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Published Audit Report on the Register on Concession Contracts

Podgorica, 28th May 2015 – The State audit institution performed a regularity audit of the Register on Concession Contracts in line with defined audit criteria.

The subject matter to audit is to examine the regularity of the work and acting of the Concession Commission and responsible bodies in implementing legally prescribed procedures for conducting Register. The given audit included records, decisions and activities of the Concession Commission and responsible bodies from the date of establishment of the Register on concession contracts until 31st December 2014.

The goal of regularity audit was to assess whether performed activities in the procedure of keeping Register on concession contracts were in line with authorizations. The regularity audit was to assess the level of implementation of the Law on concession and the Rulebook on content and way of keeping of the Register on concession contracts, identified as audit criteria.

Based on conducted audit and established state of facts, as well as after deliberation of the auditees' Opinion regarding the Preliminary Report of the SAI, the Auditing Board, composing of PhD Branislav Radulović (member of Senate – Head of Auditing Board) and Mr. Nikola Kovačević ( member of Senate – member of Auditing Board), has given an negative audit opinion on regularity of the Register on concession contracts in line with provisions of the Law on concession.

The Register on concession contracts does not contain all concession contracts, as well as all changes for enlisted contacts. The audit established that data of the same contracts in three cases were enlisted twice. Conduct of responsible bodies in implementation of legally prescribed procedures for establishing and prompt keeping of the Register on concession contracts was not in line with the Law on concession. The audit established that responsible bodies (ministries and public administration bodies) did not submit to the Commission on concession a copy of concluded concession contact even though they were obliged to in line with article 46 of Law on concession. The Commission on concession did not prepare and submit to the Government Annual report of its work for 2014, as well as to the Parliament of Montenegro and local self-government units.

With aim to accomplish public interest in area of concession and eliminate identified irregularities, the Auditing Board gave 6 audit recommendations in given audit.

The Auditing Board determined that Parliament of Montenegro (Committee on economy, finance and budget) and Government of Montenegro (Ministry of finance and Ministry of economy) should get familiar with the content of the Audit Report due to the character of its findings.

The final Audit Report on the Register on Concession Contracts was officially published at the web site of the State audit institution.

Excerpt from the Audit Report on the Register on Concession Contracts

Audit Report on the Register on Concession Contracts (mne)