Welcome to the Web site of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO), an independent institution which audits the management of state property and the performance of the national budget.
The status, the jurisdiction, the organizational structure and other details regarding the SAO shall be defined by Constitution of the Czech Republic and Act No. 166/1993 Coll. concerning the Supreme Audit Office, of May 20th, 1993.
16.6.2015 - President of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Vítor Caldeira came to the Czech Republic for a four-day visit, during which he will meet President of CR Mr. Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka. President Caldeira will also attend a meeting of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament.
1.6.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds, which were used for remittance costs of land consolidation – the process of rearrangement of land parcels and their ownership – and for land improvement projects. Among other financial sources, funds were provided by the Ministry of Agriculture from the Rural Development Programme.
27.5.2015 - From May 20 to 21, 2015, a meeting of top representatives from supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Austria, and Slovenia took place in Kobior, Poland.
18.5.2015 - From May 12 to 14, 2015, the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) organized and hosted a meeting of experts involved in the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) research project that focuses on energy savings. Working Group on Environmental Auditing is a working group under the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions, which aims to provide supreme audit institutions (SAIs) with the guidance materials on how to audit a particular environmental or sustainable development topic.
14.5.2015 - A panel discussion about internal and external auditing was held on May 14, 2015, at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO). It was the very first meeting of representatives from all main auditing institutions of the Czech Republic.
11.5.2015 - On May 7, 2015, Danish ambassador in the Czech Republic and delegates from Danish Parliament as well as from the supreme audit institution of Denmark (Rigsrevisionen) met with President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) and other SAO’s representatives at the SAO’s headquarters in Prague.
27.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit office (SAO) audited new instruments of the VAT Act, which were supposed to fight against the tax evasion as well as increase the collection of the value added tax (VAT) in the years 2011–2013. Auditors also calculated the so-called “VAT gap” for the year 2013, which is the difference between the theoretic and the actual VAT collection.
20.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the utilization of funds earmarked for reconstructions and the maintenance of national and regional railways within the period from 2010 to 2014. At the Railway Infrastructure Administration (RIA) or its regional directorates, no fundamental errors were found. However, auditors concluded that the RIA could utilise the funds even more effectively.
13.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of funds utilised within the period from 2009 to 2013 in the frame of four investment programmes, which aimed at development and modernization of material and technical bases of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (FRS CR). Auditors revealed that the Ministry of Interior made errors in the programmes’ funding and did not elaborate a complex strategy, which would define overall material and financial requirements of the FRS CR as well as set the fulfilment terms.
30.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ohře River Basin Administration and the Morava River Basin Administration and their managements within the period 2011–2013 and also aimed at the Ministry of Agriculture that had established these state enterprises. The state enterprises showed profits in their annual statements but the actual annual profits were very low. The annual profits were only positive owing to subsidies from the Ministry of Agriculture.
25.3.2015 - A delegation from the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) headed by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala attended 43rd EUROSAI Governing Board Meeting, which was hosted by the supreme audit institution of Finland in Helsinki on March 9–10, 2015.
16.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized how the Ministry of Finance managed funds under the state budget heading General Treasury Management in 2013. Auditors scrutinized funds amounting to CZK 17,300 million in total.
6.3.2015 - At the turn of February and March 2015, the delegation from the National Audit Office of China lead by Mr ZHANG Tong, Director at the Vice-Ministerial level, visited the Czech NKU. The discussion with NKU representatives focused mainly on fight against corruption, audits on fixed assets investment, and accountability audits of government and public officials.
2.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic and its financial statements and final annual accounts for the year 2013. Auditors revealed errors in the total amount of CZK 37,600 million. The worst error representing two thirds of the amount was caused by the fact that the Labour Office chose wrong accounts for reporting about corrections of returns from previous accounting periods. The correction was necessary because a claim and the related revenue amounting to CZK 230,000 had been incorrectly accounted for in the amount of CZK 23,000 million.
16.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of the Environment, the Czech Environmental Information Agency, and the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and focused on their management with funds utilized in ICT projects in the period 2010–2013.
9.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Education and its management of the state budget and EU funds, which were utilized in projects under priority axis 3 of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations within years 2011–2014. Auditors aimed at six construction project of trans-regional and regional centres for popularization of science and scrutinized the utilized funds, which exceeded CZK 1,100 million in total.
2.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) aimed at the Ministry of Education and scrutinized three non-investment programmes that aimed at the support of sports from 2011 to 2013. The Ministry should have used the funds to support sporting activities of children, young people and the disabled, to fund operation costs of sports centres, and to fund sporting projects that were organized by non-profitmaking non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The SAO revealed that the Ministry had made fundamental errors with the subsidies. Auditors scrutinized 122 selected applications, which had been submitted by 19 various applicants and their allotments amounted to CZK 1,900 million in total.
26.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the project that aimed at the revitalization of Jordán Pond in the town of Tábor, which was implemented in years 2008–2014. By the half of 2014, the Project cost nearly CZK 420 million. The project gained CZK 302.4 million from the EU funds, about CZK 18 million from the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, and the rest was paid by the municipality of Tábor. Auditors did not find any cardinal errors: The State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic followed the applicable legislation and legal regulations when administered the Project and reimbursed the costs. Tábor Municipality utilised the subsidy for eligible expenditures and proceeded in compliance with the Act on Public Contracts when all awarded public contracts.
19.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the retirement insurance payments within the period from 2009 to 2013. At the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Interior, auditors scrutinized whether retirement insurance deductions had been collected in the appropriate amounts, verified the data related to retirement payments, and also scrutinized the funds on the special reserve account that is determined for the retirement system reformation.
12.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds from Regional Operational Programme NUTS II Southwest (“ROP Southwest”) that had been provided for development and reconstructions projects implemented at regional medical health-care facilities. Auditors scrutinized the council of the NUTS II Southwest region and seven individual projects, which had been co-financed under the ROP Southwest. Errors were found in the area of funding, assessment and evaluation. The audited projects were implemented in České Budějovice Hospital, Tábor Hospital, PRIVAMED – Plzeň City Hospital, and Plzeň Regional Emergency Medical Services.
6.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinised how the state provided finances to support energy production from renewables. Financial support for installations producing electricity from biomass, wind, water, solar radiation and biogas will remain an extreme burden on the Czech economy for a long time to come. The SAO’s estimate is that the total costs of the supported sources of electricity will exceed a trillion Czech koruna by 2030. The cost was almost CZK 157 billion in the years 2011 to 2014 alone. A significant portion of that sum will be paid by consumers as a surcharge on the electricity they consume.
29.12.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds from the Operational Programme Prague – Competitiveness, which were provided in the years 2007–2013. Auditors scrutinized whether the funds were drawn effectively, economically, efficiently, and in accordance with the applicable law. Auditors selected 17 projects, which were implemented by 12 individual beneficiaries and cost CZK 1,000 million in total. The sum represents about 19 % of expenditure paid to all subsidy beneficiaries under this Programme.
22.12.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) focused on how the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund provided and drew funds from the Technical Assistance from the Rural Development Programme in the period from 2007 to 2013. Technical Assistance is also used to finance expert studies, data collections and analysis, and the development of information materials. The SAO also scrutinized 86 selected projects worth CZK 127 million in total. Errors in grants amounting to nearly CZK 8 million were discovered; this sum represents more than 6 % of the checked amount.
15.12.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of Culture and subsidies provided for cultural activities from 2011 to 2013. Auditors also focused on the subsidies’ utilization in 82 projects, which were implemented by 19 recipients. The scrutinized funds exceeded CZK 80 million. Errors were found with subsidies in the amount of CZK 15.5 million. As a result, the SAO filed eight notices to the responsible tax offices informing about suspected violations of budgetary discipline.
8.12.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) focused on how the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs managed five programs that aimed at the construction, reconstruction, and purchase of buildings for the Labour Office, the Czech Social Security Administration (CSSA), and social services in the period 2009–2013. Auditors selected and scrutinized 22 specific operations worth CZK 2,300 million in total.
24.11.2014 - The aim of the Swiss-Czech Cooperation Programme (Programme of Cooperation) is to help with reduction of economic and social disparities between the Czech Republic and more advanced countries of enlarged EU on one hand and between dynamic urban centres and regions affected by structural changes in the Czech Republic on the other hand.
10.11.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) focused on the development and operation of the Register of territorial identification, addresses, and real estate (“RUIAN”), which is one of four national basic registers. The RUIAN register includes data on basic territorial units – for example on the part of the state/region/municipality, the cadastral area, the building address and/or parcels. It also contains information about electoral districts or special information required for postal delivery. Data from the RUIAN register can be used by public authorities as well as the public who have free viewing access via the Internet.
6.11.2014 - On November 4, 2014, President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) met with ambassadors of EU countries, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and delegates from Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic. The meeting took place at the SAO headquarters in Prague.
3.11.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) focused on the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU and national resources spent on support of the development and modernization of waterways and ports and support of multi-modal freight transport since 2009. The SAO scrutinized the Ministry of Transport, the State Transport Infrastructure Fund and the Directorate of Waterways especially, which managed the preparation and construction of three most financially significant projects on the Labe and Vltava (Elbe and Moldau) rivers aimed at a reconstruction of the railway bridge in Kolín, finishing the waterway from České Budějovice to Týn nad Vltavou, and a modernization of the port in Ústí nad Labem – Vaňov.
24.10.2014 - On October 24, 2014, Ms. Hana Pýchová, recently elected to be a new Member of the SAO Board, took over the post after having been sworn into the office by Chair of the Chamber of Deputies Mr. Jan Hamáček.
22.10.2014 - The Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the 28 EU Member States and the European Court of Auditors (ECA) met in Luxembourg on 15–17 October 2014. Contact Committee is a regular gathering of heads of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of EU countries and the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
20.10.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Culture and its management within years 2011–2013. Auditors scrutinized properties worth CZK 657.7 million and financial resources in the amount of CZK 34 million. Auditors revealed errors in various areas – in accounting, inventory taking, property transfers to other institutions, renting and leasing of properties, and consulting and legal services.
13.10.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized whether the Ministry of Transport proceeded in line with relevant legislative regulations while preparing the final account, closing accounts, and financial statements for the year 2013.
3.10.2014 - On September 30, 2014, the Italian supreme audit institution Corte dei Conti organised a seminar on the prevention and fight against fraud and other irregularities affecting the financial interests of the European Union with special aim at activities of supreme audit institutions (SAIs).
29.9.2014 - On September 25, 2014, a delegation from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) led by Mr. Phil Wynn Owen, the ECA Member from the United Kingdom, visited the Supreme Audit Office (SAO). The visit was organized in connection with the performance audit that had been carried out by the ECA and focused on errors in public ordering in the area of Cohesion Policy. The audit was carried out in several EU Member States.
24.9.2014 - The Board of the Supreme Audit Office is complete: RNDr. Hana Pýchová was elected today to be the 15th Member. Ms. Pýchová achieved 95 votes out of 144 during a secret ballot in the Chamber of Deputies. She will be sworn in by the Chair of the Chamber of Deputies.
15.9.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) aimed at the Ministry of Agriculture and its accounting processes performed in 2013, including compiling of financial statements for the accounting period, and scrutinized whether the Ministry’s 2013 closing account had been compiled in conformity with relevant legal regulations.
11.9.2014 - This year’s annual meeting of representatives from supreme audit institutions of the V4+2 countries took place in Austria on September 4–5. On the agenda of the meeting were issues related to cooperation of the V4+2 countries, planning of audits, and implementation of international accounting standards.
1.9.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of payments from lotteries and other similar games and scrutinized how the Ministry of Finance had managed the lotteries’ sphere and how the financial authorities had assessed and managed the payments. Auditors revealed errors, which cut down revenues of public budgets.
21.8.2014 - On August 19, 2014, representatives of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) led by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala met with members of the Budget Committee of the German Parliament and experts from the German Bundesrechnungshof (BRH).
18.8.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Ministry of Defence and scrutinized its accounting processes performed in 2012, its final accounts and the closing account for the year 2012, and examined whether the Ministry proceeded in compliance with relevant legal regulations when compiling the accounts.
11.8.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized communication campaigns, which promoted the labels Klasa, Regional food, and Wines from Moravia, wines from Bohemia during the audited period 2008–2013. The food propagation campaigns cost CZK 1,500 million in total and were funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Agricultural Intervention Fund, and the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. Out of the total amount, the Ministry of Agriculture provided CZK 1,400 million. The SAO scrutinized costs of communication campaigns, which had amounted to CZK 1,300 million.
4.8.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Ministry of Transport and its subordinate organisational units: the Directorate of Waterways, the State Navigation Administration, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Air Accidents Investigation Institute. Auditors scrutinized costs of informational and communication technologies, office supplies, vehicles’ maintenance and services, travel expenses, representation, legal services and consultations, and wages. Within the audited period 2010–2013, total costs in the audited areas amounted to CZK 2,700 million.
28.7.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of funds utilized in travel industry development projects under the National Programme for Support to Travel Industry, the Integrated Operational Programme, and four regional operational programmes.
14.7.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited sales of unnecessary properties owned by the Ministry of Defence as well as investment ventures undertaken within the period 2010–2013. In total, 13 investment operations worth CZK 1,200 million were scrutinized as well as nine sales of unused properties worth CZK 566 million. Audited bodies were the Ministry of Defence and the allowance organisation “Armádní Servisní” (Army Services), which manages the Ministry’s housing facilities, rooming houses and other movables and immovable assets.
7.7.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Czech Statistical Office, the Czech Telecommunication Office, and the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic. Auditors scrutinized their expenses on office supplies, consulting and legal services, occupational training activities, and translating services and also aimed at costs of cleaning services, security, and maintenance of company cars. The audited period was from 2010 to 2012 and the audited expenses totalled to CZK 161.5 million.
30.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit that aimed at administrative buildings situated in Prague, which are owned and used by six selected ministries. Auditors scrutinized renting of office premises by the ministries and prices, which the ministries charged for leasing of their own office facilities. The audited period was from 2011 to 2013.
23.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Czech Industrial Health Insurance Company (CIHIC) and its management with public funds collected under the law within the period 2009–2012. Auditors also scrutinized the acquisitions of other health insurance companies. The CIHIC was established in 1992 under the name “Metallurgical Employees’ Health Insurance Company”, which successively merged three other employees’ health insurance companies: AGEL, the Czech National, and METAL-ALIANCE health insurance companies. In 2012, the total amount of collected insurance payments exceeded CZK 16,600 million and health care costs made more than CZK 16,000 million. By the end of 2012, the number of persons insured with the CIHIC was 1 171 395.
23.6.2014 - On June 16–19, 2014, the ninth triennial convention of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) was held in Haag, the Netherlands. In relation to the central theme of the IX Congress, which was innovation, the supreme audit institution of the Netherlands approached the convention in an innovative way and organized many sessions and workshops.
16.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Health and its management within the period 2010–2013. Auditors scrutinized the Ministry’s management of assets, expenses in the amount of CZK 521 million, and costs of ICT technologies, travel expenses, gift and representation costs, and expenses on advisory, legal, and consultancy services.
10.6.2014 - On June 10, 2014, a newly elected Member of the SAO Board Mr. Josef Kubíček was sworn in by Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Mr. Jan Hamáček and assumed the post.
10.6.2014 - On June 4–6, 2014, the Supreme Audit Office was organising a seminar entitled “SAI´s Communication Challenges”, which aimed at communication, public relations, and media. Among attendees to the event were communication experts from supreme audit institutions of Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, and Greece and from the European Court of Auditors.
9.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the maintenance and seasonal repairs of main roads and motorways within the period 2010–2013. Maintenance and repairs costs amounted to CZK 31,500 million and were funded by the State Fund of Transport Infrastructure and the Ministry of Transport.
2.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of Operational Programme Fisheries 2007–2013. Auditors scrutinized 33 projects worth CZK 128.5 million in total and revealed violations of budgetary principles exceeding CZK 2 million. Auditors also aimed at the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund that were responsible for the Programme’s management, provided grants, and monitored the processes.
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