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19/11/2020   New directions for cooperation and activities discussed at the virtual EUROSAI TFMA Annual Meeting

Today, the 4th Annual Meeting of the EUROSAI (European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions) Task Force on Municipality Audit (TFMA) took place. The virtual event was attended by almost 70 participants from 26 countries: members of the Task Force, representatives of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and EURORAI (European Organisation of Regional External Public Finance Audit Institutions).

“In light of the current uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, the mission of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) is more important than ever. Municipalities being the closest government to people they do many simple but essential things; their actions have a direct impact on people’s lives, therefore, now as never before they need support in identifying and helping to eliminate the emerging risks,” said the Auditor General Mindaugas Macijauskas.

After a thorough analysis of the Task Force activities in 2017-2020 and the assessment of the results achieved, it was decided that the initial vision “To become an active Eurosai Task Force covering relevant questions in the sphere of municipality audit” had been fulfilled. A new vision - “To create relevant improvements to municipality audit systems in EUROSAI countries” - was approved at the Annual Meeting considering the new working programme for 2021-2023. Also, activities conducted by TFMA members and their results were discussed there as well as members’ possibilities to join the international cooperative audit “Municipalities’ Own Revenue Allocated to Provision of Quality Services to Citizens During the Pandemic”.

This year, the SAIs of Estonia and Greece, led by the SAI of Lithuania, carried out a comparative analysis of the external audit systems in all the TF members. Its results were used in the 3-year project conducted by the OECD and the SAI of Brazil aimed at improving cooperation between the Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts and 32 sub-national accounting courts, with a view to making the decentralised policies such as education and health care more efficient and sustainable. New mutually interesting and useful cooperation formats between the TFMA and the OECD were also discussed when overviewing the TF’s Activity Plan for 2021.

The SAI of Lithuania initiated the establishment of the Task Force on Municipality Audit in 2016 and is its chair. After the SAI of Malta joined the Task Force this year, the TFMA unites 27 members - European SAIs.

 

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