News: Conclusions and Recommendations

 

During the IX EUROSAI Congress in The Hague the following conclusions and recommendations on innovating Supreme Audit Institutions were approved:

Culture and leadership

We, the members of the IXth EUROSAI Congress,

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Conclude that

  • SAIs should strive to attain an innovative culture of learning and improving with opportunities to experiment;
  • SAIs should ensure their relevance by being open to doing things differently, doing different things and tackling new topics;
  • sharing experiences and dilemmas within the EUROSAI community is of mutual benefit;
  • EUROSAI and SAIs have a responsibility to lead by example.

Recommend that

  • EUROSAI seek for ways to address the perceived tension between innovation and a rule-based culture;
  • EUROSAI stimulate innovative, low-cost, sustainable and web-based ways for SAIs to exchange views, documents and experiences;
  • EUROSAI encourage collaborative audits of relevant topics and foster experimentation with new audit approaches, techniques and products;
  • EUROSAI lead by example in its own governance and modus operandi;
  • EUROSAI seek an independent evaluation of its own governance and modus operandi. The EUROSAI Governing Board is mandated to follow-up on this;
  • forthcoming EUROSAI activities carry forward the spirit of the Young EUROSAI movement.

Delivering the message

Conclude that

  • a joint undertaking could help SAIs progress in terms of innovative and effective communication of their message.

Recommend that

  • EUROSAI facilitate activities to develop the capacity of SAIs to ‘deliver the message’ in an effective way.

Open data

Conclude that

  • open data offer new opportunities both to evaluate government performance and enhance public sector transparency and accountability;
  • open data ensure there is no longer a monopoly of most government information;
  • open data require SAIs to rethink their own relevance, traditional role, opportunities and needs.

Recommend that

  • EUROSAI facilitate a discussion on the opportunities and consequences for SAIs of open data, e.g. on the quality of such data.