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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.



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43rd meeting of the EUROSAI Governing Board

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.


In 2013, the Ministry of Finance managed funds under the state budget heading General Treasury Management in breach of budgetary regulations

Czech banknotes 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.


Delegation from the National Audit Office of China visited the NKU

Representatives of the CNAO at the meeting 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.


Errors found in 2013 final accounts of the Labour Office

Logo of the Employment Office of the Czech Republic 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.


Projects aiming popularization of science supported more than practical application of scientific research outcomes

Atoms 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.


Subsidies to sports: the Ministry of Education provided CZK 800 million under non-transparent conditions

Volleyball 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.


ROP NUTS II Southwest: Regional health-care facilities not following rules for EU funds drawing

Logo of ROP NUTS II Southwest 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.


Supporting green energy will cost the Czech Republic a trillion Czech koruna; two thirds of that sum will go to photovoltaics operators

Solar power 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.


Administration offices of Morava and Ohře river basins only showed profits thanks to subsidies

River 22.12.2014 - 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.


The SAO audited purchases and reconstructions of buildings owned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Logo of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 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.


Slow drawing under the Swiss-Czech Cooperation Programme caused by complicated administration

Flag of the Switzerland and the Czech Republic 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.


In case funds for operating the RUIAN register are not guaranteed, the EU subsidy for its development will have to be returned

Logo of the national registers system 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.


Annual meeting with ambassadors of EU countries, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and delegates from European Commission

Annual meeting with ambassadors of EU countries - 4.11.2014 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.


Costs of modernization projects increase but the share of water transport in the freight transport remains negligible

Cargo ship at Melnik 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.


RNDr. Hana Pýchová sworn in as a new Member of the SAO

Ms Hana Pýchová with president of SAO Miloslav Kala 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.


Meeting of the Contact Committee of the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions of the EU and the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg

Contact Committee 2014 - group photo 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).


The Ministry of Culture lost 16 laptops and Jan Zrzavý’s painting worth CZK 2 million

Logo of the Ministry of Culture 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.


Ministry of Transport oddly transferred CZK 5,000 million to the State Transport Infrastructure Fund affecting 2012 and 2013 State budget deficits

Logo of Ministry of Transport 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.


Seminar on the prevention and fight against fraud and other irregularities in EU

Seminar on the prevention and fight against fraud and other irregularities in EU 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).


Representatives of the European Court of Auditors at the SAO

EU flag 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.


Ms. Hana Pýchová to become a new Member of the SAO Board

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.


The SAO audited 2013 closing account of the Ministry of Agriculture

Logo of the Ministry of Agriculture 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.


Delegation from the SAO at the V4+2 Meeting in Austria

V4+2 Meeting in Austria, September 2014 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.


The State loses CZK 500 million in lotteries per a year as the state supervision is weak

Lottery 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.


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).


2012 closing account of the Ministry of Defence: CZK 19,800 million wrongly accounted for

Logo of Ministry of Defence 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.


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.


Organisational units of the Ministry of Transport purposefully divided public orders and spent on gifts, publicity and bonuses

Logo of Ministry of Transport 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.


In six-year period, the tourist industry was supported with CZK 49,000 million, but remained the same or declining

Tourists 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.


Auditors revealed problems in reconstructions of military quarters

Logo of Ministry of Defence 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.


Occupational training costs differed twelve times at state administration offices

Czech banknotes 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.


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.


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