On March 30, the representatives of the Court of Accounts of the Republic of Moldova (CoARM) and of the Romanian Audit Authority (RAA) met within an online meeting to discuss issues related to the audit of cross-border programs. The Court of Accounts was represented by Andrei Munteanu, Member of the CoARM and the members of the Group of Auditors.
The representatives of the CoARM expressed their intention to strengthen the institutional capacities for evaluating the management and control system of cross-border cooperation programs, established at national level for the joint operational programs "Romania - Republic of Moldova 2014-2020" and "Black Sea Basin 2017- 2020”, by developing and adjusting the internal methodological regulatory framework applicable to audit activities carried out under the financing agreements of the aforementioned programs.
In this context, discussions were launched on the examination of the methodological regulatory framework of the Audit Authority applicable to audit activities related to European territorial cooperation programs in order to ensure alignment with existing good practices in the European Union and to standardize the audit approach on cross-border cooperation programs funded by the European Union.
We mention that in 2017, the Republic of Moldova ratified the Financing Agreements for cross-border and transnational cooperation programs, as follows:
- "Romania - Moldova 2014-2020", with the aim of enhancing economic development and improving the quality of life of people in the program area, through joint investments in education, economic development, culture, infrastructure and health, while ensuring safety and security of the citizens of the two countries.
- "Black Sea Basin 2014-2020", the general objective of the program being to improve the living standards of people in the Black Sea Basin regions through sustainable growth and joint protection of the environment.
- "Transnational Danube Program 2014-2020", which is an instrument for financing European Territorial Cooperation (ETC). This is one of the objectives of the European Union's cohesion policy, which provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors in different Member States.
Pursuant to the above-mentioned Financing Agreements, the Audit Authorities of the Programs requested the assistance of the Court of Accounts in carrying out audit activities on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, by collecting relevant audit evidence and assessing the level of compliance of the national management and control system and project beneficiaries, on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.