The concept of the audit of public expenditure and financial management by an independent body has its roots in Ancient Greece.
Greek philosophers starting from Plato considered that government should be closely linked with the duty of those in government to report to the people who elected them, on the way they exercise the power conferred on them. The creation of an Audit Body was considered to be the best way to safeguard the smooth operation of the Athenian Democracy and to avoid corruption and irregularities of those in power.
Today, more than ever, with contemporary society being skeptical about the institutions and the public demanding greater transparency and reporting by those in control of public funds, the existence of a strong and independent audit body is a fundamental safeguard for democracy.
We, the Audit Office of the Republic, recognise our responsibility for an objective and reliable scrutiny of public financial management in order to consolidate the citizens΄ trust to the State. We have set our mission to contribute towards a better and more effective public administration. Every pound of taxpayers΄ money must be utilized in the best possible way. This is our mission and our vision. We are focused on this goal and we call upon everyone to support us in this and in fulfilling our vision for the benefit of our country.
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