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Annual Press Conference

Podgorica, 6th November 2018 – The State audit institution has held an annual press conference on the Audit Report of the Proposal Law on Final Statement of Accounts of the State Budget of Montenegro for 2017 and Annual Report of the SAI on performed audits and activities for period October 2017 – October 2018.

President of the Senate, PhD Milan Dabović, members of the Senate, Nikola N. Kovačević, Radule Žurić, Zoran Jelić and PhD Branislav Radulović and secretary of the Institution, Mrs. Mihaela Popović have attended the press conference.


During the introductory speech, president of Senate has stated that the last year was very intensive and one of the most successful for the SAI taking into account the significance, number and scope of performed audits. In the reporting period October 2017 – October 2018, the SAI has performed and published 64 audit reports as follows: Audit Report on the Proposal Law on Final Statement of Accounts of the State Budget of Montenegro for 2017; 21 individual financial audit and regularity audit reports; 4 performance audit reports; 3 follow-up audits; 1 report on audit of IT system; 16 reports on audit of the consolidated annual financial statements of the political entities for 2017 and 18 reports on the audit of the political entities for 2016. According to Article 26 of the Law on budget and fiscal accountability, the SAI has prepared a Report on assessment of the implementation of the fiscal responsibility criteria in 2017.


Financial audit of the Proposal Law on the Final Statement of Accounts of the State Budget of Montenegro for 2017 has identified a small number of irregularities, which are not materially significant, and accordingly the competent Auditing Board has given unqualified opinion with emphasis of matter. The Regularity audit of the Proposal Law on the Final Statement of Accounts of the State Budget of Montenegro for 2017 has identified certain materially significant deviations and non-compliances of the business activities of the spending units with the laws and sub-legal acts, and accordingly the competent Auditing Board has expressed qualified opinion and given 12 recommendations.

 

After the introductory speech, media representatives have had the opportunity to ask questions to the president and members of the Senate regarding the topic of the conference.

 

The press conference has been held at 10 o’clock in the premises of PR Center in Podgorica.