On April 23rd - 24th 2013, the EUROSAI/WGEA organized a Seminar on Water Management, held in Oslo, Norway. The ALSAI was represented in this seminar by the Chairman, Mr. Bujar Leskaj, Mrs. Marjola Lleshi, Chief Auditor and Ms. Xhuljeta Çelaj, Specialist.
In this seminar were also present representatives of the SAIs of Estonia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Czechs Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Bulgaria.
During the first day of the seminar, the SAIs of Estonia, France, Poland, Slovenia and Czechs Republic presented to the participants of the seminar the main achievements of the audits carried out in the water management field. They focused particularly on the main risk areas and brought their experiences as far as the methodology of water management auditing is concerned.
In this seminar were also present two keynote speakers, Ms. Martina Mlinaric, from the European Environmental Bureau, and Mr. Sebastian Treyer, from the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, whose presentations were focused on water management in Europe from a scientific point of view. Their presentations were also focused on the main critical aspects of the EU legislation in the field (e.g. Implementation of the EU directives: Water Framework Directive 2000, Waste Water Treatment Directive and River Basin Management Planning).
During the second day of the seminar, it was discussed about the INTOSAI Guideline on the Audit of Water Management issues that is going to be approved in the INTOSAI/WGEA to be held in Tallin, Estonia, on the 3rd - 6th June 2013. This Guideline takes into account and analyzes nearly 105 significant audit cases on water management that have been carried out worldwide in the last ten years. Is was stressed out in particular the focus the Guideline gives to the prevention of typical risks encountered in water management audits such as the lack of reliable data, the lack of methodologies and also innovative and multidisciplinary tools for water management audits.
The seminar continued with group discussions in which the SAIs' representatives talked about their concrete experiences in water management audits.
In conclusion the EUROSAI/WGEA organizers thanked the SAIs for their useful presentations and for the group discussions.