Representatives of seven state audit institutions attend a meeting between 7–8 February 2019. The objective of the members of the "Social Utilisation and Transparency of Public Finance Audits" project group is to make their activity as useful for the society as possible, to achieve that their work prevails as much as possible, to share their relevant good practices with each other, and to develop their capacities in the subject innovatively. During the professional workshop on Thursday, László Domokos, Chairman of the SAO, and experts of other SAIs held professional presentations on their good practices in social utilisation.
The two-day conference was opened by László Domokos, Chairman of the SAO. In his speech, he emphasised the importance of the project group and expressed his gratitude for last year's joint work, which allowed making a draft for the project group's international guidebook.
Following the Chairman's speech, Bálint Horváth, Head of Communications at the SAO and leader of the project group also greeted the participants and evaluated the group's work so far. The Head of Communications highlighted that the project group is on the best way to achieve its goal, which is a practically applicable guide for the SAIs of EUROSAI member countries.
After the welcome speeches, the colleagues of the SAO concluded the project group's work last year, and they gave the participants an insight into their other works "behind the scenes" as project leaders.
The first foreign presentation was held by auditor Brenton Kotorri from the SAI of Albania. The second national case study was held by Jaakko Malmi, expert of the SAI of Finland. The third presentation on the Hungarian case study was held by two presenters from the State Audit Office of Hungary: Dániel Hochbaum, project coordinator of the EUROSAI project group on social utilisation, and Krisztina Hoppál, international colleague.
In the afternoon session of the programme, Niamh Kilkenny from Ireland, Valerjis Stüris representing the SAI of Latvia, Motoc Andreea from Romania, and Swiss federal SAI expert Yves Steiner held lectures on how the basic principles of social utilisation are realised in their SAI practice.
The session of the EUROSAI project group continues tomorrow, on 8 February 2019, Friday, where participants will finalise the international guide.
Krisztina Rita Hoppál
Department of Communication and Institutional Relations