The New Age of Audit?

by Franck Sottou ETCP Director and Key International EU Funds Expert 8 in the morning. The Auditor is supposed to come at 9. What will be his first questions? What would be the investigations? What could be the corrections? 9.15, the meeting starts. He wants to see the documents. What documents? Invoices, timesheets, proofs of payment and… taxi receipts. This is it. But is it really the bulk of the mission? Audit was supposed to have changed since 2012. Remember, a new Financial Regulation was released and the communication was clear: the new controls and audits are coming! Let’s read
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Small and Medium-Sized Urban Area: the Future of Europe?

One of the major conclusions of the Latvian 2015 EU Presidency was to draw attention to Small and Medium Urban Areas (SMUAs). This acronym unveils what may be the future alpha and omega of our spatial planning and sustainable development policies. Why? First, SMUAs are industrialised territories with little or no high education opportunities, yet they come with numerous school-age children and a great economic diversification potential. Moreover, giving priority to SMUAs means betting that added value of public intervention concerning employment, environment and social cohesion will be greater here than in larger metropolitan areas. Finally, living in a SMUA
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Let’s Discuss Gender Equality

Gender | Promoting gender equality and finding innovative tools Date: 12-13 December 2017 Place: Stockholm Lecturer: Nathalie Wuiame, a gender mainstreaming expert Nathalie has 20 years of experience with the integration of gender in policies, laws, and public administration activities. She has delivered gender-related manuals and guidelines, particularly for Structural Funds. Nathalie has also been working with DG Research in the field of gender equality and training and was a member of the core team for the project ‘Gender toolkit’. From 12-13 December 2017 ETCP will be in Stockholm, looking for innovative ways to promote gender equality in the context of EU Funds Management.
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“Unity through balance” – the driver of Estonian Presidency

In July 2017 Estonia has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Driven by the motto ‘Unity through balance’ the Estonian Presidency aims to tackle the burning challenges Europe is facing today, focusing on these four priorities: an open and innovative economy a safe and secure Europe a digital Europe and the free movement of data an inclusive and sustainable Europe
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Interreg Project Ideas Lab

The upcoming Interreg Project Ideas Lab for North-West Europe is taking place on 4 October 2017 in Den Haag, the Netherlands. This event will help applicants who are getting ready for the upcoming Interreg North West Europe call for project proposals to: learn more about the programme key areas: innovation, social innovation, low carbon, transport and resource and materials efficiency; get to know success stories and best practices examples; share their project idea and find new partners; develop project ideas. Register before 19 September More information
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Find EFSI-funded projects in your area

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is an initiative to help overcome the current investment gap in the EU. Jointly launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission, it aims to mobilise private investment in projects which are strategically important for the EU. EFSI is one of the three pillars of the Investment Plan for Europe that aims to revive investment in strategic projects around the continent to ensure that money reaches the real economy.
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Apply for RegioStars Award 2017

RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and innovative projects that are inspiring to other regions. If you think your project deserves to be in the spotlight, submit an application with an endorsement of the responsible Managing Authority. This year’s RegioStars Award ceremony will take place on 10 October, during European Week of Regions and Cities.
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