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02/17/2017

The Supreme Audit Institutions of Russia and Norway will continue to cooperate in the field of environmental protection

A working meeting of the Supreme Audit Institutions of Russia and Norway on joint auditing activities in the field of environmental protection as well as a roundtable for experience exchange in the areas of Social Policy and Healthcare, were held in the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Welcoming the participants to the working meeting on behalf of Tatiana Golikova, the Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber, the auditor of the Supreme Audit Institution of Russia, Bato-Zhargal Zhambalnimbuev, specifically noted the high level of cooperation between the supreme audit institutions of two countries. "The relations between the Supreme Audit Institutions of our countries have a long history", he stated. "In this regard, our cooperation has always been interesting, fruitful and mutually beneficial."

"Russia-Norway relations in the field of environmental protection lately have been developing very fruitfully, as evidenced by the implementation of a large number of projects in this area." "I am confident that the recommendations of the Supreme Audit Institutions of two countries based on the joint control work in this area have contributed greatly to the improvement of these relations. ," noted Bato-Zhargal Zhambalnimbuev. He also informed Norwegian colleagues that the President of the Russian Federation declared 2017 to be the Year of Ecology in Russia.

Taking into account the relevance of environmental security issues to the neighboring territories of the two countries, in 2016 the parties decided to continue interdepartmental cooperation in this area in the framework of the next joint parallel performance audits of Russia-Norway co-operation effectiveness in the field of the environmental protection.

During the working meeting, participants discussed a number of organizational issues related to the forthcoming joint work, considered a draft agreement on parallel audits, and defined its main goals and objectives.

The signing of the mentioned document and the updated version of the Cooperation Agreement between the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Office of the Auditor General of the Kingdom of Norway, has been scheduled for April 2017 during the official visit of the Auditor General of Norway, Christian Foss, to Moscow.

At the roundtable session on Social issues a really thorough exchange of expertise occurred in two areas: Social Policy and Healthcare issues.

The role of the moderator for the Social Policy Section has been given to Olga Samarina, Director for Expert, Analytical and Control activities in the area of expenditures of the Federal Budget for Fundamental research, Physical Culture, Sport, Social Policy; of the funds of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation; of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation. The attention of the parties has mainly centered on the implementation of the state support for families with children in Norway and Russia.

Also, a healthcare topic became the major focus of discussion. The role of the moderator for the life discussion session has been played by the Head of the Office of the Accounts Chamber, Yury Voronin. On the Russian side, the report on the structure of the healthcare system in the Russian Federation and the principles of its financing was presented by the Director for Expert, Analytical and Control activities in the area of expenditures of the Federal Budget for Healthcare, Education, Culture, Cinematography and the funds of the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund of the Accounts Chamber, Olga Krivonos.


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