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State Audit Institution signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Podgorica, January 22, 2021 - State Audit Institution of Montenegro (SAI) and  Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)  have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, whose main goal is cooperation and contributing to the transparency and accountability of Montenegrin institutions.




The signing ceremony mark the beginning of a serious, joint project that will help to emphasize that the external audit of the public sector and their spending is one of the main instruments used to strengthen the accountability and trust in the state institutions.

The project will, among other things, provide expert support in strengthening communication, strengthening cooperation with the Parliament of Montenegro, the civil sector, the media and international institutions.

The event was opened by: President of the SAI Senate Mr Milan Dabović, Executive Director of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Mr. Anthony Smith and Her Majesty's Ambassador to Montenegro, H.E. Karen Maddocks.

Opening the event, President of the SAI Senate Mr Milan Dabović, expressed gratitude to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the British Embassy in Montenegro for supporting the State Audit Institution in meeting its strategic priorities and high standards in public sector auditing.


The director of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Mr. Anthony Smith emphasized that he is very pleased by the start of cooperation with the State Audit Institution.

“Through this initiative, WFD will support SAI’s cooperation with the Montenegrin Parliament, trying to strengthen the cooperation with relevant committees and the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) – an office that was established through WFDs initiative – and expand the regional cooperation. We will also try to provide active support to the media and civil sector to deepen their understanding of the SAI’s work, at the same time strengthening the links between the institutions and civil society”, Smith explained.


On the same occasion Her Majesty's Ambassador to Montenegro, H.E. Karen Maddocks said that the audit of the public sector is one of the main instruments used to strengthen accountability and trust in the government. "The role of the State Audit Institution is not only to report on the use of public funds, but also to ensure that the Parliament and taxpayers understand how the money is spent."

Ambassador Maddox added that an important element of the work of the audit institution is to ensure that citizens really read and understand their reports. "I understand that the State Audit Institution is working to improve its communication with the Montenegrin public and civil society. Governments are accountable to taxpayers and must be transparent about their activities. That is the basic principle of democracy, " she concluded.


Senator Zoran Jelić, who is leading the project on behalf of the State Audit Institution, stated that the signed Memorandum recognizes the needs and priorities of the State Audit Institution defined by strategic documents, especially the Communication Strategy. All planned project activities will contribute to the findings and results of the State Audit Institution being even more visible.


The cooperation between the State Audit Institution and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy include a set of previously agreed activities with the main goal to contribute to building and sustaining stronger and more effective accountability mechanisms between governments and their citizens.