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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.



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Delegates from the German Parliament at the SAO

Delegates from the German Parliament 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).


Ministry of Agriculture spent CZK 1,400 million on food propagation campaigns during six years; Indian massages reimbursed as well

Food propagation campaigns - logos 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.


The national registry of administrative buildings contains false data and lacks information on thousands of building

CRAB 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.


IX EUROSAI Congress

President of SAO CR Miloslav Kala 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.


The SAO audited the Czech Industrial Health Insurance Company

Logo of the Czech Industrial Health Insurance Company 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.


The Ministry of Health paid CZK 3.2 million for an unimplemented project’s preparations and termination

Logo of Ministry of Health 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.


New Member of the SAO Board sworn in

Josef Kubíček, new Member of the SAO Board 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.


Seminar on SAI´s Communication Challenges 2014

Seminar SAI´s Communication Challenges 2014 - group photo 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.


Road and Motorway Directorate ordered without tendering, divided contracts into lesser ones, and discriminated tenderers

Motorway 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.


Annual Report 2013

Annual report 2013 - cover 6.6.2014


Home-grown Fish campaign cost CZK 178 million but did not boost the domestic consumption of fish

Fishing out 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.


Fines & penalties collected by customs annually amount to CZK 3,000 million; customs are inconsistent and do not have background data in due time

Logo of customs 26.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of fines imposed by administration authorities and transferred for recovery to customs authorities (so-called "shared administration") within years 2011 and 2012. The transformation of claims’ recovery to the customs was applied as the imposing authorities were not allowed by law to collect the amounts.


Accounting errors of the Ministry of Regional Development exceeded CZK 25,000 million

Logo of the Ministry for Regional Development 19.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited accounting records of the Ministry of Regional Development and scrutinized whether the Ministry followed legal regulations when compiled its closing account and financial statements for the year 2012. Auditors revealed errors in the total amount of CZK 25,500 million. Among the reasons of the revealed errors were omitting of records about the transfer prepayment in the amount of CZK 14,700 million.


Subsidies from EU for water management projects fell behind schedule: approval processes took two and half years on average

Logo of the Operational Programme Environment 12.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized subsidies from the Operational Programme Environment, which were approved by the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic in period 2008–2013 for purification of waste waters. Auditors aimed at selection, supervising, evaluation, and monitoring processes related to projects, which had been granted subsidies. The auditing operation scrutinized 15 individual projects.


E-market savings only one quarter the amount predicted by the Ministry of Regional Development

Logo of E-market 5.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of State budget funds spent on the project National infrastructure for electronic public procurement (NIPEZ) and purchases of selected commodities via e-market. The auditors focused on five individual e-markets, which should be used by ministries and eleven other national administration authorities as well as their subordinate organisations to purchase selected commodities.


EGAP supported with CZK 1,000 million every year in spite of sufficient own resources

Logo of EGAP 28.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP) and funds provided by the Ministry of Finance in 2011 and 2012 in support for the insurance of export activities of Czech exporters. The audit focused on methods, which Ministry used when assessed the EGAP’s requests for financial support for its operations.


President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman supports the idea of enlarging the SAO's auditing powers

President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman and President of the SAO Miloslav Kala - Prague, 23.4.2014 24.4.2014 - On April 23, 2014, President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman welcomed Miloslav Kala, President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO), at Prague Castle.


Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation lacks a functioning system of control; errors found in one-third of the projects

Logo of the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation 14.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds utilized for implementation of the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation (OPEI), which aims at increasing the competitiveness of the Czech economy. Out of the Programme’s six priority axes, the SAO focused on priority axes 4 (“Innovation”) and 5 (“Environment for enterprise and innovation”).


Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs failed to elaborate a national development plan for social services

7.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of state budget funds spent on social care of national or supra-regional extent. Auditors scrutinized funds in the amount of CZK 518 million, which had been administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affair. The sum included CZK 130 million, which were scrutinized at beneficiaries. At the Ministry, auditors focused on the funding system of social services. At beneficiaries, auditors aimed at compliance with legal regulations and rules for drawing and utilisation of the grants, which had been set by the Ministry.


Ministry of Health funded a heath care centre’s reconstruction; three quarters of the building are rented for housing

31.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized funds provided by the Ministry of Health for reconstructions of local health care centres under the programme “Material and technical development of regional health care” in the period 2009–2012. The Programme intended to support health care facilities, which were founded by municipal and regional councils, to provide better care and improve their equipment. Auditors scrutinized the Ministry of Health that had administered the Programme as well as some beneficiaries.


Funds earmarked for the funding of projects implemented within the OP Cross-Border Cooperation the CR-Poland 2007-2013 (joint report NKU and NIK)

Cover of joint report of projects OP CBC CZ-PL 28.3.2014


The SAO representatives met with delegates from the SAI of Poland in Ostrava and in Opole on March 24–25, 2014

NIK President Krzysztof Kwiatkowski and President of SAO CR Miloslav Kala - Ostrava, 25.3.2014 27.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) and the supreme audit institution (SAI) of Poland finished co-ordinated audit operations, which aimed at funds utilized for implementation of projects within the Operational Programme Cross-border Co-operation the Czech Republic – Poland 2007–2013.


Operational Programme Cross-border Cooperation CR – Poland: managing authorities made more errors than beneficiaries

Logo of the Operational Programme Cross-border Cooperation CR-Poland 25.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited funds utilized for implementation of the Operational Programme Cross-border Cooperation the Czech Republic – Poland within the period from 2007 to 2012. Among the audited bodies were the Ministry of Regional Development, the Centre for Regional Development, and 19 selected projects, which were implemented by 10 beneficiaries including regions, municipalities, state allowance organizations, and citizens associations.


During five years, Air Navigation Services doubled their profit earning CZK 250 million a year

Logo of Air Navigation Services 17.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of the state enterprise Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS) and its management in years 2011 and 2012. No serious shortcomings were found. Auditors also scrutinized the Ministry of Transport’s fulfilment of its duties as the state enterprise’s founder.


Two-year preparation of national team members in three government sports centres cost CZK 800 million in total

3.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized government sport centres that create suitable conditions for preparation of the best national team members in junior as well as senior categories. Auditors focused on state budget funds, which were utilized by three government sport centres from 2011 to mid-2013: University Sports Centre of the Ministry of Education, Sports Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, and DUKLA Army Sports Centre of the Ministry of Defence.


Diagnostic and educational institutes and schools for children with physical disabilities managed without serious errors

Diagnostic institute for children 24.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of six allowance organisations and their management within years 2011 and 2012. The allowance organisations, which were founded by the Ministry of Education, provide education to children with as well as without physical disabilities. The audit aimed at properties worth CZK 765.4 million in total and management with funds in the amount of CZK 87.6 million.


The Czech Republic will not utilize all EU funds allocated for railway network modernisation

Rail 17.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of modernisation of the railway network outside the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), i. e. outside the main corridor lines. The audited period was from 2009 to present. Auditors focused on electrification of railways.


Ministry of Finance unsuccessful in managing the foreign debt

Dollars 10.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) examined the procedures used by the Ministry of Finance to manage and recover the Czech Republic’s receivables of civilian nature. The amount of receivables exceeded CZK 122,000 million by the end of 1998.


Mrs. Hana Hykšová appointed a Member of the SAO Board

Mrs. Hana Hykšová, new Member of the SAO Board 6.2.2014 - The Board of the Supreme Audit Office is complete again: In today’s secret vote, Members of the Chamber of Deputies elected Mrs. Hana Hykšová to be 15th Member of the SAO’s Collegium. Out of 161 casted votes, 122 voted for her. Hana Hykšová will be sworn in by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.


Unpaid taxes increased by one third within three years; companies mostly owe VAT

Tax return form 3.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit, which aimed at unpaid taxes and their collection within the period 2011–2012.


Costs of external legal and consulting services for the Ministry of the Environment increased by 100 % in two years

Logo of the Ministry of the Environment 27.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of the Environment and its management within the period 2010–2012. Auditors scrutinized utilisation of the State budget funds and assets in the amount of CZK 133.6 million.


The SAO audited the national registers system: one register partially inoperative due to late implementation of related projects

Logo of the national registers system 13.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized preparation, development, operation, and administration processes related to the implementation of the national registers information system and aimed specifically at two registers – the register of inhabitants and the register of rights and responsibilities of public authorities – which are supervised by the Ministry of the Interior.


The SAO audited the Fuel Combine Ústí and its management: serious errors were not found

Logo of the state enterprise Fuel Combine Ústí 6.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the state enterprise Fuel Combine Ústí and its management within the audited period 2010–2012. The Fuel Combine Ústí aims at complex revitalizations of former mines and at effacing the impacts of mining activities. The Enterprise also liquidates old ecological burdens in previous oil and natural gas extraction sites in South Moravia. For example, mining localities Ležáky and Kohinoor, Kladno mines, and Eastern Bohemian coal mines come under the Fuel Combine Ústí, which was administering 534 main mining locations by the end of 2012.


The SAO scrutinized 2012 auxiliary analytical overview submitted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade

Logo of Ministry of Industry and Trade 30.12.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized the Ministry of Industry and Trade and focused on its 2012 auxiliary analytical overview and its compliance with the applicable legal regulations.


The Academy of Sciences violated own rules for granting subsidies

Logo of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 23.12.2013 - The SAO performed an audit at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) and public research institutes established by the ASCR. Auditors focused on investments in development, maintenance, and purchases of special instruments made within the period from 2008 to 2013. Auditors scrutinized 108 individual construction works and seven purchases of special instruments.


The state administration forgave three quarters of penalties and fines for violations of budgetary regulations

Czech banknotes 2.12.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the General Financial Directorate and penalties and fines imposed for violations of budgetary regulations during the audited period from 2011 to the end of the first quarter of 2013.


The SAO audited funds earmarked for the direct payments

Cows 25.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the system of direct payments and its functioning, the administration and control over applications, and providing of subsidies. The audited bodies were the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund. Auditors selected 58 beneficiaries and focused on their adherence to legal regulations and conditions defined for awarding the subsidies.


Purposeless purchases of military equipment and machinery enabled by a lacking concept of the Ministry of Defence

18.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of state budget funds spent on purchases of military equipment and machinery for land and special military forces of the Czech Armed Forces. Auditors scrutinized 15 purchases with the total expenditures in the amount of CZK 5,800 million.


President of the SAO met with ambassadors from EU countries

Meeting with ambassadors of EU countries - Prague, 12.11.2013 14.11.2013 - On November 12, 2013, president of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) met with ambassadors of EU countries. The traditional meeting took place at the SAO’s headquarters in Prague. Among the attendees were also a representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the head of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic.


The SAO audited management of the Office for the Protection of Competition

Logo of the Office for the Protection of Competition 11.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Office for the Protection of Competition and the management of assets and State budget funds that the Office is responsible for. During the auditing operation, assets and funds in the amount over CZK 1,700 million were scrutinized.


Open procedures and dividing public works into separate lots help fight against corruption and excessive costs of construction services in Germany

7.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) together with the Bundesrechnungshof (BRH, the supreme audit institution of Germany) worked out a joint report on a parallel audit of public building procurements. Auditors aimed at public building procurements in both the countries and underlined the fight against corruption.


SAO audited the Central Purchasing Project

Logo of Ministry of Interior 4.11.2013 - The aim of the Central Purchasing Project was to make the system of public purchases more effective and simpler as well as to reduce the costs. The auditors focused on the implementation of the system of central purchasing and on the assessment of the shown benefits.


XXI Congress of INTOSAI

Delegation of the Supreme Audit Office CR - Beijing, China, October 2013 31.10.2013 - From October 21 to October 26, 2013, a delegation of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) led by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala attended XXI Congress of International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), which took place in Beijing, China.


Auditors met in Prague to discuss experience from audits aimed at the climate change

Participants of the 11th Annual EUROSAI WGEA Meeting - Prague, 15.10.2013 22.10.2013 - On October 14–17, 2013, the 11th Annual EUROSAI WGEA Meeting was organised at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) in Prague, Czech Republic. A training seminar on fraud and corruption took place the day prior to the annual EUROSAI WGEA Meeting.


Annual meeting of the Contact Committee in Lithuania

Contact Committee Group photo - Lithuania, Vilnius, October 2013 18.10.2013 - On October 10–11, 2013, the annual meeting of representatives of supreme audit institutions of EU countries and European Court of Auditors took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. On the meeting agenda were outcomes of working groups, which had been established by the Contact Committee, as well as new goals for the future period.


In the last three years Road and Motorway Directorate paid CZK 357 million for legal services

Logo of the the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic 30.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RMD) and its management during the period from 2010 to March 2013. Auditors scrutinized expenditures of the general directorate, motorway divisions in Prague and Brno, and regional investment road administrations in Jihlava, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, and Plzen. Auditors focused on costs of computer technologies, office materials, cleaning services, and legal advisory services and consultations.


The annual meeting of representatives from supreme audit institutions of the Visegrád Group, Austria, and Slovenia (V4+2)

From the left side: Presidents, Vice-president and delegates of SAIs of Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia 25.9.2013 - On September 12–13, 2013, an annual meeting of representatives from the supreme audit institutions of Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic (V4+2) took place in Piran, Slovenia.


CZK 2,900 million spent on data boxes in period 2009–2012

Logo of the system of data boxes 23.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of funds spent on the purchase and operation of the system of data boxes, which had been provided and administered by the state enterprise Czech Post. The number of created data boxes amounted to 504,000 during the audited period 2009–2012. In 2012, the amount of sent messages amounted to 45 million and CZK 803 million was paid from the state budget for the service, which means that sending one message cost more than CZK 17 on average. Since 2013, the Czech Post has received CZK 500 million from the state budget for the system’s annual operation cost.


Final accounts of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs failed to give true and fair view of the subject of accounting

Logo of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 16.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and its final accounts, financial statements, and closing accounts submitted for the year 2012. The audit report states that 2012 final accounts of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs failed to give true and fair view of the subject of accounting and the Ministry’s financial position as bad evidence amounted to CZK 11,000 million.


Report on EU Financial Management in the Czech Republic (EU Report 2013)

EU report 2013 11.9.2013


Through eight contract supplements, the MoLSA increased the cost of the new social allowance payment system by CZK 1,500 million

Logo of the Employment Office of the Czech Republic 9.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit that scrutinized costs and assets related to the Employment Office of the Czech Republic, which was created in April 2011 from the former 77 regional employment offices. Auditors aimed at the new informational system for payments of social allowances, which started its operation in 2012 in relation to centralisation of non-insurance payments by the Employment Office of the Czech Republic.


The SAO audited 2012 final accounts of the Ministry of Education

Logo of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports 2.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Education and its closing accounts, recordkeeping, and financial statements submitted for the year 2012. The audit also aimed at the compliance with legal regulations. The SAO concluded that balance accounts of the Ministry for the year 2012 included bad records in the amount of CZK 90 million.


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