Europa Media Trainings

Financial Audits of Horizon 2020 Projects

Finance series

Date Time Duration
45+15 min

Are you involved in one or more Horizon 2020 projects? Then you have chances to be audited by the European Commission with a view to verifying the eligibility of the costs you have claimed in your project(s). This 60-minute webinar will help you get prepared for an eventual EC financial audit. 


We have 20 years of experience in managing and coordinating projects under the EU’s Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. Over these years, a selection of our projects has been audited by the Commission services under six audit procedures. During this webinar, we will provide you with practical tips and recommendations to help you:

  • Avoid errors in the financial administration and reporting of your H2020 projects
  • Learn about the typical mistakes and systematic errors in personnel costs leading to significant losses 
  • Understand the before, during and after of EC financial audits
  • Get an insight to the on-site audit process and to managing it successfully

At the end of the webinar, you will understand better what to pay attention to in the financial management and reporting of your projects, avoid potential major errors and be prepared for EC financial audits.

Who we are

Europa Media is Europe's leading provider of practice-driven training courses on developing and managing projects under the EU's research and innovation programmes since FP5. Over the past 20 years, our team has been directly involved in writing successful proposals and coordinating and managing projects. Under Horizon 2020, we have been involved in over 20 projects as coordinators and partners. Our training courses are designed based on this direct experience we have from our own proposals and projects. They are therefore quite hands-on with real-life examples and stories. This practical approach has attracted over 10,000 participants to our training courses from all over the world in the past 15 years.

The speaker

Gábor Kitley has managed and coordinated research and innovation projects under the Framework Programmes since FP5. He has also developed and implemented projects under the Intelligent Energy Europe and LIFE programmes. He is an expert on the financial issues of EU funded projects. He supported numerous organisations participating in FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects in preparing their financial reports and in setting up and improving their administrative and financial systems to ensure an effective management of their projects. The system he has developed for administering EU projects successfully survived six EC audits in the past. He is sharing his up-to-date project development and management experience collected in the past 17 years at Europa Media’s training courses.

Gábor’s experience in EU research and innovation projects cover the topics of energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, regional development, water management, decision-support systems, sustainable tourism, geothermal heating and training and capacity building. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, as a geologist with a second master degree in Environmental Law.

Date and time: 29 May 2020 at 10:00 CEST (GMT+2)