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Reports of Working groups


The Working Group on Structural Funds VII presented its final report to the Contact Committee 2017.

The report is based on a parallel audit on “Contribution of the Structural Funds to the Europe 2020 Strategy in the areas of Employment and/or Education”. For the audit, 11 SAIs evaluated the design of Operational Programmes and analyzed the implementation of projects. They found that, overall, Operational Programmes provide an appropriate basis to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy. However, they found weaknesses in the design of the Operational Programmes and implementation process which should be addressed by the Commission and the Member States.“

Underlying Risks to Sustainable Public Finances

The Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Finland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden have co-operated in a parallel audit on underlying risks to sustainable public finances. The project was endorsed by the Contact Committee at its meeting in June 2015 and the Swedish National Audit Office has chaired the group. The aim of the parallel audit was to draw attention to risks to sustainable public finances and to audit how governments deal with such issues within three similar processes involving recommendations from international organisations. This audit is based on reviews of countryspecific reports and recommendations from the European Union (EU), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued in the period 2011–2015, (the audited period). The participating SAIs have mapped the various recommendations to their respective country as well as the government responses to these recommendations. They have furthermore audited the public availability of the recommendations at national level as well as national follow-up procedures. A number of SAIs have moreover assessed the effectiveness of government measures.

Final report on the Analysis of (types of) errors in EU and national public procurement within the Structural Funds programmes

The Working Group carried out the parallel audit in order to understand why detected errors in Structural Funds are often associated with public procurement rules. The findings show that ‘lack of knowledge’ is the most common reason for errors in public procurement, followed by ‘interpretation difficulties’. The participating SAIs concentrated on the errors reported by national authorities and SAIs. They assessed the national applications of the relevant COCOF guidelines and scrutinised national systems aimed at detecting and preventing errors in public procurement procedures. Furthermore, they analysed the types and causes of errors and identified similarities and differences across the Member States.

Background report to the Resolution of the Contact Committee Task Force to explore the possibilities for cooperation with Eurostat and National Statistical Institutions

In October 2011, the Contact Committee of the Heads of EU SAIs set up a Task Force to explore the possibilities for cooperation with Eurostat and National Statistical Institutions (NSIs). The Task Force was established on the basis of the Contact Committee’s efforts to ensure efficient public auditing in response to the financial and economic crisis and highlighting the importance of reliable and timely information (including statistics) on the use of public funds. The Contact Committee asked the Task Force to report on the results of its work at the next CC meeting in 2012 (CC-R-2011-06)

Access of Supreme Audit Institutions to the main financial supervisors in EU Member States

The audit pilot study shows among other things that seven out of the 13 national SAIs that participated have no mandate to audit the FSA. Hence, these SAIs have no access to the supervisory FSA-files of banks. One SAI, the Algemene Rekenkamer of the Netherlands, has the mandate to audit the FSA, but does not get actual access to the supervisory files of banks at their national supervisor. Five of the 13 national SAIs and the European Court of Auditors both have the mandate and access to the FSA-files.


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