Contact Committee meeting in Warsaw

The European Union SAIs will now prepare for their next meeting, dedicated to the EU added value. SAIs have to consider which added value may be provided by the European Union to its citizens, and which role can they play in the process. How can they contribute to the best possible utilisation of the European added value? Should the members of the Committee cooperate to assess and measure the added value and examine, whether its concept may be used for the purposes of audit?

Participants of the Contact Committee meeting in Warsaw

In course of the two-day Warsaw summit of the heads of the EU SAIs, seminars, panel discussions and lectures took place. They all concerned challenges and opportunities for SAIs related to the Digital Agenda for Europe. And these are very considerable. They concern both audit techniques, as well as resources and audit capacity building, so as to enable SAIs to adjust to the rapid changes and new developments related to the digitalisation of financial transactions, data transfer and decision making process.

Contac Committee meeting 2019

While summing up the Committee’s last year activity, its Chair, President Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, said that the CC members actively and efficiently implemented the CC objectives, which is reflected by the results of the CC working groups, task forces and networks. One of its groups, the VAT Working Group, which comprises 25 members, is chaired by NIK. The group consists of two subgroups. The first one deals with the reverse charge and the split payment mechanisms, and is currently preparing to a comparative analysis of the split payment mechanism, so as to define its usability, flaws and advantages. The second group tackles the topic of e-commerce, and is  now analysing the results of the MOSS audit coordinated by the Czech and German SAIs, and other e-commerce related audits. The VAT Working Group met last September in Warsaw to discuss the taxation of e-commerce transactions, the reverse charge and split payment mechanisms, as well as the EU strategy to counteract frauds. NIK presented the results of the survey conducted among SAIs on the experience of the EU Member States regarding fight with the VAT frauds.

In camera session of the heads of the EU SAIs

One CC cooperation network associates countries that are candidates to the European Union: Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, and potential candidate countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the European Court of Auditors, and as an observer - SAI of Kosovo. The network is supported by representatives of SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) - a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU. At the CC meeting, NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski reported on the workshops, which took place within the network, among others on IT support in the auditing process, sampling, materiality and user-friendly financial audit reports. As for the next year, a round table discussion on the cooperation with parliaments aimed to improve the impact of audit results in the state, is planned to take place in November/December in Montenegro. A series of performance audit related workshops is also to be organised.

At the end of the meeting President Kwiatkowski passed the Contact Committee Chairmanship to the President of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehne.

ECA President, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski I Heads of the EU SAIs met with the Polish President, Andrzej Duda

Heads of the EU SAI also met with the President of Poland. Andrzej Duda stressed the important role that the SAIs and their cooperation, for instance by the air quality audit, play in the European Union. President Duda also discussed the issue of digitalisation, which was debated on by the Contact Committee in Warsaw, too. Public administration has to properly utilise financial resources dedicated for this aim, and serve both the state and its citizens in the best possible way - said Andrzej Duda.

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