In the period 8-12 November 2021 a study visit of representatives of the State Audit Office of the Republic of North Macedonia to the Bulgarian National Audit Office was held. The study visit was carried out within Activity 2.8.2 “Organise up to 6 Study Trips to Member State”, Component 2 “Improved administrative capacities and external audit processes” under Twinning Project MK 18 IPA FI 03 20 "Improvement of external audit and Parliamentary oversight".

Tzvetan Tzvetkov, President of the Bulgarian National Audit Office, opened the meeting in the presence of the BNAO Vice-President Toshko Todorov, Vyara Angelova, Director of the International Relations and Projects Directorate and MS Junior Project Leader and Detelina Hadjieva, MS Component 1 Leader.       
Orhan Ademi, Deputy Auditor General of the Republic of North Macedonia, Branislav Gulev, Advisor Auditor General, Assistants Auditor General, auditors, as well as Tanja Janevska, Assistant Auditor General and BC Project Leader were among the representatives of the State Audit Office of the Republic of North Macedonia that took part in the study visit.

The benchmark of the study visit was enhancing the practical knowledge of the SAO auditors and other participants in particular audit areas as well as providing series of presentations, trainings, workshops, case studies, question and answer sessions and problem-solving discussions with comparative approach and close insight in Member State partner institution work and process.     

Kremena Tsacheva, Director of the Legal Services Directorate, presented the functional and organizational independence of the Bulgarian National Audit Office and cooperation agreements with other government institutions.    

Daniela Smilenova, Head of Human Resources Department, presented to the study visit participants the process of selection, appointment and professional development of employees and auditors in the Bulgarian National Audit Office. 

The Procedure for drafting the budget of the Bulgarian National Audit Office, the stages of preparation, submission and approval as well as determining the time frame and responsibilities of public institutions in the process of preparation, submission and adoption of the annual report of the execution of the state budget were presented by Elitsa Toncheva, Chief expert – accountant at the Financial and Accounting Department.

Gergana Vasileva, Chief legal adviser at the Legal Services Directorate presented the administrative information system for administrative penal activities, related to the election code, political parties and public procurements.