European University Institute positively assessed

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute financed by the European Union member states (including Poland) and the European Commission. Its financial management and budget execution is audited by two external auditors from different countries. They are appointed for a four-year term of office by the High Council - the Institute’s main executive body. The annual budget of the Institute amounts to over EUR 60 million.

The report with the assessment of the Institute’s financial management in 2017 has just been officially adopted. It has been, above all, noted that the audits conducted by the Institute’s bodies and the audits of donors (for instance the European Commission) overlap, and that attempts were made to fix this issue. It was also stressed that the readability and the informative value of the Institute’s accounts have improved: they include more data concerning the activities, financing sources and their utilization, in comparison with the documents prepared in the previous years.

NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, auditors of the European University Institute: Ugo Sessim (Italy) and Jacek Mazur (Poland) ,Director of the Accounting Department of the Portuguese Court of Auditors, Sandra Pereira and Director of the Internal Audit Office of the Institute, Anca Busila.

The annual activity report of the Institute, which presents in detail its strategy, management and utilization of resources, was also positively assessed. However, it was noted that only several statements of individual offices illustrate the performance of tasks with a division into the main, detailed and operational objectives, whereas others present them in a general way only.

The assessment of the Institute’s financial management and budget execution is completed by each July. This year the final report was signed and submitted in NIK headquarters in Warsaw, as a NIK representative participated in the audit. NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, welcomed guests at the ceremony and stressed that it is in the interest of our state for the finances of international organisations in which Poland participates, to be diligently audited, therefore NIK partakes in such projects. It is also beneficial for the Office, because the auditors gain additional experience, further used in course of national audits.

EUI annually organises around 400 seminars and conferences, participated by scientists and politicians from all over the world. Over 30% of the Institute’s alumni hold high managerial or academic posts. Currently 40 Polish PhD undergraduates study at the Institute.

The idea to establish the European University Institute emerged in the 1940s, at the conference in the Hague, and slowly evolved with the progressing European integration. The decision to establish an European scientific institution was taken in the 1960s. The founded Institute was ”to study Europe” and to facilitate the cultural exchange between its member states. In course of further negotiations it was decided that the Institute will not conduct studies below the PhD level and will be strongly research-oriented.

In 1972 the Convention setting up the EUI was signed by 6 member states: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Soon it was also joined by Denmark, Ireland and Great Britain. The first group of 70 researchers was welcomed at the Institute in 1976.

NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski with the European University Institute auditors: Ugo Sessim (Italy) and Jacek Mazur (Poland), Director of the Accounting Department at the Portuguese Court of Auditor,s Sandra Pereira and Director of the Internal Audit Office of the Institute, Anca Busila.

With the next extensions of the European Community and later European Union, more countries jointed the Institute. It currently comprises 20 states: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain.

Poland accessed the Convention setting up the European University Institute in 2004.

Poland is a member of several hundred international organisations. In line with commonly acknowledged standards, the audit of such organisations should be conducted by SAIs of the members states, selected by means of a competitive procedure. In the recent years the Supreme Audit Office of Poland has audited, among others, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Council of Europe, the ATHENA Mechanism and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).

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22 August 2018 10:24
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22 August 2018 10:24
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Krzysztof Andrzejewski
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European University Institute positively assessed

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