Although Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) need to be physically, financially, politically and practically independent of the executive branch of government, insisting on independence does not include absence of cooperation when there are mutual goals and when SAI work may have larger impact. These and similar issues were subject of the meeting held today between the President of the State Audit Institution, Dr. Duško Pejović, and the Prime Minister, Ms. Ana Brnabić
Dr Pejović and Ms. Brnabić discussed the issue of business premises required for the work of SAI, which is ensured by the Government according to the Law on SAI. Currently, SAI operates on two locations in Belgrade, which hinders coordination of daily activities and increases operating costs. During the meeting, it was highlighted that this issues needs to be resolved adequately and permanently, in order for SAI to receive the status it needs for operation purposes and which is prescribed by the Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts. The Declaration is considered to be a main public sector audit standard, and represents one of the documents that the SAI needs to comply with, on the road to European Union accession.
In addition to the SAI working conditions, Dr Pejović and Ms. Brnabić discussed information about key risks in financial management and performance management, faced by the Ministries and state authorities. Also, the discussion included potentials of the performance auditing regarding highlighting key challenges faced by the Government, as well as participation of the State Audit Institution in implementation of measures from the Public Financial Management Reform Program.
"Supreme Audit Institutions are critically important regarding supporting key Government functions, necessary for development and implementation of better policies and programs", Dr. Pejović highlighted. Vision of the future cooperation, besides traditional supervisory role, is reflected in reviewing trends and horizontal issues, as well as in checking preparedness for resolving future challenges, in order to improve life of citizens of the Republic of Serbia - is something that both parties agreed upon.