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Project of the Center for Economic Analysis in cooperation with Westminster Foundation for Democracy
SAO Draft Annual Work Programme for 2018 presented

The Center for Economic Analyses (CEA) in cooperation with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy continued with the realization of the project "Improving Financial Accountability and Transparency in Macedonia". In the presence of media representatives, the fourth quarterly report (for the period 01 July 2017 – 30 September 2017) on the monitoring of SAO operation was presented. SAO representatives, Secretary General Aleksandar Popovski and Assistant to the Auditor General Mrs. Cveta Ristovska, attended the event.

 

In the introductory speech, Mrs. Gabriela Dimovska from the Center for Economic Analysis and one of the authors of the report, pointed out the following:

- It is evident that citizens are encouraged and interested in the contents of audit reports. The requests for audit submitted by citizens are increasing. There was also significant openness and initiative for building long-term cooperation between SAO and the stakeholders. Consistent with the experience, SAO is increasing its awareness on the immediate need for cooperation and consultation with the citizens and the media in the context of further clarification of matters related to SAO work.

 

SAO representatives informed that in the course of 2017 SAO received 70 requests for audit and 21 requests were accepted. SAO representatives also presented the draft Annual Work Programme for 2018, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

 

The quarterly report also measured the extent to which part of the MPs were familiar with SAO work. Most of the current parliamentarians believe that SAO is not sufficiently represented to the public. The MPs agreed on the need for reviewing audit reports at another level, and depending on the auditee, this could be done by an appropriate committee in the assembly, at Assembly sessions or by the Finance and Budget Committee.



The examined MPs, as well as the majority of citizens would like to submit requests for conducting audit, although most of them were not aware of that possibility.



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