On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, a conference was held in Tirana on the closure of the European Commission's Twinning Project "Strengthening External Audit Capacities", which was jointly conducted by the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia and the State Audit Office of the Republic of...
On June 5 and 6, 2018, Ivan Klešić, Auditor General and his associates participated as an observer at the meeting of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Visegrad Group, Austria and Slovenia, held in Budapest, Hungary. The main topics of the meeting were related to auditing of UN Sustainable Development Goals, assessment of institutional capacity and cooperation with citizens. During the meeting, representatives of the State Audit Office held a presentation on interaction with citizens and the need to opening audit institutions, and presented the status of preparation for the Contact Committee to be held in Dubrovnik in October 2018.
In the period from May 31 to June 1, 2018 representatives of the State Audit Office participated at the Contact Committee’s seminar on Public Procurement held in Athens, Greece. The organizer of the seminar was the Greek National Audit Office. The seminar was attended by 47 representatives from the 26 Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union, European Court of Auditors, OECD / SIGMA and five candidate countries for accession to the European Union. The seminar discussed the new EU Directive on Public Procurement, the most common problems in the public procurement system, public procurement directives and audits in the area.
An official visit of the President of the Court of audit of the Federal Republic of Germany to the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia
On May 17, 2018 Kay Scheller, President of the Court of audit of the Federal Republic of Germany and associates have officially visited the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia. On this occasion, Ivan Klešić, Auditor General of the Republic of Croatia and his associates have presented a role and responsibilities of SAO in our country, cooperation with the Croatian Parliament, an approach to combating fraud and corruption within the framework of audit in the usage of EU funds and preparations for the Contact Committee meeting which will be held in October 2018 and hosted by our Office. Representatives of the Court of audit of the Federal Republic of Germany presented a “real-time” audit model and its objectives and benefits, as well as the ways in which they consult its Government and what are the benefits of those activities. Heads of both institutions have also talked about the possibilities of future co-operation.
Representatives of the Republic of Macedonia in study visit to the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia
In the frame of the Twinning project “Further Improvement of Administrative Capacity and External Audit Efficiency”, Component 3, “Sound cooperation with Parliament” which State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia is implementing in State Audit Office of the Republic of Macedonia, representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia headed by Liljana Kuzmanovska, Chairperson of the Committee for Financing and Budget and representatives of the State Audit Office headed by Naser Ademi, Deputy Auditor General, were in study visit in Zagreb from 23 to 26 April 2018. Within study visit representatives of State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia have introduced guests with preparation and submitting audit reports to Croatian Parliament, ways of discussion, conclusions of Croatian Parliament on audit reports of State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia and two audit institutions have exchanged work experiences. In the frame of study visit, meetings with Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, vice president of Croatian Parliament, Arsen Bauk, Head of Croatian - Macedonian Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Grozdana Perić, President of the Finance and State Budget Committee and Ermina Lekaj-Prljaskaj, Member of the Parliament, representative of Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Montenegrian and Slovenian national minority, were held. Further, Ivan Šuker, member of the Parliament and member of the Finance and State Budget Committee and Dragica Zgrebec, former member of Parliament, have informed guests on ways of cooperation between Croatian Parliament and State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia, importance of discussions on the audit reports and gave their view on the importance of the State Audit Office.
From 15 to 17 April 2018 representatives of the Office, together with representatives of the SAIs of Italy, France, Lithuania and Malta, participated in the meeting of the EU Contact Committee’s Expert Network on the Independent Assessment of Public Economic Policies, held in Rome. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the effects of increased activities in the area of independent economic policy assessment conducted by supreme audit institutions, where presentations on national experiences were held.