Meeting of the Presidents of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Candidate and Potential Candidates Countries for Membership in the European Union

16 March 2022.
Meeting of the Presidents of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Candidate and Potential Candidates Countries for Membership in the European Union

Dr. Duško Pejović, President of the State Audit Institution (SAI) and Auditor General participated today, via Zoom platform, in the meeting of the Presidents of the Network of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) of Candidate and Potential Candidates Countries for membership in the European Union and the European Court of Auditors in Paris , organized by SIGMA (joint OECD and EU initiatives).

At the meeting of the SAI leaders, held in a hybrid form, future activities were discussed that should be included in the Network's Work Plan for the next period. Information was exchanged on the lessons learned from the Network's recent activities, the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the challenges currently faced by SAIs, and the Network's strategic priorities. The Presidents of the SAIs and the Auditors General of the countries presented their expectations from the Network in achieving specific goals and priorities in the next three years. Representatives of SIGMA presented the results of the latest assessment of the principles of public administration regarding 2021 to all participants in the meeting, with special reference to external audit. Serbia, with a score of 4.5 in relation to the highest score of 5.0, is far ahead of the regional average in this area which stands at ​​around 3.3, according to the SIGMA Report.

Speaking about potential activities for including SAI in the Network's Work Plan, Dr. Pejović emphasized that the State Audit Institution is interested in exchanging experiences and best practices in the field of quality assurance, ie quality management for the entire SAI; in sharing rich experience in the field of performanceaudit; as well as in exchange of experiences in the field of environmental (green) audit and audit of sustainable development goals.

It would be good to exchange practical experiences with audit teams from European countries regarding how they conducted these audits and what challenges they encountered, said Dr. Pejović.

Dr. Pejović also pointed out that the State Audit Institution recognized the need to perform audits in the field of environment and included those activities in the SAI Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023; he also stressed that SAI Serbia could find support in the development of methodology in this area beneficial, including the post-audit procedure and measurement of effects.

In addition to the SAI presidents, the meeting was attended by the Network Liaison Officers, as well as representatives of the European Court of Auditors (ERS), SIGMA and the Joint Working Group on Audit Activities.