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Our Summer & Winter Academies

Our Summer & Winter Academies for public institutions on national, European and international levels are designed to ensure a maximum of practical exercise. The modules of each Summer & Winter Academy consist of a presentation, a case study and a team exercise. The presentations and case studies ensure that you acquire the knowledge necessary for your daily work, while team exercises allow you to practice your skills in small groups with colleagues from around the world. Knowledge checks at the end of each day guarantee retention of your freshly acquired know-how. Based on achieving successful results, you will be awarded a unique diploma from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law.

Summer Academy ‘State Aid’

Identifying State aid elements is difficult. The very wide definition of State aid brings with it significant risk, especially for the recipients of support. The challenge for national, regional and local authorities is to decide which measures require notification. Failure to notify a measure that is subsequently found to involve aid may result in the repayment of aid granted, with potentially drastic consequences for its beneficiary. At the same time the European Commission has given Member States ample scope when dealing with State aid cases through the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The increased leeway comes with an increase in responsibility for the Member States to ensure compliance with State aid rules when applying the GBER.

 

Participants

  • Decision Makers implementing State aid decisions and schemes as well as public authorities dealing with national funding schemes and European Funds
  • Especially invited are Heads of Departments and Units, Managers, Auditors in particular from Departments and Units

 

Format

3-Day Intensive Training

 

Contents (Selection)

  • Legal case studies
  • New developments
  • Implementing the rules for SGEI
  • Managing the notification procedure

Summer Academy ‘Preventing Fraud and Corruption in the Public Sector’

Fraud and corruption in the public sector inflicts significant damage to economies, lowers investment levels and reduces public finances. Harm done to public institutions on all levels as well as their budgets, through fraud and corruption can be enormous, ranging from financial loss to reduction of organisational performance, reputation, credibility and public confidence. It is imperative that organisations demonstrate their integrity by training their staff in the prevention of corruption.

Find out how to establish a good risk management strategy as well as prevention, detection and control systems through an intense, five-day training focusing on high risk areas.

Based on successful completion of the daily knowledge checks, attendees will be awarded a unique diploma from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law.

Participants

Practitioners fighting fraud and corruption or working in areas with high risk of fraud and corruption such as:

  • Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption Officers 
  • Internal and External Auditors 
  • Compliance Officers, Procurement Officers, Investigation Officers
  • Risk Managers, Executive Managers 
  • Judicial and Police Officers working on economic crime
  • Customs Agents 


Format

5-Day Intensive Training

Contents (Selection)

  • Effective Risk Management
  • Preventative Measures
  • Detection Methods
  • Control Mechanisms

Summer Academy ‘Public Procurement 2018’

This Summer Academy is a three-day intensive hands-on training providing practical skills and know-how in the field of public procurement for all authorities and public institutions. Proper handling of awarding and selection criteria and applying them correctly to innovative procurement is vital to ensure that your organisation is getting value for taxpayer or donor money. Dealing with the challenges of framework agreements and mediating dispute resolutions as part of your contract management guarantees efficient procurement and satisfactory delivery. With a practical workshop character, the Summer Academy delves deeply into different areas of procurement and the challenges individual procurement measures entail. Participants learn through first-hand practice during presentations as well as case study sessions, and directly apply their newly acquired knowledge in interactive workshops and team exercises that take place at the end of each training module. 

Participants

  • Directors
  • Heads of Departments or Units
  • Procurement Managers and Officers
  • Internal and External Auditors
  • Other specialists responsible for Public Procurement


Format

3-Day Intensive Training

Contents (Selection)

  • Common errors and irregularities in public procurement procedures
  • Implementation of new public procurement directives for the public sector, utilities and concessions 
  • Efficient use of framework agreements
  • Preventive actions and control systems for public procurement

Winter Academy ‘Public Procurement: Preventing Irregularities & Fraud’

Protecting public finances and preventing fraud and corruption is a key challenge in public procurement. A crucial part of public spending today is handled through public procurement procedures that aim to ensure financial prudence. Thus, public institutions are required to use transparent, effective and efficient measures to safeguard public finances. Nevertheless, they are confronted with numerous obstacles and the risks of irregularities and fraud in their procedures.
Staff responsible for the prevention and detection of fraud, as well as procurement, need to be well prepared to identify red flags and to properly document, monitor and audit procurement procedures. The Winter Academy “Fighting Fraud in Public Procurement” is a practical three-day training offering detailed information on all important fraud risk areas in public procurement. 

Participants

Practitioners fighting fraud and corruption or working in areas with high risk of fraud and corruption such as:

  • Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption Officers 
  • Internal and External Auditors 
  • Investigation Officers, Compliance Officers, Purchasing Officers, Contracting Officers
  • Risk Managers, Executive Managers 
  • Customs Agents 
  • Judicial and Police Officers working on economic crime
  • Procurement Managers and Officers 
  • Finance Managers, Legal Advisers

 

Format

3-Day Intensive Training

Contents (Selection)

  • Recognise red flags for fraud and corruption in public procurement
  • Investigation techniques to discover possible procurement fraud
  • How to determine whether bid rigging or collusive tendering is taking place in your institution
  • Risk Management
  • How to increase the efficiency and transparency of procurement procedures in your institution 


This Winter Academy has already taken place. We are happy to keep you updated about new events.

Ms. Tatjana Ivanova (Team Manager Customer Relationships, tatjana.ivanova(at)euroacad.eu,
+49 (030) / 8020802-2500) will be pleased to provide you with more information.

Summer Academy ‘Improving Financial Management, Control and Audit of EU Funds 2014-2020’

The Operational Programmes of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) 2014-2020 have already been adopted and their implementation has started. The management and control systems are nearly in place and first reimbursements to beneficiaries have been conducted. Although many professionals dealing with managing, certifying and auditing ESI Funds are experienced in financial management, control and audit issues, the regulations for ESI Funds 2014-2020 have introduced new requirements and elements that could cause difficulties in the implementation and control of the funds. Among the “new” elements are the increased flexibility for reimbursement of costs and the introduction of management declarations as well as annual accounts.  


Participants

Directors, Heads of Departments and Units, Programme Managers, Controllers, Auditors, Counselors, Advisors, Experts and other members of staff working in:
  • Managing Authorities 
  • Intermediate Bodies 
  • Certifying Authorities 
  • Audit Authorities 
  • Supreme Audit Institutions and Regional Audit Institutions 
  • Beneficiaries (e.g. national, regional, local government administrations, agencies, universities, associations and organisations as well as private beneficiaries) 
  • Consulting Companies, Advisory and Audit Services  


Modules

3-Day Intensive Training

Contents (Selection)

  • Requirements of the financial control
  • Implementing the regulations for ESI Funds 2014-2020
  • How to spend European funding resources correctly
  • New financial administration tools