The Network of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and the European Court of Auditors met in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on June 5-6, as part of an international experience-sharing seminar in the field of communication with stakeholders.
The Court of Accounts of the Republic of Moldova (CoARM) is represented by Alexandru Munteanu, Member of the CoARM, the supreme audit institution in the country being accepted as a member of the Network at the end of 2022.
The event, organized in cooperation with SIGMA, the joint initiative of the OECD and the EU, started with presentations and discussions in the round table "Engaging with civil society to increase understanding and impact", which provided the opportunity to share experiences within the Network and to explore opportunities for increased involvement of external stakeholders, including civil society.
Alexandru Munteanu reported on the practices used by the CoARM in the context of communicating audit results and the interaction with civil society in this regard. The CoARM’s representative reported on the SAI's experience of interaction with the NGOs from the Republic of Moldova, including through events promoting the results of the audit activity, such as round tables, surveys, analyses, studies, etc. Mr. Munteanu also addressed the risks faced by the SAIs, including the CoARM, in the context of the correct understanding and perception by stakeholders of the role of a supreme audit institution, the expectations of the most important stakeholders, as well as the ways to reduce these risks and increase the level of understanding of the specifics of the SAI's activity by the stakeholders.
An important aspect of the international event is the presentation of the SIGMA draft Document "Increasing impact through external engagement", developed on the basis of a survey launched by SIGMA in 2022 within the SAIs-members of the Network. The document analyzes good practices for developing effective relationships between supreme audit institutions and external stakeholders other than those institutionalized by law (Parliament, Government, audited entities), with a focus on interaction with civil society. The paper focuses on the responses of 28 SAIs to the SIGMA's survey, including the experience shared by the CoARM.
We mention that the experience and practices of the Court of Accounts in the field of cooperation with civil society to increase the impact of the SAI’s activity were appreciated by SIGMA, in the context of the elaboration of the document. The CoARM was the only institution within the Network, which reported good practices of working with civil society in the process of monitoring the implementation of audit recommendations and increasing their impact. Thus, examples of good practices of the CoARM have been included in chapter 5.4. of the SIGMA Document in a separate compartment of general analysis of all existing practices within the Network of Supreme Audit Institutions Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and the European Court of Auditors.