1) What is EURORAI? What is its purpose?

EURORAI -the European Organisation of Regional External Public Finance Audit Institutions- is a cooperation project among public sector audit institutions in Europe which provides an exchange of experiences and enables to make progress in the common field of regional and local public sector financial control in order to guarantee a better use of public finances.
2) What does EURORAI seek to accomplish?

EURORAI's goals are:

1. To foster and promote cooperation among audit bodies in the various sectors in which they carry out their activities.

2. To promote exchanges of knowledge and experience in public finance auditing.

3. To keep its members informed about the legislation, organization and operation of the various public sector audit bodies.

4. To promote studies relating to the audit of public finance.

5. To foster exchange programmes and training courses for the officials of the institutions which are members of EURORAI.

6. To establish a proper definition of the terminology used in each country in order to facilitate the harmonization of public finance auditing methods.
3) When was EURORAI created?

The Organization was created on 1st October 1992 during its constitutive assembly held in Manchester (UK).
4) What kind of activities/exchanges does EURORAI perform?

Meetings, conferences, seminars, joint publications, surveys, exchange of professionals, among others.
5) Which are the financial sources of EURORAI?

The financial sources of EURORAI mainly come from the payment of the annual subscription fees made by the members of the Organisation.

The European Commission supported EURORAI at the beginning of its activities by co-financing some activities within the framework of the Experience Exchange Programme (EEP), a programme designed to promote scientific and technical cooperation among regional authorities in Europe.
6) Which institutions can become members of EURORAI?

Any regional external public finance audit institution from any European State may become a member of EURORAI.
7) Is there any other way to join the Organisation?

The Management Committee may admit other audit institutions as associated members with no right to vote and determine the conditions for this joining.

On the occasion of the IV Congress held in Graz in 2001, the General Assembly of EURORAI approved a reform of the Statutes of the Association. The purpose was, among others, to redefine the different categories of members within EURORAI in order to adapt the statutory framework, in a better and more flexible way, to the existing demand for co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge of public sector audit institutions or associations to which they belong. Therefore, a clear distinction has been established between those entities which may become members and those which may only be linked to the Organisation as observers. Thus, the European character of the Organisation will be preserved, but at the same time non European institutions and associations will have the possibility to participate in the activities arranged by EURORAI.
8) Which are the members of EURORAI up to date?

Founder members

Steiermärkischer Landesrechnungshof (Austria)
Hessischer Rechnungshof (Germany)
Landesrechnungshof Sachsen-Anhalt (Germany)
Local Government Audit Service - Department of the Environment (Ireland)
Audiencia de Cuentas de Canarias (Spain)
Cámara de Comptos de Navarra - Nafarroako Kontuen Ganbara (Spain)
Consello de Contas de Galicia (Spain)
Sindicatura de Comptes de Catalunya (Spain)
Sindicatura de Comptes de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain)
Tribunal Vasco de Cuentas Públicas - Herri Kontuen Euskal Epaitegia (Spain)
Audit Commission of England (United Kingdom)

New members

Kärntner Landesrechnungshof (Austria)
Oberösterreichischer Landesrechnungshof (Austria)
Tiroler Landesrechnungshof (Austria)
Salzburger Landesrechnungshof (Austria)
Audit Office of the Republic of Cyprus * (Cyprus)
Chambre régionale des comptes d'Alsace (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes d'Aquitaine (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes de Haute-Normandie (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes d'Ile-de-France (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes de Languedoc Roussillon (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes de Midi-Pyrénées (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes du Nord-Pas-de Calais (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
Chambre régionale des comptes de Rhône-Alpes (France)
Rechnungshof Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Landesrechnungshof Brandenburg (Germany)
Landesrechnungshof Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany)
Rechnungshof Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)
Sächsischer Rechnungshof (Germany)
Landesrechnungshof Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
Thüringer Rechnungshof (Germany)
State Audit Office of Hungary – Major Directorate in charge of local government audit* (Hungary)
Rekenkamer Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Rekenkamer Rotterdam (Netherlands)
National Council of Regional Chambers of Audit (Poland)
Regional Chamber of Audit in Bydgoszcz * (Poland)
Regional Chamber of Audit in Katowice * (Poland)
Regional Chamber of Audit in Szczecin * (Poland)
Regional Chamber of Audit in Wrocław * (Poland)
Tribunal de Contas - Secção Regional dos Açores * (Portugal)
Tribunal de Contas - Secção Regional da Madeira * (Portugal)
Chamber of Control and Accounts of Moscow (Russia)
Chamber of Control and Accounts of Rostov Region (Russia)
Accounts Chamber of Taimyr Region * (Russia)
Accounts Chamber of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia)
Accounts Chamber of Leningrad Region (Russia)
Office of the Auditor General of Kosovo * (Kosovo is currently under Interim
United Nations Administration)
Court of Audit of Slovenia – local government audit section* (Slovenia)
Cámara de Cuentas de Andalucía (Spain)
Sindicatura de Cuentas del Principado de Asturias (Spain)
Sindicatura de Comptes de les Illes Balears (Spain)
Sindicatura de Cuentas de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
Consejo de Cuentas de Castilla y León (Spain)
Cámara de Cuentas de la Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)
Finanzkontrolle des Kantons Zürich (Switzerland)
Inspection des finances du canton du Valais (Switzerland)
Inspection des finances du canton de Genève (Switzerland)
Accounts Chamber of the Supreme Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)
Audit Scotland (United Kingdom)
Wales Audit Office (United Kingdom)

Tribunal de Contas do Estado do Paraná * (Brazil)
Tribunal de Contas do Estado de Santa Catarina * (Brazil)

* associated members

As already mentioned before, a statutory reform introduced the status of observer, which has been granted since then to the following institutions/associations:

Lietuvos Respublikos Savivaldybių kontrolierių asociacija (Association of Comptrollers for Local Authorities in Lithuania)
Združenie hlavných kontrolórov miest a obci slovensky republike (Vereinigung der Hauptkontrolleure der Städte und Gemeinden der Slovakischen Republik) (Slovakia)
Auditor General of Quebec (Canada)
Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors (Canada)
9) Who chairs EURORAI?

EURORAI is directed by a Management Committee, which is made up of seven members. The Management Committee meets at least once every year.

At its sixth Congress, held in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2007, EURORAI elected a new Management Committee made up of the following representatives of member institutions:
President: Christian Melly – Audit Office of the Canton of Valais / Inspection des finances du canton du Valais (Switzerland)
Vice-president: Stephen Taylor – The Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England (United Kingdom)
Secretary General: Rafael Vicente Queralt – Audit Office of the Autonomous Community Valencia / Sindicatura de Comptes de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain)
Other members of the Management Committee:
Joan Colom Naval – Audit Office of Catalonia / Sindicatura de Comptes de Catalunya (Spain)

Helmut Brückner – Court of Audit of the Land Upper Austria / Oberösterreichischer Landesrechnungshof (Austria)

Jean-Louis Beaud de Brive – Regional Audit Chamber of Midi-Pyrenees / Chambre régionale des comptes de Midi-Pyrénées (France)

Ralf Seibicke – Court of Audit of Saxony-Anhalt / Landesrechnungshof Sachsen-Anhalt (Germany)
10) Where can you obtain more detailed information regarding EURORAI?

If you are interested in having more detailed information about EURORAI, you can contact the General Secretariat of the Association:

General Secretariat of EURORAI
Sindicatura de Comptes de la Generalitat Valenciana
C/ San Vicente, 4
46002 Valencia (Spain)

Phone number: 34-96-387 64 50 or 51
Fax number: 34-96-387 64 19 or 17
E-mail: eurorai@sindicom.gva.es

or if you wish, you can contact any member institution of the Organisation.