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TAIEX workshop held in Skopje

TAIEX Multi-Country Workshop on IPA II challenges and strengthening the audit authorities’ network was held in Skopje, on 24-25 October 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to share the best practice and lessons learnt in auditing IPA funds, as well as strengthening of national audit authorities.

The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Macedonian Audit Authority, and participated by representatives of the EU Delegation, DG NEAR and regional Audit Authorities. Mr. Ljubinko Stanojevic, the Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds headed representatives of the Serbian Audit Authority, presenting our experience in auditing the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

 TAIEX workshop held in Skopje   TAIEX workshop held in Skopje

 

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Workshop in Glozan

On 12 October 2017, auditors of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds attended a workshop organised by auditors of the European Commission, related to the project "Development of Innovative Chocolate Products Fortified with Bioactive Compounds", Eugen Chocolate doo, in Glozan, South Backa  district, Vojvodina.

The workshop was also attended by representatives of the Innovation Fund; the Ministry of Finance - Department for Contracting and Financing of European Union Funded Programmes (CFCU) and the Department for EU Funds Management (NAO SO and National Fund); the Ministry of European Integration – Department for Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Reporting on EU Funds and Development Assistance (NIPAK TS); the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development - Department for International Cooperation and European Integration (IPA Unit).

 Workshop in Glozan

 

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Second session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee

Second session of the Committee for monitoring the implementation of IPARD II pre-accession programme for rural development, for the period 2014-2020, was held on 3 October 2017, in Belgrade. Among other points, it was stated that auditors of the European Commission will conduct the final audit of operational infrastructure in the second half of November, after which Serbia could receive the green light to commence utilisation of IPARD funds in the amount of 175 million Euros. After that, the first call for the use of these funds for farmers would follow.

In addition to the members of the Monitoring Committee, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, the EU Delegation to Serbia, the Ministry for European Integration, as well as our Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds. Deputy Director of the Governmental Audit Office, Mr Slobodan Karanovic, informed the attendants about the role of the Audit Authority in the upcoming period.  

 Second session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee

 

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Visit of the delegation of the European Parliament Budgetаry Control Committee

The delegation of the EP Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) visited the Republic of Serbia on 17 July 2017. The aim of the visit was to gain assurance that the EU pre-accession assistance funds (IPA) were spent efficiently and effectively, through looking into several projects. Among others, for this purpose, the project "Support to Capacity Building of the Audit Authority" was also selected.

Ljubinko Stanojević, Director of the Governmental Audit Office of EU Funds, briefly presented the AA's activities, objectives and project budget, results and outcomes, as well as future needs for financing further capacity building. After the presentation, the Director of the AA responded to the questions of Derek Vaughan, the head of CONT delegation and Martina Dlabayeva, vice-chair of the Budgetary Control Committee. Mr. Vaughn concluded that great progress was made in Serbia regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the established structures for the planning and implementation of IPA funds and positively assessed the plans for maintaining administrative capacities in this area.

Visit of the delegation of the European Parliament Budgetаry Control Committee

 

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1st Meeting of the Group of Auditors for the CBC Programme Serbia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2020

The first meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2020 was held on 13 October 2016, in Belgrade.

The GoA members discussed the current status of the Programme, the rules of procedure of the GoA, as well as the audit strategy for the programming period 2014-2020.

 

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1st Meeting of the Group of Auditors for the CBC Programme Serbia – Montenegro  2014-2020

The first meeting of the Group of Auditors for the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro 2014-2020 was held on 28 November 2016, in Belgrade.

The GoA members discussed the current status of the Programme, the rules of procedure of the GoA, as well as the audit strategy for the programming period 2014-2020.

 

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Study visit to Lithuania

As a part of the EU-funded project ‘Support to the Capacity Building of the Audit Authority of Serbia’, Serbian AA auditors visited their Lithuanian counterparts between 28 June – 02 July 2016.

Staff of the Audit Development Department and Audit Department 8 of the National Audit Office auditing the EU investment in Lithuania presented their office and shared experience and good practice in organising and performing audits with the representatives of the Serbian Audit Authority. Additional attention was given to audits planning, tools and methodology of audit process, sampling methodology, professional development of auditors and cooperation with the European Commission. Also, workshops were held with representatives of the National Payment Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Study visit to Lithuania Study visit to Lithuania Study visit to Lithuania

 

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Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia

Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission organised a seminar for the Audit Authorities and NAO Support Offices in Berovo, Macedonia. The aim of the seminar was to provide general guidance as to the entrustment steps towards IPA II. It was attended by representatives from Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey.

The seminar was held in the period 22-25 February 2016.  

Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia Seminar for the Audit Authorities – Berovo, Macedonia

 

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First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade

The first meeting of the Monitoring Committee for IPARD II programme – programme for rural development, financed from pre-accession funds of the European Union, for the period 2014-2020, was held in Belgrade on 11 February 2016. The meeting, opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Dr Bogosavljevic-Boskovic, was also attended by the Director of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds, Mr. Slobodan Karanovic. Mr. Karanovic presented past and current activities of the Audit Authority related to administrative capacity building and reinstitutionalisation of the Audit Authority, as well as plans for future activities in auditing IPARD II programme.

The process of accreditation of state institutions to be involved in IPARD II programme is expected to be completed during the first half of 2016.

First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade First session of the IPARD II Monitoring Committee held in Belgrade

 

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Annual meeting of Group of Auditors for Cross-Border cooperation programme Serbia-Hungary

Annual meeting of the Group of Auditors for Cross-Border Cooperation programme Serbia-Hungary 2007-2013 was held in Budapest on 10 February 2016. Auditors of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds were also present.

GoA members discussed the current status of the Cross-Border Cooperation programme Serbia-Hunagry 2007-2013, as well as Audit Strategy for this programme for the programming period 2014-202.

 

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Representatives of the Audit Authority Office of EU Funds visited Brussels and Luxembourg in July this year, as a part of the project 'Support to the capacity-building of the Audit Authority of Serbia'. During this study tour, our colleagues visited the European Commission, as well as the European Court of Auditors, which reports about the visit in their Journal.