Cooperation within the framework of EUROSAI

EUROSAI is a regional organization of INTOSAI established in 1990, and it currently unites 50 members (Supreme Audit Institutions of 49 European countries, and the European Court of Auditors). The State Audit Office became a full-fledged member of EUROSAI in 1995. The main objectives of the organization are to promote professional cooperation among the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) from the European region, to encourage the exchange of information and documentation, to advance the study of public sector audit, to stimulate the formation of academic positions in this field and to work towards the harmonization of terminology of public audit.

In 2017 the State Audit Office was elected to the EUROSAI Governing Board for the next six years and has undertaken to develop a strategic communication framework of EUROSAI.

Within the framework of EUROSAI the State Audit Office operates in:

EUROSAI Congress

EUROSAI Congress meets in ordinary session every three years during which the heads of the SAIs decide on different important issues affecting the further work of the institutions. Within the framework of the Congress, the work results of the EUROSAI working groups are confirmed, new solutions to the current challenges of SAIs are initiated, as well as the agreements on preventive steps to diminish future challenges are reached. The SAIs also agree on the further directions of their ongoing works and future cooperation activities for the achievement of the common strategic goals.

From May 22nd – May 25th 2017, the X EUROSAI Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The central theme of the event was “Implementation of the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs), Challenges and Solutions for Further Improvement”. Whereas two breakout sessions each including seminars and several work sessions were: “How can SAIs’ managements properly respond to the emerging issues?” and „The success and the role of SAIs to ensure the sustainable development with respect to Sustainable Development Goals”.

From June 15th – June 19th 2014, the IX EUROSAI Congress took place in The Hague, the Netherlands. During the course of the Congress particular attention was paid to the challenges posed by the information age and functioning of the SAIs, their cooperation with the public and promotion of their operational efficiency by focusing on the search for innovations within the work of SAIs in response to changes in society and the need to adapt to them. The progress was evaluated and recommendations were adopted for the functioning of EUROSAI for the next three years related to the need to promote the free movement of data within the public administration and to improve the communication methods of the audit institutions.

From May 30th – June 2nd 2011, the VIII EUROSAI Congress was held in Lisbon. During the Congress the EUROSAI member institutions approved a statement claiming for the reinforcement of the independence of SAIs – EUROSAI Statement.

The next EUROSAI Congress (XI) will take place in the Czech Republic in 2020.

EUROSAI Governing Board

EUROSAI Governing Board is composed of eight members and currently the following SAIs are represented in the Governing Board – Turkey, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, Moldova, Latvia and Poland. Austria, Norway, Portugal and Russian Federation have observer status.

The Governing Board tasks and responsibilities include overseeing the fulfillment of the Statutes of the EUROSAI, adopting the decisions necessary for the functioning of EUROSAI, adopting the draft budget as well as any other duties entrusted to them by the Congress.

Each Governing Board member is responsible for one portfolios relating to the governance of EUROSAI or the implementation of the Strategic Plan. The current allocation of Governing Board portfolios is as follows:

  • Strategic Goal 1 “Professional cooperation” (SAI of Czech Republic, together with SAI of Germany (non-GB member co-leader));
  • Strategic Goal 2 “Institutional Capacity Development” (SAI of Poland, together with SAI of Sweden (non-GB member co-leader));
  • Overall governance and culture (SAI of Turkey);
  • Relations with other INTOSAI regional organizations (SAI of Spain);
  • Forward thinking and emerging issues (SAI of Finland);
  • Relations with non-SAI stakeholders (SAI of the Netherlands);
  • Communications (SAI of Latvia).

EUROSAI Governing Board meetings take place at least once a year. The State Audit Office is entrusted to organize the next – 50th EUROSAI Governing Board meeting that will take place in Jūrmala, Latvia from 11th – 13th June 2019.

The 49th Governing Board meeting took place in Gdańsk, Poland on 14th – 15th March 2018. During the meeting, the EUROSAI Activity Report for 2017-2018 was presented and the Governing Board members agreed on the measures of the Operational Plan for the implementation of the EUROSAI Strategic Plan for 2017-2023.

During the Governing Board meeting, the State Audit Office presented its proposal for a development of the communication portfolio that was approved. The Governing Board also approved the portfolios of SAIs of the Netherland and Finland relating to EUROSAI cooperation with other non-SAI stakeholders and forward thinking and emerging issues.

Presentation about EUROSAI