First Roundtable Discussion of the Project Group on “Auditing the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”

EUROSAI Project Group on “Audit of Responses to COVID 19 Pandemic”, established with the leadership of SAI UK and SAI Finland with the broad participation of EUROSAI members, held its first Roundtable Discussion on 16 June, 2020 via Blackboard tool.

The rountable was modetared by the SAI UK and presentations were made by the SAIs of Malta, Norway, Israel, Denmark, Romania and Turkey based on the three discussion topics: COVID-19 situation in the participating countries, audit responses given or planned to tackle with COVID-19 and proposals for the activities and subjects that should be included in the Operational Plan of the Project Group.

In the first part, participant countries summarized the key milestones of the COVID-19 crisis in their countries and respective actions taken by the government, including social and medical precautions as well as economic and financial recovery packages.

In the second part of the rountable, each SAI shared their approach and methodology adopted as their audit response and explained how this response has been reflected to their audit planning and practice as well. Main concern raised by the participant Presidents is the challenge to keep the balance between the agile and flexible reaction of the government and still holding the users of the public funds accountable and transparent. Audit themes and areas most frequently emphasized were evaluating the public procurements on the basis of the compliance criteria, figuring out the effectiveness of the internal controls to eliminate the risk of corruption and irregularity due to the quick financial reactions and defining the possible and most relevant performance audit topics.

In the last part, participant SAIs shared their ideas and proposals for the further development of the Project Group’s Operational Plan with respect to better cooperation for the effective and rapid dissemination of audit approaches, practices and lessons learnt among all EUROSAI members.

Roundtable Discussions with the participation of other SAIs on the same topic will continue until 24 June, 2020 and the outcomes of these meetings will be addressed in the Second Webinar, which is planned to be organized on 2 July 2020.



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