EUROSAI. Magazine N26 - 2021

EUROSAI 62 EUROSAI Working Groups and Task Forces The two most recent products of the TFA&E are directed to the reinforcing of Ethics within SAIs and constitute parts I and II of the guideline on How to Implement ISSAI 30: • The Ethics Training Model aims at supporting SAIs in complying with the requirements of ISSAI 130 – the Code of Ethics of INTOSAI – mainly paragraph 19 when stating that "Clear communication is necessary to increase staff’s awareness and understanding of the code of ethics. This can include educating staff on promoting the SAI’s values and addressing ethical dilemmas, by offering workshops and training, leadership engagement, and disseminating ethics topics and good practices of the same that states”. In this context, this document offers guidance to inspire SAIs when organising their ethics training initiatives, mainly in what relates to training strategies, approaches and examples of courses content. • On the other hand, the Ethics Maturity Model, in line with paragraph 22 of ISSAI 130, provides SAIs with a tool to encourage a step-by-step approach in implementing its requirements, to define levels of compliance with the ISSAI and to offer SAIs a vision on how they can go even further. The tool can be used when SAIs conduct self-assessments and internal and external reviews, mainly to identify and analyse possible weaknesses and recommend measures for improving ethics management. After this adventurous and fruitful period, the TFA&E has concluded its activities, by its own proposal and decision of the EUROSAI 2020 Congress. The SAI of Portugal has completed 3 mandates as leader of the TFA&E and considered that, while the group has successfully fulfilled most of the planned tasks, a need was felt to change the dynamics. Recognising that there are reasons to keep the integrity agenda alive in EUROSAI, moreover in face of the survey results and the evolution of the environment in which SAIs operate, the TFA&E has discussed the possible future format of the work still to be done. Both the results of those discussions and the conclusions from the survey indicate that a permanent platform should exist to allow a continuous exchange of information, documentation and experiences on the subject. To meet those expectations, the TFA&E submitted the proposal for approval by the EUROSAI Governing Board and the Congress to establish, within the Strategic and Operational Plan, a «EUROSAI Network for Ethics». This initiative has been accepted, and on the latest EUROSAI Congress the Network was established, to be in charge to manage an online permanent platform that keeps SAIs informed and collaborative in the topics of SAIs’ ethics management and SAIs’ integrity awareness raising, ethics related audit initiatives and anti-corruption role. The two most recent products of the TFA&E are directed to reinforcing of Ethics within SAIs and constitute parts I and II of the guideline on How to Implement ISSAI 30: − The Ethics Training Model aims at supporting SAIs in complying with the requirements of ISSAI 130 – the Code of Ethics of INTOSAI – mainly paragraph 19 when stating that «Clear communication is necessary to increase staff’s awareness and understanding of the code of ethics. This can include educating staff on promoting the SAI’s values and addressing ethical dilemmas, by offering w rk hops and training, leadership engagement, and disseminating ethics topics and good practic ” of the same that states”. In this context, this document offers guidance to inspire SAIs when organising their ethics training initiatives, mainly in what relates to training strategies, approaches and examples of courses content. − On the other hand, the Ethics Maturity Mod l, in li e with paragraph 22 of SSAI 130, provides SAIs with a tool to encourage a step-by-step approach in implementing its requir me ts, to define levels f compliance with the ISSAI and to offer SAIs a vision on how they can go even further. The tool can be used when SAIs conduct self-assessments and internal and external reviews, mainly to identify and analyse possible weaknesses and recommend measures for improving ethics management. After this adventurous and fruitful period, the TFA&E has concluded its activities, by its own proposal and decision of the EUROSAI 2020 Congress. The SAI of Portugal has completed 3 mandates as leader of the TFA&E and considered that, while the group has successfully fulfilled most of the planned tasks, a need was felt to change the dynamics. Recognising that there are reasons to keep the integrity agenda alive in EUROSAI,

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