The President of the Italian Corte dei conti, Mr. Raffaele Squitieri and the President of the European Court of Auditors, Mr. Vitor Manuel da Silva Caldeira had an official meeting at the European Court of Auditors on 21st March 2014
During the meeting it has been underlined the importance of the contribution of the Corte dei
conti with regard to specific activities of significant prominence within the Contact Committee
and, in particular, the comparative analysis carried out by the Corte dei conti on the Spending
Review, which involved twenty-three European Union countries. This analysis presents a complete
overview of the different ways to deal with this issue; the result of the comparative analysis is,
of course, available to the National Authorities, in the current delicate process of the public
In the framework of the Structural Funds, it has been stressed the effectiveness of parallel audits which have already provided important results; lastly, with reference to the simplification of the Structural Funds’ regulation, within the ad hoc Contact Committee Working Group, it has been extensively dealt with the relationship between the two Institutions with regard to the action carried out in the context of the European Economic Governance.
Due to the support of the Italian Corte dei conti in the establishment of the Early Warning Mechanism (an Observatory of the Supreme Audit Institutions on the European Union rules processes), it has been pointed out the great effort of the Corte dei conti at European level; the Institution constitutes an important pillar for the “Country System”, as neutral body that expresses its functions of guarantor, also with regard to the "Balanced budget", constitutionally provided for, as well as technical body, with high professional competence, able to provide a significant contribution in the context of economic and social reforms.
As recent examples of the Corte dei conti activity, should be remembered the Reports "Perspectives of public finance after the Stability Law" and "The evolution of the system of social welfare and relevant economic impact".
The meeting has, therefore, been the occasion to confirm the importance, also within the European Union, of the role of the Corte dei conti as a national guarantee body.
In the end of the meeting, the President of the European Court of Auditors and the President of the Corte dei conti have stressed the stable relationship between the two Institutions and the important perspectives of future cooperation.
This cooperation is very important within the economic governance that, for Italy, requires the widespread compliance with the internal stability pact and the Excessive Deficit Procedure and postulates, as fundamental aspect, the independence of the Supreme Audit Institutions.
It has been underlined the need to strengthen the coordinated audits on structural funds and, in the framework of priorities to be adopted within the Contact Committee, to examine topics as the banking supervision and the role of the BCE, the national and local budget discipline, the relation among corruption, appel d’offre and incorrect information, in order to share the best practices on issues having economic significance as the energy policy matter.