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First-level controllers from Hungary, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia attend training on the use of the Arachne risk scoring tool

Ljubljana, 5 July 2018 – Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy which acts both as Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat for cross-border cooperation programmes Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary, Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria and Interreg V-A Slovenia-Croatia, yesterday held training for first-level controllers on the use of the Arachne risk scoring and data mining tool.

 

Over 40 first-level controllers from Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia and representatives of the Audit Authority, i.e. Budget Supervision Office of the Republic of Slovenia, participated in the workshop. The Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat staff made a presentation of the functionalities of this integrated IT tool which, by mining publicly available information, allows for identification, based on a set of risk indicators, of the projects, beneficiaries, contracts and contractors which might be susceptible to risks of fraud, conflict of interest and irregularities.

 

The training aimed to facilitate the roll-out of the Arachne tool at the level of national control units and raise awareness about the need to eliminate in a timely manner all risks of fraud, conflict of interest and irregularities.

 

Workshop participants highlighted the importance of good cooperation between the Managing Authority and national control units which is an important factor shaping the implementation and performance of any programme. In terms of already allocated funds (over 90%) and already paid out funds, the three cross-border programmes surpass the average of their EU territorial cooperation counterparts.