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The State Audit Office: work shall be continued to improve the efficiency of court operations

After the assessment of development measures of judiciary system, the State Audit Office has concluded that all in all the planned measures have been implemented, however, it cannot be claimed that all the circumstances hindering the litigation procedure have been eliminated. (more…)

State Audit Institutions of Latvia and Croatia Sign a Cooperation Memorandum

Auditor General of the Republic of Latvia Elita Krūmiņa and her Advisor in Strategic Matters Marita Salgrāve visited the Croatian State Audit Institution (Državni ured za reviziju) to discuss the strategic goals, priorities and challenges of both institutions to find common grounds for mutual cooperation. (more…)

State Audit Office: Strengthening effectiveness and responsibility were the main focus areas in 2016

In 2016, the State Audit Office focused on the development and enhancement of initiatives commenced in the previous years, thereby raising the awareness of the State and local governments about the effectiveness of the use of public funds and the responsibility of officials about the decisions taken. (more…)

State Audit Office Elected to the EUROSAI Board

The State Audit Office was elected to the Board of the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI). The State Audit Office became one of eight members of the EUROSAI Board for the next six years.The Board member mandate was obtained in serious competition as Supreme Audit Institutions of 50 EUROSAI member states voted at a closed ballot organised in two stages. (more…)

State Audit Office: Government must assess asylum seeker admission plan results and funds needed in the future

The State Audit Office has concluded that the funds allocated for relocating and accepting asylum seekers were much greater than necessary. Of the 7.29 million euros provided in 2016, 5.58 million were used. Most of the amount was spent in accordance with the goals set in the action plan; but, were also inappropriate expenses. The Cabinet of Ministers has so far not assessed the implementation of the action plan and of the results achieved. (more…)

State Audit Office indicates deficiencies in state institution financial accounts and in compliance of expenditures with their purpose

Having completed the 2016 financial audits, the State Audit Office assessed the quality of financial accounts as stable.  At the same time, the conformity of budget expenditures to their stated purpose is still wanting: millions of euros were spent in a way that was not congruent with the planned objectives. (more…)

State Audit Office: Service Pensions Not in Compliance with the Nature of the Latvian Pension Policy

When conducting the audit of the Ministry of Welfare regarding sustainability of the Latvian pension system, the State Audit Office analysed also the area of service pensions and concluded that it is not in compliance with the nature of the Latvian pension policy. (more…)

Latvian Pension System Assessed by State Audit Office as Stable, Yet Improvable

State Audit Office welcomes the work done by the Ministry of Welfare regarding implementation of the pension reform and concludes that the decision that was made more than 20 years ago to establish a three-tier pension system based on fundamental principles of state social insurance has been correct. (more…)

Local Government of Ozolnieki Municipality Attempts to Resolve a Protracted Property Rights Dispute Concerning a Building Situated on Land Owned by the Local Government

The State Audit Office conducted a legality audit wherein it assessed the action of the Local Government of Ozolnieki Municipality attempting to resolve the dispute concerning property rights of the building “Ezerkrasti”. Results of the audit once again show that drawbacks in proper administration within a local government eventually cause problems to the local government itself. (more…)

Support for dairy sector must be planned and provided more purposefully, the State Audit Office concludes

Between 2008 and 2015, approximately 900 million euro have been used for the support of dairy sector of Latvia. Nearly one third of this support was taken from the Latvian state budget, while two thirds came from the European Union funds. During the audit “Does the support financing of the European Union funds and state budget for dairy sector promote development thereof?” (more…)