Optimized Internal Control of EU Funds in Line Ministries

Workshop: February 19 – 21, 2019ILjubljana, SloveniaIApplication deadline: January 18, 2019IAuditing

The objective of the workshop is to capacitate line ministries in understanding the key features and financial flows of EU funds and give a summary of issues to be addressed to ensure that the value for money from the EU budget is achieved. It will explore the risks related to the financial management of the EU budget and ways to mitigate these risks.

What you will learn

To assure that money from the EU budget is spent economically, effectively, and efficiently it is essential that countries have in place internal control system which provides reasonable assurance for achievement of the set objectives. With this in mind, the learning event will provide an overview of the EU financial flows and its key features and give a summary of issues to be addressed to ensure that the value for money from the EU budget is achieved. Specifically, the event will review the risks to the financial management of the EU budget and propose ways to mitigate identified risks. It will also consider ways of ensuring that spending and controlling of the EU funds are in compliance with sound financial management principles and will provide guidance on common aspects of protecting the financial interest of the EU and national budget and reporting on irregularities.

In this regard this practical three-day course is designed to provide insights into:

  • Overview of the key EU challenges that will be addressed in the forthcoming multi-annual financial framework, and the position of pre-accession funds in these negotiations
  • Lessons learned from audit and control in the 2014-2020 programming period
  • Clarification of the roles and responsibilities of key actors (e.g. European Anti-fraud Office, national managing authority, national fund, NAO support office, audit authority) in the management and implementation process of EU funds
  • Practical aspects of internal and external control and audit of EU funds in the programming post-2020 period
  • Methodologies for increasing efficiency of control and audits
  • Possible approaches to preventing irregularities and combating fraud in EU funded projects and programs

How you will benefit

As collaboration is one of the key factors necessary for effective learning, this learning initiative will offer a good balance between classroom lecturing and solving of practical case studies.  Such case study-based learning approach will give participants an opportunity to complete assignments together in teams with colleagues from different countries, have them provide useful feedback to one another and will further illustrate the important implications of discussed subject matters for participants’ own working practices.

By the end of the learning initiative, participants will have:

  • Discussed pre-requisites for an efficient internal control system which can contribute to higher absorption of EU funds
  • Learned about the internal control challenges regarding the management of the EU funds and discussed ways to overcome them
  • Received insights into how to optimize internal control structures for the management of EU funded projects and programs
  • Discussed practical examples of fraud and irregularities encountered in EU funded projects and programs

Who should attend

The workshop has been primarily designed for public officials involved in management and control of EU funds from the quality control, irregularities, risk management, internal and external audit, financial management and financial control functions in central finance and contracting units, national fund, NAO support office, bodies responsible for the operational programs, Anti-fraud coordination service (AFCOS) and managing authorities.

Faculty

The learning initiative will be delivered under the guidance of:

  • Larisa Vukoja, Central Harmonization Unit, Ministry of Finance, Croatia
  • Aleksandar Hinov
  • Irena Kure, Budget Supervision Office, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia

Practical information

Participants are expected to take an active part in the workshop activities. The success of the workshop is directly dependent on the participants’ active engagement in the discussions and group work.

In view of the interactive nature of the event, it will be helpful if participants have a good command of the English language as there are no interpretation services planned.

Travel and accommodation costs will be funded for up to three officials per IPA II beneficiary country. Officials from other CEF constituency countries (and beyond) would have to obtain funding from their sending institution (or another donor) to cover these costs. No fee will be charged for the officials working in the public sector. Coffee breaks and meals during the workshop will be provided.

Partners

This learning initiative is supported by:

European Union
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