Agenda

  • Mon
    28
    Nov
    2022

    "Audit and Anti-Fraud Measures in ESI Funds and NextGeneration EU 2021-2027 Arachne", November 28-30 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Barcelona, Spain

    How could we ensure effective and efficient control systems at the national level for the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)? What are the audit rules for RRF and ESI Funds in the 2021-2027 programming period? What are the new fraud risks and how do we combat them? How do we apply Arachne effectively in the management verifications of Managing Authorities?

    This highly practical two-and-a-half day course and workshop will provide you with answers to the above questions and more. The unique feature of the course is the combined experience of experts from the European Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the European Court of Auditors and National Audit Authorities.

    What will you learn

    The goal of this highly practical course and workshop extending over two and a half days is to present the following topics:

    • Changes in the 2021-2027 programming period (Common Provisions Regulation [CPR] and other regulations) will be presented, such as: simplified costs and financing not linked to costs, proportionate control arrangement, annual accounts and audits, conditionalities, performance and proportional anti-fraud measures.
    • The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) – what are the requirements of the European Commission in relation to the measures of the Member States to prevent, detect and correct conflict of interests, corruption, fraud and double financing? How do we ensure sound financial management of the RRF funds, and how do we establish effective and efficient internal control systems? Is it a good idea for Member States to rely on the control systems for the national budget funds? Who will audit RRF funds? What will the audit look like, and what are the proportional anti-fraud measures under RRF?
    • What are the new fraud risks and corruption practices, and how do we prevent and combat them?
    • The organisation, mission, procedures and vision of the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) for the new programming period 2021-2027 – what can we expect from OLAF in relation to the inspections of the RRF?
    • Fraud in Structural and Cohesion Fund co-financed projects will be presented, with real-life examples from an OLAF expert.
    • Arachne: practical tool of fraud prevention and detection for MS. How do we use Arachne effectively in the management verifications of the Managing Authorities? How do we use Arachne in the sampling methodology of the Managing Authorities if we decide to perform checks on a sample base?
    • ESF/ERDF/CF audits: where are differences? How does it function in the programming period 2021-2027?
    • Main elements of the ESF/ERDF/CF audits will be presented, and how to plan an efficient ESF/ERDF/CF audit.
    • What are the main conflicts of interests and fraud risks in the processes of selection of project proposals and management verifications in the current programming period?
    • What are the main errors and irregularities in projects co-funded by the ESF/ERDF/CF and significant risks related to RRF projects?
    • ESF/ERDF audit findings in different Member States will be presented, including real case studies.

    Learn more here.

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2022

    "Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures Master Class", November 29-30 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    Competitive dialogue and negotiated procedures are difficult to implement effectively but are essential for complex infrastructure and ICT projects and to modernise public services in the current fiscal climate. In the 2014 Public Procurement Directives Competitive Dialogue and the new Competitive Procedure with Negotiation are easier to justify than in the former directives and thus are more readily available for use. The rules for the two procedures are different and the procedural rules for the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation are more detailed than the former rules of procedures including negotiation. Competitive Dialogue was also been introduced as an available procedure in the utilities sectors in Directive 2014/25/EU.

    The many practical questions about the effective implementation of these procedures include, for example:

    • When is Competitive Dialogue a better procurement route than the Restricted Procedure or the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation?
    • What justification will be needed for the use of Competitive Dialogue or the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation in the current directives?
    • What do awarding bodies need to do to plan the effective use of these procedures?
    • How can awarding bodies best use the flexibility which the procedures provide?

    Experience shows that not all methods of using Competitive Dialogue and the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation have so far been equally effective in promoting value for money for the public sector, and objective advice on when and how to use these procedures is hard to find.

    This very practical Master Class will give you the opportunity to receive case-specific advice on the issues arising in your own procurement from our experts and from other participants.

    Learn more here.

  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2022

    Webinar: “Opinions on Russia: Convergence or Divergence of Views?”, November 30

    Online Event

    What are the European views on Russia? Join us for a discussion on
    how and why the views among European countries differ

    The discussion in this webinar will focus on European views on Russia. The publication Russia and the Future of Europe. Views from the Capitals will be presented by one of its editors. Thereafter three of the contributing authors will join in the discussion on how and why the views among European countries differ and how they may have changed after the Russian attack on Ukraine. A final question is whether these views have converged or diverged.

    The Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs are organising a high-level public debate to discuss. The event will take place in a webinar format at 15:00-16:30 CET on November 30.

    Speakers:

    • Michael Kaeding, Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen;
    • Lucia Mokrá, Professor of international and European law at Comenius University in Bratislava and Chairperson of the TEPSA Board;
    • Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University;
    • Gunilla Herolf, Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm.

    LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

    This seminar is part of the series Europe’s Future, whose most recent publication, Russia and the Future of Europe. Views from the Capitals, has been published by the Springer Publishing Company. Editors are Michael Kaeding, University of Duisburg-Essen, Johannes Pollak, Webster Vienna Private University and Paul Schmidt, Austrian Society for European Politics. The series, which consists of monographs and edited volumes, analyses topical European issues from the perspective of each EU Member State and neighboring countries, helping to understand the different aspects of the future of the European project.

  • Thu
    01
    Dec
    2022

    Conference: “Recent Trends in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the EU”, December 1-2 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Hybrid Event

    During this annual event EIPA will be reviewing and commenting on a number of key judicial decisions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) during the past 12 months. These judicial decisions offer a first-time interpretation on certain EU legal instruments, give a new meaning to existing legal rules, or they adapt or re-examine past jurisprudence.

    The program of this special 30th Anniversary Edition will feature a number of key decisions in the field of the Rule of Law and the independence of the judiciary (the conditionality regulation), the configuration of the EU legal system, EU procedural law, EU citizenship (and the consequences of Brexit) and fundamental EU law principles (state liability and the principle of ne bis in idem).

    It will also present an analysis of major recent judgements on substantive EU law matters such as free movement of persons (children of same sex couples), EU competition policy (dominant position and exclusionary practices), data protection and digital governance and EU consumer protection law. The program will be completed with a discussion of the Court’s most recent rulings in the various facets of the area of freedom of security and justice: immigration (detention cases) and judicial cooperation in civil matters (concept of habitual residence). Finally, the recent case-law on the review of legality EU external sanctions will be analysed.

    Finally, as a particular feature of this 30th anniversary edition, the conference will offer the occasion to ponder on the evolution of the caselaw of the Court in four particular sessions dealing respectively with the judicial enforcement of EU law over Member States, competition, the European Arrest Warrant and free movement of persons.

    Read more here.

  • Thu
    01
    Dec
    2022

    Swedish Pre-Presidency Conference, Stockholm, 1-2 December 2022

    Stockholm, Sweden

    On 1 January 2023, Czechia will hand over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Sweden, which holds its reigns once again, for the thirds time following previous tenures in 2001 and 2009. During the first half of 2023, the Swedish Presidency has to sail through troubled waters to address some of the most pressing EU issues.

    The Presidency will be tasked with bringing the European Union out of a difficult winter of soaring energy prices and rising inflation, precipitated by the EU’s response to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. Major obstacles, including how the EU should continue to support Ukraine’s fight for a European future, how it should alleviate the cost-of-living crisis hitting European citizens, and more, remain at the top of the agenda, exacerbated by Russia’s war. Amongst these issues, ongoing challenges remain: the climate crisis and impact of Russia’s war on the energy transition, the future of Europe in the context of rebuilding Ukraine after the war, and the ongoing impact of post-truth politics on democratic processes.

    To scrutinise the priorities and challenges of the Presidency, TEPSA and its Swedish Member Institute, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, will host the Swedish Pre-Presidency Conference on 1 and 2 December 2022 in Stockholm.

    REGISTER HERE

    On the occasion of the Swedish Pre-Presidency Conference, TEPSA will also present to Swedish officials the Recommendations from the members of the TEPSA network to the incoming Swedish Presidency. The TEPSA Recommendations are an institution of TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference, with a long history. You can learn more about the TEPSA Recommendations here.

    The conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Presidency. More specifically, the conference will address the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war on the future of European security, but it also explored a number of other key issues, such as the energy transition in the context of soaring energy prices linked to the war, the future of the EU’s fundamental values in a context of post-truth politics, as well as the need for a humanitarian approach to migration and asylum policy.

    This Pre-Presidency Conference is organised by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. The event is supported by the Government Offices of Sweden, the European Commission Office in Sweden, as well as via TEPSA's CERV Operating Grant. The DiCE project (under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870789), and the RECLAIM project (under the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101061330) are also supporting the PPC, through the organisation of parallel sessions.

     

  • Mon
    05
    Dec
    2022

    Course: “Data Protection Certification”, December 5-9 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    Are you willing to go the extra mile to become the next generation of Data Protection Officer? Because this is what we, at EIPA, have done when preparing this Data Protection Certification course for you! In a time of unprecedented challenges to our status quo, with organisations forced to adapt overnight to the new normal, data protection has been ranking high on the European agenda. More than ever, you will play an essential role in supporting your organisation’s safeguarding of the privacy rights in a time of accelerated digital transformation. Our Data Protection Certification course is here to help you reach that goal, and this is why a multifaceted approach in delivering this course is paramount.

    Experts and practitioners at the forefront of data protection will guide you along the legal framework of the European data protection legislation, while elaborating on some of the most pressing privacy-related issues that have emerged in the context of the pandemicincluding data protection and cybersecurity. This will involve applying an interactive and on-the-job methodology: role playing, concrete and realistic case studies, with both successful and non-successful outcomes and peer-to-peer discussions. By the end of the course, you will be provided with all the tools to design or augment a thorough data protection compliance programme in your organisation. Additionally, participating in our Data Protection Certification Course will provide you with a Data Protection certificate.

    Read more here.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2022

    Course: “Mastering Negotiation Skills in a Cross-Cultural Environment”, December 6-7 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Maastricht, The Netherlands

    The world is becoming increasingly smaller. Globalisation has impacted the way we all work, creating key trading partners out of once-distant economies. Now more than ever, is it important to forge strong, long-lasting relationships which can support increasing international business. The intercultural nature of these relationships requires our natural ways of behaving, acting and thinking to be adapted.

    It is not always easy to get a message across and convince people of our ideas when they come from the same background. Yet, the challenge is even greater when they have differing values and beliefs, organise their world in alternative ways, communicate and listen differently. To influence a communication/negotiation process with integrity, we need to reflect on our own behaviour in interpersonal and intercultural relations.

    Read more here.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2022

    Course: “Implementing the new EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes Alongside the Recovery and Resilience Facility”, December 6-7 and 9 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The European Commission wants to agree all new Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes (2021-2027) by the end of 2022 at the latest. Many are still being negotiated and finalised. What do the new programmes look like and how do they differ from the 2014-2020 programmes? And how can the new Structural Fund Programmes best complement the RRF and the Recovery and Resilience Plans of Member States?

    In this course you will see how the new Regulations have changed programmes, how programmes address the twin Green and Digital Agendas, and support an urgent and sustainable economic recovery.  The Recovery and Resilience Plans cover many of the same objectives as Cohesion Policy. You will examine how Member States are coordinating and demarcating the interventions and generating synergies between the policies and Funds. You will also assess the link with the new REPowerEU initiative.

    What you will learn includes:

    • Changes in the final Cohesion Policy regulations 2021-2027, compared to 2014-2020
    • The link between new Programme priorities and the European Semester
    • What financial planning and flexibility will look like in 2021-2027
    • How to create synergies between SF programmes and the RRF
    • What are the key reforms being pursued within Recovery and Resilience Plans?
    • How to simplify programmes, reduce the administrative burden, and maintain a strong project pipeline
    • Monitoring and payment procedures for Cohesion Policy programmes and the RRF

    You will also enjoy a keynote speech from Anne Wetzel, Head of the French region Hauts-de-France ERDF Managing Authority, who will share the experience of integrating REACT funding into operational programmes, and look at the practical challenges of coordinating Cohesion monies and the RRF facility.

    Read more here.

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