The Supreme Audit Office of Poland (NIK) explained that this relates to “the projects between Poland’s border regions neighboring the Kaliningrad region.”
The NIK is planning a joint audit to be carried out together with its Russian partners to check the implementation of the Poland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. This was announced in an interview with TASS by the NIK Vice-President Wojciech Kutyla, who will lead the Polish delegation at the forthcoming XXIII Congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) to convene in late September in Moscow.
“We have established contacts with our Kaliningrad partners and we are thinking about a joint audit because there are certain cross-border funds, which ought to be audited,” he said. It relates to “the projects between Poland’s border regions neighboring the Kaliningrad region,” he explained.
“The funds have been received and we need to check the achievements,” said Kutyla.
The Poland-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 worth €62.47 million, including €41.65 million contributed by the European Commission and €20.82 million of Russia’s financial contribution, was approved by the European Union in December 2016. It applies to Russia’s Kaliningrad region and three Polish provinces of Pomerania, Warmia-Mazury, and Podlasie.
The funds could be spent on projects in four areas. The first is the promotion of regional culture and preservation of historical heritage, including any potential initiatives for the preservation of traditional crafts, creation of tourism infrastructure, or educational programmes.
The second area of cooperation relates to environmental protection and climate change mitigation. Investments are welcomed for wastewater treatment infrastructure, air pollution reduction and coastal protection, including the protection of the Baltic Sea. The third area includes activities aimed at accessibility and development of the regions, sustainable transport and communication systems, while the fourth is border security and modernization.
The Congress of INTOSAI (INCOSAI) XXIII will be held on September 23-28 in Moscow and is expected to gather 850 participants. The INTOSAI membership includes 194 supreme audit institutions.