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About the Conference 2018-03-20T11:21:22+00:00

NO-FRAUD PROJECT

Some information about the project and its goals

NOFRAUD aims to discuss how to prevent frauds in EU funds managed by pre-accession countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) with the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and by East neighbourhood countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

ENI and IPA instrument which are included in the EU’s financial interests accounting for IPA: €11,699 million and ENI: €15,433 million for 2014-2020.

– IPA helps the countries by preparing them to benefit from the European funds even after accession.

– ENI funds action for building a partnership for inclusive economic development and integration; building a partnership between people; targeted capacity building and incentive-based approach.

Therefore, it is of great importance the way how the countries absorb these funds. Over the years, a number of problems have been encountered in managing such funds linked to legal and bureaucratic obstacles that could delay the implementation of projects. Strengthening administrative capacity and preparing national and local structures and authorities to plan and implement such programmes remain major challenges which the enlargement countries need to address rigorously from an early stage of the process.

In times of budgetary austerity and financial crisis, as the present one, it is important that the European Commission sets out new rules in order to protect the EU’s financial interests and tax payers’ money from fraud and to guarantee a proper use of public funds. As indicated in the OLAF 2016 report, a total of 344 investigation cases were ongoing. The Structural Funds and External Aid sectors accounted respectively for 69 and 52 investigations concerning mainly tendering procedures.

Therefore, it is very important to keep the administrative capacity trained as a preparation for the next levels and funds toward the EU integration.

A 1 day conference in Belgrade (Serbia) to present the differences between irregularities and fraud and to provide assistance on how to prevent, detect and combat fraud in the field of EU funded projects. Furthermore, the conference will focus on how to develop an efficient fraud audit strategy and how to monitor and control to prevent fraud in EU funded projects and will aim to examine the possibilities for strengthening the management and control systems for fraud prevention and to provide guidance on how to understand the indicators and to proceed in case of fraud detection.

  • 1 day conference in Milan (Italy) at the DG COMM – Rappresentanza a Milano, 14 May 2018
  • 1 day conference in Belgrade (Serbia) at the AFCOS Office, 21September 2018
  • 1 day conference in Tbilisi (Georgia) at the State Chancellery of the Government of Georgia, 19 October 2018
  • Facilitate the exchange of information, experience and best practices among staff employed by the beneficiaries
  • Set the grounds for future staff exchanges between national and regional administrations (in particular in the neighbouring Member States) to contribute to the further development, improvement and update of staff’s skills and competences in the protection of the Union’s financial interests.
  • Improved investigation abilities of auditors involved in the protection of the financial interests of the European Union through the acquisition of new skills, knowledge and competence;
  • Increased awareness on fraud risk indicators and the Union’s anti-fraud policy Priorities
  • More widespread knowledge of specialised methodologies, tools and techniques available to protect the Union’s financial interests.
  • Creation of networks between Member States, accession countries, candidate countries, non-EU Member States in order to facilitate exchange of information, experience and best practices.

A 1 day conference in Tbilisi (Georgia) to present the differences between irregularities and fraud and to provide assistance on how to prevent, detect and combat fraud in the field of EU funded projects. Furthermore, the conference will focus on how to develop an efficient fraud audit strategy and how to monitor and control to prevent fraud in EU funded projects and will aim to examine the possibilities for strengthening the management and control systems for fraud prevention and to provide guidance on how to understand the indicators and to proceed in case of fraud detection.

  • National and regional authorities which are involved in the financial management of projects funded byEU external cooperation programmes
  • Development agencies using IPA and ENI funds
  • Public organisations and NGOs handling projects funded by EU external cooperation funds
  • Public development banks
  • Private companies and planning offices executing service contracts for IPA and ENI funded projects
  • Consultants advising beneficiaries of EU external cooperation funding
  • Learn the differences between irregularities and fraud and the most suitable measures for avoiding them
  • Increase the efficiency of fraud prevention and detection by means of strengthening the management and control systems of the EU Funds
  • Discuss challenges and experiences with qualified speakers and get practical advice for day-to-day work
  • Build networks with colleagues from all across Europe and exchange know-how
  • Protect the budget – Prevent repayments by strengthen management and control system of EU Funds and minimise the risk of repayments of EU Funds
  • Receive advice on how to best communicate with OLAF and other authorities involved in cases of (suspected) fraud

A 1 day conference in Milan (IT) at the Commission Representation to present to AFCOS and Managing Authorities the EU policy and legislative developments in the field of fight against fraud and Audit Strategies for Fraud Detection in the framework of ENI and IPA funded projects. This event will see the participation of AFCOS and Managing Authorities from Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Spain and IPA and ENI area countries so that they can discuss, share and transmit their experience and knowledge in EU funds management considering the different tools/funds they can manage.