The Audit Authority shall ensure that audits are carried out on the programme management and control systems, on an appropriate sample of projects and on the annual accounts of the programme.
The Audit Authority for the programme will be assisted by a Group of Auditors comprising a representative from each country participating in the programme.
The Audit Authority shall ensure that the audit work complies with internationally accepted audit standards.
In accordance with article 28 of the ENI CBC Implementing Regulation, the main functions of the AA will be to:
1. Prepare an audit strategy setting out the methodology and sampling methods;
2. Ensure that audits are carried out on the management and control systems, on an appropriate sample of projects and on the annual accounts of the programme;
3. Draw up an audit opinion on the annual accounts of the preceding accounting year, in conformity with article 68 of the ENI-CBC Implementing Rules;
4. Draw up an annual audit report, in conformity with article 68 of the ENI-CBC Implementing Rules.
The Audit Authority shall, within nine months of the signature of the first financing agreement between a Partner Country and the European Commission, submit to the Commission an audit strategy for the performance of audits. The audit strategy shall set out the audit methodology on the annual accounts and on projects, the sampling method for audits on projects and the planning of audits in relation to the current accounting year and the two subsequent accounting years. The audit strategy shall be updated annually from 2017 until and including 2024. The updated audit strategy shall be submitted with the programme annual report to the Commission.
The first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held on the 29th of January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The eligible participating countries of the new Programme involves ten states from the Black Sea Basin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The new generation of projects to be funded under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee during the meeting held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 17th of September 2019.