Irregularities and Fraud in ESI Funds and Public Procurement

3-day Intensive Summer Course

20-22 June 2018 | Amsterdam

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A two-day Workshop on Errors, Irregularities and Fraud in ESI Funds will be offered on 22-23 November in Nice, France. For any further information please contact Anya Zuschke.


 

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Day 1 Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Errors, Irregularities and Financial Corrections in ESI Funds

08:15 Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome note by Lexxion and Chair, Introduction Round

Chair:
Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Cambridge

09:00

Most Common Irregularities in ESI Funds
(including 30 minutes coffee break)

  • Definition of an irregularity
  • Difference between error, irregularity and fraud
  • Overview on most common types of irregularities
  • State aid as new source of irregularities?
  • Simplified cost options and irregularities
  • Role of programme bodies with regard to irregularities
  • How to avoid irregularities?

Zsuzsanna Kondor, National University of Public Service, Former Head of Managing Authority of Operational Programme Technical Assistance and Head of Coordination Managing Authority, Budapest

11:30

Management Verifications – Measure to find Errors before they Become Irregularities

Zsuzsanna Kondor, Former Head of Managing Authority of Operational Programme Technical Assistance and Head of Coordination Managing Authority, Budapest

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Treatment of Irregularities, Reporting and Financial Corrections: New Requirements of the Current Programming Period

  • Criteria indicative of fault or negligence by MS
  • When do irregularities lead to recoveries, withdrawals, and financial corrections?
  • Purpose and types of financial corrections
  • Pre- and post-payments
  • What accounting records have to be kept?
  • How to treat financial corrections in annual accounts
  • New rules on treatment and reporting of irrecoverable amounts
  • Recoveries and withdrawal workflow

Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast

14:30

Case Study
How to Detect and Handle Irregularities

Participants will apply theoretical knowledge to real-life cases in small working groups

Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Working Group Exercise
How to Choose the Right Type of Financial Correction and How to Calculate the Rate of Corrections

  • Identification of errors and ineligible expenditure
  • How to calculate a correction
  • Financial correction regarding the performance framework and system deficiencies

Participants will work in groups on a life-based case study on how to conduct financial corrections.

Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast

16:00

Irregularities from the Perspective of the Audit Authority

  • Audit findings in system audit
  • Audit findings in audit on operations, projects and payment claims
  • Audit findings in audit of accounts
  • Presenting findings and corrective measures in the Annual control report and annual opinion

Karin Streppel, Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

17:30

End of Day 1

18:00

Boat Tour and Common Dinner with all speakers and participants

 

Day 2 Thursday, 21 June 2018


Preventing, Detecting and Combating Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds

08:30

Preventing, Detecting and Combating Fraud and Corruption in ESI Funds - Interactive Serious Game with Practical Cases, Exercises and Group Work (including coffee break and lunch)

Fraud and Corruption

  • An "Alert on Fraud and Corruption" (BP)
  • Identifying risks
  • Risk areas (public procurement, HR, tax)

Conducting Fraud Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis

  • Threats inside and outside the organization
  • Identifying risks
  • Risks of corruption, bribery, manipulation, non-integrity
  • How to control those risks?
  • Analysing the risks – identifying the risk cases
  • Which methods and procedures can be implemented for prevention?
  • How to apply risk rating in the control activities?
  • How to design, implement and incorporate a culture of integrity effective anti-fraud policies, deterrence techniques and vigilance systems
  • IT tool (ARACHNE)

The Anti-fraud Cycle: Implementing Effective and Proportionate Anti-fraud Measures

  • Preventive, detective, corrective ones
  • The most important fraud symbols
  • How to make use of them to recognize cases of fraud and corruption

Prevention of Fraud & Corruption

  • The most important instruments, methods, standards
  • (New) techniques and sources
  • What are red flags and signals for fraud?
  • Which methods and procedures can be implemented for detection and correction?
  • Fraud hotlines and helpdesks: critical success factors, financing of hotlines, successful cases

Jo Kremers, Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

14:15

Coffee Break

14:45

Group Work Exercises

How to Design a Fraud Prevention Strategy for your Institution? – Checklist and Guidance

Based on the information coming out of the serious game, participants would have the opportunity to set up tailor made documents for their own institutions, such as an anti fraud policy, independency statements and a code of conduct; and by these fill in parts of the anti-fraud cycle.

Jo Kremers, Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

16:00

Best Practice

How to conduct a (fraud) risk analysis regarding selection of operations, and how to define effective and proportionate measures based on the outcome of that risk analysis

Jo Kremers,
Senior Audit Manager, Ministry of Finance, The Hague

17:30

End of Day 2

 

 

Day 3

Friday, 22 June 2018


Irregularities and Fraud in Public Procurement &
Remedial Actions against Irregularities and Fraud in ESIF and PP

09:00

Common Procurement Errors in ESI Funds

  • The EU Public Procurement Regime
  • Requirements for ESIF Programmes
  • Regulatory requirements and the application of public procurement to ESIF Programmes
  • Types of breaches and irregularities
  • Key areas of risk: In which areas irregularities occur and why?

Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Cambridge

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30

Case Study
Typical Irregularities and Fraud in Procurement Cycle

  • Pre-tendering phase
  • Tendering phase
  • Post-award/contracting phase

Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Cambridge

11:30

Remedial Actions against Irregularities and Fraud in ESI Funds and Public Procurement

Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Cambridge

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00

Group Work
Practical Exercises on Remedial Actions against Irregularities and Fraud in ESI Funds and Public Procurement

Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Cambridge

14:45

Summary of Lessons Learnt from the Summer Course and Discussion of Individual Cases

15:30 End of the Summer Course

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

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ISSN 16 19-52 72

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