ETC post 2013 - Working Group on Finance Management

Harmonisation of Eligibility of Cost, Simplified Cost Options and First Level Control

Stakeholders responsible for financial management and first level control in ETC programmes and MS have agreed to join efforts and work together towards harmonised, simplified and clarified programme financial management and control environment in the post 2013 programming period.

Following this request, the main objectives of this working group are to:

  1. Finalise a shared proposal as input to the new regulations for the methodology for implementation of a flat rate for office and administration costs as a percentage of staff costs

  2. Agree on the content of fact sheets and guidance covering the main cost categories and budget lines (i.e. reaching agreements on shared definitions, scope and methods for addressing main cost categories)

  3. Analyse existing FLC control reports and checklists and develop an agreed-upon FLC control report outlining minimum (and maximum) standards.

  4. Analyse existing methods for sampling during FLC administrative verifications and develop a model sampling methodology.

  5. Analyse existing FLC Certificates and develop a model FLC Certificate.

  6. Establish a community of practitioners taking an active interest in further improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of control in ETC

  7. Promote the principles of simplification, harmonisation and clarification, risk-based control and professional judgement

For further information on:

• Developing shared approaches to eligibility of costs and simplified cost options please contact: Katarzyna Pelc +45 87288053 or

• Harmonisation and simplification of first level control please contact: Katrin Stockhammer +43 14000 27081 or

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News & Announcements

Update of the Harmonised Implementation Tools

Posted by Katrin Stockhammer, Wednesday, 21st November 2012 @ 2:40pm

  • Dear Group Spaces member,

    We are happy to inform you that we uploaded our latest drafts of  Harmonised Implementation Tools (HIT) and guidance documents to Group Spaces.

    What has happened since our last update on HIT in July?
    •    All documents were revised based on the feedback and comments we received during and after the meetings in Barcelona, Madrid and other meetings.
    •    All documents have been aligned to the new programme intervention logic for the period 2014-2022.

    You are of course welcome to express your opinion on this version. We will monitor your feedback. Should there be strong support for particular changes we will of course take them on board:

    In response to a request by some transnational programmes to jointly work on adjusting HIT to the specific requirement of this strand, we will offer all TN programmes a workshop in February 2013. Aim of the meeting is to verify the need for a separate proposal and to agree on a common core for HIT, which all or at least the majority of TN programmes can accept.

    Please note that INTERACT is also drafting guidance documents on how to use HIT and how the various tools are linked. One first guidance document is already available: INTERACT, in consultation with the Commission (DG Regio), has drafted a guidance paper on the new intervention logic (INTERACT_HARMONISED_IMPLEMENTATION_TOOLS_Programme_project_intervention_logic_draft_.pdf) giving practical examples on how to formulate programme specific objectives and indicators which have been developed in workshops with programmes.

    At the same time, for Programmes that express interest in implementing HIT and adjust it to programme-specific requirements, INTERACT offers to provide support in the form of individual advisories.

    Best regards,

    Your HIT working group

Fifth Meeting of FLC Network South-East on 9 and 10 May in Krakow, Poland

Posted by Boguslawa Lukomska, Wednesday, 11th April 2012 @ 9:01am

  • The FLC network of South-East zone will meet for the fifth time on 9 and 10 May 2012 in Krakow, Poland. At this meeting the participants will have a chance to discuss the current issues/problems and also to work on shaping the future of First Level Control.

    The main discussion topics will be:
    1. Current issues/challenges facing controllers
    2. FLC control report and FLC certificate
    3. Risk based control approach and sampling methodology
    4. Eligibility and simplified cost options
    5. FLC in the draft regulatory framework for the 2014-2020 period

    For more information please contact Katrin Stockhammer or Boguslawa Lukomska at INTERACT Point Vienna.

New documents uploaded!

Posted by Katrin Stockhammer, Wednesday, 21st March 2012 @ 1:10pm

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