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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWithin the framework of annual financial audits in the Interior, Defence, Transport and Justice Ministries, Latvia State Audit Office (SAO) has discovered significant discrepancies to have an impact on these ministries budget performance.

Regarding the Interior Ministry 2010 annual report, the SAO has discovered there is no complete information on revenue and expenditure totalling 1.23 million lats, as it does comprise funds State Border Guard received from the The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders.

Moreover, it was also concluded the Interior Ministry’s institutions have paid out 792 thousand lats in advance payments, which means illegal and uneconomical use of the state budget funds.

While the State Police has concluded legally ungrounded agreements with municipalities, thus collecting from them 243 thousand lats for reviewing administrative violations and the imposition of fines on vehicles stopping and parking infringements.

The audit also discovered the State Police Collage could not present 46 units of randomly selected 143 assets, including, TV sets and digital cameras.

Regarding the Ministry of Defence, the SAO has discovered discrepancies in assessing foreign currencies exchange rates, resulting in listing 545 thousand lats smaller advance payments and 345 thousand lats bigger liabilities. Similalry, also revenue and expenditure linked to currency rates fluctuations have not been presented, totalling no less than 929 thousand lats and 39 thousand lats, respectively.

Also, in late 2010, the National Armed Forces transferred 700 thousand lats in advance payments.

In 2010, the Ministry of Defence was allotted 5.3 million lats from emergency funds. Of which, 4.8 million lats were used for payments for a Mine Countermeasures Ship (MCM), purchased in 2005. Thus, as opposed to legal acts, funds were used to meet liabilities, according to the SAO.

In terms of the Ministry of Transport, the SAO found discrepancies with the 8.29 million lats road funds allocated to the municipalities, as the sum is included in maintenance costs, yet it was used for capital investments.

As reported, the State Audit Office has identified a number of irregularities in the State Police. To give an example, most of items to be stored (TV sets and other devices) cannot be found now, Inguna Sudraba, Latvia Auditor General told in LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

Regarding acquisition of EU structural funds, said to have been used up fully last year, also here we see advance payments, rather than real use of the money, she says. For instance, the Ministry of Transport has received 50 million lats, 90% of which was transferred to Pasažieru vilciens (Passenger Train).

The results of the audit will be passed to the Prosecutor General, she says, adding that is also important how the ministries themselves react to this. This would show how responsible the respective ministers are. However, this does not mean they have to resign. What they have to do is act to do away with the irregularities, Auditor General stresses.


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  1. Andrew says:

    A million? how can one miss out on such a huge sum of money.

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