International Journal of Government Auditing – October 2014
In June 2014, the IXth EUROSAI Congress convened in The Hague, The Netherlands. At the Congress the Netherlands Court of Audit assumed the Presidency of EUROSAI from the Tribunal de Contas of Portugal.
This year's Congress took "innovation" as its theme: "Innovation," because we as SAIs need to keep up with the ever-changing context of the world in which we function. There is no doubt in my mind that if we do not change we will become obsolete.
In the most recent INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) Global Survey (2013), more than 40 percent of SAIs reported cases of interference from the executive in the budget process, thus threatening their financial independence. Just as significant is that fact that 15 percent of SAIs currently do not make any of their reports publicly available. This shows that we must carefully talk to our stakeholders, but we also need to be introspective about our position and our role in society. SAIs do not seek innovation for its own sake, but rather as an indispensable means of maintaining long- term added value. In this effort, we build on the EUROSAI, and indeed INTOSAI, values to embed and enhance the good governance of government entities and their affiliated institutions.