Supreme Audit Institutions of Russia and Norway will conduct a joint audit in the field of environmental protection

Chairwoman of the Accounts Сhamber of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova has met with the Auditor General of the Kingdom of Norway Per-Christian Foss.

During the meeting the heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the two countries noted the high level of interdepartmental cooperation and reaffirmed their readiness for further development and strengthening of relations.

"For more than ten years our institutions have had a purely practical dialogue. In the years of our work together a range of control activities have been carried out in such areas as fisheries and aquatic resources of the Barents and Norwegian seas, radiation safety of the population and environmental protection from radioactive contamination" - said the head of the Accounts Chamber of Russia.

Special attention, according to the participants, deserves a five-party audit on the subject of the Arctic Council, conducted by Supreme Audit Institutions of Denmark, Norway, Russia, USA and Sweden, as well as control bodies of Russian regions.

The next step in collaboration between the two agencies, taking into consideration the urgency of the ecological safety problems for adjacent territories of the two countries, will be to hold in the future a parallel audit - "the audit of implementation by the state bodies and organizations of Russia and Norway of the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway on cooperation in the field of environmental protection dated September 3, 1992".

"Our new project will affect fields of biodiversity, cross-border cooperation and environmental pollution reduction, which are highly important for both countries. It is symbolic that the implementation of this project starts in 2017, considering this year has been proclaimed as the Year of environmental protection in Russia", - said Tatyana Golikova.

In the framework of the forthcoming audit, the parties intend to consider a range of issues, including the evaluation of the effectiveness of state bodies on: designing and maintaining special natural areas, the conservation of populations of rare species of birds and animals, including polar bears and Atlantic walruses; the implementation of measures to eliminate environmental damage and to reduce air radioactivity. This parallel audit will be conducted with the participation of the Chamber of accounts of the Arkhangelsk region.

Following the meeting, the parties signed an agreement on parallel audit, as well as the new version of the Agreement on cooperation between the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Office of the Auditor General of the Kingdom of Norway.

"The signing of these two documents, - said Tatyana Golikova,- is an important step in our bilateral relations, showing our firm intentions to continue and further develop the level of practical cooperation, which is especially important in today's difficult economic situation. I'm sure that the upcoming collaboration will not only bring another worthy contribution to the bilateral relations between our institutions, but will also give a new impetus to the development of relations between Russia and Norway".

The meeting was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to the Russian Federation Leidulv Namtvedt, auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Bato-Zhargal Zhambalnimbuev and the Chairman of the Chamber of accounts of the Arkhangelsk region Alexander Dementyev.

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