Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker
December 2016 Update
To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.
|Open Budget Survey 2015||December 2016 Update|
|Pre-Budget Statement||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Executive's Budget Proposal||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Enacted Budget||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Citizens Budget||Available to the Public||Published Late|
|In-Year Reports||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Mid-Year Review||Available to the Public||Published Late|
|Year-End Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Audit Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
As of 31 December 2016, the government of the Czech Republic makes six of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net decrease over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, the Czech Republic has failed to publish the Citizens Budget and the Mid-Year Review in a timely manner.
To improve budget transparency, the Czech Republic should publish a Citizens Budget and a Mid-Year Review in a timely manner. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.