The Constituency programme has been set up to raise awareness among finance ministries and associated organisations in Constituency countries and help them implement European and international standards on transparent and robust public finances. Dutch best practices can help them.
The programme runs from 2014 to 2022 and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Finance. It involves several public bodies, one being the Netherlands Court of Audit.
The programme assists potential EU candidate countries and countries with which the Netherlands has historical ties. It main target group, however, are the countries in the Netherlands’ Constituency at the IMF, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2019 we are working with Moldova and Georgia. The other Constituency countries are Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania and Ukraine.
Involvement of the Netherlands Court of Audit
In Moldova we are working on the institutional development of the supreme audit institution in order to improve its audit strategy and its contacts with external stakeholders. The Georgian SAI is receiving assistance to improve its internal quality.
Between 2016 and 2018, we worked with the SAIs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Moldova to develop their integrity policies. Combating corruption and strengthening integrity are high on the agenda of the countries and supreme audit institutions of central and eastern Europe. In our opinion, the starting point lies with the integrity of the audit institutions themselves. With the aid of IntoSAINT, an integrity self-assessment tool developed by the Netherlands Court of Audit, the audit institutions can strengthen their integrity policies and take measures to improve their organisational integrity. They can then serve as examples to their own public sectors and carry out integrity audits of other organisations with authority.