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Working meeting regarding the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020

Working meeting aimed at discussing the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 was held in Ilok, on 9 June 2020.

 Working meeting regarding the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020

The purpose of the meeting was exchange of experience between the Croatian Agency for the Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System and the Serbian Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds in auditing the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020, adopting an unified audit methodology for the system audit, and preparing an audit methodology for unified approach to the audit of operations. The meeting also served as a forum for discussing the current status of the audit of operations, reconciling plans for the second phase of the audit of operations and the current status of the system audit.

The meeting was attended by: 
- Neven Sprlje, Director of the Agency for the Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System (ARPA),
- Zvonko Siric, Head of the Service for Audit of Programmes under European Territorial Cooperation (ARPA),
- Zeljko Gribl, Head of the Department for System Audit and Audit of Accounts (ARPA),
- Martina Patrcevic, senior auditor in the Department for System Audit and Audit of Accounts,
- Ljubinko Stanojevic, Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds,
- Slobodan Karanovic, Deputy Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds,
- Svetlana Novakovic, Head of the Audit Group for the Policy Area Regional and Territorial Cooperation,
- Savo Roncevic, Head of the Group for Legal and Financial Affairs,
- Jelena Tadic, Coordinator of Audit Activities,
- Ljubomir Djorovic, Coordinator of Audit Activities,
- Branislav Medakovic, Coordinator of Audit Activities; and
- Ksenija Suluburic, junior advisor for professional support to audit.
This meeting reiterated the professional relations between auditors of the Governmental Audit Office of EU and the reliance of the Agency for the Audit of European Union Programmes Implementation System.

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Protocol of cooperation signed

In order to strengthen the efficient and effective execution of tasks in the implementation of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in the policy area "Agriculture and Rural Development" (IPARD), a protocol oF cooperation was signed IN Belgrade on 19 June 2020 between the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds (Audit Authority), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Rural Development Sector, Rural Development Department (Managing Authority) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Directorate for Agricultural Payments, (IPARD Agency).

 Protocol of cooperation signed

The Protocol between the Audit Authority, the Managing Authority and the IPARD Agency was signed respectively, by Ljubinko Stanojevic, Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, Jasmina Miljkovic Head of the Managing Authority and the Head of the Rural Development Department within the Ministry of Agriculture , Forestry and Water Management, and Biljana Petrović, Acting Director of the Directorate for Agrarian Payments within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.

The purpose of this cooperation protocol is to define mutual relations and business cooperation between the Audit Authority, the Managing Authority and the IPARD Agency in the process of implementing the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in support of Agriculture and Rural Development (IPARD), as well as to ensure full mutual cooperation, enable the Audit Authority to perform its tasks within the deadlines set by the Law Ratifying the Framework Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the European Commission on the arrangements for implementation on Union financial assistance to the Republic of Serbia under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the European Commission on the Provisions for Management and Implementation of Union Financial Assistance to the Republic of Serbia under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in the Policy Area ‘Agriculture and Rural Development” (IPARD).

With the signing of the Protocol on Cooperation, another recommendation of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission from 2016 has been implemented.

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Online workshop of auditors held in cooperation with GIZ

In order to strengthen the capacity of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, and in cooperation with the project Support to Public Administration Reform, which is implemented within the German-Serbian development cooperation by the German organization GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), online workshop "Support to the negotiating chapter 32-financial control in strengthening the capacity of the Serbian Office for the Audit of the EU Funds Management System, regarding the audit of EU structural and investment funds" was held in Belgrade, in the period from May 14 to May 15, 2020.

The online workshop was led by dr. Balázs Dencső, Director General of the Directorate General for Audit of European Funds in Hungary, using the application "Microsoft Teams Meeting", in strict compliance with the "Instructions on the organisation of work processes in public administration and government services in the application of protection against infectious diseases covid-19 after abolition of the state of emergency ", while epidemiological measures are still ongoing.

The workshop included the practical experiences of the Directorate General for Audit of European Funds in Hungary in auditing ESI funds and changes in the draft regulations for the period 2021-2027.

The workshop included all employees in the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds who are engaged in auditing, as well as interested representatives of the Ministry of European Integration.

This training is foreseen by the Annual Training Program of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds and the Public Financial Management Reform Program 2016-2020.

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Trilateral meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation programmes Romania-Serbia and Hungary-Serbia

 Trilateral meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation programmes Romania-Serbia and Hungary-Serbia

A trilateral meeting of the Group of Auditors for IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020, Romania-Serbia and Hungary-Serbia was held in Belgrade, in the premises of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds on 24 February 2020.

The morning session was used to hold the eighth meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Romania-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, attended by:

  • Lucian Dan Vladsecu, President of the Court of Auditors within the Court of Auditors of Romania;
  • Florin Tunaru, Vice-President of the Court of Auditors within the Court of Auditors of Romania; and
  • Iulian MISERCIU, Director of the FEDR Audit Directorate within the Audit Authority.

The participants in the meeting discussed changes to the audit strategy, results of audits of system and operations for 2019, the Annual Audit Report for 2019 and the Annual Audit Opinion for 2019, as well as audit plans for 2020. During the meeting, a high level of confidence of the Audit Authority of Romania in the capacities and quality of work of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds was expressed, and future close cooperation in performing the upcoming tasks was reiterated.

 Trilateral meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation programmes Romania-Serbia and Hungary-Serbia

 

The afternoon session brought the third meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia, and it was attended by:

  • dr. Balázs Dencső, General Director of the Directorate-General for Audit of EU Funds;
  • Dr. Marianna Miklós-Molnár, Deputy General Director, and
  • Riskó Ágnes, Director.

The participants in the meeting discussed changes to the audit strategy, results of audits of system and operations for 2019, the Annual Audit Report for 2019 and the Annual Audit Opinion for 2019, as well as audit plans for 2020. Future challenges and roles of audit authorities in the upcoming programme period 2021-2027 were presented.

The meetings were attended by the following representatives of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds:

  • Ljubinko Stanojevic, Director,
  • Slobodan Karanovic, Deputy Director. and
  • Svetlana Novakovic, Head of the Audit Group for policy area Regional and Territorial Cooperation.

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TAIEX Expert Mission on the preparation and implementation of Quality Assessment and Improvement Programme (QAIP)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Group for Internal Audit of the Agrarian Payments Directorate has, in cooperation with a special Department within the Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations - TAIEX, organised an expert mission on preparation and implementation of the Quality Assessment and Improvement Programme. The event took place in Belgrade, in the premises of the Directorate for Agrarian Payments.

The aim of the expert mission was to strengthen the knowledge of internal auditors in the Agrarian Payments Directorate on the preparation and implementation of the Quality Assessment and Improvement Programme (QAIP), given the fact that the Group for Internal Audit does not have sufficient practical experience in the preparation and implementation of the QAIP.

 TAIEX Expert Mission on the preparation and implementation of Quality Assessment and Improvement Programme (QAIP)

In addition to the employees of the Group for Internal Audit of the Agrarian Payments Directorate, the expert mission was also attended by internal auditors from: Central Harmonization Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Ministry of Finance, Internal Audit Department of the City of Belgrade, as well as seven authorised internal auditors for the public sector of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds.

QAIP is a developed methodology for ongoing and periodic assessments, consisting of comprehensive processes, continuous monitoring and testing of internal audit and advisory services, periodic certification of compliance with the definition of internal audit, code of ethics and standards. This also includes ongoing measurements and analyses of ways of measuring performance, e.g. implementation of the internal audit plan, cycle times, accepted recommendations and customer satisfaction. The methodology is in line with International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

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Study Visit of the Audit Authority of Albania

As part of the strengthening of the Network of Audit Authorities of IPA Countries, a five-member delegation of the Agency for the Audit of EU-Accredited Assistance Programs from Albania visited Belgrade from 20 to 24 January 2020, as a study visit to the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds. The aim of the visit was to exchange experience in the field of administrative capacity building, audit methods, as well as practical application of software ‘AuditDoc’ for auditing EU projects and document management. The members of the delegation of the Audit Authority of Albania had the opportunity to practically use the software in individual phases of the audit - planning, fieldwork and reporting. The heads of the Audit Groups of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds explained to the their Albanian colleagues and peers the benefits of utilising software to perform audit activities easier and faster. The Delegation of the Audit Body of Albania expressed their appreciation for the new experience and friendly atmosphere at the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds during the study visit.

 Study Visit of the Audit Authority of Albania

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Meeting organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission (DG NEAR) organised a seminar in Zagreb, held from 22-24 October 2019, aimed at strengthening the capacities of Audit Authorities with regard to the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance programmes (IPA). The seminar was attended by representatives of audit authorities from Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Serbia.

 Meeting organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

The main topic of the seminar was auditing works contracts, namely:

- Preventive role of the audit authorities,

- Audit of works contracts implementation phases,

- Audit scope in operations audit,

- FIDIC Red and Yellow Book,

- Public procurement procedure (works contracts) for construction works, craft works and installation works, for the construction of accommodation facilities, works on the construction of sewer system, construction of waste water treatment plants, supervision of landfill rehabilitation works, upgrading of the existing plant for drinking water production using the two-stage filtration system, installing equipment for construction of accommodation facilities in student campus, etc.

 Meeting organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

Since the seminar was supposed to be a combination of theory and practical work, verification of the gained knowledge was organised on the spot and the participants visited two construction sites in order to check the completion level of works – Zagreb’s Rotor and the Innovative Technology Centre.

 Meeting organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

The seminar also severed as an opportunity for the Audit Authorities to exchange experience and knowledge gained.

 Meeting organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

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Training in cooperation with GIZ

Employees of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds participated in a training event on soft skills, held in Vrsac on 23-26 September 2019. The training was organised in cooperation with the Public Administration Reform Project in Serbia, implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) under the German-Serbian development cooperation, and aimed at strengthening capacities regarding soft skills in audit of EU structural and investment funds.

The training covered areas such as non-verbal communication - interpretation of body language and facial expressions in the auditor-client relationship, manipulations in a business communication, preservation of the critical opinion and professional integrity of the auditor, internal communication and fostering a positive environment and effective meetings management.

The training was included in the Annual training programme of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds.

 Training in cooperation with GIZ

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Annual meeting of IPA Audit Authorities

An annual seminar of the audit authorities for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) was held in Valona, Albania, July 3-4 2019. The seminar was organised by the Audit Authority of Albania, and the topic was strengthening of the cooperation between IPA audit authorities. It was attended by representatives of audit authorities from Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Serbia.

The participants discussed the ways of organising and functioning of audit authorities, as well as experience and lessons learned in the audit procedures conducted in the IPA countries in the previous period. Representatives of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds held three lectures - "Establishment, legal framework and role of the Office", "Audits conducted in 2018 and 2019", and "Audit and document handling software".

 Annual meeting of IPA Audit Authorities

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TAIEX expert mission – FIDIC contracts

An expert mission on topic ‘FIDIC contracts’ was successfully held in Belgrade, in the premises of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, on 13-14 July 2019. The goal of the expert mission was strengthening of the Audit Authority’s capacities regarding the quality of infrastructural projects audit, as this calls for specific set of knowledge about FIDIC contracts. The mission included lectures and practical examples presented by experts from an EU member country.

 TAIEX expert mission – FIDIC contracts

The expert mission was organised by a special department with the Directorate General for Neighborhood Policy and Negotiations on the Enlargement of the European Commission - TAIEX. The experts who lead the mission were from a neighbouring EU member state, the Republic of Croatia. The training covered most of the audit staff of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, representatives of the Ministry of Finance - the Sector for Contracting and Financing Programs from the EU funds, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management - Directorate for Agrarian Payments.

 TAIEX expert mission – FIDIC contracts

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Go-live of the Audit and Document Handling Software

Audit and Document Handling Software has entered its final, go-live stage. The software was procured for the needs of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds as a part of a technical assistance project, funded by the European Union.

The final precondition for the go-live was fulfilled after the Audit Authority signed a protocol for cooperation with the State Data Centre of the Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment last December. The Protocol, signed by the Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds and by the Director of the Office for Information Technologies and eGovernment, Mr. Ljubinko Stanojevic and Prof. Dr. Mihailo Jovanovic, respectively, enabled moving of new equipment and new software, financed from the European Union funds, to the State Data Centre. The Audit Authority thus became the 15th user of the State Data Centre, the central location of the key information and communication infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, which is by technical and security standards one of the most modern centres in the region.

The new software will enable a higher level of integration, effectiveness and efficiency of the Audit Authority activities.

 Go-live of the Audit and Document Handling Software

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TAIEX expert mission for improvement of quality control and assurance system

An expert mission on Quality Assurance and Control was successfully held in Belgrade, in the premises of the Governmental Audit Office of EU funds, in the period from 17 to 18 January 2019. The objective of the expert mission was to strengthen the administrative capacities of the Audit Authority in terms of the quality of auditing and its control, and thus the further improvement of the established quality control system. The mission took form of lectures and practical examples presented by EU member state expert.

The expert mission organized by a special department within the Directorate- General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission - TAIEX. The expert who conducted the mission was from the neighbouring EU member state of the Republic of Croatia. This training included majority of the audit staff of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds.

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Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds at the FINIZ 2018 Conference

On 7 December 2018, the Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds participated at the International Scientific Conference FINIZ 2018, titled "The Role of Financial and Non-Financial Reporting in Responsible Business". The Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds is one of the friends of the FINIZ conference. The conference, which was held under the auspices of the Singidunum University in Belgrade, opened by prof. Dr Milovan Stanisic, President of Singidunum University. The introductory presentation was held by Dr Dusko Pejovic, President, General State Auditor, State Audit Institution.

 Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds at the FINIZ 2018 Conference

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Second OLAF - ISES conference held in Belgrade

The Second conference of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), organised by ISES, was held in Belgrade on 21 September 2018, in the premises of European Union Information Centre (EUIC). The theme of the Conference was detecting, handling, learning how to prevent frauds and irregularities in international cooperation and development projects (IPA and ENI).

Speakers were Clemens Kreith, representative of the European Anti-Fraud Office; Jelena Sedlacek, Head of the AFCOS with the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia; Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds and Head of the Audit Group, Ljubinko Stanojevic and Svetlana Novakovic, respectively; representatives of the Italian AFCOS, Francesco Attardi and Ugo Liberatore; representative of the Eureopan Court of Auditors, Jorge Guevara Lopez; as well as Roberto Russo, representative of audit company Moore Stephens. Each presentation was followed by a discussion of open issues.

The Conference was also attended by representatives of national AFCOS offices and members of Groups of Auditor for IPA programmes Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia-Montenegro and Serbia-FYR of Macedonia, where the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds was the leading audit authority.

Ljubinko Stanojevic, Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds and Svetlana Novakovic, Head of the Audit Group for regional and territorial cooperation programme shared experiences of the Governmental Audit Office in detecting and handling frauds and irregularities in conducting audits of projects financed by the European Union.

 Second OLAF - ISES conference held in Belgrade

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Expert mission organised by TAIEX held in Belgrade

An expert mission on Financial management – specifics of IPARD was held successfully from 2 to 6 July 2018 in Belgrade, in the premises of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds. The objective of the expert mission was to strengthen the administrative capacities of the Audit Authority in auditing financial management of EU funds, with special emphasis on the audit of the financial management of IPARD bodies, through providing advice and practical examples by experts from EU member states.

The expert mission was organised by TAIEX - a special Department within the Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission. The mission was led by an expert from a neighboring EU member state, the Republic of Croatia. In addition to employees of the Audit Authority, the mission was also attended by representatives of the internal audit of the IPARD bodies of the Republic of Serbia.

 Expert mission organised by TAIEX held in Belgrade

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Seminar for the IPA Audit Authorities organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

Seminar for Audit Authorities for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) was held in Zagreb, from 29 to 31 May 2018. . It was organised by DG NEAR of the European Commission, and one of the speakers was the European Court of Auditors’ representative. The seminar was attended by representatives of audit authorities from Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Serbia.

The main topics covered in the seminar were internal control, COSO internal control framework, and sampling, while system audit was covered in a workshop. The seminar was a valuable opportunity for exchange of knowledge and experience of audit authorities. The representatives of DG NEAR particularly commended the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, pointing out that, in accordance with skills and experience of our auditors, they will rely on our work even more in the future.    

 Seminar for the IPA Audit Authorities organised by DG NEAR held in Zagreb

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TAIEX workshop held in Skopje

TAIEX Multi-Country Workshop on IPA II challenges and strengthening the audit authorities’ network was held in Skopje, on 24-25 October 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to share the best practice and lessons learnt in auditing IPA funds, as well as strengthening of national audit authorities.

The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Macedonian Audit Authority, and participated by representatives of the EU Delegation, DG NEAR and regional Audit Authorities. Mr. Ljubinko Stanojevic, the Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds headed representatives of the Serbian Audit Authority, presenting our experience in auditing the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

 TAIEX workshop held in Skopje   TAIEX workshop held in Skopje

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Workshop in Glozan

On 12 October 2017, auditors of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds attended a workshop organised by auditors of the European Commission, related to the project "Development of Innovative Chocolate Products Fortified with Bioactive Compounds", Eugen Chocolate doo, in Glozan, South Backa  district, Vojvodina.

The workshop was also attended by representatives of the Innovation Fund; the Ministry of Finance - Department for Contracting and Financing of European Union Funded Programmes (CFCU) and the Department for EU Funds Management (NAO SO and National Fund); the Ministry of European Integration – Department for Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Reporting on EU Funds and Development Assistance (NIPAK TS); the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development - Department for International Cooperation and European Integration (IPA Unit).

 Workshop in Glozan

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Second session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee

Second session of the Committee for monitoring the implementation of IPARD II pre-accession programme for rural development, for the period 2014-2020, was held on 3 October 2017, in Belgrade. Among other points, it was stated that auditors of the European Commission will conduct the final audit of operational infrastructure in the second half of November, after which Serbia could receive the green light to commence utilisation of IPARD funds in the amount of 175 million Euros. After that, the first call for the use of these funds for farmers would follow.

In addition to the members of the Monitoring Committee, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, the EU Delegation to Serbia, the Ministry for European Integration, as well as our Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds. Deputy Director of the Governmental Audit Office, Mr Slobodan Karanovic, informed the attendants about the role of the Audit Authority in the upcoming period.  

 Second session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee

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Visit of the delegation of the European Parliament Budgetаry Control Committee

The delegation of the EP Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) visited the Republic of Serbia on 17 July 2017. The aim of the visit was to gain assurance that the EU pre-accession assistance funds (IPA) were spent efficiently and effectively, through looking into several projects. Among others, for this purpose, the project "Support to Capacity Building of the Audit Authority" was also selected.

Ljubinko Stanojević, Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, briefly presented the AA's activities, objectives and project budget, results and outcomes, as well as future needs for financing further capacity building. After the presentation, the Director of the AA responded to the questions of Derek Vaughan, the head of CONT delegation and Martina Dlabayeva, vice-chair of the Budgetary Control Committee. Mr. Vaughn concluded that great progress was made in Serbia regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the established structures for the planning and implementation of IPA funds and positively assessed the plans for maintaining administrative capacities in this area.

Visit of the delegation of the European Parliament Budgetаry Control Committee

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1st Meeting of the Group of Auditors for the CBC Programme Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2020

The first meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2020 was held on 13 October 2016, in Belgrade.

The GoA members discussed the current status of the Programme, the rules of procedure of the GoA, as well as the audit strategy for the programming period 2014-2020.

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1st Meeting of the Group of Auditors for the CBC Programme Serbia – Montenegro  2014-2020

The first meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro 2014-2020 was held on 28 November 2016, in Belgrade.

The GoA members discussed the current status of the Programme, the rules of procedure of the GoA, as well as the audit strategy for the programming period 2014-2020.

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Study visit to Lithuania

As a part of the EU-funded project ‘Support to the Capacity Building of the Audit Authority of Serbia’, Serbian AA auditors visited their Lithuanian counterparts between 28 June – 02 July 2016.

Staff of the Audit Development Department and Audit Department 8 of the National Audit Office auditing the EU investment in Lithuania presented their office and shared experience and good practice in organising and performing audits with the representatives of the Serbian Audit Authority. Additional attention was given to audits planning, tools and methodology of audit process, sampling methodology, professional development of auditors and cooperation with the European Commission. Also, workshops were held with representatives of the National Payment Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Study visit to Lithuania Study visit to Lithuania Study visit to Lithuania

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Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia

Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission organised a seminar for the Audit Authorities and NAO Support Offices in Berovo, Macedonia. The aim of the seminar was to provide general guidance as to the entrustment steps towards IPA II. It was attended by representatives from Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey.

The seminar was held in the period 22-25 February 2016.  

Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia

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First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade

The first meeting of the Monitoring Committee for IPARD II programme – programme for rural development, financed from pre-accession funds of the European Union, for the period 2014-2020, was held in Belgrade on 11 February 2016. The meeting, opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Dr Bogosavljevic-Boskovic, was also attended by the Director of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds, Mr. Slobodan Karanovic. Mr. Karanovic presented past and current activities of the Audit Authority related to administrative capacity building and reinstitutionalisation of the Audit Authority, as well as plans for future activities in auditing IPARD II programme.

The process of accreditation of state institutions to be involved in IPARD II programme is expected to be completed during the first half of 2016.

First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade

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Annual meeting of Group of Auditors for Cross-Border cooperation programme Serbia-Hungary

Annual meeting of the Group of Auditors for Cross-Border Cooperation programme Serbia-Hungary 2007-2013 was held in Budapest on 10 February 2016. Auditors of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds were also present.

GoA members discussed the current status of the Cross-Border Cooperation programme Serbia-Hunagry 2007-2013, as well as Audit Strategy for this programme for the programming period 2014-202.

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Representatives of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds visited Brussels and Luxembourg in July this year, as a part of the project 'Support to the capacity-building of the Audit Authority of Serbia'. During this study tour, our colleagues visited the European Commission, as well as the European Court of Auditors, which reports about the visit in their Journal.