During an official visit to the National Audit Office, in September 2017, Tomaž Vesel, President of the Court of Auditors of the Republic of Slovenia, and Charles Deguara, Auditor General, discussed forms of practical cooperation between the two national audit institutions. In view of the similar circumstances prevailing in Malta and Slovenia, two of the smallest EU Member States, as well as their common mission, obligations and objectives, agreement was reached to embark on an employee exchange scheme whereby officials from each office would be exposed to the auditing practises, methodologies and procedures being adopted in the other organisation. Thus, sharing in an effective manner the best practices within each office.
This cooperation agreement was signed at the local National Audit Office, Floriana, by Tomaž Vessel and Charles Deguara who both highlighted the excellent working relationship prevailing between the two offices. The NAO’s Deputy Auditor General, Noel Camilleri, and Head of the International Affairs Section, Brian Vella, as well as the Slovenian Head of President's Cabinet, Dr. Dijana M. Zupanc and Head of Public Relations, Helena Lovše, were also present. Attendees included also Simona Bevk and Michelle Borg Brincat, from the Slovenian and Maltese audit office respectively, who were the first auditors to participate in this exchange scheme.