Tony Murphy, Relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments, Ankara, 8 November 2016


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Presentation by Tony Murphy, European Court of Auditors, at the SIGMA conference of the network of Supreme Audit Institutions of EU Candidate and Potential Candidate countries and the European Court of Auditors. This conference was hosted by the Turkish Court of Accounts, it took place in Ankara on 8-9 November 2016.

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Tony Murphy, Relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and Parliaments, Ankara, 8 November 2016

  1. 1. Effective lines of communication and relationships with Parliaments Presentation of practical examples of the ECA-EP communication 08-09 November 2016 Ankara, Turkey Tony Murphy Head of the Private office of Mrs. Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II Page 1
  2. 2. EU’s independent external auditor Carries out the audit of EU finances Contributes to improving EU financial management Promotes accountability and transparency Acts as the independent guardian of the financial interests of the citizens of the Union Mission of the ECA Slide 2
  3. 3. EU institutions Executive Development impetus Political direction Monetary policy and supervision External audit Legislative European Parliament Judiciary Court of Justice of the EU Slide 3
  4. 4. The European Court of Auditors Examines all revenue and expenditure in the accounts of the EU and its agencies and decentralised bodies Assesses whether financial management has been sound Provides a Statement of Assurance on the reliability of the accounts and the legality and regularity of the transactions underlying them Delivers opinions at the request of one of the EU institutions and reviews on its own initiative Assists the European Parliament and the Council by providing the audit reports used in the discharge procedure Draws up reports and opinions that have no binding force but are of help to those managing EU funds Has no judicial powers * The ECA’s role and tasks are set out in articles 285, 286 and 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) Tasks of the ECA Slide 4
  5. 5. ECA products Opinions and reviews Issues of EU legislation and public sector management and audit Special reports Selected audits on specific budgetary areas or management topics, mainly performance audit Audit reports and opinions Annual reports Statement of assurance on compliance of EU budget with rules, and findings on results achieved (also EDFs) Specific annual reports Financial audit of EU agencies, decentralised bodies and other institutions Slide 5
  6. 6. Communication strategy of ECA Main steps:  Appointment of a Member for Institutional Relations;  Appointment of a Spokesperson;  Creation of Communication and Institutional Relations Unit;  Online publishing of reports: improved functionalities. Slide 6
  7. 7. Continuous communication activities with the Budgetary Control Committee (1) Slide 7  All ECA reports are presented and discussed in the Budgetary Control Committee, a working document is prepared by MEP Rapporteurs;  Frequent contacts established at Members’ level and at operational level with secretariat and MEP assistants;
  8. 8. Continuous communication activities with the Budgetary Control Committee (2) Slide 8  Institutional relations team attends all Budgetary Control Committee meetings and provides feedback to the ECA;  The ECA provides the EP committees with an indicative timetable on publication of reports on a regular basis.
  9. 9. Other activities, relating to the Budgetary Control Committee (1) Slide 9  Visit of the Budgetary Control Committee Rapporteur concerning the discharge procedure to the ECA;  Annual meeting of Budgetary Control Committee Members with ECA Members;
  10. 10. Other activities, relating to the Budgetary Control Committee (2) Slide 10  Presentation of the ECA Annual Work Programme to the Budgetary Control Committee and discussion on possible areas of interest;  Participation of ECA Members to Budgetary Control Committee’s fact- finding delegations.
  11. 11. Interaction with specialised committees Slide 11  Members of other specialised committees systematically invited to presentations of ECA Special reports in Budgetary Control Committee;  Special reports presented in other specialised committees;  Members of ECA invited on an ad-hoc basis to discuss Special reports at preparatory meetings of specialised committees.
  12. 12. Communication with other bodies of the European Parliament Slide 12  ECA attends meetings of the Conference of Committee Chairs to discuss areas of interest and the Annual Work Programme of the ECA;  Established cooperation with EP’s Directorate-General Internal Policies (DG IPOL);  Established cooperation with EP’s research service (EPRS).
  13. 13. Relevant communication actions  Introduction of the Stakeholders Management System (SMS);  Weekly internal briefings provided to discuss new developments;  Survey on MEPs’ perceptions of the ECA;  Meetings of ECA Chambers with relevant EP specialised committees. Slide 13
  14. 14. Next steps…  Deepening ECA awareness of the EP’s needs and improving responsiveness to EP’s requests;  Further enhancing relations with national and regional Parliaments in the 28 Member States;  Organising high-level conferences on topics of interest for key stakeholders. Slide 14
  15. 15. Contact details Tony Murphy Head of Cabinet of Mrs. Ivanova, Dean of Chamber II Want to know more about our work: Visit our website: Follow us on Twitter @EUAuditorsECA Check our page on LinkedIn and Facebook Watch our videos on YouTube: EUAuditorsECA Contact us at: Slide 15