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The SAS Became Parties to the New Project "EU for Stronger Public Finance System of Local Governments" 15 February 2018

On February 15, 2018 there was the meeting of the State Audit Service of Ukraine representatives with the experts of the project "EU for Stronger Public Finance System of Local Governments". The key issues of the meeting were the discussion and coordination of the general objective and the Project goals. The experts of the EU technical assistance project consisting of Borislav Petkov, Stephen Leeds, Philippe Bertrand and Alexandra Janovskaia submitted the project, that has designed to support the reform of public finance management at the local and regional level in line with the government's public financial management strategy. It was defined 5 components of reforms to reinforce public financial management of local governments, one of which deals with the SAS's activities such as the efficient internal public financial control and the external audit. It will consist of such points as:

 

preparing a conceptual segregation of duties framework of the public financial control and audit bodies (the SAS, the Accounting Chamber, he State Treasury of Ukraine), as well as the local financial authorities for the control and audit of local budgets;

preparing proposals on the mandates review of the public financial control bodies during carrying out the control measures over local budgets with the way of preparing of "the road map" reforms;

the support in preparing of the single approach to the local budget audit by the public financial control bodies and independent external auditors;

preparing of the recommendations for the local authorities on issues of preparing and approving the local budgets provisions;

preparing proposals for providing the tools of the civil review over the local budgets and the municipality.

 

Ways of providing assistance will include the strengthening institutional capacity through the expert advice, exchange of the best practices, the development and implementation of training events and seminars, the assistance in preparing the methodological and legislative changes, the assistance in designing and preparing IT solutions.

 

 

The Ukrainian party expressed its interest in obtaining such assistance from highly skilled specialists. In order for experts' better understanding of the main functions and duties of the SAS on the local government level, representatives of the SAS outlined the public financial control system at the regional and local levels and development directions in accordance with the Strategy for the reform of the public finance management system for 2017-2020, approved by the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated February 08, 2017, No. 142, as well as in accordance with the Medium-term Priority Action Plan for the Government till 2020, approved by the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated April 3, 2017, No. 275.

At the end of the meeting, the parties agreed on further interconnection and cooperation in order to achieve the progressive goal of reforming the public finance management system at the local and regional levels.