CHISINAU, May 21 (Itar-Tass) — A joint session of the Boards of the Audit Chambers of Moldova and the Russian Federation is held here on Monday to discuss the results of a parallel checkup of the use of State funds assigned for implementation of the programme for economic cooperation between the two countries in the 2009-2011 period. The Audit Chamber delegations are headed by their chairmen, Sergei Stepashin and Serafim Urekian.
Urekian told Itar-Tass, "An agreement on cooperation between the Audit Chambers of Russia and Moldova was signed way back in 2001. Efforts in implementation of the Agreement intensified last year, after which during a meeting in Moscow, the chiefs of the top financial monitoring bodies of the two countries agreed to give greater scope to interaction". Urekian said a decision was taken at that time to carry out a number of joint checkups, broaden experience sharing and cooperation in the training of personnel.
Since then, Russian and Moldovan specialists have been interacting actively in monitoring the generation of state budget revenue and budget performance, and have been discussing problems of international interaction, methodological support for the activities of the Audit Chambers, and other matters.
Specialists of the two countries also monitor the implementation of intergovernmental agreements in the field of financial and economic activities, as well as matters connected with the control and management of the public property of economic entities.
"At the session in Chisinau, it is planned, in particular, to examine the results of checkups into deliveries of foodstuffs from Moldova to Russia. This was done on my initiative in view of problems that arose with Moldovan exporters on the Russian market," Urekian said. He added that the session would be attended by Moldovan government officials, among them Vice-Premier Valerie Lazar, the Ministers of Agriculture and Health Care, the directors of the customs offices, and other officials.