EU Funding for Home Affairs and Security 12 - 14 November 2014, Berlin

4th European Symposium
Symposium Brochure
EU Funding for Home Affairs and Security
AMIF & ISF [2014-2020] || EIF • ERF • RF • EBF • ISEC • CIPS [2007-2013]
In cooperation
12th - 14th November 2014, Berlin
with the
European Commission
Welcome to the European Knowledge Network!
The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law is delighted to announce the
4th European Symposium
EU Funding for Home Affairs and Security
AMIF & ISF [2014-2020] EIF • ERF • RF • EBF • ISEC • CIPS [2007-2013]
Make the Best Possible Start to the New Programming Period 2014-2020
- and Bring the Last One to a Successful Close
The New Programming Period and the Last Programming Period:
A Challenge for the National Bodies
The new programming period is about to begin and the last one has to be brought to a successful conclusion. This symposium offers the national bodies in the Member States of
the European Union the possibility to exchange first-hand experiences concerning the implementation and utilisation of the structures and instruments of the new programming
period with their European peers and in dialogue with the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors. It will also enable them to ensure that the last programming
period can be successfully brought to a close and prepare them for the final evaluation processes and the final audit by the European Commission.
The first day will be dedicated to topics related to the increase of the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of the structures and instruments in the new programming
period and to the closure of the last programming period. The second day will deal with the most important topics concerning the implementation of the legal framework of the Internal
Security Fund (ISF) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The last day will use workshops to address the most important practical topics of the management
and control and (especially) financial control for the ISF and AMIF.
Special Focus:
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The European Commission’s and European Court of Auditor’s approaches, perspectives & recommendations for the new programming period and the closure of the last one
Main challenges for the management and control system of AMIF & ISF
Developing and implementing optimal eligibility rules for AMIF & ISF
Designing and enforcing an effective control system for the AMIF & ISF
First calls for proposals and the selection and awarding processes for AMIF & ISF
Enhancing the collaboration between authorities, beneficiaries and partners
Preparing for the evaluation of the last programming period and the final audit by the European Commission
Are You Prepared for the Implementation of the Structures and
Instruments of the New Programming Period 2014-2020?
The implementation of the structures and instruments of the new programming period is just beginning. Two new funds have to be introduced in order to support home affairs and
security in the Member States: the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). As a consequence, the Member States need to answer
the following most important questions: How to achieve more effectiveness and efficiency in the utilisation of the new funds? How to set up the authorities effectively? How to
develop and implement an efficient financial management system? How to set up and use eligibility rules in an optimal way? How to design and use the control system? Which
reports based on experience already exist (as far as the implementation of the structures and instruments of the new programming period is concerned) and what can be learnt
from them? How to enhance the collaboration between authorities, beneficiaries and partners?
Are You Prepared for the Closure of the Last Programming Period?
Furthermore, the last programming period has to be brought to a successful close. The Member States have to be ready for the final evaluation processes and the final audit by
the European Commission and need to answer the following most important questions: How to guarantee more effectiveness and efficiency in the utilisation of the remaining
resources of the last programming period? How to effectively prepare for the final evaluation processes of the last programming period? How best to prepare for the final audit by
the European Commission?
Special:
You are invited to contribute to this very unique European Symposium! To tailor the programme to your personal interests and needs, we encourage you to send in your
particular questions beforehand. Please also indicate topics that are particularly important for you but perhaps not precisely covered by the programme.
Please send your questions at least two weeks before the conference to: [email protected]
Our experts are open to integrate these issues into the presentations and provide recommendations.
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Who is this symposium for?
This European Symposium is addressed to public officials and
• Public authorities with responsibilities in the field of internal security, border
responsible staff dealing with EU Funding for Home Affairs and Security
control, migration and visa policy such as:
­ - Immigration Agencies
In particular from the designated Responsible, Audit, Certifying & Delegated
­ - Migration Offices
Authorities for the following EU Funds:
­ - Migration Funding Units
• New Programming Period: 2014-2020
- Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)
• Potential Beneficiaries and Applicants of the new EU Funds for Home Affairs
- Internal Security Fund (ISF)
(AMIF, ISF)
• Last Programming Period: 2007-2013
• Beneficiaries of the old EU Funds for Home Affairs
- European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (EIF)
(EIF, ERF, RF, EBF, ISEC, CIPS)
- European Refugee Fund (ERF)
- European Return Fund (RF)
• Other Organisations involved in projects dealing with migration, integration,
- External Borders Fund (EBF)
internal security or border control such as:
- Programme Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC)
­ - International Organisations
- Programme Terrorism and other Security-related Risks (CIPS)
­ - Associations
­ - Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
From institutions such as:
­ - Specialised Consultancies
• Ministries such as:
­ - Certified Public Accountants and Public Auditors
- Ministry of Interior
- Ministry of Migration
From Departments such as:
- Ministry of Refugees, Immigration & Integration Affairs
• EU Funding and EU Aid Management
- Ministry of Justice
• International and External Funding
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• International and EU Co-Operation/European Affairs
- Ministry of Finance
• Home Affairs
- Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
• Migration
• Internal Security
• Police authorities such as:
• Border Security and Control
- Border Control Agencies
• Schengen Issues
- Border Police/Border Guards
• Audit
- National Police Forces
• Finance/Budget
• Programme and Project Implementation/Coordination
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What will you learn at this European Symposium?
• How to achieve more effectiveness and efficiency in the use of the new funds.
• How to ensure that the goals achieved by the utilisation of the funds closely reflect the European Union’s targets.
• How to set up the authorities in the new programming period.
• What are the most relevant criteria for the designation of the authorities?
• How to develop and use optimal eligibility rules in the new programming period 2014-2020.
• How to create and apply simplified cost options.
• How to engineer and implement an effective financial management in the new programming period.
• How to design and use the control system in the new programming period.
• How to conduct in-depth evaluations of the processes and project management structures of partners.
• How to design and carry out on-the-spot inspections.
• Which (new) instruments are especially effective in the context of controls in the new programming period 2014-2020?
• Which reports based on experience/best practices already exist as far as the implementation of the new structures and instruments of the new programming period is concerned
and what can be learnt from them?
• How to make use of a computerised system for the management of SOLID or ISF/AMIF.
• How to enhance the collaboration between authorities, beneficiaries and partners.
• How to guarantee more effectiveness and efficiency in the utilisation of the remaining resources of the last programming period 2014-2020.
• How to guarantee a successful closure of the last programming period.
• How to prepare for the evaluation of the last programming period.
• How to ensure an optimal preparation for the final audit by the European Commission.
Your Benefits
• Benefit from lessons learnt from the previous programming period
• Be practically prepared for the coming final evaluation and the final audit by the European Commission
• Learn how to effectively implement the legal framework of the new programming period
• Benefit from specialised parallel sessions focusing on ISF and AMIF – arrange your individual timetable
• Secure and plan your migration and security projects and raise the amount funded by the EU
• Receive first-hand information from the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and national experts
• Develop networks and contacts with colleagues from various authorities from all over Europe
• Benefit from the interactive workshop sessions – be truly prepared and guarantee your training success
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Visitors Voices of Past Conferences:
“The conference was well-organised and gave useful information for the field work.”
Iikka Saunamäki, Senior Advisor, International Affairs Unit, Ministry of the Interior, Finland
“Useful exchange of knowledge between participants and experts from different countries”
Petar Vladislavov Yanev, Financial Expert, International Projects Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
“The presence of the European Commission was very interesting.”
Stijn Lenjou, Attaché, European Funds Unit, Immigration Office, Belgium
“Interesting!“
Ciara Clerx, Programme Secretary, Management and Coordination Section, Ministry of Security and Justice,
the Netherlands
“This event differed from others I attended because it was conducive to an honest exchange of views, tips and good practices
between participants.”
Johanne Lamirande, Former Head of Responsible Authority, UK Border Agency, United Kingdom
“Excellent!“
Carmen Rosu, Director Nonrefundable Instruments Department, Ministry of European Funds, Romania
“Very good and interesting.”
Konstantinios Soldatos, Head of EBF Department, Hellenic Police Headquarters, Greece
“The event was excellent because it gave us the chance to verify if our understanding is in line with the EC”
Iulian Miserciu, Director, Audit Authority, Romania
“Full of information!“
Irina Urbone, Head of Law Division, Ministry of the Interior, Lithuania
“Very useful for those working in EU SOLID Funding – for ideas and best practice.”
Jon Morgan, Project Liaison Manager, EU Funding Team, UK Border Agency, United Kingdom
“Great experience. New for me. Interesting topics and speakers.”
Bregtje van Drongelen, Financial Controller, Management Control & Finance Department, COA – Central Agency for
the Reception of Asylum Seekers, the Netherlands
“Very well organised and very useful!”
Viktoriya Todorova, Expert, Programming Department, Internal Projects Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
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Programme Day 1 November 12th 2014
Preparing for the Beginning of the New Programming Period and Closure of the Last Oneparing
8.00-9.00 | Registration
9.00-9.05 | Welcome
and Hand-out of Symposium Material
Note from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law
9.05-09.25
Key Note Speech by the European Commission
Katerina Wolfová, Policy and Programming Officer, Unit MFF Programming, DG Home, European Commission
09.25-11.15
The European Commissions’ Approach, Perspective and Recommendations
Control Requirements for the Responsible Authorities
• New requirements for administrative and on-the-spot controls
• How to report the results of the controls in the annual account
• Impact of simplified costs
Stephanie Carillon, Deputy Head of Unit, Budget Control and Ex-Post Audits Unit, Shared Resource Directorate, DG Home & DG Justice,
European Commission
Experience with the Programming Process of the New Home Affairs Funds and the Way Forward
• New requirements for administrative and on-the-spot controls
• How to report the results of the controls in the annual account
• Impact of simplified costs
Katerina Wolfová, Policy and Programming Officer, Unit MFF Programming, DG Home, European Commission
11.15-11.45 | Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
11.45-12:45
Enabling a Successful Start to the New Programming Period
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How to set up authorities in the new period
How to guarantee more effectiveness and efficiency on a strategic level
Meeting the ever tighter factual deadlines in the old period
The dynamics of the Borders Fund
The legal framework: additional national regulations?
Eric Brakke, Head of the Management and Coordination Section, Directorate-General for Immigration, Ministry of Security and Justice,
Responsible Authority, the Netherlands
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12.45-13.45
How to Guarantee an Effective Closure of the Last Programming Period
• How to effectively prepare for the evaluation of the last programming period
• How to ensure an optimal preparation for the final audit by the European Commission
• How to guarantee more effectiveness and efficiency in the utilisation of the remaining resources of the last programming period
Christina Hadjieconomou, Administrative Officer, Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows Funds Department, Responsible Authority,
Ministry of Interior, Cyprus
13.45-14.45 | Lunch
Break and Networking Opportunity
14.45-16.30
The European Court of Auditors’ Approach, Perspective and Recommendations
What Have the European Court’s Audits of the SOLID Funds Taught us?
• Special report 22/2012 „Do the EIF and ERF contribute to the integration of TCNs?“
• Special report 3/2014 „Lessons from the Commission‘s management of SIS II“
• Special report on the External Borders Fund (to be published)
Mark Crisp, Director, Chamber IV - Revenue, Research and Internal Policies, and European Union‘s Institutions and Bodies, European Court of Auditors
Katharina Bryan, Auditor, European Court of Auditors
16.30-17.00 | Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
17.00-17.45
Panel Discussion – How to Achieve more Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Utilisation of the New Funds
Eric Brakke, Head of the Management and Coordination Section, Directorate-General for Immigration, Ministry of Security and Justice,
Responsible Authority,
the Netherlands
Manfred Padberg, Head of Division, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Responsible Authority, Germany
Raquel Reis Poucochinho, Services Directorate for EU Funds, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Directorate-General of Internal Affairs, Responsible
Authority, Portugal
Katharina Bryan, Auditor, European Court of Auditors
Katerina Wolfová, Policy and Programming Officer, Unit MFF Programming, DG Home, European Commission
Reyes Castillo, European Funding Expert and PhD, Researcher on Corporate Social Responsability (CSR) Policies at EU level at the Comillas
Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain
17.45 | End
of Conference Day 1
Evening Reception
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Discussion rounds of 15 minutes are included in all programme parts of this day
Programme Day 2 November 13th 2014
On day 2, the European Symposium breaks up into two parallel strands with alternative sessions from which you are invited to choose according to your preferences.
After each presentation you will have the opportunity to change rooms and select the session that is most relevant for you. In doing so, you can design your timetable according
to your specific needs.
9.00-9.05 | Welcome
Note from the Speakers
Implementation of the Legal Framework of the New Programming Period
The European Commission‘s Perspective
9.05-10.05
9.05-10.05
Towards the Internal Security Fund:
Lessons Learnt from the EBF
Emergency Assistance
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The main problems and issues linked to the implementation of the External Borders Fund
Lessons to be learnt for the implementation of the ISF Borders
Other Potential issues linked to the implementation of the ISF Borders on which Member States will have to pay special attention
Antoine Savary, Deputy Head of Unit, Internal Security Fund Unit,
DG Home Affairs, European Commission
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Emergency funding under SOLID
Need for a flexible instrument
Emergency assistance under AMIF
Practicalities
Patrick Lefèvre, Coordinator, Asylum and Migration Fund Unit,
DG Home Affairs, European Commission
Main Challenges for the Management and Control System of ISF & AMIF
10.05-11.05
10.15-10.45
| Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
ISF Financial Management: Challenges and
Potential Approaches
• SOLID Funds vs. ISF – benefits and challenges of the new regulation
• Ensuring correct implementation of the financial management rules
• Monitoring & reporting procedures
Corinna Haitzer, ISF Programme Manager, Unit,
EBF & ISF Responsible Authority, Federal Ministry of Interior, Austria
10.05-11.05
Main Challenges for the Setting up of the
Authorities for AMIF
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A ‘project approach’ as a potential risk for coherent programme management
Risks linked to the (possible) funding gap between SOLID (RF) and AMIF
Risk containment strategy – Belgian Approach
Preparation of the AMIF: state of affairs
Development of the new responsible authority
Closure of the programme: final evaluation of AVR service providers
(‘local reintegration partners’)
Final note: potential for intra-EU co-operation on AVR within the new AMIF structure (ERIN and CSI)
Peter Neelen, Head of Service, Assisted Voluntary Return Department,
Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers - FEDASIL,
Responsible Authority, Belgium
11.05-11.35 | Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
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11.35-12.35
Developing and Implementing Optimal Eligibility Rules for ISF & AMIF
Optimal Eligibility Rules and Simplified Cost Options for the ISF and the AMIF
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How to identify simplified costs in ISF and AMIF actions based on National Programme
Which simplified cost options apply to ISF and AMIF and are easy to use
How to develop simplified costs in ISF and AMIF
How to implement simplified costs in ISF and AMIF national regulation
Jasper Sijbrandij, Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for Immigration, Management and Coordination Section, Ministry of Security and Justice,
Responsible Authority, the Netherlands
12.35-13:35
Designing and Enforcing an Effective Control System for ISF & AMIF
How to Design the Control System for the ISF and AMIF
- Responsibilities under Shared Management for the Designated Authorities Towards an Effective Control System
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General principles of management and control systems (legal frame)
Managing authority, certification body and auditing body
Different levels audits, management and control cycle
Supporting documents and working procedures
Raquel Reis Poucochinho, Services Directorate for EU Funds, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Directorate-General of Internal Affairs,
Responsible Authority, Portugal
13.35-14.30 | Lunch
Break and Networking Opportunity
First Calls for Proposals and the Selection and Awarding Processes for ISF & AMIF
14.30-15.30
14.30-15.30
How to Carry out Calls for Proposals for the ISF and AMIF
First Call for Proposals and the Selection and Awarding
Procedure in Germany (AMIF)
• Lessons learnt from the last programming period
• Suggestions for calls for proposals and the selection and
awarding procedure in the new programming period
Christopher Magri, Director, Funds and Programmes Division,
Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and
Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
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Preparation of the call for proposals
Electronic applications
Selection criteria
Using an electronic workflow system
Manfred Padberg, Head of Division, Federal Office for Migration and
Refugees (BAMF), Responsible Authority, Germany
Steffen Kunert, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF),
Responsible Authority, Germany
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15.30-16.00 | Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
Enhancing the Collaboration Between Authorities, Beneficiaries and Partners
16.00-17.00
Enhancing the Collaboration between Member States: Reception from a European Perspective
• The reception triangle
• Common challenges
• Capacity sharing
Michael Kegels, Director of Operations, Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers – FEDASIL, Responsible Authority, Belgium
17.00-17.10 | Room
Change Break
17.10-18.00
17.10-18.00
From a Beneficiaries Point of View
– How to Effectively Implement the ISF
From an International Perspective
– AMIF Set-up and Implementation
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Recommendations for the new ISF programming period
Looking (back) at the SOLID funds - observations on successful projects
implementation and collaboration between beneficiary, RA/DA and partners
Practical conclusions for the new programming period
Dr Charalambos Vrasidas, Executive Director, CARDET – Centre for the
Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology,
SOLID Beneficiary, Cyprus
18.00 | Hand
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Migration trends – Global & EU level
IOM’s recommendations for the new AMIF programming period
Looking (back) at the SOLID funds - Observations on successful project
implementation and collaboration between beneficiary, RA/ DA and partners
Practical conclusions for the new programming period
Marian Benbow Pfisterer, Head of Department, Project Development and
Liaison Department, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Germany
out of Certificates and End of Conference
Discussion rounds of 15 minutes are included in all programme parts of this day
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Workshop Day 3 November 14th 2014
Day 3 of the European Symposium consists of optional workshop that addresses particularly the practical challenges of implementing the Internal Security Fund (ISF) and the
Asylum, Migration and Implementation Fund (AMIF). Participants will be provided with practical exercises and work in groups. After presenting and discussing the results of the
group work there will be an interactive discussion round. Moreover, the workshop facilitators will give their recommendations. Therefore, participants of this optional workshop
receive practical advice for their daily work and guarantee their training success by directly applying their newly acquired knowledge.
8.30-9.00 | Registration
9.00-9.05 | Welcome
and Hand-out of Workshop Material
Note from the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law
Enforcing Financial Controls within the Management and Control System for ISF & AMIF
9.05-9.15
Welcome Note from the Workshop Facilitators
Christopher Magri, Director, Funds and Programmes Division, Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation
of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
Claudia Zammit, Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
9.15-9.40
Design of the Management and Control System
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COSO standard, internal control and risk management
Regulatory provisions for the management and control systems
Structures and systems – Malta experience
Introduction to the workshops – group work on selected aspects of the management and control system
Christopher Magri, Director, Funds and Programmes Division, Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation
of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
9.40-10.20
Group Work on Practical Exercises Related to the Management and Control Function
• Interactive group work on selected practical exercises
Workshop participants will work in groups to complete practical exercises on the introduced challenges and risks. The workshop conductor will provide
guidance and suggestions in case of uncertainties
Christopher Magri, Director, Funds and Programmes Division, Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation
of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
10.20-10.50 | Coffee
Break and Networking Opportunity
10.50-11.20
Group Presentations
• Presentation of results from group work
Each group will present the outcome of its work and will receive feedback from the workshop conductor.
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Christopher Magri, Director, Funds and Programmes Division, Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation
of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
11.20-12.00
Design of the Financial Control Function
• Financial control structures – Malta experience
• Financial control process – Malta experience
• Introduction to the workshops – group work on selected aspects of the financial system
Claudia Zammit, Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
12.00-13.00 | Lunch
Break and Networking Opportunity
13.00-13.30
Group Work on Practical Exercises Related to the Financial Control Function
• Interactive group work on selected practical exercises
Workshop participants will work in groups to complete practical exercises on the introduced challenges and risks. The workshop conductor will provide guidance
and suggestions in case of uncertainties
Claudia Zammit, Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
13.30-14.00
Recommendations from the Workshop Leaders
• Presentation of results from group work
Each group will present the outcome of its work and will receive feedback from the workshop conductor.
Claudia Zammit, Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
14.00-14.30
Conclusions, Recommendations and Discussion
• Conclusions and implications from the practical exercises
• Recommendations
• Open discussion
Claudia Zammit, Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
14.30 | Hand-out
of Certificates and End of Workshop
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Speakers
Stephanie Carillon
Deputy Head of Unit, Budget Control and Ex-Post Audits Unit, Shared Resource Directorate,
DG Home & DG Justice, European Commission
Stephanie Carillon is a trained auditor who has joined the European Commission in 2001 after having worked 7 years in an Audit firm in
Paris, France.She spent 8 years in the Audit Directorate of DG AGRI where she has been in charge of auditing Member States management
and control systems regarding a number of different EAGF measures (animal premia, olive oil, textile, calculation of entitlements for the
single payment). Building on the knowledge she had gained on the on-the-spot practical implementation of the CAP, she also participated
actively in the shaping of the different reforms of the CAP in order to improve the controllability of the measures as well as to simplify the
management and control processes. In 2010, Stephanie moved to DG JLS, now split into DG Home Affairs and DG Justice, where she is
the Deputy Head of the Unit Budget Control and Ex-Post Audits that is shared between the two DGs. She is heavily involved in all issues
regarding shared management in DG Home Affairs, and in particular all issues related to the management and control systems, both for
the current 4 Funds (EBF, RF, EIF, ERF) and for the AMIF and ISF. In that context, she has been actively participating in the drafting and
negotiations of the Horizontal Instrument as well as of the related implementing and delegated regulations.
Katerina Wolfová
Policy and Programming Officer, Unit MFF Programming, DG Home, European Commission
Katerina has been working in the area of Home Affairs financial instruments since 2007. She started as a desk officer for the European
Refugee Fund and the Integration Fund for which she became later coordinator. She was responsible for the Commission proposal for
the new Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and she followed the negotiations until the end. Katerina is currently working in the unit
responsible for the preparation of the implementation of the new Home Affairs Funds 2014-2020.
Patrick Lefèvre
Coordinator, Asylum and Migration Fund Unit, DG Home Affairs, European Commission
Patrick Lefèvre is Programme Manager in the Asylum and Migration Fund Unit of DG Home Affairs. At the moment, he is Coordinator for the
European Refugee Fund. He is responsible for the management and coordination of the fund (shared management part) and contributes
to the management and coordination of the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (shared management part). In
addition, he is Desk Officer for a number of Member States under the European Refugee Fund and involved in Emergency Resettlement
pilot projects. He has been working in DG Home Affairs (previously DG Justice, Freedom and Security (JLS) and DG Justice and Home
Affairs (JAI)) and with its EU funds since 2000. Before, he worked in DG Transport and the Ministry for Transport in Belgium.
Antoine Savary
Deputy Head of Unit, Internal Security Fund Unit, DG Home Affairs, European Commission
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Antoine Savary has been Deputy Head of the Internal Security Fund Unit since March 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the
interinstitutional negotiation of the future legal base for the Internal Security Fund (ISF-borders and ISF-police) as well as for the internal
preparation of the implementation of the future Multi Financial Framework 2014-2020 as far as the ISF is concerned. Moreover, he supervises
the shared management activities within the unit and manages the Strategic and Financial Programming coordination for the Schengen
Directorate (Budget, Annual Management plan, annual activity report). From 2007 to 2012, Antoine Savary worked in the Financial Support
Unit of DG Home as External Borders Fund Coordinator where he managed a ten person team dealing with Annual Programmes for 28
countries participating in the fund. He coordinated monitoring activities on the implementation of National Programmes and managed the
Schengen Facility for Bulgaria and Romania. Furthermore, he took over horizontal tasks such as the preparation of the Directorate’s annual
budget, eligibility questions and the preparation of the new Multi Annual Financial Framework. Prior, Antoine Savary worked in the Budget
Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Speakers
Mark Crisp
Director, Chamber IV - Revenue, Research and Internal Policies, and European Union‘s Institutions and
Bodies, European Court of Auditors
Mark Crisp has been Director of Audit Chamber IV since July 2009. He is responsible for the audit of internal policies (including the SOLID Programme),
EU revenue, banking and finance operations, EU agencies and joint undertakings, research and administrative expenditure. From May 2005 to June 2009,
he was Head of Unit responsible for the financial audit of the Common Agricultural Policy (EAGGF). Other positions held since he joined the Court in 1988
include Head of UK Cabinet and Assistant to the UK Member and Principal Auditor. From 1986 to 1988 he was working in the overseas and international
divisions (USA and Middle East) of the internal audit service at British Telecom. Prior to this, he worked at the UK National Audit Office for five years, where
he audited the Department of Trade, the Department of Health, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as well as the Ministry of Defence.
Katharina Bryan
Auditor, European Court of Auditors
Katharina Bryan has been working as an attaché in the UK Cabinet at the European Court of Auditors since March 2014. Her tasks include the supervision
and quality control of audits in the area of Structural Funds and Energy. Previously, her work as an auditor for the European Court of Auditors focused on
the SOLID funds (EIF, ERF and EBF), carrying out both financial and performance audits. Before joining the Court in 2010, she had worked for the Regional
Government of Burgenland (Austria) for five years, where she was Head of the Managing Authority for the Phasing Out Programmes Burgenland 20072013 (ERDF and ESF) and the Objective 1 Programme 2000-2006 (ERDF, ESF, EAGGF). Her responsibilities included strategic development, programme
negotiations with the European Commission and setting up the Management and Control Systems for the period 2007-2013, as well as monitoring and
evaluation. Since 2005, Katharina Bryan has been a lecturer on Bachelor and Master degree courses teaching “European Institutions” and supervising
projects as well as Master theses.
Michael Kegels
Director of Operations, Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers – FEDASIL,
Responsible Authority, Belgium
Michael Kegels is member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers – Fedasil. He is responsible for introducing
projects within the refugee and return fund to support activities in the field of knowledge exchange (EPRA, CSI), resettlement, reception and voluntary
return. Furthermore, Michael Kegels is responsible for the management of the Belgian reception system (20 000 places), the voluntary return policy in
Belgium (app. 5000 AVR/year), for the resettlement programme (reception part) (2013: annual quota of 100) and the management of two international
platforms (EPRA: European Platform of reception Agencies and CSI: Common Support Initiative on AVR).
Christopher Magri
Director, Funds and Programmes Division, Responsible Authority, Ministry for European Affairs and
Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
Christopher Magri works as Director (Funds) within the Funds and Programmes Division where his Directorate’s role includes the tasks of the Responsible
Authority for the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows (SOLID), the National Authority for the Lifelong Learning and Youth in
Action Programmes, the Competent Authority for the Agricultural Funds and the Managing Authority for the European Fisheries Fund. Christopher Magri
joined the public service of Malta in 1986, and has gained experience in various areas including the management of EU Funds as well as intelligence,
corporate governance, internal control, risk management, business, strategic and financial analysis.
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Speakers
Eric Brakke
Head of the Management and Coordination Section, Directorate-General for Immigration,
Ministry of Security and Justice, Responsible Authority, the Netherlands
Eric Brakke is the Head of the section of which the Responsible Authority is a part. Previously, he was the Programme Director responsible
for the preparation of the policy dialogue, the delivery of the National Programme and the establishing of an effective and efficient system for
programming and reporting during the 2014-2020 programming period. Prior to that, Eric Brakke was acting Director for Naturalization within
the Dutch Immigration Service (IND), Deputy Director for Legal Affairs within the IND and lawyer. His international experience comprises of his
work as Director responsible for the immigration in three Dutch Caribbean Islands, as Delegation Leader in Turkey for an EU-project as well as
Expert within many PHARE-projects (new EU Member States).
Peter Neelen
Head of Service, Assisted Voluntary Return Department,
Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers – FEDASIL, Responsible Authority, Belgium
Peter Neelen currently works in the Assisted Voluntary Return Department (AVR). He is responsible for the coordination of the policy development on
AVR and the coordination of the AVR-part of the European Return Fund as well as for the management of the AVR-programmes implemented by IOM
and Caritas. Furthermore, he organises first line social counselling on AVR within the network of reception centres. Prior to this position he was Head of
Service in the management of the national European Return Fund within FEDASIL and Head of Service for the coordination of the reception of asylum
seekers by the municipalities.
Manfred Padberg
Head of Division, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Responsible Authority, Germany
Manfred Robert Padberg is Head of Germany‘s Responsible Authority AMIF. Prior to that, he used to be Financial Director in the Federal Office for Migration
and Refugees (BAMF). In the years 2000-2009, Robert Padberg held the position of Project Manager Twinning Projects within the BAMF. He is a legal
officer since 1988.
Raquel Reis Poucochinho
Services Directorate for EU Funds, Ministry of Internal Affairs,
Directorate-General of Internal Affairs, Responsible Authority, Portugal
Raquel Reis Poucochinho is an inspector and legal adviser presently working with the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Responsible Authority for the SOLID
Funds, in charge of all issues related to the management and control systems (EBF, RF, EIF, ERF) and for the future AMIF and ISF. In that context, she has
been attending the expert group meetings HOME-AMIF-ISF-COMMITTEE. Furthermore, Raquel has expertise in public procurement law and, since 2012,
she has been responsible for assuring the compliance of the procurement procedures presented by the beneficiaries of the SOLID Funds in accordance
with the EU and national law on this area. Furthermore, she is in charge of the handling of the reports and communications to the European Commission,
accompanying audit visits, and performing on-going and ex-ante project monitoring.
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Speakers
Corinna Haitzer
Corinna Haitzer, ISF Programme Manager, Unit, EBF & ISF Responsible Authority,
Federal Ministry of Interior, Austria
In her current position as a Programme Manager for the ISF, Corinna Haitzer is in charge of drafting and implementing the national programme. Since
2007 she has been working for the SOLID Funds, notably as a project coordinator with the Delegated Authority and later as programme manager with the
Responsible Authority for the European Refugee Fund.
Steffen Kunert
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Responsible Authority AMIF, Germany
As a legal officer with Germany’s Responsible Authority for AMIF, Steffen Kunert is responsible for the general processes underpinning the call for proposals
and the selection of beneficiaries as project partners. He also attends to matters concerning the management and control systems pursuant to the legal
regime under AMIF. Prior to his current employment at Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Steffen Kunert had worked both as an inhouse legal counsel in the private sector and as a barrister.
Christina Hadjieconomou
Administrative Officer, Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows Funds Department,
Responsible Authority, Ministry of Interior, Cyprus
Christina Hadjieconomou is Administrative Officer for the Solidarity Funds in Cyprus since 2010, first within the Delegated Authority for two years and then
within the Responsible Authority of the four funds. She has gained experience in various aspects of the management cycle of the funds such as drafting
of Annual Programmes, monitoring of projects, closure of Programmes, preparation of Final Reports and the preparation for the audit controls by various
auditing bodies (including the European Commission). During the Cyprus Presidency, she was first Co-chair and later acting Chair of the Ad hoc Group for
the JHA Financial Instruments. Currently, she is involved in the preparations for the new funds and the drafting of National Programmes for AMIF and ISF.
Jasper Sijbrandij
Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for Immigration, Management and Coordination Section,
Ministry of Security and Justice, Responsible Authority, the Netherlands
Jasper Sijbrandij works for the Responsible Authority in the Netherlands. His main task is development and implementation of the AMIF and ISF National
Programme of the Netherlands. He specialises in the connection between financial management and policy issues. In the past, he used to work for the
Dutch Management Authority of the European Social Funds. Before joining the government he worked at KPMG and other advisory bureaus, specialised
in organisation, finance and subsidy.
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Speakers
Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director, CARDET – Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational
Technology, SOLID Beneficiary, Cyprus
Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas is Co-founder and Executive Director of CARDET, a SOLID Funds beneficiary and international non-profit research and
development centre based in Cyprus with partners around the world. He participated in and coordinated more than 100 projects in more than 20 countries.
Dr Charalambos Vrasidas gained vast experience and expertise in SOLID project management, as he has been coordinating 13 EU Solidarity Fund
projects during the last five years. Furthermore, he is Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia, Editor-in-Chief of a scholarly journal, Member of the
Executive Committee of the International Council for Educational Media and author of six books and more than 100 articles in journals, edited volumes
and conference proceedings.
Claudia Zammit
Projects Manager, General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows, Responsible Authority,
Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Malta
Claudia Zammit works as a Projects Manager within the Financial Control Unit for the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows
Unit within the Funds and Programmes Division. Ms. Zammit joined the Maltese Public Service in 2011 whereby her role consists of carrying out secondlevel verifications control checks on the payment claims under the SOLID Funds as well as administrative and physical on-the-spot checks. Previously, she
worked within a financial institution as a Client Executive where she was involved in the accounting and financial functions.
Marian Benbow Pfisterer
Head of Department, Project Development and Liaison,
International Organization for Migration (IOM), Germany
As Head of Project Development and Liaison, Marian Benbow Pfisterer has been responsible for project development and fundraising for the IOM mission
in Germany since 2008. She regularly develops and manages migration projects under EU funding lines, including the SOLID programme both at national
and EC level. She has gained extensive knowledge and practical experience working with the SOLID funding line. Before joining IOM in 2005, Ms Benbow
Pfisterer had worked as a corporate business immigration lawyer and interned with different international organisations. Marian Benbow Pfisterer is a fully
qualified lawyer trained in Germany and Norway who completed her legal studies and postgraduate legal training with a focus on European and Public
International Law.
Reyes Castillo
Reyes Castillo, European Funding Expert and PhD, Researcher on Corporate Social Responsability (CSR)
Policies at EU level at the Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain
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Reyes Castillo holds a University Law Degree as well as Master studies on International Development, Migration and European Law in London and Madrid.
Until June 2014 she acted as Head of the International Division in Accem and was in charge of the design and management of more than 15 different
SOLID and other European funding line projects, research and publications related to migration, social issues and vulnerable groups. Since 2007 (and for
seven years), Reyes Castillo was a member of the PICUM Executive Committee. Previously, she worked for different private institutions in Argentina, the
United States and London. Actually she develops activities as an expert consultant on European Funding with special attention to the social dimension and
the implications for the social sector and its possible areas of collaboration with the private sector.
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