Roundtable on the role of Supreme Audit Institutions in combatting fraud and corruption


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On 14 and 15 June 2017 SIGMA held a roundtable in Tirana, Albania with the Network of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of EU Accession countries on the role of SAIs in combatting fraud and corruption. The event, hosted by the Albanian SAI, created a platform for discussion amongst the Network SAIs about their role in combatting fraud and corruption, the challenges they face in doing this and fulfilling the significant expectations of stakeholders.

As well as considering the work and reporting that SAIs are required to undertake to prevent and detect fraud and corruption, and the expectations set out for SAIs in the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) on their role in fighting fraud and corruption, the roundtable also examined the expectation that SAIs lead by example, upholding the required ethical standards.

The roundtable was informed by examples from EU member countries and Network SAIs, to identify good practice from which the SAIs could build on their existing capacities and find potentially applicable solutions. This included a number of short presentations on: the fraud and corruption responsibilities set out in the ISSAIs; the Swedish SAI’s experience in handling indications of fraud and corruption; the application of the IntoSAINT integrity self-assessment; the audit of ethics; and the SAI of the Czech Republic’s experience in carrying out a joint audit with the SAI of Germany on fraud prevention in public procurement.

A number of issues were discussed during the roundtable but, in particular, discussions focused on whether the role of SAIs is to prevent or detect fraud and corruption, and the co-operation of SAIs with other institutions involved in combatting fraud and corruption.

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"The Responsibilities of SAIs in relation to Fraud and Corruption", Alastair Swarbrick, Senior Advisor at SIGMA

"Preventing and Handling Indication on Fraud and Corruption", Göran Hyltander, Swedish National Audit Office

"Integrity Assessment Tools for SAIs", Dragoljub Kovincic, Audit Office of the Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Audit of Ethics", Albana Gjinopulli, Supreme Audit Institution of Albania

"Auditing Corruption Prevention", Blanka Bolerazká, Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic


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