EUROSAI Operational Plan adopted at the Governing Board Meeting in Poland

The Operational Plans sets out methods to implement EUROSAI strategic goals, defined by its Members. Presidents of European SAIs unanimously agreed that in order to prepare audit reports, which will be an even more awaited and sought after source of information on the utilisation of the public funds, SAIs have to mutually learn from each other on well-proven methods and tools in the auditing process. It is also of great importance to jointly search for solutions responding to similar expectations of European societies, as well as emerging issues. The significance of joint initiatives, such as coordinated international audits, which enable for a wider perspective and lead to more insightful audit results, cannot be stressed enough.

The meeting in Gdańsk was attended by heads of Supreme Audit Institutions of the Czech Republic - Miloslav Kala, Finland - Tytti Yli-Viikari, Latvia - Elita Krūmiņa, Moldova - Veaceslav Untila, Netherlands - Arno Visser, Turkey - Seyit Ahmet Baş, Spain - Ramon Álvarez de Miranda García, Portugal - Vitor Caldeira, Estonia - Alar Karis and Lithuania - Arūnas Dulkys. The 49. Meeting of the EUROSAI Governing Board was hosted by the President of NIK, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski - Vice-President of EUROSAI.

Gdańsk was selected as the host city of the GB meeting not without a reason - it has a special place in the contemporary history of both Poland and Europe. It was here where the Second World War began and where the Solidarity movement was established. First free union trades we founded in Gdańsk, first protests in the Gdańsk Shipyard took place here, as well as the historical event that sparked off the fall of the communist system in Eastern Europe - the Gdańsk Agreements signed on 31 august 1980.

Presidents of European Supreme Audit Institutions constituting the Governing Board of EUROSAI at press briefing

- It was in Gdańsk where the transformation began as a spontaneous protest of the society against communist. The Solidarity movement later extended over the entire East-Central Europe, spreading the notion of freedom and democracy - said Krzysztof Kwiatkowski in his note opening the EUROSAI GB meeting. - Solidarity movement aimed to improve the life quality of the society, just as EUROSAI aims to deliver added value for the citizens. It is possible to be achieved through an enhanced position of Supreme Audit Institutions, which respond to the ever-changing needs and conditions, and promote effective management of public funds, as well as increased transparency - he continued.

After the discussions, heads of SAIs visited the European Solidarity Centre, which houses unique memorials, both of historical and sentimental value, related to the Solidarity movement and the Polish opposition in 1970-1989. Participants attended an exhibition dedicated to the history of Solidarity and the opposition movements that lead to the democratic changes in the entire East-Central Europe. They had the opportunity to see, among others, signs put up during manifestations and protests, bands and pennants, patriotic badges, vehicle of militia and the military, clubs, weapons, other equipment and uniform elements of the Citizens’ Militia, Motorized Reserves of the Citizens' Militia, printing machines that were used to prepare leaflets and information bulletins, and finally the historic board with the August demands.

The extensive collection of the European Solidarity Centre includes exhibits that illustrate both operational methods of opposition activists, as well as mechanisms of the Polish communist country, photographs and items originating from the time, when freedom was being born in Poland. Heads of SAIs had also access to visual and multimedia projections, than encompass archived video footage, photographs, maps and documents. The European Solidarity Centre is not only a modern museum that commemorates Solidarity and the fall of communism in Europe, but also functions as an education and research centre, archives, as well as book and media library.

The European auditors also visited the largest historical museum in Poland - the Gdańsk Museum of the Second World War. The exhibit includes about two thousand items, which remind about the war experience of Poles and the world, shock and teach. The history lesson here begins long before the outbreak of the Second World War, and the collected items and photographs aim at facts that lead to the greatest tragedy of the XX century. Guests were deeply moved by the exhibits on display spread over three narrative blocks: The Road to War, The Horrors of War, and The War’s Long Shadow, located 14 metres below ground level.

During the visits participants were able to learn about Polish heroism, love of freedom and pride in the history of their nation.

 

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07 May 2018 11:26
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Presidents of European Supreme Audit Institutions constituting the Governing Board of EUROSAI at press briefing

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