The Chamber of Deputies discussed the governmental proposal of an amendment to the Act on the Supreme Audit Office (zákon o Nejvyšším kontrolním úřadu) in the second reading on 24 October (the Chamber discussed the Bill in the first reading in June 2011). The Government intends to extend the scope of powers that the Supreme Audit Office may make use. Therefore, the Bill aims at strengthening the role of the Office regarding the system of auditing of public sphere. According to the Bill, the Office should also conduct audit activities of regions and municipalities without any possibility to intervene in their fiscal autonomy. The Bill applies the power to audit the financial management also at any semi-budgetary organization that has been set up by any region or municipality. The Chamber of Deputies has raised some comments regarding the report of the state-budget fulfillment stating that the Office should provide the report to the Chamber of Deputies. The amendments were partially based on the discussion of the Constitutional Committee, the Budget Committee and the Committee on Regional Development and State Service and partially on private members’ comments. The Chamber has not set the term of further discussion of the Bill (third reading).
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