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State audit institution at the Follow-up meeting on the status of implementation of 2020 PFM Dialogue Conclusions

Podgorica, 28th April, 2021 - Members of the Coordination group, member of Senate Zoran Jelić and state auditor - head of sector I Mihaela Popović and member of the Operative group for the Public Financial Management Reform Program, state auditor - head of the department for international cooperation Marija Zugic have participated at the Follow up meeting on the status of implementation of 2020 PFM Dialogue Conclusions between the Government of Montenegro and Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) on 26th April in video conference format.

The meeting has been opened by the head of the Unit for Montenegro in the Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Thomas Hagleitner. The meeting has been dedicated to discussion on the implementation of operational conclusions adopted at the annual meeting of the Special Public Administration group from 2020, objectives and activities from the Program and Action Plan for the implementation of PFM for the period October 2020 - April 2021. The subject of interest of the European Commission in the field of external audit has been related to the audit of COVID-19 related expenditures.

Representatives of the SAI have presented the progress achieved in the area of external audit for the reporting period with a focus on the implementation of activities related to harmonization of the methodology of the SAI with International standards and planned audits of COVID-19 related expenditures.