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Revalde denies Ventspils City Council’s claims about useless expenses

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUGita Revalde, rector of Ventspils University College, has ordered workers to prepare a response to the report compiled by Ventspils City Council’s work group on the use of funding provided by the municipal administration. Ventspils University College denies the city council’s conclusions on allegedly useless expenses.

Following a request from the Constitutional Council to provide a written report on completion of the college’s agreement, Ventspils City Council’s work group has studied documents on the use of funding at Ventspils University College. According to the cooperation agreement signed in 2011, VCC can control the use of its provided funding at VUC. With that, council members are provided access to documents related to the allocation of finances related to the agreement, as reported by Revalde.

«It is worth keeping in mind the fact that VCC is not the only institution that provides funding to VUC. In addition, VUC is a state founded college. Funding provided by VCC is only one source of funding. This is why VUC has to protect confidential information of other funders, as well as provide protection of private data. This is why VCC has no full access to VUC documents like job contracts and other forms of financial information,» – explains Revalde.

According to her, it can be concluded from the initial analysis of the report that all previous reports in regards to the use of funding provided by VCC have all been coordinated without objections from the city council. Therefore, the allocated funding has been used appropriately.

VCC committee consisted of members of VCC. However, according to information of VUC, the committee did not have a sworn auditor with relative qualification and certificate necessary to carry out an audit. VUC has decided to ask a sworn auditor to check facts stated in the report.

In 2015, rational work allowed VUC to save approximately EUR 446,352 from the funding provided by Ventspils municipal administration, said Revalde.

In its report to the media, Ventspils City Council mentioned that at least EUR 10,700 from the funding provided to Ventpils University College in 2015 was used inappropriately.

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  1. A whole picture? says:

    For the news, according to the information regarding the misuse of finances the members of the Constituent Assembly of Ventspils University College, indeed, were presented with the information that there is a substantial discrepancy in the funds allocated by the Ventspils City Council and the accounts. However, the real reason lies in the rector’s managerial and administrative policies and occasional bullying against, for example, the Chair of the Constituent Assembly. The vote of the Constituent Assembly which is the highest decision-making body of the university college showed that the majority is not in favour of the rector’s polucies and management. Besides, the rector refused to speak with the members of the Constituent Assembly resulting in an even bihger gap between the top brass of the school and the rest of the academic and administrative staff.

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