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The Synthesis report on the JASPERS audit presented in the Croatian Parliament

Ivan Klešić, Auditor General and Oscar Herics, a Member of the European Court of Auditors, presented to the Croatian Parliament on March 22, 2018, at a joint thematic meeting of three committees (the Finance and Budget Committee, the Regional Development and EU Funds Committee and the Maritime Traffic and Infrastructure Committee), a Synthesis Report on the co-ordinated audit on Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS).


The report, jointly drafted by the European Court of Auditors and the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Poland, contains the basic information on JASPERS as a body of the European Commission assisting EU member states in the preparation of EU funds withdrawal projects, audit objectives and major results the audits performed separately by these three institutions.
Representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds were present at the presentation of the Report.


The meeting was chaired by Grozdana Perić, Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee, who presented the contents of the Report in the introductory section and briefly explained the role of JASPERS. Oscar Herics introduced audience with the methodology and audit approaches applied in this audit, as well as with the co-operation between the three audit institutions, which is a positive example in the area of EU funds management. Ivan Klešić described the audit objectives, audit subjects in audits carried out by SAIs of Croatia and Poland and the European Court of Auditors, and outlined the main common conclusions and recommendations.


The discussion highlighted the importance of the cooperation of beneficiary countries with JASPERS, as well as the recommendations given to audit entities, whose implementation would increase the efficiency of withdrawal of EU funds. Also, an advantage of such parallel co-ordinated audits was emphasized, as a good way to facilitate more effective, reliable and comprehensive review of complex issues involving a large number of participants at national and EU level.
 
The Synthesis report on the JASPERS audit presented in the Croatian Parliament