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Public benefit from the State funding in the field of professional theatre and music — non-traceable

The possibilities of the society to ascertain how effectively taxpayers’ money is spent in order to achieve the national cultural policy objectives in the field of professional theatre and music are still limited, the State Audit Office concludes. (more…)

Innovative approaches and techniques in local government auditing: experience of the State Audit Office of Latvia


Supreme audit institutions (SAIs) are constantly looking for ways to strengthen their audit capacity and effectively disseminate audit results to stakeholders. What steps can SAIs take to increase the added value of audits and decrease the risks of bad governance? (more…)

The State Audit Office detects violations in Municipal Police of Ķekava County

During the audit on local governments’ activities in the field of public order, the State Audit Office has established that the Ķekava local government is underestimating the most important public order problems in the county, whereas the shortcomings in the control of funding have raised concerns about the uneconomical use of funds. (more…)

Do the residents of Ventspils City know what Ventspils Municipal Police do daily?

Instructing Municipal Police to provide the Council’s officials with road transport, the Ventspils City Municipality creates a false impression on resources for ensuring public order. Municipal Police, in addition to direct duties, also engage in the provision of fee-paid services. (more…)

State Audit Office demands to bring clarity in sobering-up services

The State Audit Office proposes that the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development jointly with other ministries and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments would develop a uniform regulatory framework for sobering-up services in the country. (more…)

Local governments must tackle more effectively public order problems in municipalities

Upon conducting the audit on the work of local governments in ensuring public order, the State Audit Office has prepared a self-assessment questionnaire of local governments that will allow local governments not only to analyse their work, but also to plan further action thereof, taking into account current problems and public needs. (more…)

Lithuanian colleagues adopt the experience of the State Audit Office in audits in the field of culture and education

Within the framework of an experience exchange visit on 26–27 February, the State Audit Office hosted colleagues from the supreme audit institution of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Valstybes Kontrole). The aim of the meeting was to share with Lithuanian auditors the experience of the State Audit Office in selecting themes for audits in the field of education and culture. (more…)

Following the audit: the SRS has improved the system of refund of overpaid taxes in the interests of taxpayers

Following the recommendation of the State Audit Office the Ministry of Finance and the State Revenue Service have improved the procedure for refund of the overpaid personal income tax and value added tax. (more…)

Land survey: insufficient monitoring of the sector increases errors in the Cadastre data

The society cannot rely on the quality of the received land survey services, whereas the country as a whole cannot rely on the correctness of the data in the National Real Estate Cadastre. The State Audit Office pointed out these aspects while conducting the audit on the monitoring of the provision of land cadastral survey services. (more…)

“If you do not want to listen, you will have to feel it”

In order to promote honest handling of the taxpayers’ money and to ensure that the parties having committed infringements would be justly punished and would compensate the loss caused to the State, the State Audit Office is carefully monitoring how law enforcement authorities handle the provided information on offences identified in the course of audits. (more…)