Member States have the primary responsibility for ensuring that operations financed by the EU budget under structural actions programmes comply fully with all the regulatory requirements. The managing authorities and the certifying authorities are the pillars of the control framework, together with the audit authorities, delivering assurance to the Commission and to the European citizen.
Following the adoption of the new programmes for the 2007-13 programming period, the objectives of the seminar are to highlight the crucial role of the managing and certifying authorities in guaranteeing the correct use of EU funds, to present the new guidance available which identifies good practice, and to establish a common understanding of the key elements of the internal control systems. The outputs should be a strengthened partnership for training, guidance and awareness-raising actions to ensure that all actors in programme implementation have the knowledge and information to perform their roles properly.
This will be a major event with over 500 representatives invited from the national authorities of all 27 Member States, the Commission, the European Court of Auditors and the European Parliament.