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Topic overview


Public and international institutions currently undergo radical changes and very dynamic processes. Internal and external auditors from the public sector face a large number of new challenges.

They need to ensure that their audit methods are up-to-date, accurate and capable to uncover bad governance so that they can recommend innovative and adequate solutions.

Old threats in a new environment

Due to the expanding of responsibilities and new fields of activities, public sector auditors need to extend their know-how on a daily basis. At the same time, fraud and corruption remain the biggest threats to a proper functioning of public institutions. The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law supports internal and external auditors by providing high-quality practical seminars and trainings in key issues such as:

  • Fighting fraud and corruption in the public sector
  • Risk analysis and management methods
  • Financial control / Public Procurement control
  • IT audit / Performance audit
  • EU Funds control and audit
  • Effective internal audit system in the public administration

Extend your expertise by participating in the various events held by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law in this area.

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Reinforced Financial Control Requirements of EU Funds 2014-2020

Language: Date: Location:
English 05.12.2016 - 06.12.2016 Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Date: 05.12.2016 - 06.12.2016
Location: Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Language: English

Masterclass Improving Financial Management, Control and Audit of EU Funds 2014-2020

Language: Date: Location:
English scheduled: June 2017 This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.
Date: scheduled: June 2017
Location: This event will take place in a 4-Star hotel in Berlin.
Language: English
High Level Committee

The European Academy for Taxes Economics & Law is grateful to the Members of the Audit, Oversight and Anti-Fraud High Level Committee within the European Knowledge Network for their support. The Committee is comprised of some of the leading experts from public institutions on international, European and national level.  

The mission of this High Level Committee is to exchange about key topics of a high actuality and importance for stakeholders in the field. Sharing their extensive experience and expertise, Members of this Committee contribute to increase and exchange of essential know-how among public institutions in the European Union within the European Knowledge Network.

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Dr. Wolfgang Rau

Dr. Wolfgang Rau

Executive Secretary, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption), Council of Europe


 As an actor of the international anti-corruption movement and long-term observer of domestic policies throughout Europe I strongly believe that fighting corruption and promoting integrity in politics and business, justice systems and at all levels of public administration are among the greatest challenges for the years to come. Success on those fronts is a pre-condition for democratic and equitable societies to thrive. It is crucial that all stakeholders join efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate corruption, abuse of position and similar malpractice from both the public and private spheres and thus help consolidate or restore citizens’ trust in the rule of law, public institutions and democratic processes. Ensuring a level playing field for competition both within the profit and the non-profit sectors must also be part of these endeavours.

Dr. Wolfgang Rau Vita

Dr Wolfgang Rau joined the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe in 1989. In March 2004 he was appointed Executive Secretary of GRECO (Group of States against Corruption), the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring body. This function involves planning, overseeing, implementing and providing substantial input to the Group’s evaluation and compliance programme in respect of its 49 Members – 48 European States and the United States of America. Before that, he worked at the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe as a Head of Unit in the Secretariat of the Anti-Torture Committee (CPT). From 1996 to 2000 he was Head of the Criminology and Penology Section. Prior to this position, he worked for the Directorate of Legal Affairs for seven years. During that period he contributed to the criminological and penological work programme of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC). Wolfgang Rau has published extensively on Council of Europe work in the fields of penology, crime problems the prevention of torture and, in particular, anti-corruption policies. He is holder of the German Criminological Society's Beccaria Medal.

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Martin Weber

Martin Weber

Director, Chamber II — Structural Policies, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors, European Court of Auditors

Through its work, the European Court of Auditors aims to contribute to a sound financial management of the EU budget, both at the level of the EU Institutions and, in shared management, of national administrations. This also involves examining the results of EU-funded programmes and measures and assessing their EU added value. Increasingly, we also inform our main stakeholders (the European Parliament and the Council) about the implementation of EU Directives on the ground, even in areas where there may be little or no EU money at stake. The Committee provides an interesting forum to exchange views with experienced managers and auditors of EU funds, to learn about implementation and audit issues and to disseminate our findings and recommendations.

Martin Weber Vita

Martin Weber is Director of Chamber II of the European Court of Auditors

since 2014. In the period 2010-2014 has been Head of Unit ERDF/CF, Transport

and Energy of the European Court of Auditors. In this position he was

responsible for carrying out financial and compliance audits of Cohesion

expenditure in the context of the annual Statement of Assurance. Prior to this

position, he worked as Head of the Cabinets of the Members of the Court Henri

Grethen (2007-2010) and François Colling (2002-2007). Before joining the Court

in 1999, Martin Weber worked as Senior Consultant at consultancy companies and

at the Rutgers University.

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Thierry Rajaobelina

Thierry Rajaobelina

Director Internal Oversight Services, UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees

I think an independent oversight function is essential to the good governance of organizations especially in the public sector. An independent oversight provides trust and can be an agent of change for better management. An independent oversight provides assurance that proper procedures and controls are in place for the organization to meet its objectives. Such assurance gives trust to management and beyond to external stakeholders. But an independent oversight should also be an agent of change. Its work should lead to improve management for better effectiveness, economy, efficiency and impact. An independent oversight can contribute to rebuild the trust that is sometimes lost with public sector organizations sometimes associated with ineffectiveness, waste and corruption.

Thierry Rajaobelina Vita

Thierry Rajaobelina works as Director, Internal Oversight Services

(DIOS) at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in

the Near East (UNRWA). As Director of DIOS, his role is to provide leadership,

technical guidance and strategic management of UNRWA’s audit, investigation,

evaluation, inspection, and advisory functions. DIOS also provides support to

the Ethics Office, which is administratively attached to DIOS. Thierry acts as

authoritative Advisor to UNRWA's Commissioner-General on internal oversight

matters, while providing counsel and assistance to UNRWA management at all

levels. As a member of UNRWA’s Management Committee, Thierry advises on the

Agency’s formulation of policy, strategy and programme implementation. Thierry

also informs and guides UNRWA’s Advisory Committee on oversight issues. Prior

to his employment at UNRWA, he functioned as, among others: Director of the

Internal Oversight Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization

(WIPO), Acting Director of the Internal Oversight Office of the Organisation

for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), founder and Director of Internal

Audit Division at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

(CNRS), Manager for External Audits at the Cours de Comptes and Deputy Director

for External Audit at the United Nations Board of Auditors.

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Egbert Kaltenbach

Egbert Kaltenbach

Former Director, Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Operational independence is key to the effectiveness of the internal and external oversight function. Without independence, oversight cannot play its role as reliable provider of assurance, as credible messenger of inconvenient truths, as early warner of risks and issues and as trusted critical advisor to Executive Management. I therefore hope the Committee will promote independence of those tasked with oversight.

Egbert Kaltenbach Vita


Kaltenbach has longstanding experience in the field of Audit, Oversight and

Investigations which he acquired in numerous functions both in Germany and in

international organisations. Until 2012, he was Director of the Office of Audit

and Investigations (OAI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Prior to this, he served in various management positions in the Office of

Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of the United Nations. As Member of the

Federal Court of Audit of Germany Egbert Kaltenbach was responsible for the

external audit of different areas of the Federal Government and for

international cooperation in government audit. Egbert Kaltenbach has published

several articles on audit topics, e.g. on external audit in the United Nations,

government audit in Germany and audit of secret expenditures.

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Andrea Romano

Andrea Romano

Head of Anti-Fraud and Supervision Strategies, European Research Council Executive Agency

Andrea Romano Vita

Andrea Romano has been Head

of Anti-Fraud and Supervision

Strategies since 2015 at ERCEA and is responsible for the coordination

of the anti-fraud strategy, including relations with OLAF, and for the

implementation of supervision measures at the Agency. Before, he was Team Leader

of the Internal Audit Office at ERCEA and responsible for audit planning and

its implementation at the Agency. Prior to that, he worked as an Internal

Auditor at the European Railway Agency since 2007 and implemented risk

management processes; he was also involved in the coordination with the

European Court of Auditors and promoted the implementation of a quality

management system at ERA. From 2003 to 2007 Andrea Romano provided assurance

and consulting services both as an external and internal auditor for the

Directorate General (DG) Enlargement and INFSO of the European Commission and

he was involved in the development and implementation of an audit

methodology based on the COSO model. Before that he worked as a Performance

Auditor for a private consultancy since 1997. He is a Certified Internal

Auditor (CIA).