Republika Srbija
Announcement - 20th October 2014

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

The President of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Radoslav Sretenović, pursuant to the invitation of the President of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Mr. Vítor Caldeira, 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 Luxembourg, from 15th to17 th October 2014.

Main topics of the meeting were improving cooperation between national SAIs and ECA, particularly issues regarding Europe 2020 Strategy and banking union, and also activities of the Contact Committee and its professional partners, as well as audit conducted by Contact Committee members regarding EU. During the meeting, a report was presented on activities of the Network of SAIs of Acceding, Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries.

Guest speaker was Mr. Igor Šoltes, Deputy Head of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament, who presented challenges regarding improving cooperation between national SAIs and European Court of Auditors. Mr. Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Public Procurement of DG for Internal Market at the European Commission, addressed in his speech the first report of the European Union on fight against corruption.

President of the State Audit Institution has been attending these meetings ever since Serbia was granted candidate status for EU membership in March 2012.

Contact Committee of Heads of SAIs, EU and ECA holds meetings once a year, in order to provide opportunity to Heads to consider relevant issues, mostly regarding financial management in EU and, if needed, to harmonize joint activities where larger influence can be attained.

European Court of Auditors, in its capacity as Contact Committee Chair, organized this event in cooperation with the SAI of Latvia, next CC Chair, and SAI of Lithuania, former CC Chair.

Announcement - 1st October 2014

Representatives of the Institution Accepted as Interns in the European Court of Auditors

Ms. Aleksandra Čolić, Ms. Djurdja Stefanović and Mr. Aleksandar Mladenović, junior advisors in the Serbian State Audit Institution, started an internship program in the European Court of Auditors today. Young colleagues will be staying in Luxembourg for the next five months, until 28th February 2015. During a five-month internship program, Ms. Aleksandra Čolić will be working in the Chamber 2 - European Regional Development Fund, Transport and Energy, Ms. Djurdja Stefanović in the Chamber 4 - Performance, while Mr. Aleksandar Mladenović will be working in Chamber 4 - Research and Internal Policies.

European Court of Auditors has called representatives of the Serbian State Audit Institution to participate in the internship program for the fifth time, after Serbia was granted candidate status for EU membership.

European Court of Auditors organizes two internship programs per year for auditors from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) of candidate countries. Internship programs have a duration of five months - from October to February and from March to July. The scheme has been running since 1999 and is considered to be an important tool for providing insight into the audit of EU funds to auditors from SAIs of future Member States.

Internship program in the European Court of Auditors has proven to be very beneficial to both, auditors from the National SAIs of candidate counties and the European Court of Auditors.

Announcement - 29th September 2014

Delegation of the Serbian SAI Attended a Conference in Moscow

Members of the Council of the State Audit Institution, Ms. Gordana Tišma and Mr. Miroslav Mitrović attended II ASOSAI (Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions) - EUROSAI Joint Conference, organized in Moscow on 25th-27th of September, 2014.

The central theme of the Conference was “Lessons Learnt from the Past Experience of Adopting the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) and their Future Implications”. Also, the participants in the event discussed challenges that Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) face applying or assimilating ISSAIs; applying of ISSAIs in performance audit; as well as methodological approach to the state budget estimation.

The second joint event of these two Regional Working Groups of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) was attended by 21 delegations and 86 participants. Presentations were made by the SAIs of Russia, India, Korea, China, Spain, Japan, Turkey, Portugal, Moldova, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

At the end of the Conference, the delegates approved the Moscow Statement, encouraging ASOSAI and EUROSAI members to support the endeavor to achieve another UN General Assembly Resolution, which will be based on Resolution A/66/209; to call upon UN member states to give due consideration to include independence, capacity-building of SAIs and the improvement of public accounting systems into the Post-2015 Development Agenda; to persevere in enhancing their institutional and professional staff capacity for implementing the ISSAIs; to support the strategic objective of INTOSAI to improve the standard setting process for public sector auditing; and to take up the translation of ISSAIs into their national languages, when necessary for their wider implementation.

Announcement - 22nd September 2014

Visit to the Swiss Parliament regarding Project Titled "Strengthening of Oversight Function and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia"

President of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Radoslav Sretenovic, together with the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, attended a study visit to Switzerland, where he was acquainted with the manner of control over public spending, exercised by the Swiss Parliament.

In addition to meeting with members of the both houses of the Swiss Parliament, the Serbian delegation also met and exchanged experiences with the State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Auditor-General of Switzerland, Ministry of Finance, Inter-Ministerial Working Group for Fight Against Corruption.

Switzerland, as a federal state with rather unique political institutions and direct democracy mechanisms, influences the work and role of the Parliament, as well as forms of public finance management. Delegation had the opportunity to see three levels of management: municipal, cantonal and federal, via both houses of the Parliament.

A special forum was organized on parliamentary issues, attended by the MPs of both houses and members of academic circles involved in political sciences. The forum was also attended by the Swiss journalists that covered the visit.

Delegation was greeted by the Vice-President of the lower house of the Parliament, Ms. Christa Markwalder, and national flag of the Republic of Serbia was erected on the building of the Swiss Parliament on that occasion.

Besides Mr. Sretenovic, the delegation included MPs, namely: Veroljub Arsic, Janko Veselinovic, Marija Obradovic, Olgica Batic and Dubravka Filipovski, along with Secretary General and Assistant to the Secretary General of the National Assembly, Jana Ljubicic and Mirjana Nedeljkovic.

Visit and exchange of experiences, marking the beginning of the cooperation between the two parliaments and further work on strengthening parliamentary oversight, was organized within the project titled "Strengthening of Oversight Function and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia", implemented by the National Assembly and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


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