“We will overcome everything if we are united”: Heads of SAIs of partner countries met with the staff of the Accounting Chamber

04.06.2024 19:10

Institutional support of the Accounting Chamber, consulting assistance in reform and joint audits. These and other issues were discussed at a joint meeting of the leadership of the Accounting Chamber and the heads of six Supreme Audit Institutions of European countries on June 3.

The President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic Miloslav Kala, the Auditor General of the National Audit Office of the Republic of Estonia Janar Holm, the Auditor General of the State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Korčagins, the Auditor General of the Republic of Lithuania Mindaugas Macijauskas, the President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic Lubomír Andrašsy and the Vice President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Republic of Poland Jacek Kozlowski are visiting the Accounting Chamber.

At the beginning of the meeting, those present honored the memory of the employees of the Accounting Chamber who died defending the country – Yurii Storozhev and Valerii Hulyk.

The Chairwoman of the Accounting Chamber Olha Pishchanska thanked her foreign colleagues for their support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people during the difficult time of the war. In addition, the parties outlined potential directions for further cooperation.

We have a complete understanding of ways to deepen cooperation with the Supreme Audit Institutions of your countries. Among other things, it can be consulting support and conducting trainings. We are interested in conducting joint audits already in 2025 on topics that would be important both for Ukraine and for your countries. It is also a priority for us to receive consultations on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Accounting Chamber””, – Olha Pishchanska noted.

The Auditor General of Lithuania, Mindaugas Macijauskas, in particular, offered to share experience in reforming the institution, as Lithuania has also recently made changes to its relevant legislation.

the Vice President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Republic of Poland, Jacek Kozlowski, noted the possibility of conducting a joint audit related to the education of Ukrainian children of forced displaced persons. Olha Pishchanska supported his proposal and suggested other SAIs to also join this audit measure.

The Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Latvia, Edgars Korčagins, noted the interest of his SAI in conducting joint IT audits with the Ukrainian side. He was supported by a colleague from Slovakia Lubomír Andrašsy.

The Auditor General of the National Audit Office of Estonia, Janar Holm, also joined his colleagues and offered the Accounting Chamber support in other areas of interest to the institution.

In turn, the President of the SAI of the Czech Republic, Miloslav Kala, thanked the management of the Ukrainian SAI and the auditors for the courage to continue the work despite all the risks.

Miloslav Kala presented a photocopy of the EUROSAI Governing Board’s decision to suspend cooperation with the Russian Federation and Belarus, and Lubomír Andrašsy presented laptops to the Accounting Chamber.

We faced new complex challenges, in response to which our partners expressed their readiness to support us as much as possible. This visit is the best proof of the sincerity of our partners’ intentions to deepen cooperation. We will overcome everything if we are united”, – Olha Pishchanska emphasized.

At the end of the meeting, foreign colleagues left notes in the Book of Honored Guests.