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Swedish National Audit Office’s support in the Balkans gives positive results

The Swedish National Audit Office supports sister-organisations in the Western Balkans in developing their performance audit capacities. A regional parallel performance audit project, on the theme public procurement has been finalised. The project has focused on practical support assisting the participants with the audit process. The cooperation has been successful and strengthened the participating organisations ability to audit and their relationships with each other.

The Swedish National Audit Office has, together with the European Court of Auditors (ECA) carried out a regional project in the Western Balkans – with the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. The project has been in the form of a parallel audit, mixing theory with practice, and has contributed to enhanced performance audit capacities for the participating SAIs. The parallel performance audit project has had one common theme for all six participants, public procurement, where each SAI has audited one aspect in the field of public procurement in their specific environment.

The Swedish National Audit Office and ECA have also written a synthesis report building on the results from each country’s audit. This report points out significant flaws in the systems for public procurement in all six cases. The problems mainly lie in the phases of planning and follow-up. The authorities do not properly assess their needs before specifying the demands for procurement. This leads to continued challenges throughout the process, resulting in delays, risk of fraud and general difficulties in access to the services needed.

– We do have but only very positive experiences from our cooperation with the Balkan SAIs. It has contributed to a more stable situation in a former quite unsettled region, and also will the network now built, remain when our cooperation comes to an end. We can also see financial advantages in supporting several SAIs at the same time, instead of one-on-one cooperations, says Magnus Lindell, Head of the International Department of the Swedish National Audit Office.

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The joint report

The Swedish National Audit Office's cooperation with the Balkan SAIs

Facts

Performance audit involves auditing of the appropriateness and effectiveness of a public operation. The results of the audits, including recommendations, are presented in audit reports submitted to the Riksdag. Through the reports, the Riksdag receives important information which serves as a basis for decision, debate and change. Through the audit reports also the public receives information on how the state operations function and deliver.

The Office of the Auditor General has international development cooperation with several authorities in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Cooperation is usually conducted as bilateral projects. In this case, the support has been targeted at a region – a group of countries that candidate for the EU.

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Updated: 13 February 2018

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