Ivan Klešić, Auditor General, attended the regular annual meeting of the EU Contact Committee, held on 12 and 13 October 2017, in Luxembourg. On the first day, under the chairmanship of Mr. Claus-Heiner Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors, seminar was organized on "Can the Supreme Audit Institutions contribute to restoring the trust of EU citizens?", including presentations and panel discussion of Mr. Jean Arthuis, Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Janos Bertok, OECD representative for public sector integrity and Mr. Anton Colella, Executive Director of ICAS. The seminar section was concluded with the explanation of innovative examples and examples of good practice in the field, presented by Mr. Arno Viser, Auditor General of the Netherlands and Mr. Kay Scheller, President of the German Court of Accounts.In the second part of the first day, a meeting of the heads of EU MSs’ SAIs leaders led to the informal debate on key challenges related to issues of mutual interest, considering how current EU challenges reflect the supreme audit institutions and whether they are ready to answer them. The second day of the meeting was devoted to the activities of the Contact Committee and reporting on working groups’ results and decision-making on their future activities. In the second part of the day, innovative approaches to EU issues (audits, good practice and new products) were discussed, with presentations given by the SAI of Czech Republic and SAI Hungary.At the end of the meeting, Mr. Klešić held the inaugural speech and introduced the participants with the date of the Contact Committee 2018 (Dubrovnik, 10-12.10.2018), after which Mr. Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President of ECA, handed over the Presidency of the EU Contact Committee in the next year period to the State Audit Office of Croatia and Mr. Ivan Klešić, Auditor General.Upon completion of the Contact Committee meeting, bilateral meetings of the heads of the EU MS SAIs were organized, and a liaison officer meeting was held, with the purpose of deciding on further steps and activities following the decisions of the Contact Committee. During the meeting of the Contact Committee, the European Court of Auditors marked the 40th anniversary of its existence, attended by Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Mr. Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia (and former ECA member), currently chairing the EU Council.
The Contact Committee is the framework for cooperation between the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions of the EU Member States and of the European Court of Auditors, as well as EU candidate countries in the status of active observers. It also includes the liaison officers , providing an active network of professional contacts across Europe and working groups, networks and project groups for special audit questions. The Contact Committee acts as an autonomous, independent and apolitical forum for discussion on topics of common professional interest, with a view to contributing to the improvement of financial and general management of the European Union, and to promote contacts and exchange of information between stakeholders. The Chair of the Contact Committee shall be elected by agreement between the members of the Contact Committee two years in advance. At the 2016 meeting, for the Chair of the Contact Committee in 2018 and hosting the meeting in October 2018, the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia was elected. More information about the Contact Committee, its work and activities is available at: https://www.eca.europa.eu/sites/cc/Pages/Splash.aspx .
On 25 September 2017, Ivan Klešić, Auditor General with his associates visited the National Audit Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, and together with Mr. Tzvetan Tzvetkov, President of the Bulgarian National Audit Office, signed a Consortium Agreement for the implementation of the Twinning Project "Further Improvement of Administrative Capacity and External Audit Efficiency" in the Republic of Macedonia. The project, worth 1.400.000,00 EUR and duration of 24 months, will be conducted at the State Audit Office of the Republic of Macedonia. By signing the Consortium Agreement of the supreme audit institution of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Bulgaria, they express their readiness to implement jointly the Twinning Project, the National Audit Office of the Republic of Bulgaria as senior and the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia as a junior partner, and express their commitment to proper fulfillment of the tasks from the project and applying of relevant rules. The co-operation between the two institutions in this project is a new step in their joint cooperation as well as in cooperation with the State Audit Office of the Republic of Macedonia and an acknowledgment to the Office for its work and results as well as the opportunity to transfer acquired knowledge and experience to the benefit of external auditing within the EU Candidate Countries.
From April 20 to April 23, 2017, Mr Ivan Klešić, Auditor General, with his associates payed an official visit to the Spanish Court of Account ( Tribunal de Cuentas ). During this stay, a trilateral meeting of heads of Supreme Audit Institutions was held between Mr Ramón Alvarez de Miranda Garcia, President of the Spanish Court of Accounts, Mr Ivan Klešić, Auditor General of the Republic of Croatia and Mr Tomaž Vesel, President of the Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia, including a working meeting on the auditing central banks. During the meetings, colleagues from the Spanish Court of Accounts presented their experience in auditing banks, with particular emphasis on the mandate for the audit of the central bank and the banking supervision system, then the areas, subjects, objectives and results of the audits carried out, and types of audits related to Spanish and European Central Bank. The participants also discussed the possibilities and ways of further co-operation in the area, as well as topics related to the preparation of the X. EUROSAI Congress which is scheduled to be held in May 2017. During his stay, Mr Klešić also held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Tomaž Vesel, President of the Slovenian Court of Audit, discussing topics and organization of the EU Contact Committee in 2018, to be organised and hosted by the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia, as well as numerous other topics of common interest.
Representatives of the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia participated in the founding meeting of the EUROSAI Task Force on Audit of Municipalities, held in Vilnius, Lithuania during the period from 10 to 13 April 2017.The meeting, chaired by the State Audit Office of the Republic of Lithuania as the initiator and as a host, was attended by 51 representatives from 25 Supreme Audit Institutions. The purpose of the Task Force’s establishment is to affirm best practice and exchange experience in the audit of municipalities, which will be the basis for achieving positive changes in this area. In order to achieve the expected results, the Work Program for the period from 2017 to 2019 was adopted at the meeting, which contains strategic objectives, planned activities, responsible persons i.e. supreme audit institutions and deadlines for carrying out activities. More information about the Task Force is available on the web site www.vkontrole.lt/tf/ .
State auditors from the State Audit Office of the Republic of Albania have visited State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia in Zagreb from 16 th to 18 th of November 2016. During the visit, presentations were held on the method and scope of work, methodological procedures, types and stages of audit as well as annual and strategic planning in the State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia. State auditors of the Republic of Albania have also visited the Regional Office in Čakovec where they were presented with the organisation and work of the regional office.
Mr. Ivan Klesic, Auditor General and his colleagues on 31 August and 1 September 2016, held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Krizstof Kwiatkowski, President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Republic of Poland, g. Woyciechom Kutyla, vice-president of Supreme Audit Office of the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Camilla Zyndul, international relations expert. During the meeting they discussed the implementation and the progress of joint projects and activities of the two audit institutions, methodology of work and the possibilities of further cooperation. The heads of both institutions expressed their willingness and support future joint projects, and agreed on the next steps in the development activities.
On 6 May 2016 the conference was held In Tirana on the occasion of the opening of the Twinning project "Strengthening the capacity of external audit", which will be jointly implemented by the State Audit Office of the Republic of Poland and State Audit Office of the Republic of Croatia. Once Ivan Klešić, Auditor General of Croatia, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the State Audit Office of Poland, Romana Vlahutin, Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Sanja Bujas - Juraga, Croatian Ambassador in Albania and Marek Jeziorski, the Polish Ambassador in Albania expressed their support to the implementation of the project, Wojciech Kutyla, Deputy President of the State Audit Office of Poland and Lidija Pernar, Assistant Auditor General of Croatia, as the leaders of the project, presented the basic components and activities that will be implemented by the experts of both institutions during the two years in the Supreme Audit Institution of Albania. After the conference, at a reception at the Presidential Palace, Ivan Klešić, Auditor General of the Republic of Croatia, was due to the mentioned project as well as a number of other activities and professional development support to the State Supreme Audit of the Republic of Albania, awarded the medal for Special Social Merits by Bujar Nishani, President of the Republic of Albania.
At the invitation of Mr. Ramon Alvarez de Miranda Garcia, President of the Court of Audit of Spain, Mr. Ivan Klešić, Auditor General of the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Lidija Pernar, Assistant Auditor General and Ms. Anita Materljan, Head of Department, on the 12-13 April 2016. participated in a bilateral meeting in the Court’s premises in Madrid. In addition to presenting and exploring the national legal and institutional frameworks, as well as work and the results of both offices, participants discussed the audit processes and procedures, types of audits and their results with particular emphasis on the financial sector, as well as innovative approaches to improving accountability and transparency in the public sector, and exchanged knowledge and experiences related to a number of other topics of common interest. Discussion was also related to the possibilities of further development of cooperation both at bilateral level and within international professional organizations, especially EUROSAI, whose General Secretariat is located in the Spanish Court of Audit.
On Monday, 7 March 2016, mr. Ivan Klešić, Auditor General, held a meeting in the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg, with mr. Oscar Herics, members of the European Court of Auditors and mr. Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the Polish Supreme Audit Office. The purpose of the meeting was to enforce and strengthen the cooperation between the three institutions through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding related to the...