Today, May 7, 2019, Minister of European Affairs George Ciamba participated in the conference “EU Audit Innovation and Increasing the Advisory Role of Supreme Audit Institutions for the Benefit of Society”, an event organised by the Romanian Court of Accounts in the margin of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, with the participation of the Romanian Prime Minister, Viorica Dăncilă, and the representatives of the Romanian Parliament.
In his address, Minister George Ciamba said that auditing plays a key role in improving the quality of the financial management of European funds by member states, contributing to efforts towards tackling fraud and evasion, which are important EU objectives for the benefit of member states and of European citizens.
The Romanian official stressed the importance of high quality auditing. This ensures not only the efficient use of the Union’s budget, but also the assessment of the true investment needs of the European economy, of projects likely to further the objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
“Public auditing institutions must play a special part, as they are called upon to draw the roadmap for future growth and must prevent or terminate patterns that are heading in the wrong direction. Thus, it is your task to evaluate the new systems and public objectives based on their effectiveness, so that there should be no weakness in managing the public system at national level,” said Minister George Ciamba in his address in the opening of the conference.
The minister for European affairs imparted that auditing needs to adapt to innovation, to the new structure of the European budget. In this context, George Ciamba referred to one of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: the future multiannual budget. The Romanian Government has been pursuing the conclusion of a simplified and balanced negotiation paper that could facilitate European leaders’ debates at the European Council in June and the decisions to be made in the latter half of the year. “We have managed to reach agreements with the European Parliament over a range of priority sectoral proposals for the forthcoming Financial Framework, such as: The European Defence Fund, the Digital Europe Programme for 2021-2027, the Connecting Europe Facility, the Horizon Europe Programme, the Space Programme, the Justice Programme, the Rights and Values Programme, the InvestEU Programme or the LIFE Programme,” Minister Ciamba pointed out.