Members of Parliament Endorsed the Report on Operations of the State Audit Institution for 2013

06 June 2014.
Members of Parliament Endorsed the Report on Operations of the State Audit Institution for 2013
MPs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia discussed yesterday the Report on Operations of the State Audit Institution for 2013. With majority votes of all Members of Parliament, the National Assembly adopted Proposal of the Conclusion of the Committee for Finance, Republic Budget and Control of Public Funds' Spending, regarding review of the Report on Operations of the State Audit Institution for 2013.

Presenting the report, Mr. Radoslav Sretenović, the President of the State Audit Institution, emphasized that in 2013 the Institution fully realized its planned tasks.

State Audit Institution audited financial statements and conducted compliance audit of 56 entities. However, we audited financial statements and conducted compliance audit of 56 entities, because we also audited specific elements of financial statements within audit of the Final Statement of Accounts of the 2012 Budget of the Republic of Serbia, Sretenović emphasized. He also added that audit process in 2013 covered public expenditures and expenses totaling 2,683 billion dinars.

During the plenary address, the Auditor-General pointed to the most significant irregularities found at auditees, pertaining to the Budget System Law, Public Procurement Law, Labor Law, inventory of assets and liabilities, balance sheet, receivables and obligations, salary expenses and employee benefits.

We have also delivered 1081 recommendations to the audited entities, Mr. Sretenović highlighted. He added that the State Audit Institution, based on the information acquired by state auditors during the audit process, would file initiatives for adoption of new laws or amendments to applicable laws.

The Institution will issue recommendations for amendments to the Budget System Law, amendments to the Law on Salaries of Members of Parliament in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, amendments to the Pension and Disability Insurance Law, amendments to the Health Insurance Law, adoption of the Health Protection Law, Law on Health Insurance of Military Insured Persons, Labor Law and Law on Salaries in Local Government Units, Law on Communal Charges and Law on Subsidies, Mr. Sretenović said.

The Institution filed 208 requests for initiating misdemeanor proceedings, along with 18 charges for economic offense and 51 criminal charges.

In order to increase number of audit reports, as well as to expand the scope of audit and funds subject to audit, it is necessary to hire new staff, Mr. Sretenović said. According to him, increasing number of employees means hiring staff for conducting audit of financial statements of political parties.

Speaking on business premises, Mr. Sretenović reiterated that the Institution uses business premises in Niš, Novi Sad, Belgrade and Kragujevac.

In Belgrade, the Institution uses offices in five separate locations. That poses a communication problem among the employees and increases overall operating costs. Such situation has not jeopardized audit program execution, but it has put additional strain on audit teams. In cooperation with the Government, the Institution has taken measures and activities on finding adequate and integral business premises, Mr. Sretenović said.

In its past work, the State Audit Institution has aspired to justify the trust that the National Assembly has displayed by providing support in parliamentary oversight over public funds spending. We shall continue to do so in the future, Mr. Sretenović said.