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27 May 2021

Auditor General, Besnik Osmani, attended the Conference “Independence of Supreme Audit Institutions”

Lajmi Konferenca 27.05.2021

On Thursday, leaders of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) attended the online conference “Independence of Supreme Audit Institutions” organised by the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland, where the importance of institutional independence has been discussed.

In this conference, the leaders of the Supreme Audit Institutions of European countries such as Poland, Norway, Hungary, Bulgaria, Malta, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia and Kosovo, as well as representatives from the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) shared their experiences.

The Auditor General of the Republic of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani attended the sessions of this conference. In his presentation, Osmani said that the Auditor General of Kosovo, according to the Constitution, is the highest institution of economic and financial control in the Republic of Kosovo, and exercises its mandate and responsibilities with functional, financial and operational independence.

“In order to fulfil its mission and enhance its impact for a better life of citizens, a Supreme Audit Institution should constantly be aware of the possible challenges faced in its functional, financial and operational independence,” Osmani said.

Osmani further highlighted that despite operating in a fragile and challenging environment, the Kosovo National Audit Office has been able to fulfil its mandate and has continuously submitted and published audit reports with professionalism and of relevance.

Osmani has indicated that, in some cases, NAO has encountered difficulties and attempts have been made to interfere in its work and mandate, as was the case in 2019, when the Law on Public Officials undermined the independence of the Auditor General with issues related to the organisational structure, functioning, job classification and criteria for the recruitment of NAO staff, but this was settled by the decision of the Constitutional Court. “This decision has reconfirmed the direct establishment of the functional and organisational independence of the Auditor General in the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo and has finally prevented further discussions and possible disagreements,” the Auditor General of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani said.

Attending Auditors General also shared the experiences of their countries reaching a common conclusion that efforts for interference are as permanent and widely expressed in many countries as SAIs efforts should be in preventing them.  Alliance with media and civil society is the best way to prevent them.