II Meeting of EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes was held on 5-7 April in Baku, Azerbaijan hosted by the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
30 representatives from 13 SAIs participated at the meeting.
It should be noted that, EUROSAI Working Group has 20 members including 2 observers and the first meeting of this Group was held in Luxembourg in which participated 9 member SAIs of EUROSAI, as well as the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mr. Vagif Hasanov, Auditor of the Chamber of Accounts and Mrs. Mariya Shulezhko, Member of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, Director of the Agricultural Industry, Nature Protection and Emergencies Audit Department welcomed all the participants in the meeting on “Practical implementation of ISSAIs 5500-5599 “Guidelines on Audit of disaster-related aid: risks of fraud and corruption, using new methods of data acquisition”.
After the presentation of participants and the program agenda Ms. Arife Coskun, Principal Auditor, Turkish Court of Accounts made the presentation: How to use the ISSAI 5510 in Auditing of Disaster Risk Reduction and relevant discussion were held.
Following the presentation of the colleagues of Audit Board of Indonesia and Accounting Chamber of Ukraine Mr. Egbert Jongsma, Auditor of the Netherlands Court of Audit made a presentation: ISSAI 5540 “Using geospatial information in auditing disaster management” via Skype.
At the end of the first working day of the event the participants visited the Crisis Management Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan.
The second day of the meeting began with the opening speech of Mr. Vugar Gulmammadov, the Chairman of the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Later following the welcoming addresses of Mr. Roman Maguta, Chairman, Accounting Chamber of Ukraine Mr. Raffaele Squitieri, President of the Italian Court of Accounts, the plenary session of the meeting began moderated by Mrs. Mariya Shulezhko, Member of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine.
Mr. Mykhailo Tolstanov, Head of International Cooperation Department, Accounting Chamber of Ukraine presented the WG’s progress report for the period between February 2015 – March 2016.
Later, the colleagues of SAIs of Turkiye, Indonesia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan Republic, Bulgaria, Italy and Poland made presentations on different themes, and the the presentation on Preliminary results of the international coordinated audit on protection of the Bug river waters from pollution (audit on implementation of the recommendations) conducted by the SAIs of Ukraine, Belarus and Poland was discussed. Mrs. Mariya Shulezhko, Member of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine made closing speech of the session.