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Working Group on Structural Funds

In 2000 the Contact Committee set up a working group to oversee parallel studies on the management of Structural Funds in the Member States. The purpose of the studies was to obtain an accurate, correct and documented description of the procedures implemented in the Member States to manage and control the Structural Funds. The Working Group conducted an exploratory survey on EU-Structural Funds (2000-2006) and submitted a report in 2002.
 
In 2002, the Working Group continued its work as the Working Group on Structural Funds I aiming at carrying out a parallel audit of arrangements for ensuring an adequate audit trail including the 5% check as required by Council Regulation 1260/1999 and Commission Regulation 438/2001. A report was submitted in 2004.
 
In 2004, the Working Group was given a new mandate (Structural Funds II) to continue its work with a short, focused review on the processes for identifying, reporting and following up on irregularities. A report was submitted in 2006.
 
In 2006, the Contact Committee tasked the Working Group on Structural Funds III to continue its reviews of Structural Fund issues and specifically to carry out an audit on performance (output/effectiveness) of the Structural Funds programmes in the areas of employment and/or environment. A report was submitted in 2008.
 
In 2008, the Contact Committee mandated the Working Group on Structural Funds IV to continue its work with a focused review of costs of controls (possibly including the use of technical assistance for the controls of Structural Funds). A report was submitted in 2011.
 
In 2011, the Contact Committee mandated the Working Group on Structural Funds V to continue its work with a focused review on “Simplification of the regulations for Structural Funds”.
 
A report was submitted in 2013.
In 2013, the Contact Committee tasked the Working Group on Structural Funds VI with continuing its review of the Structural Funds and the conducting of a parallel audit on the “Analysis of the errors in public procurement within the Structural Funds programmes”.
 
A report was submitted in 2015.
In 2015, the Contact Committee mandated the Working Group to continue its work and to carry out a parallel audit on “The contribution of the Structural Funds to the Europe 2020 strategy in the areas of education and/or employment”.
 
 
For further information contact:
 
Jana Oeser, Bundesrechnungshof (SAI of Germany)
 
Dirk Rosenmeier, Bundesrechnungshof (SAI of Germany)
 
 

Related reports:
 
13/01/2016

Final report on the Analysis of (types of) errors in EU and national public procurement within the Structural Funds programmes


The Working Group carried out the parallel audit in order to understand why detected errors in Structural Funds are often associated with public procurement rules. The findings show that ‘lack of knowledge’ is the most common reason for errors in public procurement, followed by ‘interpretation difficulties’. The participating SAIs concentrated on the errors reported by national authorities and SAIs. They assessed the national applications of the relevant COCOF guidelines and scrutinised national systems aimed at detecting and preventing errors in public procurement procedures. Furthermore, they analysed the types and causes of errors and identified similarities and differences across the Member States.
16/01/2012

Final Report on the Parallel Audit on the Costs of controls of Structural Funds


In this report submitted to the Contact Committee, the Working Group informs the Member States about challenges, key findings and recommendations arising from its parallel audit on the costs of controls of the management of Structural Funds, including the use of technical assistance for the control of Structural Funds. The audit covered a wide range of operational programmes.
12/10/2009

Final Report on the Parallel Audit on the processes of identifying, reporting and following-up on irregularities


In this report the Working Group submitted to the Contact Committee its key findings, good practices, weaknesses and recommendations on the processes in place for identifying, reporting and following up on irregularities depending on Country Reports prepared as results of the parallel audits conducted by the participating SAIs. The findings of the report are related to six key areas: 1) Guidance; 2) Identification and recording of potential irregularities; 3) Examination and decision-making on recorded irregularities; 4) Reporting to the Commission; 5) Follow up/investigation of the reported irregularities; 6) Financial Corrections.
12/10/2009

Final Report on the Parallel Audit of the Performance of the Structural Funds programmes of the EU in the areas of employment and/or environment


In this report the Working Group submitted to the Contact Committee its key findings, good practices and recommendations on the Performance of the Structural Funds Programmes of the European Union in the Areas of Employment and/or Environment depending on Country Reports prepared as results of the parallel audits conducted by the participating SAIs. The findings of the audit are related to six key areas: 1) Planning of Measures and Selection of Projects; 2) Goal oriented application procedures; 3) Award procedures; 4) Monitoring and Reporting; 5) Evaluation; 6) Participation of the Monitoring Committees in the evaluation of earlier Structural Funds measures and in the planning of new Structural Funds measures.


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