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Project Management and audit perspective in EU – Importance of cooperation among EU Supreme Audit Institutions highlighted in Riga, Latvia

 

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By Emīls Pūlmanis

PhD.cand., MSc.proj.mgmt.
State Audit Office (Latvia)
Development project manager

Riga, Latvia

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Introduction

I have had opportunity to participate in the Contact Committee meeting of EU Supreme audit institutions as part of Latvian presidency in the EU council. The cooperation platform of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the EU and the European Court of Auditors – the Contact Committee – was held in Riga, Latvia on June 18 and 19, 2015. The meeting was attended by the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the EU Member States and five candidate countries, representatives from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, and the President of the European Court of Auditors, Mr.

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Vítor Caldeira. The European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) was represented at the meeting as an observer. The meeting is organized by the State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia.

The Speaker of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) Ms Inara Mūrniece during Contact Committee opening speech pointed to the logo of Latvian Presidency of the EU Council making symbolic links with millstone: “Mill is used for grinding grain to get pure top quality flour. Only from such we can bake a good bread. Supreme audit institutions work is to help the countries build a perfect system of governance in public administration”.

Ms Ināra Mūrniece expressed her utmost respect for the successful cooperation within Contact Committee members. She stressed that such international cooperation also builds public trust in audit authorities.

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About the Author

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Riga, Latvia

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Emils Pulmanis
is a member of the board of the Professional Association of Project Managers in Latvia and development project manager at State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia. He has gained a BSc. in engineer economics, a professional master’s degree in project management (MSc.proj.mgmt) and currently is a PhD candidate with a specialization in project management. He has elaborated and directed a number of domestic and foreign financial instruments co-financed projects. He was a National coordinator for a European Commission-funded program – the European Union’s financial instruments PHARE program in Latvia. Over the past seven years he has worked in the public administration project control and monitoring field. He was a financial instrument expert for the Ministry of Welfare and the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism implementation authority as well as an expert for the Swiss – Latvian cooperation program as a NGO grant scheme project evaluation expert. He has gained international and professional project management experience in Germany, the United States and Taiwan. In addition to his professional work, he is also a lecturer at the University of Latvia for the professional master study program in Project management. He has authored more than 25 scientific publications and is actively involved in social activities as a member of various NGO’s.

Emils can be contacted at [email protected].

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