Presentation of the territorial chamber of Constantine

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As the National Chambers, the Chamber with territorial competence of Constantine was established by the ordinance n°95- 20 of July 17, 1995 relating to the court of accounts, modified and supplemented by the ordinance n°10- 02 of august 16, 2010 (articles 29, 31), and provided in the article 9 of the presidential decree n°95- 377 fixing the internal rules of the court of accounts, which precise the competence and the territorial implementation of each chamber. Set up on May 6 ,1996, its headquarter is located at the level of the chief place of the province.

According to the article 31 of the ordinance 95 20 of July 17, 1995 modified and supplemented, the TCC is charged for the posterior control of the finances of the territorials authorities, and all institutions and public organs coming within its territorial competence.

At the organizational level, the chamber is subdivided into sections according to the decision of January 16 th 1996, of the president of the court of accounts specifying the areas of interventions of the territorial chamber and determining their subdivision in section. In addition to the prerogatives of the chamber’s president and the section’s president who plan, animate, follow, coordinate, supervise and control the activities of the magistrates, these latter numbering of (10): one magistrate outside hierarchy, 2 counselors, 2 principle auditors, 1 auditors from first class, 3 auditors from second class are responsible for main mission, executing the control activities programs of the territorial chamber.

The chamber has a registry ensured by a clerk and a secretariat.

The chamber also include a support structure for administrative and financial management composed of 20 administrative agents and  training temporary agents under the direct hierarchy of sub director of the administrative structure  which bringing the total number of the staff of territorial chamber to (32) people: (12 magistrates, and 20 agents including 5 temporary agents).

In addition, an adjunct censor was appointed at the level of chamber to assist the general censor.

The chamber’s competence extend over 7 provinces including 247 municipalities distributed as follow:

– Province of Constantine: 12 municipalities

– Province of  Batna: 61 municipalities

– Province of Khenchela: 21 municipalities

– Province of Setif: 60 municipalities

– Province of Jijel: 28 municipalities

– Province of Mila: 32 municipalities

– Province of Biskra: 33 municipalities

Thus, the chamber covers a total of 501 surrender accounts including 254 administrative accounts (7 administrative accounts of the province), and 247 management accounts.

In addition to the local authorities, the competence of the chamber also covers the local public institutions and bodies reporting to them, which benefit from a total and/ or partial financial assistance.

Regarding to the attributions, and as the 8 nationals chambers of the court of accounts, the chamber exercises two main missions namely:

– It ensure the jurisdictional control of the of management’s accounts of local authorities. This control is intended to ensure the respect of rules of executing the revenue and expenditure, and therefore for the regularity of the operations carried out by the accountants or any public institutions under it.

This type of control may lead, where these latter have not fully satisfied the obligations of their office, and in particularly if they have not exercised the control falling to them in term of expenditure and revenue under the conditions set out in the article 75 and following of ordinance n°95 -20 of 17 july 1995, modified and supplemented.  

– It proceeds the quality of management through the evaluation of resources that depend on them.

During the course of the investigations, if the chamber raises facts susceptible of the penal qualifications or the facts constituting a serious violation of the legislatives and regulatory dispositions caused a prejudice to the public treasury or a public organization. according to the cases, a detailed report is drawn up for the purpose of transmitting to the general procurator territorially competent regarding the facts relating to the criminal case or referred to budgetary and financial disciplinary chamber BFDC, with regard to facts falling within the scope of application of the dispositions in the articles 88 and 91 of the ordinance above-mentioned.

In the field of its competence, and through the exercise of its attributions, the chamber also contributes to strengthening the prevention of the fight against various forms of fraud, and illegal or unlawful practices constituting breaches of ethics, and the duty of probity or effecting patrimony or public funds, this one according to the rules of articles 2 and 26 from the previous ordinance, modified and supplemented by the ordinance n°10- 02 of 26 august 2010.

In addition, to promote transparency in the management of local finances, and to improve the effectiveness and performance of the local public service, the results of the control carried out by the chamber and notified to the concerned responsible must be communicated by these latter to the deliberative bodies of the local authorities (MPA SPA), which shall inform the court of accounts of this communication.

General conditions of work

Except the reception of the new headquarter which came  into being late, as well as the exiguity of the sites of current headquarter compared with number of staff employed, the general conditions of work in the territorial chamber of Constantine are generally satisfactory especially since the endowment of the chamber in the term of logistical resources, and micro portable equipment, and its connection to the web allowing the magistrates to strengthen their technical and operational capacities to carry out their missions in universally  accepted norms.