Core team

Franck Sottou

  • Consultant and Lecturer for Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities, Intermediate Bodies and Regional Bodies

  • Preparation of SPD and OP from 1994 – 1997 – 2000 -2007 to 2007-2013 and 2014+

  • Description of management and control systems, design of implementing tools especially to define indicators, monitoring and audits systems, control and evaluations procedures for ERDF, ESF, Cohesion Fund, IPA, ENPI, EAFRD (Leader approach)

  • Former member of Technical Assistance Team: Objective 1, Objective 2 and CIP (Urban, Leader, Equal, Interreg)
  • Colm Dunne

  • Team Leader for Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) of EU IPA Programmes in the Western Balkans and Turkey

  • International expert in audit, monitoring and evaluation

  • Consultant and Trainer at ETCP for programming, EU strategies, indicators, monitoring and evaluation

  • Team Leader for interim evaluation of Regional OP and Administrative Capacity OP in Romania (2009-2011)

  • Team Leader for technical assistance to establish the Administrative Capacity MA in Romania (2004-2007)

  • Former Director of Performance Audit at the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Office in Ireland
  • Susanne Volz

  • Consultant Partner of Inter Change Concept, a consultancy focusing on innovation in tourism and regional development

  • DG Regional and Urban Policy registered Expert for Regional Policy in the appraisal, implementation and monitoring of Cohesion Policy interventions

  • International Expert for simplified, efficient and regular audit approaches and audit tools (national and ETC Programmes, ENP Instrument, Agricultural Funds, etc.), as well as optimisation of processes within programme bodies

  • Specialist for First Level Control in ETC Programmes

  • Experienced trainer on audit, verification and simplification

  • Former Audit Manager responsible for First Level Control and Second Level Control: ERDF and ESF OPs, ETC Programmes, FP6/7, EuropeAid and other Programmes directly managed by the Commission

  • Alec Fraser

  • 28 years evaluation experience Plan, Programme and Project level

  • Ex-ante Evaluator or Developer of more than 30 EU-funded Plans and Programmes

  • Programmes and Strategies: PA and NDP – Romania , Convergence / Objective 1 – Scotland, England, Competitiveness / Objective 2 / Urban - Scotland, England, Wales

  • Rural Development / Leader, Scotland, England, Wales; Regional / Inter-regional, Strategies – Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia

  • Pan-European Evaluation: ISPA / Cohesion Fund for DG REGIO, ESF Policy and Implementation for DG EMPL

  • Current work includes: Partnership Agreement, Romania; Territorial Options, Croatia; Smart Specialisation, England; Implementation Mechanisms, Scotland

  • Richard Harding

  • Over 24 years in economic development & EU Structural Funds

  • Started career in RDA – North East England (home region)

  • 9 years in EC – DG REGIO implementing mainstream Structural Funds OPs – UK regions and coordinating 1st SPP for Slovak Republic

  • 8 years in UK Twinning projects (RTA & medium-term expert) – Romania

  • Currently Team Leader in Croatia on project guiding choices of territorial development options for EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

  • Audrius Zabotka

    Design and implementation of efficient Financial instruments (Guarantees, Microcredits, Soft loans, VC/Business Angel investments)
  • Market’s GAP analysis, ex-ante assessment

  • Strategic planning, preparation of Investment strategy

  • Execution and monitoring

  • Use of EU SF resources to finance Financial instruments (2007-2013 and 2014-2020)

  • Declaration of eligible expenditures

  • State Aid schemes to Financial instruments

  • Design and implementation of Global Grant measures.

    Alun Williams

  • Managing Agent Aberdeen City Council: Public Procurement, via the Competitive Dialogue Procedure ; Operation (DBFO) of a PPP concession dual carriageway Trunk Road ( in accordance with Directive 2004/18/EC)

  • Governance and Administration of a statutory Agency Agreement between The Scottish Ministers& Aberdeen City Council (expert advice and support to Legal & Democratic Service in relation with State Aid, Public Procurement & administration compliance.

  • Programme Design, Management and Delivery of a £3M (€3,6M) portfolio of ERDF vocational education capital build & ESF training projects within the Western Scotland Objective 2 (2000-2006);

  • Audit and Verification of ERDF/ESF
    projects by internal and external auditors, MA and DG EMPL
  • Severino Ostorero

  • Key Financial Expert, Technical Assistance EU funded Programmes-Projects

  • Technical Assistance Expert for Project Evaluation and State Aid Compliance – 1st call for proposal – O.P Interreg V-A - Italy-France (Maritime)

  • Financial Manager/Capitalisation Expert/Financial Advisor/Trainer for Lead Partners of Strategic and Standard projects as granted in the Framework of the ENPI CBC MED Programme

  • Business sector: EU funded Programme in the framework of the EU Policy and its financing instrument for the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 period

  • Previous Joint Technical Secretariat - Officer for ENPI CBC MED Programme

  • Main area of expertise: Recovery trail and fraud compliance, procurement and Sub-granting schemes, Programme vs. Project Financial flows management, State aid and double funding policy compliance, Audit Guidelines and reporting schemes
  • Ignas Paukstys

  • Expert in State Aid and Public Procurement with 10 years of experience in EU Funds and development cooperation.

  • Head of Experts Unit – Lithuanian Business Support Agency under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania (intermmediate body responsible for the implementation of the OP).

  • Former Deputy Director of Project Management Department at Lithuanian Bussiness Support Agency.

  • Former Head of Unit, Deputy Head of Unit - Managing authority for Economic Growth OP, Ministry of Finance, and Chief specialist at Evaluation Division, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Lithuania.

  • Consultant at European social legal and economic projets (ESTEP).

  • Project assistant at Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC).

  • Doris Monjac

  • European Training Manager

  • Former Erasmus+ Programme Officer at the Croatian NA for Mobility and EU Programmes

  • Expertise in EU programmes for education (Erasmus+ in Vocational Education and Training, Euroguidance)

  • Expertise in controlling beneficiaries' project lifecycle management


    ETCP collaborates with many other experts coming from all over Europe.

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    ETCP provides seminars abroad and in-house, online degree and expertise. We cover all aspects of the management of European Programmes and Projects for Member States and also EU candidates. Leader in EU trainings, ETCP has a concrete and solide experience and expertise for more than 10 years from workshops for small working groups to conferences and E-learning. Check out our pages dedicated to seminars and other services.

    ETCP also provides Consultancy services in cooperation with Public Impact Management: ex-ante evaluation, ad-hoc assessment of systems, new OPs’… We are part of the 2014+ EEIG delivering Strategic Support high-quality Evaluations (ex-ante, on- going, final and ex-post), Performance Audit, Management and Control system description, IB audit and accreditation, Global Grant set-up, Territorial pacts, Indicators screening.

    In each country, we work with local partners and contact points to ensure full adaptation to national background and practices. Researchers and experts from all over Europe are members of our Scientific Committee.

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    Specific References:

    International Conference on the Instruments of new Cohesion Policy, Munich (Germany) Mission Presentation on the success conditions for effective and efficient implementation of the new OP’s 2014-2020 – Instruments related to territorial, financial and simplification of costs dimensions Outputs:Up-dated lists of success conditions and actions plans for each instruments

    Ministry of Finance, Estonia

    Mission Defining Good and Measurable Indicators for 2014 Outputs :New set of indicators for performance management

    Ministry of Finance, Bulgaria

    Mission Certification process, risk management, financial management of EU of funds and other responsibilities of the Certifying Authority in the context of the 2014+ financial perspectives Outputs : Action plan to improve certification tasks

    European Commission, DG Aid Co

    Mission Expertise as key expert for Audit, Control, Monitoring and Evaluation of ENPI programmes Outputs: Explanatory Notes about verification, monitoring and evaluation

    Ministry of Regional  Development, Poland

    Mission Screening of the indicators system Outputs: Improvement of identification of indicators insisting on integration of national and regional dimensions and output-result model