ALSAI participates in a Conference organized in the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union entitled "Audit innovations in EU countries and increasing the advisory role of SAI-s in the benefit of society"

30.05.2019

On May 6 - 7, 2019, in the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union it was developed the High Level Conference entitled "Audit innovations in EU countries and increasing the advisory role of SAI-s in the benefit of society”.

The conference was attended by senior representatives of the Romanian Parliament, Romanian Prime Minister, Mrs. Viorica Dancila and representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions from Europe, including Mr. Mihai Busuioc, President of the Romanian Court of Accounts, Mr. Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors, Mr. Vitor Caldeira, President of the Portuguese Court of Accounts, Mr. Tzvetan Tzvetkov, President of Bulgarian National Audit Office, Mr. Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the National State Audit Office of Poland (NIK), Mr. Miloslav Kala, President of the SAI of Czech Republic, Mr. Wolfgang Wicklicky, General Director of the Austrian Court of Auditors (ACA), and the Presidents of SAI-s of Estonia, Hungary, as well as the SAI-s of the Western Balkan countries .

ALSAI was represented in this conference with a delegation composed by Mrs. Luljeta Nano, General Secretary and Mrs. Manjola Naço, General Director.

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In his welcoming speech, the President of the Romanian Court of Accounts, Mr. Mihai Busuioc emphasized the role of external public audit in the lives of citizens as well as the challenges faced by Supreme Audit Institutions in global level at the stage of developing the economies of the respective countries. During the conference, 12 communications were held focusing on issues of great interest and very relevant to Supreme Audit Institutions, governments and citizens.

The President of the European Court of Auditors (ECA), Mr. Klaus Heiner Lehne, in his speech emphasized the orientation of SAI-s towards innovation in the audit by focusing on the impact of audits on democratic societies.

The General Director of the Austrian Court of Auditors, Mr. W.Wiklicky in his presentation entitled "From common experience benefit all - New approaches to public sector auditing" brought to the attention of the Austrian Court of Audit with practical examples referring to the contribution and the impact of audits on the lives of citizens, such as the releasing of a brochure, a document (in October 2017, before the general election of the National Council) with the subject "The most important reforms for the future governance: what should we do now?" including "Developing a strategic reform for Austria; Adapting the education system to new challenges; alleviating the deficit in health; as well as other aspects related to pension reforms, digitalization, public debt, modernization of administration focused on the benefits of citizens, etc.

The President of the Court of Auditors of Portugal, Mr. Victor Kaldeira in his discussion focused on the prospects of the public auditing sector in Europe. Already auditing in the public sector emphasized Mr. Kaldeira is facing the inevitable phenomenon of "Big Data" and the rapid development of technologies globally. This situation leads to facing risks and new opportunities for public sector auditing. New methods should be applied by auditors and in this aspect, artificial intelligence "deserves confidence". SAI-s now should address these issues and be relevant to developments at a global level.

During the conference, representatives of the SAI-s of Finland, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, etc., handed out and brought to the attention of the participants topics of discussion in directions such as: Increasing the advisory role of SAI-s for the benefit of the society; How can SAI-s influence to improve the lives of citizens?; Increasing the social impact of audits through counseling; The changes in the role of SAI-s - the opportunities arising from digitalisation; Improving external audit via following the recommendations; Pros and cons of SAI advisory role: the french perspective, etc. During the final part of the Conference, key issues were discussed once again through question-answers and the President of the Romanian Court of Accounts Mr. Mihai Busuioc, summarized the results achieved by this conference.