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Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Investment Funds — Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Investment Funds — Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027

This seminar will examine how Financial Management and Audit rules are changing between the 2014-2020 period and the 2021-2027 period. There will be a special focus on simplification and performance measurement – of programmes, finance and audit.

We start by considering some key current challenges for programme planning and finance, including the risks of under-spend and the need for programme revisions. How will this change for 2021-2027? We describe also planned changes for the annual accounting process and the calculation of the annual balance.

This is followed by an in-depth examination of how Managing Authorities are expanding the use of Simplified Cost Options and, with the new OMNIBUS regulation in place, how this will develop.

Dermot Byrne, a leading Member State audit practitioner will highlight how control (including so-called “first-level control”) and audit differ, and look in detail at the audit of accounts, systems and operations. He will also outline planned changes for 2021-2027.

Prof. Dr Hendrik Fehr, a former Director at the European Court of Auditors, will look at current audit issues through a series of cases and explain the emerging emphasis on performance audit. We will also look in a highly practical way at the special link between finance and performance in current and future programmes, and the notion of Value for Money.

How will it help you?

Participants will work with live issues and practical solutions for challenges in the fields of financial management and audit. They will enjoy quality speakers from Member States/ECA, as well asEIPA’s own regional experts and consultants – who have worked with stakeholders from all Member States.

The seminar will include numerous workshops and exercise sessions where examples and case studies will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to exchange practical examples, experiences and good practice in managing EU Structural Funds.

Who will benefit most?

This seminar is intended for practitioners from national, regional and local authorities and from other public bodies of EU Member States (and associated countries) working with ESI Funds. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.


8 May 2019 @ 09:00 am

9 May 2019 @ 04:35 pm

Duration: 1 days, 7 hours


EIPA Maastricht

22 Onze Lieve Vrouweplein

6211 HE Maastricht


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