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First meeting of the Working Group for Improvement of the Audit Process Results on state level took place in Sarajevo today. Establishment of the Working Group is the beginning of the joint analysis of the public audit process and identification of the activities and measures which could lead to improvement of the audit process results in BiH. Namely, once the audit reports are published, relevant institutions should consider and adopt recommendations and propose ways of removing the irregularities. On this occasion, at the national level cooperation between parliamentary bodies, prosecutor's office, state agencies together with the Audit Office of the Institutions BiH represents a key link in improving the audit results.
Meeting of the representatives of relevant institutions that will identify the area for more successful cooperation of institutions in the public audit process and for the purpose of improvement of the audit recommendations implementation was organized by the Centres of Civic Initiatives (CCI) with financial support from Sweden in BiH.
In her introductory speech, Jasmila Pašić, CCI Project Manager stated that the improvement of the audit process results contributes to the fight against corruption and its prevention within public institutions.  „Establishment of the state-level Working Group is a first step in the process of the improvement of the audit process results. Next step is joint analysis of the public audit processes, as well as identification of measures and cooperation models between institutions, which should lead to improvement of financial discipline and transparency of the public sector institutions operations as well as lead to more responsible spending of public funds” highlighted Pašić. 
The Working Group meeting was attended by Dušanka Majkić, Chairperson of the Committee for Finances and Budget of the House of Peoples of the BiH Parliament, Predrag Kožul, Chairperson of the Committee for Finances and Budget of the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament, Jasmin  Pilica, Deputy Chief Auditor of the Audit Office of the Institutions BiH, Gordana Tadić, Head Prosecutor in the Prosecutor’s Office BiH, Đinita Fočo, Public Procurement Agency and Hasim Šabotić, Director of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption.
“Aside to the Audit Office, the responsibility for the results of the audit process also lies on the BiH Parliament as well as the BiH Council of Ministers and other institutions, agencies,  prosecutor offices and courts. That is why we want to utilize this group to identify the methods of cooperation and establish responsibility of all institutions in this process. Our goal is to answer the question of what do we need in order to implement fully the audit process after publication of audit reports” said Dušanka Majkić, Chairperson of the BiH Parliament Committee for Finances and Budget.
"Audit Office is prepared to actively contribute to the work of this Working Group  whose goal is to rise the audit process results in BiH to a higher level. This, however, doesn’t mean that the operations of the BiH Audit Office is dissatisfactory, on the contrary. The role of each ring in the chain of responsibility and their mutual cooperation need to be strengthened, utilizing all the mechanisms provided by the existing legislation, in order to improve the level of audit recommendation  implementation. Aside to the competent institutions, inevitable ring in this chain are the civil society organizations which can, with their activism, contribute to the enhancement of public responsibility” highlighted Jasmin Pilica, Deputy Chief Auditor in the Audit Office of the Institutions in BiH.
The idea is to, through a dialogue with all relevant actors, identify area for improvement of the said process in order to improve the level of implementation of auditor recommendations, as well as improvement of existing control mechanisms, namely, the role of the competent parliamentary committees. 
The Project “More Effective Public Audit for Less Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina” is implemented by the Centres for Civic Initiative with financial support of Sweden. The project aims to contribute to a more responsible expenditure of public funds to reduce corruption in the public institutions in BiH. 

Ana Lučić
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