Intensive Summer Course: Financial Control and Audit of ESI Funds 2014-2020

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3-day Summer Course | 22 – 24 May 2019 | Stockholm 

If you have any questions in regards to the programme of the upcoming course or would like to get more information about it please contact Anya Zuschke.


Managing, Certifying, Intermediate and Audit Authorities face a number of challenges, when implementing financial control and audit requirements of the current programming period 2014-2020. The first proposal for the Regulatory Framework for Structural Funds 2021-2027, aiming among others, simplification in management of funds, flexibility to respond to emerging needs, more potential to financial instruments,  will bring new practical questions. New regulations and requirements as well as some old issues can be challenging for professionals dealing with audit and control of ESI Funds.

Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies have to conduct administrative and on-the-spot verifications in order to ensure efficient and reliable first level control procedure. Not only eligibility of expenditures and compliance with complex State aid and public procurement rules have to be considered, but especially the new obligations, related to the Assurance Package, such as drawing up, certifying and submitting Annual Accounts to the EC, still raise a number of questions to first level controllers.

Furthermore Managing Authorities, Certifying Authorities and Intermediate Bodies have to be aware of the new audit requirements in order to be best prepared for audit visits. The day-to-day obligation of Audit Authorities is to conduct audit on operations, audit on projects, audit on payment claims, which causes such difficulties as choosing the right sampling method, handling of error rates and auditing of state aid and public procurement. Besides, Audit Authorities have to meet new requirements and assessment criteria in system audit and audit of accounts, and effectively conduct audit of management declaration.

Irregularities and fraud at any stage of these processes can bring to repayments and financial corrections. When the amounts cannot be recovered and this is a result of fault of a Member State, the latter is obliged to reimburse these amounts to the budget of the Union. Therefore, national authorities have to meet the challenges of stronger financial controls and carry out the respective verifications and audits.


The three-day Summer Course focuses on the following topics:

  • Control and audit framework for MA, CA, AA and IB in 2014-2020 and prospective for 2021-2027
  • Life cycle of operations and tasks of the authorities involved
  • Administrative and on-the-spot verifications of ESI Funds
  • Verification of Simplified Cost Options
  • Verification of State aid and public procurement
  • Audit findings and recommendations in system audits, in audits on operations and projects
  • Audit of Simplified Cost Options
  • Management of and most common irregularities in ESI Funds
  • Reporting and financial corrections: How to conduct financial corrections
  • Audit findings in State aid and public procurement
  • Audits by the European Court of Auditors
  • Combating fraud & corruption in ESI Funds
  • Assurance Package 2019 and challenges with annual accounts   
Who should participate?


  • Representatives from public authorities in dealing with different aspects of financial control and audit 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 Auditors
  • 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 were 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 € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Anya Zuschke.

The use of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) has been extended to all ESI Funds, being applicable to more projects and mandatory for small projects. As such, public officials from Managing, Certifying, Audit Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, but also beneficiaries, need to be aware of how to correctly make use of flat rates, standard scales of unit costs and lump sums.


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

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Banner AuditControl 052019

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

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