure the state aid rules are respected in relation with the construction projects.
    The workshop offers unique combination of practical skills and knowhow covering all essential stages of the realization of the construction projects: selection, management, verifications, monitoring and audit of construction projects with plenty of examples, case studies and discussion panels, where the participants will be able to raise questions and case studies.

    We believe learning happens best with practical knowledge and discussing realistic, lifelike, and complicated cases and real examples.

    WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?
    Representatives from Public Authorities in charge of the selection, management and realization, verification, monitoring and audit of construction projects:
    – Managing Authorities
    – Certifying Authorities
    – Audit Authorities
    – Intermediate Bodies
    – Joint Secretariats and First level controllers
    – Public Bodies in charge of the management, control and audit of the construction projects, financed by the RRF
    – Final Beneficiaries/Public Bodies in charge of the management and realization of construction projects

  • Programme

    Wednesday 2 October 2024

    • 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

    • 12.30

      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 Lisbon

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

    Thursday 3 October 2024

    • 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)

    • 12.30

      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 4 October 2024

    • 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

    • 12.30

      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 Academy

      Handing out of the Certificates

  • Experts

  • Venue

    4* Hotel Açores Lisboa

    Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro 3, 1070-060 Lisboa, Portugal

    https://www.bensaude.pt/hotelacoreslisboa/en/

     

    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;
    c) the get-together dinner in the evening of the First Day of the Training.

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