Press Releases Archive, 2018

Three Strategic Documents Adopted, Significant for Future Work and Development of SAI

28

December

Three Strategic Documents Adopted, Significant for Future Work and Development of SAI

28 December 2018.

In the end of December 2018, Members of the Council of the State Audit Institution (SAI) adopted three strategic documents, significant for future work and development of SAI.

Hail Protection System Insufficient for Protection of Agricultural Products

27

December

Hail Protection System Insufficient for Protection of Agricultural Products

27 December 2018.

In the process of planning funds for functioning of anti-hail protection, distribution of anti-hail rockets and maintenance of launch pads, the Republic Hydrometeorological Service (RHMZ), does not ensure sufficient protection of agricultural products and producers, which is the key message of the performance audit report titled "Hail Protection System in the Republic of Serbia".

Dr. Pejović Presented SAI's Contribution to Corporate Financial Reporting Reform

07

December

Dr. Pejović Presented SAI's Contribution to Corporate Financial Reporting Reform

07 December 2018.

Insufficiently reliable accounting records, possibility to delete entered data, possibility to change orders without cancellation, unreliable accounting softwares are some of the findings emphasized by the state auditors when conducting financial statements auditing, said Dr. Duško Pejović, President and Auditor General of the State Audit Institution (SAI).

SAI Financial Plans Discussed at the Session of the Finance Committee

06

December

SAI Financial Plans Discussed at the Session of the Finance Committee

06 December 2018.

President and Auditor General of the State Audit Institution (SAI), Dr. Duško Pejović, at the session of the Committee for Finance, Republic Budget and Control of Public Funds' Spending of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, presented the proposed Decision of SAI Financial Plan for 2018 along with projections for 2019 and 2020, and proposed Financial Plan of SAI for 2019 with projections for 2020 and 2021.

SAI President with Students of the Faculty of Economics in Subotica: On more Transparent and Accountable Public Finances

05

December

SAI President with Students of the Faculty of Economics in Subotica: On more Transparent and Accountable Public Finances

05 December 2018.

President of the State Audit Institution (SAI) and Auditor General, Dr. Duško Pejović, presented the role of SAI in supervision over public finances at the Forum "Open on Corruption: Towards more Transparent and Accountable Public Finances", held in the Faculty of Economics in Subotica.

Digitalization of Audit Process as early as 2020

23

November

Digitalization of Audit Process as early as 2020

23 November 2018.

State Audit Institution (SAI) will have better technical capabilities for systemic monitoring of implementation of recommendations, which will be realized within the development of customized software for Audit Management System (AMS), procurement of which is planned in 2019, while the initial application in 2020, said SAI President and Auditor-General, Dr. Duško Pejović.

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the USAID Mission and Local Governments

16

November

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the USAID Mission and Local Governments

16 November 2018.

State Audit institution (SAI) has published 1000 audit reports so far, whereby almost half of them relate to local governments, and not a single one has received positive opinion, said Dr. Duško Pejović, SAI President and Auditor General.

Participation of the SAI Representatives in the Subcommittee Meeting  for Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics in Brussels

07

November

Participation of the SAI Representatives in the Subcommittee Meeting for Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics in Brussels

07 November 2018.

President of the State Audit Institution (SAI) and Auditor General, Dr. Duško Pejović, and Senior Advisor for European Integration, Mr. Tomislav Jovanović, participated in the Subcommittee meeting for economic and financial issues and statistics for implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Serbia, held in Brussels today.

Representatives of the State Audit Institution Held a Lecture on Performance Audit - Planning, Implementation and Reporting

07

November

Representatives of the State Audit Institution Held a Lecture on Performance Audit - Planning, Implementation and Reporting

07 November 2018.

Senior Advisers in the Sector for Performance Audit, Goran Čabarkapa and Dragojle Polić, held lectures on performance audit procedure to internal auditors in the Republic of Serbia, during two one-day workshops.

State Audit Institution Hosted the 2nd Meeting of EUROSAI Task Force on Municipality Audit

05

November

State Audit Institution Hosted the 2nd Meeting of EUROSAI Task Force on Municipality Audit

05 November 2018.

Today and tomorrow, the State Audit institution will be the host to the European colleagues from the EUROSAI (European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions) Task Force on Municipality Audit, who will attend the 2nd annual meeting of the Task Force and the Seminar on "Local Government Finance: Future Challenges".

SAI Delegation Participated in the Meeting of the EUROSAI Task Force for Audit & Ethics

24

October

SAI Delegation Participated in the Meeting of the EUROSAI Task Force for Audit & Ethics

24 October 2018.

President of the State Audit Institution and Auditor-General, Dr. Duško Pejović, and Head of the Office of the President, Ms. Iva Vasilić Miljić, participated in the 9th meeting of the Task Force for Audit & Ethics of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI), held in Lisbon on 22nd and 23rd October 2018.

State Audit Institution Presented its 1000th Audit Report

19

October

State Audit Institution Presented its 1000th Audit Report

19 October 2018.

State Audit Institution presented its 1000th audit report today. This jubilee report pertains to consolidated financial statement and compliance audit report of the City of Užice for 2017.

Delegation of SAI participated in the international seminar in Hungary

19

October

Delegation of SAI participated in the international seminar in Hungary

19 October 2018.

Delegation of the State Audit Institution (SAI), comprising Certified State Auditor Danimir Vulinović, State Auditor Marko Strugarević and Independent Advisor in Auditing Milena Vasiljković, participated in the International Seminar titled "Audit of companies owned by local authorities", which took place on 18th October in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

SAI Delegation Participated in the Seminar on Audit Methodology in Warsaw

18

October

SAI Delegation Participated in the Seminar on Audit Methodology in Warsaw

18 October 2018.

Delegation of the State Audit Institution, comprising State Auditors, Ms. Aleksandra Marinković Naumovski and Ms. Gordana Uzelac, and Audit Advisor Ms. Milena Leković, participated in the Seminar of European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) on audit methodology, held in Warsaw on 16th and 17th October.

President of the Institution, Dr. Pejović, Delivered Introductory Speech at the Second Regional Conference of Internal Auditors

18

October

President of the Institution, Dr. Pejović, Delivered Introductory Speech at the Second Regional Conference of Internal Auditors

18 October 2018.

President and Auditor General, Dr. Duško Pejović, delivered today introductory speech at the second regional conference of internal auditors in Novi Sad. Topic of this year's conference is: "Challenges of Internal Audit, Leadership, Culture and Independence of Internal Audit". Goal of the conference is to point to challenges related to these issues.

Radionica o efektima revizija svrsishodnosti poslovanja

17

October

Radionica o efektima revizija svrsishodnosti poslovanja

17 October 2018.

Ekspert sa dugogodišnjim iskustvom u Nacionalnoj kancelariji za reviziju Velike Britanije, Dejvid Golsvordi, održao je od 15. do 17. oktobra 2018. godine, za zaposlene u Državnoj revizorskoj instituciji, radionicu posvećenu efektima revizije svrsishodnosti i metodologiji za njihovo praćenje i ocenu.

Contact Committee Meeting of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union

15

October

Contact Committee Meeting of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union

15 October 2018.

The President of the State Audit Institution, Dr. Duško Pejović, attended the Contact Committee Meeting of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors, which took place in Dubrovnik, on 11th and 12th October 2018. State Audit Office of Croatia hosted the meeting.

Dodeljeni sertifikati zaposlenima DRI nakon sprovedene obuke za metodologiju revizije svrsishodnosti poslovanja

12

October

Dodeljeni sertifikati zaposlenima DRI nakon sprovedene obuke za metodologiju revizije svrsishodnosti poslovanja

12 October 2018.

Predsednik Državne revizorske institucije dr Duško Pejović uručio je sertifikate zaposlenima u DRI, koji su pohađali obuku za naprednu metodologiju revizije svrsishodnosti poslovanja.

Representative of SAI Participated in the Workshop on Collaboration of Internal and External Auditors

12

October

Representative of SAI Participated in the Workshop on Collaboration of Internal and External Auditors

12 October 2018.

Representative of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Zoran Stepanović, Senior Advisor in the Sector for Audit of Mandatory Social Insurance Organizations, participated in workshop on collaboration of internal and external auditors, organized by the Center for Excellence in Finance in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 9-11 October 2018.

First Audit Reports Published from the 2018 Audit Program

10

October

First Audit Reports Published from the 2018 Audit Program

10 October 2018.

State Audit institution has published today the first audit reports regarding financial statement and compliance audit from the 2018 Audit Program.


Odabir tema za planiranje godišnjeg programa revizija svrsishodnosti poslovanja

09

October

Odabir tema za planiranje godišnjeg programa revizija svrsishodnosti poslovanja

09 October 2018.

Principi strateškog planiranja, INTOSAI standardi za planiranje revizije, mapiranje procesa planiranja programa revizije svrsishodnosti poslovanja, procena okruženja, kao i ulazni podaci za planiranje, bile su teme prvog dela obuke koja je održana 27. i 28. septembra 2018. godine, a na kojoj su učestvovali zaposleni u Državnoj revizorskoj instituciji. Pored navednih tema, razmatrano je i integrisano planiranje revizija finansijskih izveštaja, revizija pravilnosti i revizija svrsishodnosti poslovanja.

Workshop on Financial Statement Audit

01

October

Workshop on Financial Statement Audit

01 October 2018.

Delegation of the State Audit Institution of the Republic of Serbia, comprising Members of the Council, Ms. Ljiljana Dimitrijević and Ms. Marijana Simović, Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit of the Local Authorities' Budgets, Ms. Stojanka Milovanović and Senior Advisor, Mr. Željko Motić, participated in the second workshop on financial statements auditing, organized in Bečići, Montenegro, from 25th to 28th September 2018.

SAI Representative Accepted as Intern in the European Court of Auditors

01

October

SAI Representative Accepted as Intern in the European Court of Auditors

01 October 2018.

Jelena Damjanovic, Junior Advisor in the State Audit Institution of the Republic of Serbia, started Internship Program in the European Court of Auditors on October. Our young colleague will be staying in Luxembourg until 28th February 2019, together with fellow colleagues from Supreme Audit Institutions from Albania and Macedonia.

Održana napredna obuka za reviziju svrsishodnosti poslovanja

25

September

Održana napredna obuka za reviziju svrsishodnosti poslovanja

25 September 2018.

U okviru Projekta „Inicijativa za odgovornu vlast“ koji Državna revizorska institucija sprovodi u saradnji sa USAID-om, zaposleni Institucije prisustvovali su naprednoj obuci oreviziji svrsishodnosti poslovanja održanoj 25. septembra 2018. godine.

Representatives of the Institution Presenters on the Educational Training regarding Audit Quality Control

21

September

Representatives of the Institution Presenters on the Educational Training regarding Audit Quality Control

21 September 2018.

Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit of the Local Authorities' Budgets, Ms. Stojanka Milovanović, and Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit Methodology and Quality Control, Mr. Ivica Gavrilovic, participated as presenters in the event on audit quality control, held in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 20th September 2018. The educational training was primarily designed for managers in charge of financial audit and quality control in financial audit area in the audit institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Participation of SAI Representatives in the IT Audit Training Event

21

September

Participation of SAI Representatives in the IT Audit Training Event

21 September 2018.

Representatives of the State Audit Institution Željko Motić, Senior Advisor in Auditing in the Sector for Audit of Local Authorities’ Budgets, and Radovan Ratković, Independent Advisor in Auditing in the Sector for Audit of Mandatory Social Insurance Organizations, participated in three-day training in IT audit, organized by the Center for Excellence in Finance (CEF) from 18th to 20th October 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

City of Leskovac Experiences Equal or Similar Irregularities as other Local Government Units

18

September

City of Leskovac Experiences Equal or Similar Irregularities as other Local Government Units

18 September 2018.

"City of Leskovac is an example of how this city removed all detected irregularities in the response to the audit report after completed audit of final statement of accounts of the Budget and compliance audit for 2015. In that sense, it is an example for other local government units", said Dr. Duško Pejović, President of the State Audit Institution, while presenting the audit report of consolidated financial statements of the Budget and compliance audit of the City of Leskovac for 2015, and audit of the response to the audit report for 2017.

Lecture on "Past Experiences of the State Audit Institution in the Financial Statements Audit in Local Government Units"

06

September

Lecture on "Past Experiences of the State Audit Institution in the Financial Statements Audit in Local Government Units"

06 September 2018.

Representatives of the State Audit Institution (SAI), headed by the President, Dr. Duško Pejović, held a Lecture in Pozarevac regarding past experiences of the SAI in the financial statements audit in local government units for 180 participants from 26 cities and municipalities.

Meeting of the SAI President, Dr. Duško Pejović, and the Prime Minister, Ms. Ana Brnabić

03

September

Meeting of the SAI President, Dr. Duško Pejović, and the Prime Minister, Ms. Ana Brnabić

03 September 2018.

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.

Performance Audit Training Successfully Conducted in the State Audit Institution

31

August

Performance Audit Training Successfully Conducted in the State Audit Institution

31 August 2018.

President of the State Audit Institution, Dr. Duško Pejović, and Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Chief of Party of the USAID Project "Government Accountability Initiative", handed over the certificates on successfully completed basic training in performance auditing to employees of the State Audit Institution who participated in the two-week training dedicated to this topic.

Stojanka Milovanović Appointed Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit of Local Authorities’ Budgets

06

August

Stojanka Milovanović Appointed Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit of Local Authorities’ Budgets

06 August 2018.

Council of the State Audit Institution appointed today Stojanka Milovanović Supreme State Auditor in the Sector for Audit of Local Authorities’ Budgets. By taking oath in front of the Council members, Ms. Stojanka Milovanović assumed the position of the Supreme State Auditor.

State Audit Institution Presented Sectoral Reports on Implemented Audits to the Finance Committee

19

July

State Audit Institution Presented Sectoral Reports on Implemented Audits to the Finance Committee

19 July 2018.

Weaknesses in functioning of internal control system, failure to establish internal audit function, irregularities regarding public procurements, overpaid salaries compared to the prescribed levels, are some of the most common irregularities detected in auditees, Dr Duško Pejović said, Auditor General and President of the State Audit Institution.

Members of the SAI Council Took an Oath in the National Assembly

25

April

Members of the SAI Council Took an Oath in the National Assembly

25 April 2018.

Newly-elected Members of the Council of the State Audit Institution, who will exercise their term in office from 2018 until 2023, took an oath today in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Hand-Over of Duty

25

April

Hand-Over of Duty

25 April 2018.

Outgoing President and Auditor-General of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Radoslav Sretenovic, solemnly handed over his duty, in the presence of the previous and newly-elected Members of the Council, to newly-elected President and Auditor-General, Dr. Duško Pejović.

Presentation of the 2017 Annual Activity Report of the State Audit Institution

03

April

Presentation of the 2017 Annual Activity Report of the State Audit Institution

03 April 2018.

State Audit Institution will organize a press conference dedicated to presentation of the 2017 Activity Report of the Institution. Conference will take place on Thursday, 5th April 2018 at 12 O’clock in Press Center of the Journalists’ Association of Serbia, 6/3 Knez Mihailova Street.

Synthesis Report Published on Parallel Performance Audit regarding Public Procurements Conducted by SAIs of Western Balkan Countries

05

February

Synthesis Report Published on Parallel Performance Audit regarding Public Procurements Conducted by SAIs of Western Balkan Countries

05 February 2018.

European Court of Auditor (ECA) and the Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO) have successfully supported the Second Regional Parallel Performance Audit Project on public procurements. Parallel Performance Audit Project was implemented within the cooperation between the State Audit Institution of Serbia and Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo*[1] and Macedonia.

[1] *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence