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The State Audit Office: Both Attitude of the State and the Owners Should be Changed to Save Apartment Houses

Thousands of Latvian residents live in their own or rented apartments apartment houses managed by local government, many of which are hazardous to health and life. The State Audit Office has concluded that the housing policy has not actually existed in the country since the denationalisation process. A huge part of Latvia’s housing stock degrades even to a condition of a slum. (more…)

The State Audit Office Detects All-embracing Violations in Construction Work of Latvian-Russian State Border

When establishing the Latvian-Russian borderland, at least 7.14 million euros of state budget funds and property were used illegally. Following the audit, the State Audit Office came to this conclusion by detecting violations of laws and regulations, including unlawful major deviations from the approved construction project. (more…)

Paying for Work Not Done and Unfeasible Work while Arranging the Internal Border

One has wasted at least one million euros of budget assets and property for maintaining the Latvian-Estonian and Latvian-Lithuanian borderland. The State Audit Office of Latvia reached such a conclusion when also assessing the maintenance costs of the Latvian-Estonian and Latvian-Lithuanian borderland in parallel with the audit of the establishment works of the external borderland of Latvia. (more…)

Rail Baltica project implementation needs to be enhanced to manage the risk of the project cost and time overruns

TALLINN – RIGA – VILNIUS, 7 January 2020 – The Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have completed a joint audit which concluded that roles, responsibilities and procedures for managing the Rail Baltica project were mostly in place. Still, the inefficiencies in the project management present a risk that the project will exceed the agreed budget and timeline. (more…)

The State Audit Office and Internal Auditors Discuss the Development of Cooperation in a Joint Forum

On December 12, the annual forum of the State Audit Office and internal auditors took place finalising the pilot project of the State Audit Office based on cooperation with internal auditors of public administration under direct assistance mode. The event provided an overview of the progress and results of the audits of the Annual Report for the financial year 2018, as well as discussed further cooperation in the audit of the Annual Report for the year 2019 and other current issues of cooperation. (more…)

National Development Plan: Formality or Unbiased Need for National Development?

Valērijs Stūris, Head of Policy Planning Projects and Analytical Processes of the State Audit Office of Latvia

In his recent public comment[1], “Prudentia” Partner Ģirts Rungainis, whose opinion not only economic experts listen to, has described the National Development Plan (hereinafter referred to as NDP) as a technical document, which only maintains the hygiene for Latvia as an open and small economy in the context of the challenges identified by the European Union.

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Experts of the State Audit Office Lead a Training Program for Moldovan Colleagues

From November 25 to November 27, the experts of the State Audit Office of Latvia are staying in Moldova, where they conduct a training program for their colleagues at the Supreme Audit Institution of Moldova on ethical aspects of the supreme audit institutions and audit quality control procedures, which are crucial principles for ensuring high-quality auditing. (more…)

The Auditor General Receives the Highest State Award of Latvia

On 18 October 2019, President of Latvia Egils Levits and the Chapter of Orders made a decision to award the Order of the Three Stars to Auditor General of the Republic of Latvia Elita Krūmiņa and to appoint her a Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Stars for outstanding merits in favour of the Republic of Latvia. Following the tradition, President of Latvia Egils Levits presented the highest state awards on the Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia on November 18. Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa was the first to receive the state award.

Return of former prisoners to prison remains more realistic than their reintegration

A new, more progressive approach to the return of criminalised people to society was introduced in Latvia ten years ago. Unfortunately, the system is currently idling because one has failed to achieve the expected results. The State Audit Office concludes the latter after the audit on the efficiency of the measures for the re-socialisation of convicted people. (more…)

The State Audit Office: Managing in Garkalne Region Follows the Principle “Rich Man Does as He Pleases”…

In Garkalne Region, which is the richest among Latvian municipalities with a per capita income of 1,460 euros (2018), the population-paid taxes are spent without justification and even wasteful. After the audit, the State Audit Office has discovered such mismanagement, whose causes are related to deficiencies in management issues of the region largely. (more…)