The Board of Audit finds several flaws in SAZU

Ljubljana – The Court of Auditors issued an opinion to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) against its 2020 operation, establishing numerous shortcomings and irregularities in hiring, salaries, benefits, purchase of services and oversight of funds . It challenges the Academy’s legal status.

Two sets of internal rules were adopted and signed by non-authorized management officials, according to an audit report released Wednesday.

It also highlights the shortcomings of SAZU’s job categorization documentation, such as the inability to specify the number and types of specific jobs for individual organizational units.

In one job ad, SAZU did not set out all the job requirements required for the job, so they lowered the job standards.

One of the employees was placed in a higher salary bracket than the original salary bracket and was therefore being paid an overpayment of €100 each month.

She also increased her monthly tenure bonus and received a performance bonus of €4,700 without any agreement on increased workload.

Two workers, on the other hand, received their full wages even though they were unable to perform work in line with their employment contracts because they were working from home.

Six workers received €822 more than they should have for their commuting expenses.

The court also held that SAZU Day was problematic in that it was a day without work while SAZU staff received salaries as usual.

The report notes that in Slovenia, workers have the right to rest only on national bank holidays and other holidays provided by law.

The audit report also identifies a failure to establish adequate internal oversight in awarding funding to SAZU’s Scientific Research Center (ZRC).

SAZU did not verify the legal basis and amount of funds for invoices of at least €5,000 before paying ZRC, the report said.

We also circumvented the Public Procurement Act when purchasing printing and publishing services and purchased free software services.

The court further points out the dilemma regarding SAZU’s legal status and the impact of ambiguity on its operations.

Under the SAZU Law, the Academy is an autonomous body of its members, a public legal entity with the rights and obligations set forth in the SAZU Law and the SAZU Law. The conditions for its work and development are secured by the Republic of Slovenia.

The court issued a set of recommendations to SAZU to eliminate wrongdoing and ordered SAZU to report on progress. The Board of Audit finds several flaws in SAZU

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