Benefit from their expertise in the core areas of common European law and regulations: EU Funding, Law & Taxes, State Aid, Audit, Energy & Environment, IT and Internal Affairs & Internal Security. Management and staff from all areas of civil service and the European economy at large draw great benefit from our training courses in the daily challenges of their workplace.
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The European Academy for Taxes, Economy & Law offers advanced training courses by way of congresses, conferences, seminars and workshops in German and English.
You will find all of our the training modules in the areas of EU funding, Law & Taxes, State aid, Energy & Environment, IT and Internal Security listed here in chronological order.
The 5th European Summer Academy “Financial Control of EU Funds” offers you again the unique opportunity to learn and review in detail all important topics related to the auditing of EU Funds.
The European Summer Academy “State Aid” offers the unique opportunity to learn and review in detail all important topics related to state aid. The programme of this three-day-event offers detailed information on the different state aid regulations.
According to the latest control results it is the public procurement law that causes the most difficulties while applying European funding. All bodies involved in EU funds administration need to ensure that the beneficiaries of EU funding spend grants also along with the public procurement law.
Internal auditors in public administration face a unique range of challenges. Their work implies more than simple determination that controls are in place and regulations are obeyed.
There are still two years left to establish the financial engineering instruments (FEI) under the provisions of the current programming period. Some Member States have already made their first experiences with this innovative tool.
For the purpose of simplifying the implementation of Structural Funds, the European Commission has amended some of the EU Structural Funds Regulations and introduced simplified cost options.
For the present programming period the European Commission has set out detailed arrangements on the management and control systems to be operated by Member States. With these regulations, the Commission has responded to the generally ineffective or moderately effective control systems which have led to incorrect reimbursements
A Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is the key element of adequate project appraisals. Without a proper CBA you expose your projects to immense financial risk.
Examples in several countries such as the Baltic countries, the USA, Brazil and Iran (Stuxnet) have shown the vulnerability of energy infrastructures to cyber threats and their dependency on IT.
Future challenges resulting from environmental conditions will be more serious than those of the current economic crisis. The development and use of environmental auditing techniques is an essential tool for achieving a sustainable environment. The European Court of Auditors is already working on guidelines for environmental auditing.
The candidate countries face a special challenge when dealing with the fraud in regards to EU grants and funding: they have to prove that they are able to detect and manage fraud and irregularities during their pre-accession phase.
As part of EU’s General Programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows” (SOLID) the use of the External Borders Fund (EBF) has not only to comply with the specific rules of the SOLID Programme and those of the EBF in particular but also with the general EU regulations on public procurement.
Although the General Programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows” (SOLID) has been into force for several years, particularly the financial control duties of the programme are still challenging the designated authorities. These duties are ever more relevant now that the end of the current funding period is approaching.
The European Commission demands that EU strategies and programmes are evaluated rigorously and on a regular basis on both national and regional level. But how do you measure the success of EU funds?
As in all parts of private and economic life IT has also became an integral component of public administration. Due to its connection to and integration in the overall administration procedures both information technology infrastructure and its application are part of audits.
„Revenue-generating projects“ under Art. 55 of the Regulation (EC) 1083/2006 are projects that include investments in infrastructure which generate direct incomes (net revenues) for their utilisation.
The registration of patents in European countries, particularly in the phase after granting a patent, is extremely expensive and complex. The current situation hinders the spread of innovative solutions on the EU markets.
The preparation and implementation of infrastructure and transport projects comprise a great variety of critical aspects that need to be taken into account.
No matter which kind of critical infrastructure, all of them need to be protected from incidents, breakdowns, blackouts and interruptions. To protect your personnel, business and property as well as to save money, time and resources for extensive reconstruction the best imaginable way is to know about the specific threats to your critical infrastructure (CI).
The actual architecture of Structural Funds and direct grants offers a wide range of funding opportunities. However, funding is often not used effectively or it may be denied due to poor planning.
Environmental protection is a highly important objective of the European Union. However, the level of environmental protection within the Member States is not considered as being sufficiently. Many companies do not bear the costs of pollution for society.
EU funds communications have to be evaluated on a regular basis and to be revised if needed. For this, the responsible body should be able to define and use evaluation and monitoring measures.
Every year the European Commission grants 75 billion Euro to public, private and non-profit organizations to implement innovative ideas on national and regional level. Furthermore, the new architecture of Structural Funds and direct grants offers more funding opportunities.
The correct handling of irregularities in EU funded projects is still a very difficult issue for all bodies involved in the management and control systems of EU funds.
The actual architecture of Structural Funds and direct grants offers a wide range of funding opportunities. However, funding is often not used effectively or it may be denied due to poor planning. Although numerous programmes and initiatives show different features, the development and implementation of projects in practice follows common rules. For EU funded projects the European Commission officially requires the use of Project Cycle Management (PCM).
The difficulty gets even worse the more complex the subject gets. Although accuracy and clarity are paramount for official documents, legislative texts, papers for specialist committees, project proposals or final reports still demand a bureaucratic language.
The end of the current programming period is in sight. The operational programmes will have to be closed on time. The complex closure procedure will strongly involve managing, certifying and audit authorities.
State aid rules for the agricultural sector are under the strict control of the European Commission. They strongly differ from general EU State aid regulations and you need to be aware of their specific scope and consequences for agriculture.
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