State Audit Office violates law

The State Audit Office's report published today on the Y2015-2016 financial management of Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary is for the most part an identical copy of the draft resolution issued on December 6, 2017. In the past 1 month, the Audit Office has failed to identify any new information or circumstance to support its statements, and neither was this time enough for them to realize the unlawful and unprofessional nature of their draft resolution. The proceedings and the final resolution issued today clearly reveal that the State Audit Office (SAO) did not comply with the relevant law as we demonstrated in detail in our observations published on December 21, 2017.

Furthermore, the SAO's final resolution released today violates the effective law in additional points, as Article 29 (3) of Act LXVI of 2011 on the State Audit Office of Hungary specifically states:

"The State Audit Office of Hungary shall respond to the observations in writing within thirty days from receipt. In its report, the State Audit Office of Hungary shall indicate any observations not taken into account, and shall give reasons for not accepting them."

The Audit Office did not respond to the observations we submitted. They did not even indicate our observations in the report, they arbitrarily took only two of them into account, but even in these cases they indicated their own interpretation instead of our actual observations. The SAO also falsely claims that Jobbik made only two observations regarding the draft resolution. Contrary to that, Jobbik in fact submitted a 36-page document, including the attachments, in which we disproved the SAO's claims item by item. Shirking his responsibility, SAO President László Domokos refused to personally sign the unlawful report and had an associate, who had been appointed a few months before, sign the document. The released report does not contain a notice of the liability to pay the guesstimated amount of the forbidden financial contribution arbitrarily established by the State Audit Office, so the payment of the forbidden financial contribution "established" in the SAO release is incomprehensible.

Jobbik emphasizes that the party has complied with the effective law in every aspect, the SAO did not conduct a substantial investigation, in fact, the Office itself blocked the procedure while its report has failed to substantiate any of its claims.

 

Péter Schön

finance director