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Press Releases from European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law (42 total)

Financing Research and Development Projects, Seminar, 8th - 9th April 2013, Berl …

Avoid Indirect State Aid – Implement Full Costing Correctly The separation of economic and non-economic activities for universities and research organisations in the EU that receive public funding is obligatory. The European Commission applies specific criteria to evaluate the State aid character of public funding for universities and research organisations. The criteria are defined in the community framework for State aid for research, development and innovation (R&D&I). The financial accounting and reporting

Financial Accounting in EU Research Funding, 21st – 22nd March 2013, Berlin

Interactive Seminar: Eligible Costs, Financial Reporting, Preparation for Audits The European Union has various funds and instruments to support stakeholders such as universities, research centres and companies in the fields of research and development and the commercialisation of research results. For the different funds different rules for financial accounting, reporting and auditing apply. In the last year, the European Commission has significantly increased the number of FP7 audits. Other EU funding

How to Represent the Interests of Your Public Administration at the European Lev …

European Seminar, May 6 – 7 2013, Brussels In the course of advancing European consolidation, more and more important decisions that significantly influence Member States, European regions or third countries are made on the European level. In line with this trend, the representation of the interests of public administrations towards European institutions becomes increasingly professional and many countries and regions already benefit from strong strategic presence in Brussels. How to modulate

Social Media for Public Administrations and Institutions

Practical Seminar, March 21 – 22, 2013, Berlin, Germany Online and social media have grown rapidly and have become increasingly important. Not only can social media help public administrations and institutions to promote their organisation’s initiatives and objectives, they can also add to the fruitful dialogue with the public and even help to improve internal processes. How can they do that? A niche seminar "Social Media for Public Administrations and Institutions" on this

Public Sector ICT Procurement

European Seminar, 4th – 5th March 2013, Berlin, Germany The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law invites representatives from all public institutions on national, regional and local level planning ICT projects and the procurement of ICT solutions, as well as providers of ICT solutions for the public sector, lawyers and consultants in the field of public procurement to the European Seminar “Public Sector ICT Procurement” to take place in Berlin

Auditor’s Role in Detecting Fraud and Corruption in the Public Sector

Practical Seminar, March 4 – 5, 2013, Berlin, Germany Damages done to public institutions and organisations by fraud and corruption can be immense – ranging from financial loss, damage to organisational performance, reputation and credibility loss. Especially if the case makes the headlines in the media, it permanently harms public confidence and undermines the legitimacy for administration and spending of tax-payers’ money by this institution. At this practical seminar in Berlin

Risk Analysis and Risk Management for Public Private Partnerships

Practical Seminar, 21st – 22nd March 2013, Berlin For many public institutions that plan new projects in the sectors of public buildings, infrastructure or energy and waste, Public Private Partnerships are an attractive alternative to traditional tender and delivery strategies. However, risks in PPPs have to be identified, analysed and allocated to the right partner before embarking on a project. • What is risk • What types of risks exist for which type of

Calculating the Expenditures of EU Funded Projects: Making a Greater Use of Flat …

Practical Seminar 7th – 8th February 2013, Berlin The European Commission has introduced simplified cost options in order to easy the implementation of the Structural Funds. All authorities dealing with EU funds as well as project beneficiaries can implement cost simplifications to lighten their administrative burden. They have to adapt their methods without compromising the regularity of expenditure. At this seminar you will learn from our European experts from the: • European Commission, DG

Financial Accounting in EU External Cooperation Funding, Practical Seminar, 18th …

Financial accounting in EU External Cooperation Funding is a challenge for many beneficiaries beyond the European Union’s borders. The European Union is globally the biggest donor for development aid. In order to cooperate with the EU successfully and to benefit from the funds that are available, beneficiaries have to comply with a multitude of complicated accounting regulations for the projects financed by the EU. Failure to comply with these regulations can

Handling Finances of EU Funded Projects

EU funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially the correct financial accounting of the project is a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow the strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission. At this advanced seminar, designed by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law particularly for the needs of beneficiaries of EU funded projects experts from the following institutions: • Federal Public Planning Service

How to Prevent Data Leakage in Public Institutions and Organisations

Public Institutions at all administrative levels are responsible for a huge quantity of sensitive data. With more and more governmental services becoming electronic this amount increases rapidly. Therefore it is crucial to secure public institutions against external attacks that aim to maliciously access this data. There are several technical solutions to keep data safe, but human factor and the cooperation between IT departments as well as information governance are vital

Performance Audit in the Public Sector

In current times of tight public budgets, public administrations must achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical way. Therefore sound financial management audit is the key to assure public accountability. Performance auditing in the public sector has nowadays become one of the most important responsibilities of auditors. However, there is no universal approach to performance audit. This European seminar organised by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics &

How to Design R&D Contracts in Practice

A safe and sound contract design is an important prerequisite for the successful management and implementation of every R&D project - with or without European or national funding. Proper contract design can avoid financial risk or loss of intellectual property, protect research results, preserve their economic value and avoid unnecessary disputes. Leading European and national experts from: • DG Research & Innovation, European Commission • Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands • Max-Planck-Innovation, German • University of Exeter, United

The European Union has various funds and instruments to support stakeholders in …

The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law organises a 2-day interactive training seminar "Financial Accounting in EU Research Funding - Eligible Costs, Financial Reporting, Preparation for Audits" that will take place in Berlin on October 25th - 26th. For the different funds different rules for financial accounting, reporting and auditing apply. In the last year, the European Commission has significantly increased the number of FP7 audits. Other EU funding instruments

Social Media can be an efficient and cost-effective tool for Public Administrati …

Online and social media have grown rapidly and have become increasingly important. However, there is still an immense lack of proper use of social media, particularly in the public sector. The new media dimensions are inducing a lot of uncertainty among communication professionals within the public sector. The question how to handle the social media communication activities (if any) of their organisations or clients becomes crucial. Social media can be

How to Audit Public Procurement Effectively

Auditors – both internal and external – in public institutions face a unique range of challenges. They have to comply with national and European audit standards to be able to identify potential fraud indicators. The necessity of constantly following current regulations, the changing legal framework and latest auditing techniques is on the dice. It is therefore essential for audit professionals to keep themselves up-to-date. The European Academy for Taxes, Economics &

How to Detect & Manage Fraud in EU Funded Projects

Counteracting fraud in EU expenditure, which includes EU funded investments, has currently a top priority in the EU. The authorities responsible for management and control of EU Funds still face considerable difficulties not only to detect fraud cases but also to distinguish them from irregularities and to undertake the necessary actions when fraud is suspected. Particular alertness is especially necessary in the field of public procurements which is very prone

National Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection in Europe

European Energy Seminar 27th – 28th September 2012, Mercure Hotel Berlin an der Charité, Berlin, Germany National Critical Energy Infrastructures vary within the different Member States of the EU. However they all have common challenges: all are obliged to ensure that they can continue to function in the most adverse conditions. Their breakdown can have catastrophic consequences. Latest example was the fatal Fukushima breakdown. The Europe-wide cross-linking of energy infrastructures

European State Aid in the Agricultural Sector

European Seminar 27th – 28th September 2012, Ramada Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany At this European seminar participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the specific scope of State aid rules in the agricultural sector. State aid rules for the agricultural sector strongly differ from general EU State aid regulations. Even after years of experiences in this field, many Member States still face difficulties when implementing these rules. - Which measures

Handling Irregularities in EU Funded Projects

Summer Seminar 27th - 28th August 2012, Maritim Hotel Berlin, Germany The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law invites you to participate at its summer seminar Handling Irregularities in EU Funded Projects. In order to spend EU funding in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the EU Member States need to take actions to prevent, detect and correct irregularities in the use of EU Funds. At this seminar participants from all EU MS

Risk Management in the Public Sector

The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law invites you to participate at its summer seminar on Risk Management in the Public Sector. In the current economic and financial context the lack of an adequate approach to risk management is an enormous and real threat to the work of any public administration, since nowadays work efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector are more important than ever before. The use of

EU Funds Policies, Regulations and Management

Currently the European Commission along with the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union work on the EU Cohesion Policy for the new programming period 2014 - 2020. The Commission proposes further expand and strengthened use of financial instruments as well as several simplifying and more coherent solutions. In this summer seminar the participants will have the opportunity to get an overview to the current challenges that EU funds

How to Write EU Official Documents in English

Advanced Summer Workshop 30th - 31th August 2012, Hotel NH Berlin Friedrichstraße, Berlin, Germany Writing project proposals and reports for EU funds in English can be very challenging. English writing skills and the proper use of style and register is often an obstacle when submitting EU projects proposals and reports to EU institutions. However, for a successful submission these “soft factors” are essential. This is why former participants asked us to create a

How to Develop, Plan and Manage an EU Funded Project Successfully

At this exclusive summer seminar a special focus will be put on Project Cycle Management and the Logical Framework Approach. The most recent architecture of European Funds and direct grants offers a wide range of funding opportunities to support innovative projects. However, funding is often not used effectively or it may be denied due to poor planning. For EU funded projects the European Commission requires the use of Project Cycle Management

How to Evaluate and Monitor Communication of EU Funds

EU funded projects have to meet specific requirements in terms of communication to the European public. The communication measures on EU funds should be evaluated on a regular basis and revised if needed. For this, the responsible bodies have to define and use evaluation and monitoring tools. Difficulties arise from the fact that communication evaluation is only slowly becoming more concrete as a tool itself. As communication plans for EU

Public Procurement for EU Funded Projects 2012

In this Summer Academy you will learn how to avoid irregularities in public procurement and to prevent cancellation of funding for EU funded projects. The application of public procurement rules still poses many practical challenges for all bodies involved in management and control of EU funds. But a lot is at stake for EU Member States: if irregularities are identified by the European Commission, corrections have to be made which can

European Social Security Data only available in digital

From 1st of May 2012 social security data in Europe will be exclusively available in digital form. The currently ongoing implementation phase is difficult for EU-Member States especially regarding the integration of all insurance carriers. Europeans are constantly mobile and the coordination of social security is becoming increasingly difficult. National carriers have to coordinate at European level. So far this happens with electronic forms in paper form. At the moment there

Experts of Financial Control of EU Funds will meet in Berlin

From the 27th June – 1st July the 4th European Summer Academy Financial Control of EU Funds focuses on the entire process of financial control and audit of the European Structural Funds. Practical workshops, small groups, practical cases and exercises enable to deepen practical skills on financial control activities. The program of this five-day-event provides detailed and compact information on relevant topics such as: • First Level Control • Administrative Verifications • On-the Spot Checks • System

Easier Financing of EU Migration Projects

New Ways of Synergies between different EU-Funds The European Commission offers different funding opportunities which can be used for Migration programmes. Three Funds of the General Programme „Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows“ (SOLID) are relevant for financing migration and integration projects: European Refugee Fund (ERF), European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (EIF) and European Return Fund (RF). Within the period of 2007-2013 these programmes offer 2.129 billion

How to Detect and Manage Fraud in EU Funded Projects

European Anti-Fraud Circle of Events successful The dividing lines between fraud and irregularities are thin and not so easy to detect. There is also less feedback from national investigation bodies in suspicious cases. Managing and Audit Authorities would like to know more about the proceeding and results after they reported their suspected cases in terms of Fraud. These are two essential insights of the first European Anti-Fraud Seminar November 2010 in

European Commission cuts red tape for Research & Development Projects

FP7 programme becomes more attractive for SMEs and researches For the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) the European Commission supports Research & Development projects with 50.5 billion Euros within the programme period 2007-2013. The amount of funding increased about 40% and shall strengthen the scientifically and technologic development and innovation of European Union for a direct effect on the economy. Since 2007 almost 8000 projects have been funded in Europe. About 15%

Financial Control remains challenging for External Borders Fund User

Regarding programming and implementation of the External Borders Fund (EBF), member states still face technical and operational difficulties. The management of the application process remains still main obstacle for authorities to receive EU financial resources. Reporting’s especially the final reports of 2008 annual programmes represent an additional challenge for Responsible, Audit and Certifying Authorities. As part of the general programme “Solidarity and management of migration flows”, establishes the External Borders

Increasing Demand of EU Funding for Utilities

Utilities need public support in financing. So the European Commission will invest more than 2 billion Euros in the development of Energy Infrastructure. Financial offers increased by 50% in 2010. The EU offers many funding possibilities in the area of Renewable Energies, Research and Infrastructure for Utilities. However the landscape of Funding is wide and applicants need special knowledge about bureaucratic processes and the right funding instruments. Following aspects

Only Symposium of EU Funds 2011 in Europe Fields of Application of EU programs a …

In Berlin the 6th annual symposium of EU Funds takes place from 28 - 30 March 2011. Experts from all over Europe exchange about the correct handling of EU Funding. This is the only forum in Europe which links expertise of all stakeholders from the European Commission until Audit Authorities in order to discuss experiences directly around European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund (CF), European

European Knowledge Award elects best further training for the first time Award C …

training for employees in Europe within private companies and public administrations. The prize, donated by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, is endowed with a material asset of 10.000 Euro and will be given in equal parts to the winner in the categories “private company” and “public administration”. The Award ceremony will take place in the Estrel Hotel in Berlin on 28 March 2011. Further training is

Alarming Number of Fraud and Irregularities concerning EU-Funds

Total Damage doubled up to nearly 1.5 billion Euros in 2009 7963 irregularities reported EU Member States to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in 2009. 12% of the total damage (about 180 million Euros) originated through intentionally fraud. An irregularity is against the EU law wand has an effect of prejudicing the EU’s financial interests. Every irregularity committed intentionally is a criminal offence. EU Member States have to report suspicious fraud or

Critical Infrastructure Protection - Latest Requirements for: Energy, Transport, …

The seminar shows successful ways of applying the rules of European Commission’s Directive on European Critical Infrastructure Protection and of designing a proper action plan. The event, held by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, is taking place 15th to 16th March, in Berlin, Germany. In the last years new international threats have emerged, making it necessary to add a European dimension to national Security Protection in order to

EU Funds 2010 - The 5th European Annual Symposium in Berlin – ERDF, ESF, CF, E …

How to deal with upcoming key challenges in EU Funding such as simplification, evaluation and financial control will be the topic of the 5th European Symposium EU Funds 2010 on the 22nd to 24th of March in Berlin, Germany. For the 5th time this event brings together 600 EU Funds experts from all over Europe. This unique European forum encourages an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice between EU

How to apply for EU Funding for SMEs

How Small and Medium Sized Enterprises can apply for EU funding will be topic of the practical seminar “EU Funding for SMEs” 2nd and 3rd March, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises face considerable difficulties on the financial market due to the reluctance of the investors to finance them. The European Commission encourages the financing of start-up and growing SMEs. The Community programmes such as the 7th

European seminar “Management of EU Funded Projects”

How to plan and implement projects according to the EU funds regulations and how to improve project strategies and performance will be the main topics of the European seminar “Management of EU Funded Projects”, organized by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, 20th and 21st October 2008, at the Hotel Berlin in Berlin, Germany. The seminar is set up for employees in charge of project management in clusters,

European conference: “EU Funding for Environmental Projects”

European conference: “EU Funding for Environmental Projects”, 3 and 4 November 2008, Frankfurt a. Main, Germany The success of environmental projects depends to a large extent on the funds available. The conference “EU Funding for Environmental Projects”, on 3-4 November 2008, in Frankfurt a. Main, Germany, organized by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, helps attendees to identify the most suitable funding option among the relevant programmes for

European Conference “Financing Transport and Infrastructure Projects”

Connecting Europe - Transport and Infrastructure Projects Financed European Conference “Financing Transport and Infrastructure Projects” 27th and 28th October 2008, in Berlin, Germany How to finance cost intensive infrastructure and transport projects, will be explained and discussed by European experts at the European Conference on Financing EU Transport and Infrastructure Projects, held by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law, October 27th and 28th, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. To foster competitiveness and