Within five years, the Ministry of Culture has not taken sufficient steps to develop a transparent and clear procedure for issuing invitations to invite officials, legal entities, or individuals to the cultural events of national significance.
The State Audit Office already made such a recommendation to the Ministry of Culture in 2014. Nevertheless, the activities carried out so far have not been sufficient.
The State Audit Office considers that the proceeds between 27.6 thousand and 138 thousand euro passed by the state budget when issuing invitations to the 2013 Song and Dance Celebration. After the audit, the Ministry of Culture was recommended to evaluate the opportunity to draft regulatory enactments, which would set a number of invited people and categories to cultural events of national significance. The initial deadline for the implementation of the recommendations was 1 December 2014, but it was extended several times, the last being 28 December 2018. The Cabinet of Ministers was also informed on the need to act on the implementation of the recommendation.
Compared to the 2013 Song and Dance Celebration, the number of invitations issued during the Centenary Celebration has decreased significantly, thus resulting in additional revenue of 85 thousand euro received in the state budget. The State Audit Office appreciates the accomplishments of the Ministry of Culture and the Latvian National Centre for Culture in this regard.
However, there is still no provision stipulated in regulatory enactments in which cases and to which events public administration bodies as organisers of events are entitled to issue invitations to officials, legal entities, and individuals. Thus, each public administration body is entitled to determine its own conditions for issuing invitations. Hence, the number of invitations issued to other significant events marking the Centenary of Latvia ranged from 2% to 39% of the total number of tickets in 2018.