Meeting of the Governing Board of EUROSAI in Reykjavík

On 11 September 2006 the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) helt the 31st meeting of its Governing Board in Reykjavík. The meeting was hosted by the Icelandic National Audit Office. The agenda covered, among other things, the activities of the organisation over the past year and its future projects.
EUROSAI was established in 1990 and has currently 47 members. The organisation’s principal objective is to promote co-operation between European SAIs (Supreme Auditing Institutions) and to exchange suitable methods of auditing, information, experience and knowledge. Furthermore, the organisation seeks to strengthen the professional education and competence of those engaged in public auditing and to promote harmonisation in their working methods. In addition, during the past few years, the auditing offices have increasingly co-operated on joint or related projects, such as in the field of environmental auditing, where boundaries between countries often become blurred.

The Board of EUROSAI consists of eight members from the following European countries: Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the Russian Federation, Poland, Lithuania, Italy and Iceland. The current President of EUROSAI is the President of the SAI of Germany, Dr Dieter Engels. Iceland’s representative is Sigurdur Thórdarson, Auditor General of the Icelandic National Auditing Office. The meeting in Reykjavík, moreover, was attended by seven observers from other states, namely Austria, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, the UK, France and Holland. Thus, there were approximately 40 attendees.

A visit was paid to the Icelandic parliament, the Althingi, in connection with the meeting, and to Valhöll at Thingvellir where Sólveig Pétursdóttir, the President of the Althingi, hosted a luncheon for the delegates. The delegates were also invited to a dinner, hosted by the Icelandic Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde, at the Culture House.