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Dec 14, 2020
Agenda, SIGMA webinar on audit of COVID 19 related expenditures, 14 December 2020
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Network of Supreme Audit Institutions of
EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries
and the European Court of Auditors
Audit of COVID-19 related expenditures
Virtual Workshop – 14 December 2020, 10h00 to 12h00
1. Welcome and Introduction 10h00-10h30
Welcome and event objectives –Alastair Swarbrick, Bianca Brétéché, SIGMA
Welcome and overview on EU support for EU Enlargement countries – Florian Hauser, DGNear,
Salvador Bertomeu Hernandez, DG Budget
Setting the scene – the challenges and opportunities for SAIs – Martin Sinclair, SIGMA expert
Mr. Sinclair will provide a brief overview of how OECD countries’ financial management and reporting
systems have coped and adapted to the demands and pressures brought about by the crisis, illustrated by
some country examples. This includes the challenges related to intensified risk profiles, accountability and
transparency. There is a vital role to play for SAI’s in recognising the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
and support a pragmatic, flexible and responsive approach that promotes the accountability and flexibility
necessary to maintain trust and confidence in public policies and institutions.
2. Sharing Network SAIs experiences - 10h30-11h45
Contribution by each of the seven participating SAIs – 5 to 10 minutes each
We invite senior management representatives of each SAI to provide a brief overview of the impact
of COVID-19 on the public finances, the SAI’s current responses and future plans. This includes the
opportunities and barriers to engagement of SAIs related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Questions and Answers and discussion about opportunities and challenges
3. Conclusions and Next Steps 11h45 – 12h00
Tentative conclusions – Martin Sinclair
Next steps – Bianca Brétéché and Alastair Swarbrick, SIGMA