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Economic management of the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic

The SAO SR verified and evaluated whether public funds for the activities of the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic were used in accordance with binding legal regulations, i.e. economically, efficiently and transparently. The audited period was the period of 2015 to 2018. The SAO SR found deficiencies in the management of State property, in the inventory of assets, liabilities, the difference between assets and liabilities, in the correct reporting of long-term liabilities, in the notes to the financial statements and in performing basic financial control. These shortcomings were not of significant errors nature.

The SAO SR has repeatedly pointed to the need to address the use of the villa in Slavín. It is currently in poor condition, not properly maintained to serve its purpose and dilapidated. The necessary reconstruction was not made even in the audited period, despite some ongoing administrative activities to start it. The solution of residences for the accommodation of the highest constitutional officials was dealt with by the Government of the Slovak Republic in 2018, when it approved a proposal for the provision of real estate with premises for state representation and housing for the highest constitutional officials of the Slovak Republic.

In this context, the SAO SR recommended the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic to ensure co-operation in the implementation of the Resolution of the Government of the Slovak Republic 285 of 20 June 2018, in which the Government of the Slovak Republic approved a proposal for the provision of real estate with premises for state representation. It recommended thoroughly assess whether the state property - the residence of the President, which does not serve for the performance of tasks within the scope of designated activity, or in connection with it –  will be used in the future.

The SAO SR recommends that the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic address the situation while maintaining the highest degree of transparency and economy. The SAO SR also found deficiencies in the sum of liabilities reported in the financial statements for 2018 related to the creation of a provision for litigation with a former employee. Litigation has been pending since 2003 over the question of the duration of the employment relationship.

The full text of the press release about this topic in Slovak language is available here. Use the Google icon in the top bar for automatic translation into the desired language.