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Agenda, SIGMA Audit Impact Conference for SAIs, Montenegro, February 2020

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Agenda, SIGMA Audit Impact Conference for SAIs, Montenegro, February 2020

  1. 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France mailto:sigmaweb@oecd.org Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 www.sigmaweb.org This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU). It should not be reported as representing the official views of the EU, the OECD or its member countries, or of partners participating in the SIGMA Programme. The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the authors. This document, as well as any data and any map included herein, are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. © OECD 2020 – The use of this material, whether digital or print, is governed by the Terms and Conditions to be found on the OECD website page http://www.oecd.org/termsandconditions. 1 Network of Supreme Audit Institutions of EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and the European Court of Auditors Working with Parliaments to improve audit impact Agenda 19-21 February 2020 Pržno, Montenegro Hosted by the State Audit Institution of Montenegro
  2. 2. 2 Background SIGMA Paper 54 “Developing Effective Working Relationships between Supreme Audit institutions and Parliaments”1 described the variety of ways in which parliaments engage with SAIs and handle their reports. The paper articulated that there is no single, definitive set of arrangements that can be held up as best practice but it did highlight some good practices that SAIs should consider advocating with their parliaments if they would like their work to have increased impact. The Network’s current work programme for 2018-2020 includes as a priority activity “Working with Parliaments to improve audit impact” to be addressed in a series of Seminars/Workshops covering specific topics of interest to the members of the Network. Two priority areas identified in SIGMA Paper 54: “holding effective hearings” and “rapporteur systems for SAI reports”, have been agreed as priority topics by the Network for this event. Budget committees, audit committees and audit subcommittees are the most common parliamentary solutions for handling SAI reports and conducting hearings. In an increasing number of countries, subject or sectoral committees are also playing a more important role. In a limited number of European parliaments, a system of using rapporteurs for preparing meetings is in place, whereby an individual member – the “rapporteur” - is responsible for preparing a committee meeting on a specific SAI report. The member-rapporteur analyses the report, often with direct assistance from the SAI to help prepare the parliamentary discussion on that report. It is important that parliaments take their financial oversight role over government spending seriously and engage with SAIs about best ways to benefit from the wealth of information on public financial management that SAIs gather through their audit work. It is important that SAIs and parliaments co-operate effectively and proactively to discuss their practices and approaches to conducting hearings on audit reports, to ensure that the work has a positive impact on the management of public resources. They should consider the success factors that need to be in place to support effective hearings, including the benefits of the rapporteur systems. The regional seminar organised by the World Bank for the Parliaments and SAIs of the Western Balkans in November 2019, considered how parliaments can use audit reports to scrutinise the performance of government and public entities. This is an element included in the guidance note on drafting a memorandum of understanding between the parliament and SAI that the World Bank prepared after the regional meeting. Objective This conference brings together the SAIs of the Network of EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries, along with members and staff from the relevant Parliamentary Committees. It provides an opportunity to build on the previous work, share recent experiences of the participants and hear from experiences in EU Member States, and consider: • the characteristics of effective hearings and how an SAI can contribute to making the hearings effective • how the SAI and the relevant parliamentary committee can engage with each other to examine current practices for holding hearings and consider good practices from other countries • how SAIs and parliaments can contribute to ensuring that arrangements for holding hearings are institutionalised • how rapporteur systems could be used to develop more effective scrutiny by parliamentary committees handling SAI reports • the benefits, risks and challenges of introducing a rapporteur system Format The conference will be interactive and include case presentations. Experts from EU Member States will provide examples of their experiences. Participants will be asked to present and share experience from their countries. The meeting will also provide all participants with the opportunity to meet informally, compare national experiences and discuss specific issues among peers. 1 Brétéché, B. and A. Swarbrick (2017), "Developing Effective Working Relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments", SIGMA Papers, No. 54, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/d56ab899-en.
  3. 3. 3 Wednesday 19 February 2020 19h00 Welcome Cocktail and Buffet Dinner – hosted by the State Audit Institution of Montenegro Thursday 20 February 2020 08h30 Registration and welcome coffee 09h00 Opening of the Conference Dr. Milan Dabović, President, State Audit Institution of Montenegro Opening speeches Mr. Branimir Gvozdenović, Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro Dr. Gregor Virant, Head of Programme, SIGMA 09h30 Short reminder of SIGMA Paper “Developing Effective Working Relationships Between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments” and the “Western Balkans Guidance Note for Drafting a Parliament-SAI Memorandum of Understanding of the World Bank” Ms. Bianca Brétéché, SIGMA 10h00 Theme 1 - Effective Hearings – a moderated panel discussion Ms. Mia Sydow Mölleby, Member of Parliament, Sweden Ms. Inguna Sudraba, former Member of Parliament and former Auditor General, Latvia In this first session, we will seek the parliamentarians’ perspective on what they see as key factors that contribute to enabling them to conduct effective hearings on audit reports. We will explore: • How hearings are conducted, including the role of auditees and the SAIs • How the committees are supported by the SAIs to enable them to conduct hearings • What are the key factors in organising and conducting hearings • How the arrangements have been institutionalised We will hear from two parliamentarians from EU Member States about their experiences Followed by a Q+A session Moderator: Dr. Gregor Virant, SIGMA 11h00 Coffee break 11h30 Theme 2 - The Rapporteur System as a tool for effective hearings Dr. Hilaria Dette, Member of the Court of Auditors of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany Ms. Elisabeth Franco, Head of the Liaison Office, European Court of Auditors In this session, we will explore how the so-called rapporteur system could be used to develop more effective scrutiny by parliamentary committees handling SAI reports. We will look at: • how rapporteur systems operate, and what is the role of the parliament and SAI in using the system effectively • the benefits, risks and challenges of introducing a rapporteur system
  4. 4. 4 Followed by a Q+A session Moderator: Ms. Bianca Brétéché, SIGMA 12h30 Buffet lunch 13h30 Effective Hearings including rapporteur system - Moderated panel discussion of Network Parliaments and SAIs In this session, we will discuss further the themes explored in the morning sessions. Representatives from the Network Parliaments and SAIs will briefly present current arrangements, challenges and co-operation between the SAI and parliamentary committees for holding hearings on audit reports. This will be followed by a moderated discussion. Panelists: Mr. Gjovalin Preçi, Department Director Mr. Predrag Kožul, Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee Mr. Hekuran Murati, Chair of the Committee for Budget and Finance Mr. Maksim Acevski, Auditor General Mr. Zoran Jelić, Member of Senate Ms. Ljiljana Dimitrijević, Council Member Mr. Ferhat Aksoy, Auditor Moderator: Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, SIGMA 15h00 Coffee break 15h30 Effective Hearings: Roundtable discussions of Network SAIs and Parliaments In this session, participants are invited to discuss around small roundtables ways to further develop existing arrangements and tools for strengthening the co-operation between SAIs and Parliaments, especially related to holding effective hearings. The objective of the discussion is to develop concrete proposals and ideas for activities that will help to further strengthen working relationships between SAIs and Parliaments, increase the impact of audit work and the financial oversight of Parliaments over governments. Each table will have its own rapporteur, preferably from a Parliament, who will present back to the plenary the conclusions made during the discussion at the each table. Moderators: Mr. Zoran Jelić, Member of Senate, State Audit Institution of Montenegro and Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, SIGMA 17h00 Wrap up day one In this wrap up session we bring together the key factors that contribute to effective hearings Dr. Milan Dabović, President, State Audit Institution of Montenegro 17h15 End of day one 19h00 Dinner – Hosted by the State Audit Institution of Montenegro
  5. 5. 5 Friday 21 February 2020 08h30 Opening of day two SIGMA 08h45 Theme 3 – Follow-up of Parliament with the Executive Dr. Gregor Virant, Head of SIGMA Programme, former speaker of the Slovenian Parliament and former Minister for Public Administration In this session, we will explore, based on a presentation of the Slovenian experience and approach, how the legislature communicates/co-operates with the institutions of the executive on audit findings and recommendations of the SAIs. Followed by a Q + A session 09h15 Roundtable discussion on Follow-up of Parliament with the Executive In this session, we will further explore the question of follow-up of Parliament with the Executive. Participants are invited to discuss around small roundtables about the arrangements in place in their respective countries for an effective follow-up by Parliaments on audit reports, what is being done to further develop arrangements, what the experiences and challenges are. The objective of this roundtable discussion is to develop concrete ideas and proposals for further strengthening the follow- up of Parliament with the Executive on audit findings and recommendations. Each table will have its own rapporteur, preferably from an SAI, who will present back to the plenary the conclusions made during the discussion at each table. Moderators: Mr. Nikola Kovacević, Member of Senate, State Audit Institution of Montenegro and Ms. Bianca Brétéché, SIGMA 10h15 Short coffee break 10h30 Reporting back on concrete ideas and proposals for further strengthening the follow-up of Parliament with the Executive During this session, each rapporteur will present to the plenary the conclusions made during the discussions at the roundtables. Moderators: Mr. Nikola Kovacević, Member of Senate, State Audit Institution of Montenegro and Ms. Bianca Brétéché, SIGMA 11h00 Closing of the Conference - Ideas for next steps and concrete actions to be taken During this closing session the key factors identified for conducting effective hearing by parliamentary committees on audit reports, the use of the rapporteur systems as well as follow-up of Parliaments with the Executive will be presented. This will be followed by a moderated tour de table, where all Parliaments/SAIs in attendance can contribute further ideas and present the concrete activities they will or could undertake in order to develop the SAI-Parliament relations and conduct hearings that are more effective. Dr. Milan Dabović, President, State Audit Institution of Montenegro 12h00 Buffet lunch

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