The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is committed to being at the forefront in developing public-sector auditing, both in the EU and worldwide. The ECA Award for research into public-sector auditing intends to provide an incentive for and recognition of research into public audit-related issues.
As in previous years, the Award pays tribute to a person who has contributed through their work and example to the reputation of the ECA as a European institution. This edition of the Award therefore pays tribute to the memory of Henrik Otbo, a former Member of the ECA and a great contributor to the development of audit standards, both nationally and at EU level.
The 2016 ECA Award is aimed at European academics with theses in the fields of theoretical and/or empirical studies related to public-sector auditing, in particular in a European Union context.
Examples may include:
- audit methods and standards;
- financial, compliance and performance audit;
- audit of EU finances;
- reporting methods;
- organisational and management aspects;
- internal audit and control;
- public accountability;
- single audit;
- audit ethics;
- evaluation and impact assessment;
- relations between Supreme Audit Institutions and national parliaments; and
- EU governance.
The award is open to all postgraduates who have submitted a Master’s or PhD thesis. The oral examination must have taken place on or after 1 January 2012. Candidates for the Award must be EU citizens or have completed a thesis at a university in the European Union. The Master’s or PhD thesis must not have been submitted for any previous ECA Award.
The winner(s) will be awarded a prize of 5,000 euros.