The Contact Committee of the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors meets annually to give its members the opportunity to discuss matters of common interest – focused around EU policy and financial management issues – and to agree as necessary on joint activities where these can achieve greater impact.
This year’s meeting will be held at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg, on 12-13 October 2017. The main topic for discussion will be whether SAIs can contribute to restoring the trust of EU citizens. The topic has been chosen in light of EU citizens’ apparent loss of trust in politics and in national and European institutions. The session will include an introduction on the current state of the EU and the reasons why citizens seem to be losing trust, followed by two sub-sessions on the role of SAIs in the EU and innovative audit products and types of communication with stakeholders.
In this context, on 11 October 2017 the ECA will host a meeting of the heads of the SAIs of EU candidate and potential candidate countries, the main purpose of which will be to take stock of the latest activities and agree on a work plan for the years to come.
To coincide with the international auditors’ meetings, the ECA is hosting a special event to marking its 40th anniversary. The event will be an opportunity for the EU’s leaders, policy makers and managers to exchange views and ideas with the audit community on the future of EU finances. Key speakers will include Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia (the Member State currently holding the Council presidency), and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.