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Spring Academy

Innovation in Management & Control Systems (MCS), and the Anti-Fraud Cycle (AFC)
for ESI Funds, RRF and Green Deal

Porto
1900 EUR (excl. VAT)
  • Description

    In times of crisis and distress, it is even more important than ever to ensure that projects funded by the European Union are used effectively and efficiently to bring the expected and so much needed relief and green evolution to our economy. Ensuring that this happens is the main goal of the management and control systems of EU Funds, RRF and Green Deal.

    At ESIFA, we want to provide you with the newest knowledge and sophisticated tools to innovate in risk management and selection of operations, management verifications, implementation of effective and proportional anti-fraud measures. Participation in this workshop will enable you and your team to excel in system and operation audits.

    The workshop will provide you with knowledge and practice on:
    • the newest intelligence tools and techniques,
    • robotics and sophisticated devices,
    • special software and data analysis,
    • risk scoring tools.

    Participants will be provided with the opportunity to learn how to think unconventionally in risk analysis while performing verifications and audits. You will develop your expertise in thinking ‘like a fraudster’ to catch the fraudster willing to abuse EU Funds by analyzing and sharing real cases of fraud and corruption.

     

    After the completion of the first day of the Workshop, we are inviting participants to a get-together dinner and a walking tour in Porto

  • Programme

    Wednesday 26 April 2023

    • 08.30

      Registration and Welcome Coffee

    • 09.00

      Welcome of the Participants

      Introduction of the Participants

    • 09.30

      Introduction of the PROGRAM

      • Introduction and start of the 2023 ESI Funds INNOVATION Lab;
      • Forming of mixed Teams;
      • Introduction of Risk Management ; the methodology, the likelihood and impact of risks; risk mitigation and risk appetite
      • Real world cases

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 10.45

      Coffee Break

      Networking

    • 11.15

      Risk Management (RM) and ESI Funds, RRF and Green Deal

      • A Case : “RM : the Carbon Footprint and Green Deal”;
      • Team Work and presentations;
      • Innovation in Risk Management ESI Funds, RRF and Green Deal by introduction and use of new innovative tools : Risk Scoring Tools;
      • A practicum by use of laptops

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 12.45

      Lunch

    • 14.00

      Risk Management (RM) and Fraud Risk Management (FRM)

      • Introduction : FRM and the Principles and Standards of the EU;
      • Start of the 2023 Anti-Fraud SKILLS Lab for TEAMS;
      • The Essentials of FRM related to ESI Funds, RRF, Just Transition and Green Deal;
      • A Case “FRM : Transition and Green Deal”; Team Work;
      • Several other real world cases ; Team Work

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 16.00

      End of Day 1

    • 19.00

      a get-together Dinner and a Walking Tour in Porto

      After the completion of the first day of the Spring Academy we are inviting the participants to a get-together dinner and a Walking Tour in Porto

    Thursday 27 April 2023

    • 09.00

      New High Tech Tools, Software and Instruments to Innovate the Management & Control Systems and the Anti-Fraud Cycle / Practicum I

      • Introduction of the NEWEST Innovative Intelligence Tools and Techniques to INNOVATE in:

      – selection of operations;
      – management verifications;
      – audits;
      – and anti-fraud and corruption in ESI Funds, RRF and Transition & Green Deal

      • Practicum I Demonstrations and lifelike cases and practices (bring your laptop)

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

      Networking

    • 11.00

      Practicum II Demonstrations and lifelike cases and practices

      bring your laptop

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Innovate the Management & Control Systems and the Anti-Fraud Cycle by use of DATA ANALYTICS

      Use of DATA ANALYTICS as part of management verifications, audits and investigations

      • Introduction : Identify Trends, Patterns, Anomalies, and Exceptions within data & detect digital “fingerprints” of fraudsters;
      • A real case : An EU Funded Energy Saving project;
      • Perform a risk analysis;
      • Based on the results the use of software for data analytics;
      • Internal and external data;
      • Aggregation sites

      Innovate your Way of THINKING, your Observation and Analysis SKILLS

      Get loose of that traditional way of thinking;
      Improve your skills and be more successful in risk analysis, verifications and audits

      Real world Cases and Team Work:

      • Case 1 : an EU Funded project, a Sports Stadium
      • Case 2 : Infrastructure Projects and CORRUPTION, and ………a famous Pop Song
      • Case 3 : an EU Funded Project, Collusion and Forgery

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 16.30

      End of Day 2

    Friday 28 April 2023

    • 09.00

      Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and High Tech devices

      • Introduction : Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and High Tech devices as new Tools and Techniques for efficient and effective MCS, verifications, audits and investigations;
      • Practical Tools and Techniques for ESI Funds, RRF and Green Deal, also in times of crisis;
      • examples of practical applications

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 10.30

      Coffee Break

      Netowrking

    • 11.00

      Investigative interviewing

      • An introduction and the main outlines in a period in which attention to abuse (fraud
        and corruption) of subsidy funds will again be required;
      • A case and Team Work Research;
      • Preparation of an attractive Team presentation;
      • Presentations by teams

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 12.30

      Lunch

    • 13.30

      Start of the NEW, 2023 Anti-Fraud & Corruption SKILLS Lab

      An interactive Team Game (part2) and An Individual Game

      • improvement and strengthening of the Team Work Skills, Observation Competences, Analysis Strenght, Creativity and a Healthy Scepticism;
      • Many realistic cases and personal skills tests
      • At the End “The Winner (Individual and Team) is……”.

       

      Jo Kremers, International Lecturer, Auditor, Expert on combating Irregularities and Fraud

    • 16.30

      Award Ceremony Winners of The ESI Funds INNOVATION and ANTI_FRAUD SKILLS Labs

    • 17.00

      End of the Academy

      Handing out of the Certificates

  • Experts

  • Venue

    Hotel A Bicicleta – Porto
    Praça da Batalha, 116
    4049-028 Porto

     

    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 Porto in the evening of the First Day of the Training;
    c) Networking Dinner in the evening of the First Day of the Training.

     

     

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