The Internal Audit Service advises the Institute on dealing with risks, by issuing independent opinions on the quality of management and control systems, and by issuing recommendations to improve the conditions of the implementation of operations and to promote sound financial management.

The Internal Auditor is responsible for assessing the suitability and effectiveness of internal management systems and the performance of the services, and for carrying out ex post checks by means of sampling or selection.

The role, duties, independence and operational standards for the IAS are established in the Institute’s Financial Rules (Chapter 7) and in the Principal’s Decision 25/2004.

The Internal Auditor has also been appointed as Secretary of the Organ of First Instance and of the Appeals Board and, and will be responsible for the work of the Secretariat.

Why have an Internal Audit Service (IAS)?

  • Transparency is imperative – Member States, European Commission and external sponsors, require accountability and the internal audit reviews help demonstrate the good faith and progress of the Institute toward compliance. IAS pinpoints the areas where controls need to be strengthened and engage management into a process of continuous rationalisation and improvements
  • Complexity of the EUI regulations – Need for an objective body to monitor the execution of the internal policies and procedures
  • Independent appraisal of the adequacy and effectiveness of the organisation’s internal control system
  • Independent advisors – Management need a body without executive power and not involved in the decision making process to advise on the objective application of rules and procedure and the proper implementation of projects.

More detailed information on the purpose, authority and responsibility of the internal audit activity could be obtained at the website of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The IIA is a professional association recognised throughout the world as the internal audit profession’s leader in certification, education, research, and technical guidance.  


Page last updated on 21 January 2013

Latest News

Teaching agreement between EUI and the University of Florence

EUI President JHH Weiler and University of Florence Rector Alberto Tesi will sign a teaching agreement between the two institutions, 24 April 2014
AA Executive Committee Elections: Call for Candidates

AA Executive Committee Elections: Call for Candidates

Are you interested in contributing to the development of the EUI Alumni network? If so, then you can stand as a candidate for the upcoming elections which will appoint the new members of the AA Executive Committee (2014-2016)