The goal for the seminar is to inspire European Supreme Audit Institutions in their environmental auditing efforts to strengthen and increase their control activities. The seminar will provide the opportunity to share experiences and contribute to further learning on environmental auditing in Europe. Focus will be set on which environmental problems should be audited by Supreme Audit Institutions, and on challenging methodological problems. In addition special attention will be given to the challenges of international auditing co-operation. 58 delegates from 28 countries will attend the seminar at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.
The Norwegian Minister for the Environment, Ms. Siri Bjerke, is invited to open the seminar Tuesday 15 May. Then Mr. Paulus Brouwer from the European Commission will talk about environmental challenges as seen from the European Union’s perspective, and Mr. Jon Birger Skjærseth from the Fritjof Nansen Institute of Oslo will speak about the effectiveness of international environmental agreements. The seminar continues with presentations from 15 different countries and with the auditing of international environmental agreements like the OSPAR Convention, the Helsinki Convention and the Basel Convention.
- Through this seminar we will gain insight in how European countries comply to the conventions they have ratified, and which problems Supreme Audit Institutions have met in their work, says Ms. Therese Johnsen, Director General in the Performance Audit Department of the Office of the Audit General of Norway. Similar seminars are also arranged in other regions of the world, in particular in South and Central America where the Supreme Audit Institutions are very active concerning environmental auditing. Studies show that on a world basis, about one hundred Supreme Audit Institutions are dealing with environmental auditing under different forms, and we look forward to contributing to the construction of a joint platform for environmental auditing.