What is EUROSAI?

Tuuli Rasso | Karin Kuller | 9/24/2014 | 10:00 AM

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The European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) is one of the seven regional working groups of INTOSAI, which was formed of 30 European supreme audit institutions in Madrid in 1990.

Currently the organisation comprises 49 members. The General Secretariat of the organisation is based in Madrid and led by the General Secretary of EUROSAI who is currently the president of the Spanish supreme audit institution. The organisation’s statutory goals include promotion of professional cooperation among its members, exchange of legislation on auditing public funds as well as other documents and information, supporting research into public sector financing and auditing, training as well as harmonisation of the audit terminology. The official languages of the organisation include English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

EUROSAI realises its goals via the Congress, Governing Board and Secretariat as well as committees and working groups. The Congress meets once every three years and is called and chaired by the head of the supreme audit institution of the country where the Congress takes place. The Congress decides on the most important issues of operation of the organisation. The Governing Board has eight members and it is chaired by the head of the supreme audit institution of the country that hosted the last Congress. The Secretariat prepares Governing Board meetings, implements decisions of the Congress and Governing Board, and attends to the organisation’s budget, its implementation and reporting, etc.

The Estonian National Audit Office became a member of EUROSAI in 1993. At the III Congress of EUROSAI in May 1996 Estonian Auditor General Hindrek Meri was elected member of the Governing Board of EUROSAI and he acted in the position for the next six years.

EUROSAI has formed a Training Committee (chaired by the supreme audit institutions of France and Spain) and an IT Working Group (chaired by the Swiss supreme audit institution) and an Environmental Working Group (chaired by the Norwegian supreme audit institution).

The Estonian National Audit Office participates in the work of both working groups.

At the VII Congress of EUROSAI held in Krakow in 2008 the Task Force on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes was established. The work of this 17-member body is led by the Ukrainian Accounting Chamber. The Task Force is also engaged in preparing EUROSAI’s strategy.
 

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