EUROSAI. Magazine N26 - 2021

EUROSAI 16 EUROSAI Activities In the opening ceremony, participants shared their valuable opinions and messages regarding EUROSAI's 30th Anniversary. Mr Baş also, following his commemorative speech, stated with pleasure that the TCA created a "Memorial Plantation Area" in Ankara for the 30th anniversary of EUROSAI, consisting of trees dedicated to each member SAI with a nameplate on, representing EUROSAI's deep-rooted past and cooperation that will hopefully last for many years. A video, regarding this memorial forest, was also shared by the TCA. Ms María José de la Fuente y de la Calle, the President of the SAI of Spain and Secretary General of EUROSAI, reflected on how 30 enthusiastic SAIs had gathered in 1990 in Madrid for the Constitutive Conference of EUROSAI and its first Congress, in a special moment for transformation in Europe, accompanying her words with pictures of that time. Other participants also joined in the congratulations on the EUROSAI anniversary. Additionally, the President of the SAI of Portugal, Mr José Tavares, and the Auditor General of the SAI of Lithuania, Mr Mindaugas Macijauskas, were congratulated on their recent appointment as such and warmly welcomed as observer and guest, respectively, of the GB. As agreed at the 51st GB e-meeting, the submission of the mid-term review report (to be performed on a 4-year basis) was postponed until the upcoming XI Congress; therefore, GB took note of only the consolidated progress report of the EUROSAI Strategic Goals and EUROSAI Governance Portfolios as well as the individual progress reports submitted by the GB members related to their portfolios. The updated overall Operational Plan was also approved. Based on the proposal of the SG2 regarding the invitation of the INTOSAI Auditor Professionalization (TFIAP) to appoint a regional representative, a representative from the SAI of Romania was chosen to join the TFIAP in the period 2020 to 2022. 1 This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. GB also decided that SAI of Ukraine would host the VI EUROSAI-ARABOSAI Joint Conference, in 2022, supporting the theme of “SAI’s auditing the effectiveness of climate change policy”. Regarding the update of the organisation of the XI EUROSAI Congress in Prague next year, GB approved the proposal of the upcoming EUROSAI Presidency (the SAI of Czech Republic) to hold an administrative virtual XI Congress on 14-15 April 2021 and an in-person follow-up conference -for plenary sessions, workshops, and marketplace and social program-, in Prague and when the pandemic situation allows. The application for EUROSAI membership that the Kosovo1 National Audit Office (KNAO) had submitted on 24 February 2020, following its admission in INTOSAI with effects as from the 1st of January 2020 was also on the agenda of the 52nd GB meeting and the GB approved the admission of the Kosovo National Audit Office (KNAO) as a EUROSAI member, by a majority of votes. 53rd EUROSAI Governing Board online meeting 53rd EUROSAI Governing Board meeting was held in the framework of the XI EUROSAI Congress, hosted online by the Czech Republic Supreme Audit Office on 14 April 2021. The meeting was chaired by Mr Seyit Ahmet Baş, former President of the Turkish Court of Accounts and EUROSAI. In the first part of the meeting, the EUROSAI Secretariat presented the EUROSAI Activity Report 2017-2021. Following the Report, the Report on Implementation of the EUROSAI 2017-2021 Presidency Programme which summarized the main highlights during the Presidency of TCA along with a