In 2002 NAO adopted its symbol, which represents an artistic sculptural image of a falcon stepped over a cliff of coins.
The different elements of the image symbolize:
The Falcon – king of the birds, nobility, supremacy. The falcon is a Bulgarian symbol of patronage.
The Cliff – symbolizes strength, stability, security, endurance and power.
The Coins – symbolize the treasury, protected by the falcon, a safeguard against violation.
The NAO symbol is work of the Bulgarian sculptor Bogomil Zhivkov.
The symbol is presented to Bulgarian and foreign citizens for their contribution to the development and recognition of the Bulgarian Supreme Audit Institution, to SAI Presidents when visiting Bulgaria, to prize winners of the annual awards for electronic media and press, covering the NAO activity.
The National Audit Office Plate
The NAO plate has been manufactured in the mint of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The plate has three varieties – golden, silver and bronze.
The front side of the plate represents the national emblem of the Republic of Bulgaria, adopted in 1997.
On the reverse side is the embossed copy of the seal of the former Bulgarian Supreme Audit Institution, established in 1880.
The plate is presented to Bulgarian and foreign citizens for their contribution to the development and recognition of the Bulgarian Supreme Audit Institution, to SAI presidents when visiting Bulgaria, to prize winners of the annual stimulating awards, given to encourage the electronic and printed media and for journalists in covering the NAO activity, to NAO employees on important occasions and upon retiring.
The National Audit Office Awards Media and Journalistis
The awards are presented annually on the 20th of December which is the NAO professional holiday. This is the date when the first Supreme Audit Institution Act was promulgated in the ‘State gazette’ in 1880.
The award represents the NAO symbol, an artistic sculptural image of a falcon and is given to winners together with a diplom.
The nomination of prize winner is carried out in accordance with specific rules, adopted by NAO. They specify the criteria that the prize winner should meet and namely covering the NAO activity, which includes audit results, international and other events; accuracy and professional approach in interpretating of facts, evaluations and conclusions, regarding the NAO activity, or journalistic investigation concerning NAO activity that has provoked great public interest.
NAO nominates stimulating awards for media and journalists. The award represent a diplom, handed to nominees, together with a NAO plate.
The first prize winner of the NAO award in 2002 became the national daily ‘Sega’, and the stimulating awards were adjudged to the national daily newspapers ’24 chasa’ and ‘Pari’.
The 2003 prize winner is the national daily ’24 chasa’ and the stimulating awards were adjudged to the national daily ‘Dneven trud’, the weekly ‘Cash’, the national channel bTV and the journalists Veliana Christova from the national daily ‘Duma’ and Ventzislav Petrov from the local daily of the town of Varna ‘Pozvanete News’.