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Czech Republic

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary Questionnaire
Transparency

61

out of 100
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Public Participation

9

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

82

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

61

out of 100

The Czech Republic provides the public with substantial budget information.

How Has the Open Budget Index Score Changed Over Time?
Recommendations for Improving Transparency

The Czech Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish in a timely manner a Pre-Budget Statement, Citizens Budget, and Mid-Year Review online.
  • Increase the information provided in the Executive’s Budget Proposal by increasing information on performance and policy and providing information of the impact of different macroeconomic assumptions on the budget.
  • Increase the information provided in the Year-End Report by including comparisons between planned nonfinancial outcomes and actual outcomes and by including comparisons between borrowing estimates and actual outcomes.

Public Participation

9

out of 100

The Czech Republic provides few opportunities for the public to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
Ukraine 30/100
Poland 24/100
Bulgaria 22/100
Hungary 11/100
Czech Republic 9/100
Slovakia 9/100
Moldova 7/100
Romania 6/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

The Czech Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Pilot mechanisms for members of the public and executive branch officials to exchange views on national budget matters during both the formulation of the national budget and the monitoring of its implementation. These mechanisms could build on innovations, such as participatory budgeting and social audits. For examples of such mechanisms, see fiscaltransparency.net/mechanisms.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the formulation of the annual budget, during which members of the public or civil society organizations can testify.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution in formulating its audit program and to participate in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

82

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in the Czech Republic provide adequate oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 91/100
Execution/Audit 67/100

The legislature provides adequate oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides adequate oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and adequate oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

Adequate 83/100

The supreme audit institution provides adequate budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

The Czech Republic should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure a legislative committee examines the in-year budget implementation in a reasonable timeframe and publishes reports with recommendations online.
  • Ensure audit processes are reviewed by an independent agency.
  • Continue working on the setting up of the independent fiscal institution.

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Open Budget Survey 2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 69/100 

The Government of the Czech Republic provides the public with substantial budget information.

Public Participation 42/100 

The Government of the Czech Republic provides the public with limited opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 82/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in the Czech Republic is adequate.

By auditor 83/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in the Czech Republic is adequate.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

The Czech Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more information on policy narratives and performance information and include a sensitivity analysis on how alternative scenarios of different macroeconomic variables could affect the budget.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting more information on planned versus actual macroeconomic forecasts and on planned versus actual performance.
Improving Participation

The Czech Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to participate in audit investigations.

 


Open Budget Survey 2012

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire (Revised)

The Czech Republic’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with significant information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This gives citizens some tools to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.


Open Budget Survey 2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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