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12/06/2019   Presentation of the activity of the Task Force on Municipality Audit in the EUROSAI Governing Board meeting

The Auditor General Arūnas Dulkys will participate in the 50th Meeting of the Governing Board of the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) organised by the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Latvia from 11 to 13 June, in Jūrmala (Latvia).

During the event, Arūnas Dulkys will present the Activity Report for 2018 of the EUROSAI Task Force on Municipality Audit (TFMA) chaired by the SAI of Lithuania. The activities of the TFMA established at the initiative of the SAI of Lithuania are targeted at improving the external municipality audit system and audit process, and to share best practices with the SAIs of other countries.

During the reporting period, under the leadership of the SAI of Lithuania and in cooperation with the SAIs of Estonia and Greece, an overview of external municipal audit systems in the EUROSAI TFMA member countries was prepared. This is the first publication providing detailed information on the external audit of the local government in different countries. These data are of particular relevance to the European audit communities in making decisions on external audit of local governments.

With the active involvement of SAIs of member countries, the first annual newsletter of the TFMA was prepared last year, presenting the work of the TFMA, the results of good practices and audits in different countries.

The Coordination Group, composed of representatives of the SAIs of Croatia, Latvia, and Romania, has conducted a survey of methodologies used in local government auditing in the TFMA member countries. The prepared overview provides an opportunity to improve the methodologies of municipal audit and facilitate the audit processes.

The SAI of Austria has developed an interactive map having analysed the information gathered from the members of the TFMA, allowing a comprehensive overview of countries budget and accountancy data.

In order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience with external stakeholders and partners, the TFMA has engaged in cooperation with the Nordic Public Sector Internal Auditors Cooperation Group (NORPIA). In addition, last year the TFMA collaborated with the European Organisation of Regional External Public Finance Audit Institutions (EURORAI).

The SAI of Lithuania initiated a new activity of the TFMA – the Audit Compendium dealing with the issue of “Municipality- owned companies”. This new product, which will be prepared jointly by the SAIs of Italy, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine, will complement the audit results by raising awareness of recent audit work by the EUROSAI TFMA countries and will make the results of SAIs work more widely available.

The EUROSAI Task Force on Municipality Audit was set up in June 2016 and currently unites SAIs of 28 EUROSAI countries. A new member – SAI of Bulgaria - joined the TFMA in April 2019.

 

EUROSAI 50th Governing Board Meeting Press Conference

 

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