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Latvia’s State Audit concerned about government’s decided funding allocation

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State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa

The funding outlined in ministries’ budgets for different goals does not fit the government’s approved budget planning process, said State Audit chief Elita Krūmiņa when asked to comment on the government’s recent decision to pull previously outlined funds from ministries to increase funding for healthcare.

Results of the State Audit’s performed budget planning efficiency show that annual financial revisions allow for the conclusion that in a number of cases allocation of funding from the state budget and the budget use has caused lack of transparency and non-compliance with budget planning process, says Krūmiņa.

«Review of base expenses still has not been performed at institutions. This year this has affected the budget planning process. The State Audit has invited Finance Ministry and the government to review and sort out the state budget formation process,» says the state auditor.

As previously reported, on 11 October Latvia’s government supported the budget 2020 project, outlining EUR 42 million to increase doctors’ wages. However, as the protest came approached, it was announced on Tuesday there is a way to allocate an additional amount of EUR 18 million.

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Jānis Reirs told journalists that to find the EUR 18 million it was necessary to review previously supported proposals for the 2020 budget, as well as clarify profits of state capital associations.

Reirs explained that to accomplish this objective Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry will divert EUR 3 210 915 from the plan to open an embassy in Australia. Additionally, the ministry plans to reduce fees to OECD.

More on this topic: Bank of Latvia, Latvian Forests and benefit system may provide money for healthcare

On Tuesday, 5 November, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to support Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee’s proposal to allocate additional funds to finish the Olympic Centre in Rezekne in 2020. Of the necessary EUR 1.956 million the government supported allocating EUR 998 000 for this plan from the Education and Science Ministry’s budget for sports structures.


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