Participation of the SAI in the International Dialogue on COVID-19 Pandemic

18 June 2020.
Participation of the SAI in the International Dialogue on COVID-19 Pandemic
The European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI), i.e. the newly formed Project Group on Audit of Responses to COVID 19 Pandemic, organized a webinar on the COVID-19 with the participation of Dr. Duško Pejović, President and Auditor General, on behalf of the State Audit Institution, along with Danimir Vulinović, Snežana Trnjaković and Ivica Gavrilović, Supreme State Auditors and Natalija Paušić, State Auditor.

The webinar was also attended by the Auditors Generals of Portugal, Finland, the Czech Republic, as well as representatives of the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Estonia.

Representatives of these Supreme Audit Institutions presented general information on the situation in their institutions, the manner of work organization during the state of emergency, their governments' assessments of the consequences of the pandemic, the impact on revenues and expenditures, growth rate, GDP, employment, economic development etc.

During the webinar, Dr. Pejović presented general information regarding the work of the SAI during the state of emergency, along with the measures taken by the Government in the fight against COVID-19 disease, in order to protect the population and health institutions so that they were always able to provide the necessary medical care. President Pejović informed that the Government has taken a number of measures to help individuals and legal entities in order to easily overcome the existing situation.

Dr. Dusko Pejović emphasized that the Law on the State Audit Institution prescribed that the Council, as the highest body, should adopt the audit program at the end of the year for the next year. Given that the planned audits are being implemented extensively, the plan is to pay special attention to this issue in the next audit program and address some of the important topics related to spending public funds in the fight against COVID-19 through financial audit, compliance and performance audits.

EUROSAI has established Project Group to review the response of states to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which was established on 4 June 2020 and is chaired by the UK's Supreme Audit Institution. The group will operate within the EUROSAI strategic portfolio "Emerging Issues and Forward Thinking" led by the SAI of Finland.