Expert on Audits of EU Funded programmes and operations
Inese Levana works at the EU Funds Audit Department of the Ministry of Finance in Latvia, which is the Audit Authority for ESF, ERDF and CF in Latvia. The Department is acting also as Anti-fraud Coordination Service (AFCOS) member in Latvia ensuring cooperation between ministries and authorities in matters concerning the protection of EU financial interests. Inese has been focusing on structural funds audits, specifically on 2014-2020 programming period designation process and system audits on MA and IB levels. Significant part of the current period system audits is devoted to effective implementation of proportionate anti-fraud measures. Main anti-fraud measures subject to her audits have included fraud risk assessment, preventive and detective measures, ‘red flags’, follow-up processes, usage of tools. Apart from system audits and audits of operations, especially in ESF, her current responsibilities are related also to the quality control for the Audit Authority’s work. She also participated as a speaker in different seminars for managers and auditors of the EU funds. Prior to EU funds audits, she has also worked with Ernst & Young Baltic office risk advisory services, which included a range of assignments in public sector in Latvia.