Errors, Irregularities and Fraud in ESIF Projects and Programmes 2014-2020

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Interactive Workshop

22-23 November 2018 | Nice, France

If you have any questions regarding the programme or you would like to get any additional information, please contact Anya Zuschke.


The correct handling of irregularities and fraud within ESI Funds is still a very difficult issue for all involved bodies. The number of irregularities and fraud cases reported to the European Commission remains high, therefore member states need to continue their efforts to minimize the rate of irregularities and to prevent and combat fraud on project and programme level. As a consequence, this topic remains high on agenda for national authorities managing ESI Funds.

Managing authorities and intermediate bodies have to put in place effective and proportional risk management measures. Certifying Authorities are obliged to certify completeness, accuracy and veracity of accounts and that expenditure entered in accounts complies with applicable law. Audit authorities have to ensure that internationally accepted audit standards are applied, and have to conduct annual control report and annual opinion, presenting findings and corrective measures.

Irregularities and fraud on project or programme level can bring to withdrawals, repayments and financial corrections. If lead partner does not succeed in securing repayment of any amount unduly paid as result of an irregularity or fraud, the member state on whose territory the beneficiary causing the error is located is obliged to reimburse the amount. Therefore it is crucial for national authorities to implement all measures, aimed to prevent, detect and combat irregularities and fraud at any stage of management of ESI Funds.


The two-day intensive workshop focuses on the following topics:
  • Difference in definitions between error, irregularity and fraud
  • Role of managing, certifying, audit authority and intermediate body in matters of irregularities and fraud
  • Most common types of irregularities
  • Public Procurement as the biggest source for irregularities and fraud
  • Most common procurement errors
  • Management verifications as measure to prevent irregularities
  • How to proceed in case of irregularities and financial corrections?
  • Irregularities resulted from state aid
  • Simplified cost options and irregularities
  • How to avoid irregularities
  • Fraud and corruption in the procurement cycle
  • How to conduct fraud risk assessment and risk analysis
  • The Anti-fraud cycle: Prevention of fraud & corruption
  • How to detect and combat fraud

The highlight of the workshop will be the Anti-Fraud Game of Jo Kremers, which was introduced during the Workshop on Good Practices in preventing Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds, organized by the European Commission on 13th of September 2018 in Brussels. 

Who should participate?

  • Representatives from public authorities in charge of management and control of ESI Funds 2014-2020, especially from:
    • Managing Authorities
    • Certifying Authorities
    • Audit Authorities
    • Intermediate Bodies
  • ESI Funds experts from regional and local authorities and experts involved in ETC Programme
  • Auditors controlling and auditing ESI Funds programmes and projects
  • Experts from EU, National and regional Court of Audit
  • Experts from Institutions involved in implementation of ESI funds
  • Consultants and lawyers specialized on ESI Funds
  • Beneficiaries of EU funded projects

Workshop Material - No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the workshop you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT).
If interested, please contact  Anya Zuschke.


European Structural and Investment Funds Journal
Publication frequency: quarterly
approx. 80 pages
ISSN 21 96-82 68

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Banner Verification November 2018 Kopie

Publication frequency: quarterly
Subscription: € 442,-
ISSN 16 19-52 72

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