At the sitting held on 5 April 2021, outside of the National Assembly seat, in Sremska Mitrovica City Hall, the members of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending were presented the Audit Report on the Consolidated Financial Reports of the Annual Financial Statement of the City of Sremska Mitrovica 2018 Budget.
In addition to the Committee members, the sitting was also attended by Deputy Mayor of Sremska Mitrovica Petar Samardzic and associates, the President of the Council of the State Audit Institution (DRI) Dr Dusko Pejovic and associates, as well as representatives of the civil sector - Transparency Serbia Nemanja Nenadic and Rural Centre "Owl" Gospava Kalaba.
Opening the sitting, Committee Chairperson Dr Aleksandra Tomic pointed out that this fulfils the Committee’s obligations under the Government's Public Financial Management Reform Programme - reviewing the DRI’s audits of individual public finance beneficiaries.
Deputy Mayor Petar Samardzic said that the City of Sremska Mitrovica has had a successful cooperation and partnership with the DRI for years. The recommendations and measures issued by the DRI contribute to good business and successful operation of local self-governments, he said. Samardzic also pointed out that Committee sittings held outside the National Assembly seat is a practice that raises public awareness about the importance of the Parliament’s control role and parliamentary supervision over the spending of public funds.
Presenting the Audit Report on the Consolidated Financial Reports of the Annual Financial Statement of the City of Sremska Mitrovica 2018 Budget, Dr Dusko Pejovic said that the DRI gave its opinion with reservations, and that of the 20 recommendations issued, 14 are category one irregularities, meaning that they can be rectified within 90 days. Pejovic especially emphasized the recommendation to establish an internal audit function which would reduce the risk of errors.
The City of Sremska Mitrovica is an example of good practice in the post-audit procedure, stated Pejovic, pointing out that the post-audit report shows that 18 of the 20 recommendations issued have already been fulfilled, and the remaining two are currently being fulfilled.
The DRI Council President also presented the findings on the three companies audited.
The Subcommittee for the Consideration of Reports on Audits Conducted by the State Audit Institution had a sitting of its own in the continuation, where the members considered the State Audit Institution’s 2020 sector reports for Sector 1 and Sector 3, relating to the budget and healthcare system. The reports were submitted by Supreme State Auditors Danimir Vulinovic and Snezana Trnjakovic. Having considered the sector reports, the Committee accepted the Subcommittee’s proposal to accept them and to ascertain conclusion proposals on the considered reports at one of the subsequent Committee sittings.
The Committee then considered the reports on the audit of expediency of "Effectiveness of incentives in animal husbandry" and "Incentives for rural development measures". This part of the sitting was also attended by the Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Committee Marijan Risticevic. Supreme State Auditor Stojanka Milovanovic presented the reports, outlining the objectives and subjects of the audit, key messages, as well as the DRI’s conclusions, findings and recommendations.
In the course of the ensuing lengthy discussion, MPs highlighted the importance of these performance audit reports, stating that they provide useful information on the quality of incentives, whether these incentives have met their objectives, and the need to assess the effects of incentives in livestock and rural development, so that they can be further improved.
At the sitting, the Committee members also passed the Decision to organise a public hearing with the topic: “Presentation of the Electronic Invoicing Bill”, on Monday, 12 April 2021, starting at 11 am, in the Small Hall of the National Assembly House.
The sitting was chaired by Committee Chairperson Dr Aleksandra Tomic and attended by the following Committee members and deputy members: Veroljub Arsic, Zoran Bojanic, Olivera Pesic, Sonja Vlahovic, Goran Kovacevic, Dr Boban Birmancevic, Bratimir Vasiljevic, Ana Carapic, Ugljesa Markovic, Vojislav Vujic and Dr Milorad Mijatovic.
Committee sittings outside of the National Assembly seat are held with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the auspices of project “Strengthening the Oversight Role and Transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia”.