The European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) and the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) have formally agreed to support each other’s goals and objectives.
ECIIA Vice President Marie-Hélène Laimay and EUROSAI President Saskia Stuiveling launched the initiative in The Hague on 19 June 2014. The agreement aims to facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing between supreme audit institutions and internal auditors across the public sector in Europe.
“It is important that we develop a common understanding of the issues at stake in public sector governance and auditing,” Laimay said, “and mutually understand each other’s roles, responsibilities and expectations.”
While supreme audit institutions act as external auditors to government bodies, their work can depend on, or overlap with, internal audit, even though they operate independently of each other. A recent study by the two bodies – Coordination and cooperation between supreme audit institutions and internal auditors in the public sector – showed that only a minority of European jurisdictions had explicit rules in place that dealt with how they should coordinate their work.
The bodies have agreed to share their experiences of implementing their professional standards and to consult on issues of common interest to deepen their joint understanding of how best to coordinate their members’ activities. They agreed to explore further ways of working together to improve the effectiveness of, and communication between, supreme audit institutions and internal auditors within Europe.
The ECIIA working party to the agreement included Juan Ignacio Ruiz Zorrilla, Soledad Llamas, Elena Lucas and Melvyn Neate.