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Developing effective working relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments
The Turkish Court of Accounts and SIGMA organised a conference for the Network of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries in Ankara on 8-9 November 2016, to discuss good practices and challenges in enhancing working relationships between SAIs and parliaments.
The Network had identified “increasing the impact of the work of SAIs” as a common priority, particularly in co‑operation with national parliaments and decided to develop a guidance paper that could help in identifying opportunities for strengthening the mutually beneficial working relations between SAIs and parliaments. With the support of SIGMA, this guidance paper has now been developed and the draft was launched during the conference.
A key objective of the conference was to provide a platform for the Network to discuss the draft guidance paper, and consider how it will help SAIs and parliaments develop and enhance their working relationships. It provided an opportunity to present specific examples of good practice in EU Member States and Network countries on creating and maintaining strong working relationships between SAIs and parliaments. It also gave the Presidents and Auditors General of the Network, together with senior management officials, the opportunity to share their experiences amongst themselves and with members of parliament.
Apart from consideration of the draft guidance paper, the conference discussed two specific themes of importance to both SAIs and parliaments: effective lines of communication with parliament and follow-up of findings and recommendations with parliaments.
The conference brought together representatives of the SAIs and parliaments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
The guidance paper presents an overview of practices from all over the EU and Network countries. It involved contributions from the SAIs involved in the Network and also from the SAIs of a significant number of EU Member States, on the basis of a questionnaire.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence.