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Background
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Tuesday 8 November 2016
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and food for thought for the panel discussion following.
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Wednesday 9 November 2016
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Developing effective working relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments, Ankara 8 November 2016

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Agenda of the SIGMA conference on developing effective working relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and Parliaments. This conference is jointly organised with the Turkish Court of Accounts on 8-9 November 2016 in Ankara.

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  1. 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France mailto:sigmaweb@oecd.org Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 24 13 05 www.sigmaweb.org This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. It should not be reported as representing the official views of the EU, the OECD or its member countries, or of beneficiaries participating in the SIGMA Programme. The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the authors. This document 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. Network of Supreme Audit Institutions of EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and the European Court of Auditors Developing Effective Working Relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments Agenda 8-9 November 2016 Ankara, Turkey Hosted by Turkish Court of Accounts
  2. 2. 2 Background The Network of Supreme Audit Institutions of EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and European Court of Auditors (the Network) has identified as a common priority “increasing the impact of SAIs”, particularly in co-operation with national parliaments. At a regional conference in Budva, Montenegro, in November 2013, on the relations between SAIs and parliaments, the Network 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 will be launched and discussed during the conference. The main objective of the guidance paper is to present an overview of practices from all over the EU and Network countries. This overview will contribute to enabling the identification of potential improvements in the relations between SAIs and parliaments, and provide examples of good practices. Network SAIs can benefit from the experiences in other Network countries, and also from experiences by SAIs and parliaments from EU member states. Creating such an overview has required not only input from the SAIs involved in the Network but also especially from SAIs of EU Member States. In order to minimise the investment in time needed, and in order to make comparisons more straightforward, the overview is based on the responses provided to a questionnaire that was sent out to the SAIs of the Contact Committee and the Network. The Network would like to thank all SAIs who provided responses. Objectives of the Conference The objective of the conference is firstly to present the draft guidance paper and receive feedback on further development and finalisation of the paper. Secondly, it is to present specific examples of good practice in EU Member States and Network countries as to how to create and maintain strong working relationships between SAIs and Parliaments which enable Parliaments to hold governments to account and help SAIs to increase the impact of their audit work. The Conference will provide an opportunity for Presidents and Auditors General as well as senior management of SAIs of the Network, to discuss amongst each other good practices and challenges. It also provides an opportunity for discussion with representatives of Parliaments and EU Member State SAIs, including ECA and to identify the next steps that could be taken in enhancing the relationships between SAIs and Parliaments.
  3. 3. 3 Tuesday 8 November 2016 9.00 Welcome coffee / registration 9.30 Opening of the Conference, welcome Mr Seyit Ahmet Baş - President of the Turkish Court of Accounts Ms Iliana Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II, Member of the European Court of Auditors Ms Karen Hill – Head of the SIGMA Programme Mr Gabriel Munuera Vinals - Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Theme I Developing effective working relationships between SAIs and Parliaments: a guidance paper on the basis of country contributions 10.00 Presentation of the draft study “Developing Effective Working Relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments - a Guidance Paper” Mr Jan Pieter Lingen - SIGMA expert Mrs Bianca Brétéché - SIGMA senior advisor Mr Alastair Swarbrick - SIGMA senior advisor Questions & Answers 11.00 Coffee / tea break 11.30 Moderated expert discussion for feedback about the draft study Moderator: Mr Zsolt Szelecki, SIGMA expert Up to five representatives from the preparatory working group of the Network SAIs, ECA and EU Member States are invited to provide feedback on the study. The objective of this panel is to get guidance from the Network SAIs in how far there is a wish for this study to be further elaborated or not. Experts will be asked to provide feedback on their impressions about the study as a guidance tool for SAIs to further strengthen their individual relationships with their parliaments. Questions will be prepared and provided to the panellists before the conference in order to help them prepare for this panel discussion. Those questions will also take into account eventual comments that individual SAIs of the preparatory working group might have expressed on the draft paper. 12.30 Lunch Theme II Effective lines of communication and relationships with Parliaments 14.00 Presentation of good practice examples for SAI and Parliament The presentations will be focused on how to develop and maintain effective lines of communications and relationships with Parliaments. It will also provide input
  4. 4. 4 and food for thought for the panel discussion following. • Mr Tony Murphy, Private Office of Mrs Ivanova, Member of the European Court of Auditors, will present the Court’s perspective and experience of cooperating with the European Parliament. This presentation will pay special attention to ECA’s specific communication policy. • Prof. Dr. Klaus Goetz, SIGMA expert, Chair of Political Systems and European Integration Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich Department of Political Science, will present good practices in EU and OECD countries about the ways Parliaments make effective use of SAIs reports and work. Questions and answers 15:00 Coffee/tea break 15.30 Moderated panel discussion for country representatives from EU Member States and Network SAIs and Parliaments Moderator: Mr Zsolt Szelecki, SIGMA expert The ISSAIs express the expectations that SAIs will develop effective lines of communication and relationships with Parliament and its relevant oversight committees. ISSAI 12 indicates that “SAIs should develop professional relationships with relevant legislative oversight committees and audited entities’ management and governing boards to help them better understand the audit reports and conclusions and take appropriate action.” ISSAI 20 states that “SAIs maintain a strong relationship with relevant parliamentary committees to help them better understand the audit reports and conclusions and to take appropriate action.” This clearly indicates that today, according to the standards, formal submission of reports is not sufficient for stimulating adequate follow-up and action. SAIs need to do more to explain their role and the work they do, provide briefings on reports and other matters, be pro-active in engaging and explaining their work, develop and implement an effective communication strategy to ensure their work can have impact and support good governance. Questions will be prepared and provided to the panellists before the conference in order to help them prepare for this panel discussion. The panel will be opened to participants. 17.00 Closing of the first conference day Mr Seyit Ahmet Baş, President of the Turkish Court of Accounts Ms Iliana Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II, Member of the European Court of Auditors Ms Karen Hill – Head of Programme SIGMA 19.00 19.30 Departure from hotel Dinner
  5. 5. 5 Wednesday 9 November 2016 8.30 Welcoming coffee / registration Theme III Follow up on findings and recommendations together with Parliament 9.00 Presentation of an interesting SAI approach from EU member states This presentation will provide input and food for thought for the following panel discussion. Mrs Zita Zariņa, Member of Council of the SAI of Latvia, Director of Audit and Methodology Department, will present the Latvian experience especially with regard to coordinate the reporting timetable of the SAI with committees in parliament and the practice of the responsible parliamentary committee to follow up on audit reports. Questions and answers 10.00 Coffee / tea break 10.30 Moderated panel discussion for country representatives from EU Member States and Network SAIs and Parliaments Moderator: Mr Zsolt Szelecki, SIGMA expert The standards set expectations for SAIs in following up on the observations and recommendations contained in their reports, and reporting the outcomes. ISSAIs 10, 12 and 20 specifically refer to follow up. An expectation is also set on following up on the recommendations made by the Legislature, one of its commissions, or the auditee’s governing board, as appropriate. Therefore, within the context of their overall responsibilities on reporting there is an expectation that a SAI will report to Parliament (and other stakeholders) on the results of their work to assess whether the Government or its entities have taken appropriate action in respect to the recommendations of the SAI. The panel will be opened to participants. 12:00 Ideas for next steps and concrete actions to be taken • by the Network • by individual SAIs In a moderated tour de table all countries present can contribute ideas and suggestions for next steps and concrete activities that the Network and/or individual SAIs could undertake in order to take this agenda forward. 12.30 Closing of the Conference 13.00 Lunch 14.30 Departure from hotel for cultural tour

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