The Ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Mr. Ettore Sequi met with the ALSAI Chairman, Mr. Bujar Leskaj on a work meeting.
Mr. Leskaj and the Ambassador discussed about the EU 2012 Progress Report and the highest consideration the ALSAI staff is showing about the recommendations on external audit in it. He exposed the work the institution is already carrying out in order to implement these recommendations. Mr. Leskaj also stressed out the importance of two key challenges of the ALSAI for this matter: the modernization of the institutions and the strengthening of the fight against corruption. The ALSAI Chairman mentioned that to date the compulsory training days for auditors have been increased to six times, compared to those of the previous year. The number of criminal charges risen for the January to October 2012 period is 1 and ½ times higher than the number of charges risen on the same period of the previous year.
Ambassador Sequi appraised the improvements the ALSAI has put into practice and also underlined the importance of the institution’s role in increasing management accountability of public structures, as well as in the fight against corruption. For these reasons, the EU delegation is planning to provide with further support the strengthening of audit procedures in Albania with the help of the Instruments for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).
The ALSAI Chairman, an his part, further emphasized the institution will and his particular commitment to fulfill the constitutional obligations in accordance with the requirements set out in the INTOSAI standards.
Mr. Sequi, on the other hand, suggested that the accomplishments, the findings and the recommendations of the ALSAI should be wide spread to the public and to all Albanian institutions who are in continuous contact with the UE structures whose influence is significant to the integration process.
Ambassador Sequi, in near future, will visit the ALSAI Headquarters in order to be better acquainted with the work and the reforms undertaken by the institution.