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Vienna, 13-17 June 2022 - Thirteenth session of the Implementation Review Group and of the Working Group on Prevention

From 13 to 17 June the meeting of the Implementation Review Group and the Working Group on Prevention was held in Vienna and virtually to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The Implementation Review Group and the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption are the subsidiary bodies of the Conference of the States Parties – COSP – and are responsible for advising and assisting the Conference in regard to preventive measures under chapter II of the Convention against Corruption.
The working sessions focused on good practices and challenges in corruption risk assessment and management as well as on tools and resources for identifying and mitigating potential corruption risks. Participants also exchanged experiences in setting up frameworks for the protection of reporting persons and underlined that a robust whistle-blower reporting and protection system is crucial for combating corruption effectively and strengthening accountable institutions.
Moreover, the participants highlighted the importance of using information and communications technologies to promote integrity in public procurement and transparency and accountability in the management of public finances, to promote the participation of society and to ensure that citizens had adequate access to information.
Finally, participants underlined the relevance of education, at various levels of the education system to instil concepts and principles of integrity and accountability. Young people and children should be part of a strategy to prevent corruption. The role of mass media and Internet to raising-awareness against corruption has been considered as well.
The Corte dei conti attended in person the works of both groups and was represented by Mr. Giancarlo Astegiano, Assistant Prosecutor General and Ms. Erika Guerri, Judge of the International Affairs Office.

 

14 June 2022 - Ufficio Affari internazionali – Meeting of the EUROSAI Project Group on future risks, including those arising from the climate crisis

On the morning of June 14, a meeting of the EUROSAI Project Group on future risks, including those arising from the climate crisis, was held online.
The organizations that gather the Supreme Audit Institutions have always been particularly sensitive to environmental issues and have been operating for a long time, in a stable form, with dedicated working groups both at INTOSAI and EUROSAI level. In the latter, in more recent times, agile forms of cooperation are being experimented together with the more consolidated Working Groups. Among these new forms of cooperation are the Project Groups, such as the one in question, which, on June 14, focused in particular on the costs of climate change and how to trace these costs, starting from the observations of the Special Report 09/2022 "Climate spending in the EU budget 2014-2020" published by the European Court of Auditors on May 30, 2022. The EUROSAI Project Group on Future risks and Climate crisis meeting was attended by Ms. Erika Guerri, Judge of the International Affairs Office, and by Mr. Andrea Giordano, Judge of the Jurisdictional Chamber for the Emilia-Romagna.
The environmental issues will be addressed again, this time in the wider context of INTOSAI, during the 21st Assembly of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing that will take place from 4 to 6 July next, and which will see the participation of the Corte dei conti.

 

Rome, 9 June 2022 - Ufficio Affari internazionali - Bilateral meeting between the President of the Corte dei conti and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India

On 9 June, the President of the Corte dei conti Mr. Guido Carlino received the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Mr. Girish Chandra Murmu, accompanied by a delegation from the CAG.
The meeting was an opportunity to underline the collaboration between the two institutions in a season marked by a clear upswing in bilateral relations between Italy and India both in the framework of the "2020 - 2024 Action Plan", and in the launch of a Strategic Partnership on energy transition defined during the meeting between Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and Mr. Mario Draghi, President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Italy on 29 October 2021.
The collaboration between the two Institutions takes place within the working groups of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and in the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations.
During the meeting, both sides examined concrete steps for further extending the cooperation between the two SAIs. Environmental issues and information technologies were the main points of discussion. In this regard, after a comparison of experiences and best practices, it was agreed to plan in the future an exchange of internship periods that Italian and Indian auditors would carry out respectively in India and Italy, especially in the IT sector.
In addition to the Comptroller and Auditor General Murmu, the CAG delegation was composed of the Director General and Secretary of the CAG Mr. Ashutosh Sharma, the Director of the Department of International Relations Mr. Amitabh Prasad and the Director of Personnel Mr. Vishal Bapusaheb Desai.
The Corte dei conti delegation, led by President Carlino, was composed of the Prosecutor General Mr. Angelo Canale, the President of the Chamber for the Performance Audit on the Management of the State Administrations and Head of International Affairs Office Mr. Mauro Orefice, the President of Audit Chamber for EU and International Affairs Mr. Giovanni Coppola, the President of Chamber and Secretary General Mr. Franco Massi and the Counsellor Chief of Cabinet Mr. Giovanni Comite.

 

Rome, 6-7 June 2022 - Ufficio Affari internazionali – Visit of the Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan of the Indonesia to the Corte dei conti

On 6 and 7 June, the Corte dei conti welcomed a delegation from Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan, the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia, led by the Chairperson Ms. Isma Yatun. The Indonesian delegation was accompanied by representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Italian State.
The meeting was an opportunity to highlight the collaboration between the two institutions as a consequence of the handover of the G20 presidency from Italy to Indonesia and the substantial continuity of the objectives pursued.
The first day of the visit was dedicated to a seminar meeting on the jurisdictional functions with a particular focus on the liability in case of damages to public resources, including compensation aspects.
The following day, the President of the Corte dei conti Mr. Guido Carlino and the Chaiperson of the Audit Board of Indonesia, Ms. Isma Yatun, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. The aim of the Memorandum is to provide, strengthen, promote and develop a framework for cooperation and efficient interaction in the area of public sector auditing.
In addition, the delegation of Indonesia had the opportunity to get a closer view of the organization of the Corte dei conti by meeting representatives of the judicial and audit functions.

 

May 10-11, 2022 - Meeting of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (EWGEA)

On May 10-11, 2022, the Spring Session of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing was held online. The meeting was hosted by the SAI of Poland, Chair of the Working Group.
The topic was “Water supply and its quality in the aspect of the climate change”.
In addition to the participation of many European Supreme Audit Institutions, including the Italian Corte dei conti, representatives of the academic world, institutions, agencies and non-profit organizations engaged in the environmental field at the European and international level provided their contribution.
The theme of the meeting was discussed more analytically during three sessions regarding in particular “Sea and rivers pollution”, “Flood risks” and “Water supply and Droughts”.
Before of the closing the meeting, the representative of the Environmental Auditing Working Group in the INTOSAI framework, launched the 21st INTOSAI WGEA Assembly meeting that will be held on July 4 - 6, in hybrid format.
At the Spring Session of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing the Corte dei conti was represented by Ms. Erika Guerri, Judge of the International Affairs Office, and by Mr. Andrea Giordano, Judge of the Jurisdictional Chamber for the Emilia-Romagna.

 

Luxembourg, May 3-4, 2022 – Meeting of the Contact Committee of the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union

On May 3 and 4, the meeting of the Contact Committee of the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the European Union took place in Luxembourg at the European Court of Auditors. The event was the first in-person meeting of the Heads of EU SAIs since 2019 and was organized in two half-day sessions.
During the first day, participants discussed on the future of the Contact Committee and a small group of SAIs members, Corte dei conti included, planned to carry the discussion forward in the coming months in Lisbon. The Portuguese SAI will host the next Contact Committee meeting. Moreover, participants focused on the Consequences and challenges of the pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine for the EU and its Member, with a video address from Vareriy Patskan, Chairman of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine and an impulse speech from Ms. Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali.
The second day was devoted to the strategic tasks and challenges for EU SAIs in assessing the (added) value of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) at national and EU level.
The Corte dei conti contributed with a snapshot presentation on Auditing the NRRP – The new approach of the Corte dei conti.
The presentation pointed out that the set of powers and responsibilities of the Corte dei conti has been enlarged to exercise a more focused and efficient audit on the NRRP. In particular, the “Concurrent audit” (i.e., real-time audit) has been expressly highlighted; it will be primarily targeted at projects, plans and programmes funded by the NRRP The Corte dei conti was represented by Mr. Mauro Orefice, President of the Central Chamber for the Performance Audit on the Management of the State Administrations and Judge Head of the International Affairs Office and Mr. Giulio Stolfi, Assistant Prosecutor General at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office for Basilicata Region and Member of the Central Chamber for EU and International Affairs.

 

March 31, 2022 - INTOSAI Working Group on Financial Modernization and Regulatory Reform Virtual Meeting

The Corte dei conti co-hosted with the US Government Accountability Office the first 2022 meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on Financial Modernization and Regulatory Reform.
After the opening remarks by the US Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, the President of the Corte dei conti, Guido Carlino underlined the importance of the activities within the Working Group with regard to the pandemic crisis and the geopolitical situation.
Participants focused on the economic impact of COVID-19 and crisis recovery actions. Accordingly, risks and spotlights have been discussed.
Moreover, the European banking sector resilience to pandemic and the prudential and operational relief measures have been examined.
The Corte dei conti outlined the fast and firm recovery of the Italian economy, notwithstanding some uncertainties due to the macroeconomic environment and illustrated the main features of the National Resilience and Recovery Plan, which sets out a comprehensive package of reforms and investments on labour market policies, healthcare system, social housing, local social services and public sector. Furthermore, it was highlighted that the existing and the new competencies are aimed at enabling better external oversight on the implementation of the NRRP both at central and local level.
The Corte dei conti has invited to the meeting Mr. Damiano Guadalupi head of division in the Directorate General Universal & Diversified Institutions of the European Central Bank and one of the greatest experts of Banking supervision, and Ms. Leora Klapper, Lead Economist in the Finance and Private Sector Research Team of the Development Research Group at the World Bank who have enlightened participants on the latest developments in baking supervision and worldwide economy.
The Corte dei conti was represented by Mr. Mauro Orefice, President of the Central Chamber for the Performance Audit on the Management of the State Administrations and Judge Head of the International Affairs Office, Ms. Erika Guerri,Judge at the Second Chamber of Appeal and Deputy Head of the International Affairs Office, Mr. Giulio Stolfi, Assistant Prosecutor General at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office for Basilicata Region and member of the Central Chamber for EU and International Affairs and Mr. Benedetto Brancoli Busdraghi, Judge at the Jurisdictional Chamber for Liguria and member of the Central Chamber for EU and International Affairs.

 

Paris, March 14 and 15 - International Conference on the Future of European post-health-crisis

On March 14 and 15 the Cour des comptes organized, in the course of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a high-level international conference on “The Future of Europe post-health crisis.”
Participants have discussed on the fundamental role of the European Union and its future scenarios, on the exit from the health crisis and the tragic current war in the European continent.
On March 14 at the head office of Cour des comptes, Presidents and Judges of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union countries focused on the work undertaken during the health crisis and the methods of cooperation and common innovation. The session was opened by the First President of the Cour des comptes, Pierre Moscovici, the President of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehne and the European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni. The first day session concluded with remarks by First President of the Cour des comptes and the former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
On March 15 at the Sorbonne University Auditorium, a forum devoted to civil society was held. High level French, European and international guest speakers discussed with students, citizens and companies about the future of the European Union and relevant challenges, public policies after pandemic, resilience systems.
The session was opened by the First President of the Cour des comptes, Pierre Moscovici, who discussed the future of Europe with the economist, Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. Participants discussed on the reform of the European public finance framework; the creation of a European Union in the social and health sector; the economic, industrial and digital recovery; the green Europe.
At the end of the event, the First President of the Cour des comptes and the former President of the Council of Ministers, Enrico Letta, dealt with the issue of political Europe. The Corte dei conti has participated at the round table on “Strengthening the European dimension of post-Covid SAIs” and has firstly illustrated the positive trend of the Italian economy. Furthermore, it has underlined the fundamental control role the Corte dei conti is going to play, both at central and local level, on the management of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, also throughout the real time audit that will ensure to constantly monitor the process of implementation of the programs and investments of the Plan. It was also pointed out the full involvement of the regional Audit Chambers in this activity as the system of local authorities is the focal point for the effective implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, especially in the context of the protection of the territory, the social infrastructures and the strengthening of essential services for the citizenship.
The Corte dei conti was represented by Mr. Mauro Orefice, President of the Central Chamber for the Performance Audit on the Management of the State Administrations and Judge Head of the International Affairs Office, and by Ms. Erika Guerri, Judge at the Second Chamber of Appeal and Deputy Head of the International Affairs Office.

 

February, 16-18 2022 - International Workshop on “Combating Desertification, Food security and Sustainable Agriculture”

The Corte dei conti attended the International Workshop on “Combating Desertification, Food security and Sustainable Agriculture” organized by the SAI India’s International Centre for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development (iCED).
The workshop focused on the land degradation due to climate change, unsustainable agricultural practices, unsustainable water management and land use changes. It was also underlined that human factors such as urbanization, inequitable distribution of resources and globalization strongly contribute to land degradation.
Moreover, the qualified speakers highlighted the linkages between agriculture and land degradation and pointed out the great impact that agricultural activities have on ecosystems.
The way forward is restoring lands, adopting agroforestry and sustainable agricultural practices in order to protect the environment, stop desertification, expand the earth’s natural resources and maintain and improve soil fertility.
Performance audit techniques can significantly contribute to the achievement of such important goals.
The Corte dei conti was represented by Mr. Andrea Giordano, Judge of the Jurisdictional Chamber for the Emilia-Romagna.