The Accounting Chamber, which is chairing the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes, reports on the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the EUROSAI Working Group for 2017–2020. The Accounting Chamber, within the Working Group, expanded contacts with experts, including international ones, and prepared a draft Strategic Plan of the EUROSAI Working Group for 2021–2024.
This is stated in the activity report of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes for 2017–2020.
Responsible for preparing the report – the member of the Accounting Chamber Viktor Bohun.
Preventing both natural and man-made disasters always requires less public spending than eliminating their consequences. Disaster prevention also helps to coordinate and pool the efforts of the European supreme audit institutions (SAIs) to maximize disaster awareness and develop effective and efficient tools for disaster management.
According to the report, the activities of the Working Group during 2017–2020 corresponded to the mission of its establishment and allowed to achieve the main expected results during its existence, and the tasks set by the Strategic Plan were generally fulfilled.
In particular, the organization and holding of annual meetings and seminars of the EUROSAI Working Group is provided.
The Good Practice Recommendations for Conducting Audits in the Field of Prevention and Consequences Elimination of Floods have been developed and approved.
International coordinated audits “On the prevention and consequences elimination of floods” and “On waste management and utilization” have been completed under the coordination of the Accounting Chamber. The international coordinated audit “On transboundary movement of wastes in the light of the Basel Convention provisions” with the participation of the SAIs of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine, under coordination of the SAI of Poland, is at the stage of completion. All the mentioned audits were carried out within the framework of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes.
In view of the changes taking place in the world, in particular the emergence of new disasters (biological ones, such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and their scale, the members of the Working Group consider it appropriate to continue the work of the Working Group. In particular, by strengthening the cooperation of the Working Group with other EUROSAI working groups and implementing joint activities.
Currently, the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, which heads the Working Group, is taking the initiative to extend the mandate of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes for 2021–2024.
As expected, the ХІ EUROSAI Congress will take place in April 2021.
The Activity report will be published on the Accounting Chamber’s website.
The EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes was established in 2014 according the resolution of the IX EUROSAI Congress. Throughout the period, the Group is chaired by the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine.
The establishment of the Group was preceded by the ten-year period. Thus, in September 2005, 11 SAIs members of the EUROSAI WGEA supported the initiative of the Accounting Chamber on the creation of the EUROSAI WGEA Special Subgroup on the Audit of Natural, Man-caused Disasters Consequences and Radioactive Wastes Elimination. Further, the Accounting Chamber, as the chair of the Special Subgroup, initiated the process of transformation it into the EUROSAI Task Force on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes, and since 2014 – into the EUROSAI Working group, for the purpose of practical implementation of standards developed by the INTOSAI Working Group on Accountability for and the Audit of Disaster related Aid. In 2020 the Working group consisted of 19 SAIs: 17 SAIs members and 2 SAIs observers.