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30.09.2020 Representatives of the State Control Committee took part in the meeting of the EUROSAI working group on environmental auditing

Representatives of the State Control Committee took part in the XVIII annual meeting of the EUROSAI working group on environmental auditing on the topic “Air quality and urban traffic - problems and possible solutions in auditing tasks”. The event took place on September 28-30, 2020 via video conferencing.
Participants discussed topical issues of environmental audit, as well as the contribution of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to activities aimed at improving air quality.
It was noted at the meeting that an important task of the SAIs is to conduct performance audits of the national policy and legislation on solving problems related to air quality, as well as analyze the efficiency of spending the funds allocated for these purposes. The effectiveness of the work of the relevant national structures responsible for monitoring and reporting on the level of air pollution must be also under consideration of state auditors.
The main attention of the meeting participants was paid to the exchange of experience in environmental audits and the development of recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of state policy, measures, programs and projects aimed at improving air quality, as well as rational and effective use of allocated funds. SAIs from a number of European countries presented their experience and audit results.
Given the importance of this topic, it is planned to create a EUROSAI Expert Group, whose activities will be aimed at developing a methodology related to the analysis, forecasting and audit of future climate risks, exchange of audit approaches and experience, and creation of a platform for comparing audits.
Air pollution problem is relevant for all countries. The World Health Organization estimates that one in nine deaths worldwide is caused by air pollution.
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