Summer Course: How to Use Simplified Cost Options for ESI Funds?

Implementation, Calculation Methods, Control and Audit

20-22 June 2018 | Lake Como (near Milan), Italy

Last seats available! You might also be interested in our Workshop on Simplified Cost Options on 15-16 November in Nice, France. For any further information please contact Juliana Veit.


Principal Manager ‐ Chamber 2 Directorate ‐ Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg (tbc)

Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Bastero joined the European Court of Auditors in December 1999. Since 1 August 2015 he is the Head of the financial unit for the Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion since. This unit is responsible for the Statement of Assurance (DAS) audit of three of the main European Structural and Investment funds (the ESI Funds): ERDF, ESF and CF. From November 2012 until August 2015, Juan Ignacio was first Head of Unit of the financial unit for Employment and social affairs and later Head of unit for the financial audit of the Regional, Transport and Energy policies. From January 2008 until October 2012, he was the Head of the Private Office of Dr. Harald Noack, German Member of the ECA and Dean of Chamber II (dealing with Structural Policies, Transport and Energy). During this period, he was also in charge of supervising the DAS audit for Research, Transport and Energy (2008 and 2009), the Cohesion Policy (2010), the EU Joint Undertakings (2008 to 2010) and the performance audit on the effectiveness of ERDF financial instruments (2011). From 2002 to 2008, he has been Member of the Private Offices of Mr François Colling and Mr David Bostock where he also participated in different financial and performance audits in the research and agricultural areas. Before joining the ECA, Juan Ignacio held the position of Director for Finance and Administration of the Siemens-Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems, S.L. in Spain and other finance and internal audit management positions at the Siemens Group in Spain. He has a University degree in Economics and Business and a Master in Business Administration. Furthermore, Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Bastero has been regular speaker for audit and financialmanagement issues.

Head of EU Managing Authority, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland

Maeve Hamilton has worked in the Northern Ireland Civil Service for 31 years. She is currently employed by the Central Government Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland and is Head of the Managing Authority for both the ESF and ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs (2014-2020) Programmes. Maeve is a fully qualified Internal Auditor (Institute of Internal Auditors UK) and has professional qualifications in computer audit as well as being a certified fraud investigator. She has been working with EU funding for almost 15 years and last year obtained a Masters degree in Managing Innovation in the Public Sector. She has been instrumental in the establishment of governance and oversight arrangements for implementation of numerous EU Programmes and has developed significant expertise in EU verification, financial management and Simplified Cost Options.

Balázs RÉVAI
Deputy Director, Directorate for Strategy and Methodology, Directorate General for Audit of European Funds, Budapest


Expert for EU Structural Funds, Italy

Since 2010 he has supported the implementation of SCOs, through the elaboration of the methodological and administrative documents related to all phases of the process: check of the preliminary conditions, definition of the methodology for the calculation of the standard costs, definition of the key variables concerning the application of SCOs, training of public officers responsible for the implementation and control of the operations concerned by SCOs. He is the author of the Case Study “The implementation of simplified cost options with the European Social Fund in Italy”, published in 2014 by the European Commission.

General Director, ESF Agency Flanders, Brussels

Louis Vervloet is the general director of the Flemish ESF Agency and represents Belgium at the ESF Committee. He is also part of the Belgian delegation in the ESIF Committee. Louis has a degree in Public Administration and a long experience in working with the ESF. Since 1982 Louis has been responsible for the ESF in Belgium/Flanders. Since 1982 up to now, Louis has seen and experienced all evolutions from working with an individual application to drawing up and managing several annual programmes. He has worked as a detached expert at the European Commission.


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

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