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Closing of twinning project on strengthening of audit authority

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The closing ceremony of EU twinning project “Further development and strengthening of the organizational, administrative and technical capacities of the Audit Authority” was held in Skopje on Tuesday.

Nicola Bertolini, EU Delegation Head of Cooperation, said the audit authority is an important institution that has demonstrated its efficiency and proper operations during the project.

According to him, audit is the guardian against corruption and must serve as a model for the state budget.

Wouter Plomp, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, said the twinning project was implemented in partnership with Croatia.

“Netherlands remains to be Macedonia’s great friend and supporter in the further development of the country’s integration, through financial assistance and sharing of expertise. At the same time, the Netherlands is a strict friend when it comes to meeting criteria”, added Plomp.

Croatia’s Ambassador Danijela Barisic voiced satisfaction from the transfer of knowledge and experiences to Macedonian partners.

“This project is beneficial for all parties and the key reason for Croatia to take part in it is the stability and prosperity of neighbors”, added Barisic.

The European Union provided EUR 600,000 for institutional cooperation between the Audit Authority from the Netherlands and Croatia as EU Member States and the Audit Authority for audit of the European Union pre-accession assistance in the beneficiary country. The goal was to increase the know-how, effectiveness and impact of the Audit Authority involved in audit of the EU funds and to increase efficiency during implementation including the swift response to emerging priorities.

The project focused on proposals for new amendments and/or revisions for updating the legal framework of the Audit Authority, as well as on upgrading the existing methodology. Project’s activities resulted in updated audit manual in accordance with IPA II regulation, improved capacity of the audit staff in all relevant areas of EU-funded assistance programmes and further introduction of the Audit Authority staff in the EU audit community.