The Czech presidency in the Audit Commission of the European Space Agency is successfully finishing. The President of the SAO received Czech representatives
Press release – 8. 10. 2018
On 2 October 2018, the President of the SAO, Mr Miloslav Kala, together with the Senior Director of the Audit Section, Mr Stanislav Koucký, received Czech representatives of the Audit Commission of the European Space Agency (ESA) Mr Luboš Rokos and Ms Regina Charyparova. They discussed the success of the Czech presidency and its end at the meeting of the ESA Administrative and Financial Commission held in Paris in September 2018.
Since the autumn of 2017, the Czech Republic had been chairing the ESA Audit Commission. The chairman of this commission was Mr Luboš Rokos, currently the head of the Financial Audit Department of the SAO. His closest associate was Ms Regina Charyparova, former director of the Regional Department of the SAO in Plzeň. Both Czech representatives have been working with the ESA since 2015, when they were nominated representatives for the Czech Republic. Since October 2018, they have been acting as a Commissioner and an Agent.
The President of the SAO appreciated the activities of the Czech representatives. Specifically, under the Czech presidency, the Audit Commission not only made successfully an audit of ESA's financial statements and carried out a performance audit, but also completed a reform for an ESA external audit system last year. This was also connected with a tender on an external audit firm.
The Audit Commission is an external auditor of the ESA, which is an international organization based in Paris with more than 20 Member States, with a budget of more than five billion euros, activities of about 11 billion euros, and more than 2,200 employees. The Audit Commission carries out its work in accordance with the International Auditing Standards and its main task is primarily to audit the ESA's financial statements prepared in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards. The Commission consisted of four commissioners appointed from different Member States, who were assisted by three agents permanently in Paris during the Czech presidency.
Supreme Audit Office