The professional workshop of the EUROSAI named "The Social Utilisation and Transparency of Public Finance Audits" led by the State Audit Office of Hungary takes place on 7-8 February 2019. The programme is attended by the experts of six foreign state audit institutions to discuss their results so far and to finalise the international guide drawn up together by the members of the international project group. The objective of the participating state audit institutions 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 legal practices with each other and to develop their capacity in the subject innovatively.
An international project for utilisation
In May 2017, the 10th Congress of the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) approved of the new 2017-2023 Strategic Plan of EUROSAI, a major element of which is to increase the response capacity to the new challenges and opportunities, and to support the capacity development of the institutions. Expressing its commitment, the SAO established the social utilisation project group to fulfil this objective, which is, on the basis of international auditing standards (ISSAI 12, ISSAI 20) and using a variety of tools, seeking the answer to the question as to what objective tools can be used to monitor the societal utilisation of public finance audits on the mapped utilisation levels. Seven EUROSAI member countries have joined the project (Albania, Finland, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, and Latvia as an observer).
The results of the project group so far
As a result of the common work, which has been going on for one year, the state audit institutions participating in the project have been looking for an answer as to how it is possible for their work to be more relevant and more useful for their target groups, and how their work can have a greater impact on the everyday life of the citizens. During the work together a total of 75 key questions were answered by the group members. During the cooperation, the State Audit Office of Hungary leading the project evaluated the results of the questionnaires and summarised the main findings in the form of electronic publications. The participating countries have prepared case studies presenting good practices, which will constitute a part of the guide drawn up by the project groups. One of the main objectives of the project is to develop a practical guide well-applicable in practice for the state audit institutions of the EUROSAI member countries, based on the uniform international methodology on the societal utilisation of state (public finance) audits.
The representatives of the Finnish, Irish, Romanian, Swiss and Latvian state audit institutions participate in the professional consultations in Budapest. During the work together the state audit institutions evaluate the work done so far, present their good practices and also negotiate about the possibilities after closing the project.
The objective of the professional workshop
The cooperation of the project group between the countries has been so far conducted electronically. The professional workshop in Budapest allows the project members to carry out intense and face-to-face work together, thus increasing the efficiency of the work. The primary goal of the meeting is to discuss the case studies prepared by the countries, and to finalise the guide created during the work together for the utilisation of the EUROSAI community, and finally to accept a common decision. During the professional workshop the participants give talks about the case studies of their own state audit institutions, discuss and finalise the structure, the wording and the content of the guide, and participate in different group works during which they will thoroughly discuss the possibilities of an international indicator system measuring the societal utilisation of state audit institutions.
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