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Online Course: Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds — Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027


29 Sep 2020 to 30 Sep 2020





Event Description

This online course will include discussion of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative as it relates to Cohesion Policy. We will look at the new emergency Amending Regulations. We will consider how the remaining €37 billion budget of 2014-2020 can be used for emergency health and economic development measures – supporting the health sector and the supply chain, SMEs, labour markets, research, development and technologies.

The progress of current programmes and projects will be severely impacted in most Member States. What will happen to delayed projects? Payment claims? Output targets and the Performance Framework? We will attempt to draw together experiences from around the EU.

This online course will examine how Financial Management and Audit rules are changing between the 2014-2020 programming period and the 2021-2027 period. There will be a special focus on financial planning, increasing the use of Simplified Costs Options, anti-fraud measures and protecting the audit trail.

·         Using ARACHNE may become a requirement for some projects in the future. Luc Molemans, the European Commission’s ARACHNE Project manager, will explain and illustrate how ARACHNE works and how you can use it.

·         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 for 2014-20 and planned changes for 2021-2027.

·         We look at how to complete the Simplified Cost Options section of the new OP template.

·         We examine the special link between finance and performance in current and future programmes. How will you report programme progress in the new template?

Who will benefit most?

This online course 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

·         economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.


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