One element of the accession process of Poland to the European Union was the necessity to adjust internal law to European Union standards. The European Commission imposed an obligation upon Poland to introduce legal provisions which would effectively prevent embezzlement of public funds. As a result of actions undertaken for integration into the European Union, the Polish legal system and public finances protection system were enriched with new elements: financial control, internal audit and central coordination mechanisms. In the Public Finances Act, the Polish legislature connected these elements, forming an integrated system of guarantees to ensure that the public finances sector functions properly.
Ensuring the efficient development and effective functioning of the State Internal Financial Control system is one of the aims of the Ministry of Finance, as the government administration body responsible for the coordination of financial control and internal audit. To carry out these legal provisions the Minister of Finance drew up and announced, in the form of a communiqué, Polish standards for financial control in accordance with the generally recognised international control standards currently in force. One of the main control system standards, in both public and private sectors, is the management of risks connected with the functioning of any given organisation.
In January 2007, the Minister of Finance invited managers from public sector institutions to take part in risk management seminars, organised as part of the project Transition Facility 2004/016-829.01.08 ‘Risk management and strengthening internal audit services in public sector institutions’. Moreover, it was planned within the project to implement a pilot programme of risk management in eight selected public sector units and to prepare a textbook on risk management in public sector institutions. Legnica District is one of eight institutions selected by the Ministry of Finance and one of 379 districts in Poland which took part in the pilot programme.
The aspect of risk management - effective management that enables the organisation to achieve the intended objectives and maximise the results - constitutes the essence of self-government for local societies. Risk management as an element of an overall process of managing the organisation aims to increase the probability of achieving the objectives. Risk management therefore constitutes the basis for the formation of proper governance, meaning the combination of processes and structures introduced by managers to gain information flow, management, and administration and monitoring of the activities so as to achieve the organisation’s objective.
|Award category:||public service delivery|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Risk management, governance, international legal standards, public finances|
|Short English description:||The aspect of risk management - effective management that enables the organisation to achieve the intended objectives and maximise the results - constitutes the essence of self-government for local societies|
|Organisation:||District Office in Legnica|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|