At the 3rd meeting of the FLC Network South (IP Valencia Zone), controllers and programme finance managers discussed the proposed harmonised budget lines as well as the draft model control report and the FLC sampling methodology all of which are currently being developed.
Main conclusions are:
1) The proposed common approach to budget lines is highly appreciated. Most participants believe that the budget line 'other’ (the need of which is currently under debate) is not needed.
2) The current version of the FLC control report follows the work flow of first level controls in the South and is considered very useful. The proposed list of required documents (to be submitted by the beneficiary) is appreciated and should also be structured along budget lines. More work is needed with regards to control procedures for individual budget lines.
3) Controllers agree that the option for sampling would greatly simplify FLC work and make it more effective. There is, however, doubt that sampling will be possible in some countries of the South.
Further discussions are going to take place at the seminar 'First level control and eligibility in ETC programmes' on 5-6 October in Riga, Latvia.