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Krumina: excuses from Riga Freeport board do not reflect the actual situation

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUExcuses provided by Riga Freeport board in regards to violations uncovered by State Audit do not reflect the actual situation, State Auditor Elita Krumina said in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

As an example, she mentioned the excuses about the relocated open warehouse in the realization of Krievu Island project. According to Riga Freeport, it was necessary to clear some port territory in order to realize the project. On top of that it was decided to relocate one specific open warehouse to a different location to ensure unhindered function of successful port company.

Krumina notes that the permit for the construction of the warehouse was given in 2011. However, it was known since 2009 that the territory to be used for the warehouse’s construction was necessary for the Krievu Island project. With that, someone is definitely responsible for the fact that a construction permit was even provided and that it later cost EUR 1 million to relocate it elsewhere.

As previously reported, SA discovered during an inspection that the management of Riga Freeport had wasted financial resources worth at least EUR 611,888 by outsourcing services normally performed by the freeport’s management board. The audit also helped uncover additional costs related to the warehouse’s construction.

State Police’s Economic Crimes Prevention Office has launched a criminal process in regards to possible criminal violations at Riga Freeport.

The management board of Riga Freeport, on the other hand, sees no violations in the realization of Krievu Island project and does not agree with State Audit’s criticisms.

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