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ÁSz targets areas for review in 2011

Hungary's state audit office ÁSz has targeted 55 areas for review in its plan for 2011, the office's chief Lászlo Domokos said at a press conference.

The city of Budapest and its public transport company BKV will come under review, as will other local councils, postal company Magyar Posta, state support of railway transport and a number of Public Private Partnerships, Domokos said.

ÁSz’s entire apparatus will help with the work of the new Fiscal Council, a body consisting of the head of ÁSz, the central bank governor and an economist appointed by the president, he said. The job will mean a refocusing of tasks as the office will now look into the country's midterm macro-economic path, but will not mean more work for ÁSz, he added.

State audit offices of EU member states are expected to place a greater emphasis on offering opinions on budget drafts in the future, Domokos said.

ÁSz has suspended its review of the National Bank of Hungary as it is waiting for the central bank's new supervisory board to start its work, Domokos said.

Answering a question, Domokos said the Hungarian news agency MTI would not be audited yearly by ÁSz in the future but undergo a general review by the new media authority. (MTI – Econews)