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Have you ever heard the phrase “protection of financial interests of the Union” and wondered what it really means? Would you like to know the difference between internal control, internal audit and external audit functions? What do they do, when and how? Would you like to understand the processes and organisations that serve to protect EU funds, including in your country? Have you ever been curious about OLAF, EU’s anti-fraud organisation? If so, this course is for you!

The course on “Protecting the financial interests of the Union” explains the management and control systems of EU funds. Starting with the background on the relevant European Treaties provisions and the budget of the EU, it moves on to explaining different “modes” of EU fund management, including in ENP countries. This course also discusses the EU internal control framework and various functions it encompasses, as well as anti-fraud policy and anti-fraud measures.

By following this course, you will learn the key elements of EU funding management, as well as the control and audit process: its goals, stages, logic and structure of the system. This course will familiarise you with the roles and responsibilities of the bodies and institutions assigned to the protection of the Union’s financial interests and to the anti-fraud measures. Thanks to this course, you will be able to understand and appreciate the systems already in place, and those that are still on the horizon.


Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Management of EU funds
  • EU programmes
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Management modes
Lesson 3: Internal Control
  • Internal control Framework
  • Controls
  • Control in ENP countries


Lesson 4: Audit functions

  • Key players
  • National audit functions
  • EU funds audit functions

Lesson 5: Anti-fraud
  • Anti-fraud policy
  • OLAF
Lesson 6: Anti-fraud
  • Other measures to protect EU’s financial interests
Final test

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Self enrolment (Student)