Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the headquarter of the Romanian Court of Accounts,  a conference was held regarding the launching of the project "Increasing the institutional capacity of the Romanian Court of Accounts and the ability to interact with the external environment", financed by the EU’s Structural Reform Support Programme  and implemented in cooperation with the European Commission

The project aims to update and develop the two essential components for increasing the institutional capacity of the Romanian Court of Accounts, respectively the communication component and the human resources component. Therefore, the Romanian Court of Accounts aims to develop a new communication strategy that will contribute to its promotion as a modern and efficient institution, with the role of public sector accountability in order to improve communication at central and local level.

“We want a transparent and modern Court of Accounts that will bring a relevant contribution to the efficient functioning of the public sector in Romania. We need innovative tools in relation to the audited entities as a response to the evolution of the society. These tools come to facilitate effective dialogue with stakeholders through the significant impact they have on the development of communities in Romania.” (Mihai Busuioc, President of the Romanian Court of Accounts).

Through the human resources component, the project aims to develop a specific strategy for developing an efficient policy for recruiting, guiding and training specialized personnel within the Romanian Court of Accounts.

“This program is a priority for the World Bank and it is integrated into a broader vision of President Mihai Busuioc to transform the Court into a partner that provides support to other institutions for a better functioning of the society." (Tatiana Proskuryakova, Country Manager for Romania and Hungary).    

Daniele Dotto, the head of the unit in charge of reform of governance and public administration in the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support of the European Commission stresses the importance of developing the two essential components of the project with direct impact on the life of the citizens: The Court of Accounts has submitted a promising project, it has undergone a rigorous selection and we have high expectations regarding the results, especially in terms of impact on the efficiency of this institution.

Also, as chairman of the special joint Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for controlling the implementation of the annual budgets of the Court of Accounts, Mr. Vasile Cocoș spoke about the need to develop and strengthen the institutional capacity in relation with the other institutions and civil society for the final beneficiary of the project - the citizens: It is time that along with the control over the efficient spending of public funds, the Supreme Audit Institution in Romania will also contribute through experience and expertise to increase the quality of life of the citizens.

The project "Increasing the institutional capacity of the Romanian Court of Accounts and its ability to interact with the external environment" will be implemented for a period of 18 months (September 2019 - March 2020), during which a series of working groups will be organized at national and local level.

The inauguration event was also attended by representatives of the Romanian Parliament, ministries and national authorities of management of the European funded programs, associations of local public administration and academic environment, as well as the president of the Chamber of Financial Auditors in Romania.

The Structural Reform Support Programme provides funding for technical support to Member States to help design and implement growth-enhancing reforms. The programme is implemented by the European Commissions Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM)