EUROSAI. Magazine N26 - 2021

EUROSAI 56 EUROSAI Working Groups and Task Forces It has been five years already since the TFMA began operating, and although the World has been plagued by the pandemic, the latter period has been just as rich in work. Nevertheless, this brief overview does not pretend to be a comprehensive statistical report or detailed content analysis of TFMA activities - it is intended to highlight the most important direction of cooperation and to introduce the most relevant topics. The mission and vision of the TFMA are not just about the creativity of its 27 members - it takes a lot of ingenuity and focus in recent years and sometimes the courage to take todays’ challenges to be more prepared and safer tomorrow. Considering that TFMA activities are focused on the very important element of each country - municipality, they significantly complement and reveal a new perspective on the EUROSAI Strategic Goal 1 (SG1) “Professional Cooperation” set in the EUROSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2024. The most relevant topics – in the centre of Annual Meetings and Seminars After the 4th Annual Meeting of TFMA held online in 2020, the community of TFMA decided not to give up and make all efforts to hold the next meeting in person. The effort paid off: despite all the restrictions, the meeting was organized in a hybrid way and the TFMA community had the opportunity to meet after a long break. The 4th Seminar of EUROSAI TFMA “Municipal Real Estate Management” and the 5th Annual meeting of the Task Force were held on 3-4 November 2021 in Budva, Montenegro. The event was hosted by the State Audit Institution of Montenegro and organized in cooperation with the National Audit Office of Lithuania. Nearly 80 participants from 27 EUROSAI countries and partner organizations attended this event in hybrid way. “During the pandemic, all municipalities faced the same real-estate management challenges. They were driven by declining revenues, new necessary expenditure on property and its needs, telecommuting, and distance services. As a result, real-estate landscape is changing and municipalities need to rethink infrastructure investment priorities, National Audit Office of Lithuania Chair of the EUROSAI Task Force on Municipality Audit (TFMA) TASK FORCE ON MUNICIPALITY AUDIT: BUILDING A RESILIENT RECOVERY