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The Use of National and European Funds Must Not Be Confidential

Bratislava, August 6, 2021 - In the first half of this year, national auditors focused on a major project in cybersecurity, which was aimed to create networks of professionally and technically equipped units for dealing with security incidents (CSIRT). The total value of the projects was almost 53 million euros. The Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic (SAO) identified several deficiencies during the audit. From the public procurement, transparency of supplier selection, to the financial management of the project by the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Informatisation. The SAO has proceeded its findings to law enforcement authorities on suspicion of deception in public procurement and breaches of obligations in the administration of public property. The findings of the national authority also serve to model good practice connected with the publication of framework contracts for projects implemented as secret. These must contain information on the financial execution, obligations and rights of the contracting parties or the timeline of the contract.

"Based on the results of audits related to the Information Society projects and in cooperation with the National Security Office, we prepared rules how ministries or other public institutions should behave in the case of transparency and efficiency in using of public funds," said the SAO Vice-president. "Good practice says that the use of state funds must be subject to barrier-free public supervision. That is why the winner of the contract must arise from non-discriminatory competition and the public has the right to know the framework of the contract", concludes Ľ. Andrassy.

 

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