Towards a Successful Closure of Structural Funds 2000-2006 Programmes

European Commission seminar for managing and paying authorities
and winding-up bodies - Brussels, 15 September 2008

Programme

Co-chairpersons:

José Manuel Sousa Uva, Director, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
José Palma Andrés, Director, European Commission, DG Regional Policy

Videos Session 1

Videos Session 2

08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30

Opening speech by Michele Pasca-Raymondo, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Regional Policy

09:45

Speech by José Manuel Sousa Uva, Director, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

  • General principles of closure
  • 10:00

    In the run-up to closure

  • Main tasks for managing authorities, paying authorities and winding-up bodies, Thomas Bender, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  • How to plan the preparation for closure: Member States' practical experience, Pierre Bessin, Secretary-General for Regional Affairs, Prefecture of the Centre Region, Emmanuel Lemaux, Head of the certifying unit of the paying authority, Regional finance office of the Region of Centre, France
  • Questions and discussion

    11:15

    Coffee break

    11:30

    Structural Funds 2000-2006 closure – Final Report

  • How to prepare a good final report: Commission's views and treatment of unfinished or non-operational projects and operations suspended due to judicial or administrative proceedings, Dominique Philippe Levieil, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • How to prepare a good final report: Member States’ practical experience, Peter Smith, European Funding Adviser, Goverment Office North East, United Kingdom
  • Questions and discussion

    12:45

    Lunch break

    Co-chairpersons:

    Daniela Gheorghe, Director, European Commission, DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
    Nicholas Martyn, Director, European Commission, DG Regional Policy

    Videos Session 3

    Videos Session 4

    14:15

    Structural Funds 2000-2006 closure – Winding-Up Declaration

  • How to prepare a reliable winding-up declaration: Commission's views, Claude Tournier, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Regional Policy
  • How to prepare a reliable winding-up declaration: Member States' practical experience, Carlos Trigacheiro, Director, IGF-Ministry of Finance, Portugal
  • Questions and discussion

    15:45

    Coffee break

    16:00

    Structural Funds 2000-2006 closure – Certified Statement of Final Expenditure, including the Final Payment Application

  • General principles of the preparation of the certified statement of final expenditure: Commission's views, Félix Lozano Gallego, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Calculation of final contribution, Michael Hill, Business Analyst, European Commission, DG Regional Policy -
  • Preparation of the certified statement of final expenditure: Member States' practical experience, Norbert Heller, Head of Department, Ministry of Finances of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • Questions and discussion

    17:30

    Conclusions by Lenia Samuel, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

    17:45

    Closure of the seminar