12.01.2021. / 14:38
BANJA LUKA – The Main Audit Office of the Public Sector of Republika Srpska entered some of the companies within “Elektroprivreda” of Republika Srpska for the first time and confirmed what was already known to the public, and that is that they generally do not operate domestically and in accordance with with the law.
The auditors “combed” the operations of subsidiaries in 2019, and the reports show that the Government’s decisions were not respected and that individuals were additionally rewarded for their work without grounds.
Common to all companies is the violation of the Law on Public Procurement, where the processes were often non-transparent and conducted in an urgent procedure without a justified reason. Procurement was divided and divided in violation of the law, and for a good part of it the public was not informed at all.
Of the six companies, only one received a positive opinion, while the others received a qualified opinion and dozens of recommendations that they will have to implement in order to start working according to the law.
Default interest above the amount of the debt
So for example “Elektrodistribucija Pale” during 2019, it employed 21 workers, although it did not have the consent of the Government of the Republika Srpska and the relevant Ministry. This obligation has existed since 2015, but it is not respected.
The auditors determined that in this company, they charged default interest above the amount of the main debt to their consumers who did not pay their electricity on time, thus violating the Law on Default Interest.
“Financial revenues are stated in the amount of 1,166,869 KM, and mostly relate to revenues from default interest in the country that the Company invoices to consumers due to late payment of bills for consumed electricity (1,117,238 KM). They are overestimated by 472,571 KM, as much as the financial result of the current year is overestimated because the default interest is calculated above the amount of the main debt“, The report states.
The decisions of the RS Government are not respected either “Elektro-Bijeljina”. They were obliged to reduce the salaries of managers by 10% in accordance with the Conclusion from 2013. This was respected for six years, after which the administration stopped this practice without justification.
“When concluding the Annex to the employment contract with the members of the Management Board from July 24, 2019. The provisions of the said Conclusion were not applied, ie the salaries of the members of the Management Board and the Chief Legal Adviser were not reduced.”, Reads their audit report, which received a qualified opinion.
The same were assessed in “Elektro-Hercegovina”, where it was determined that they did not have norms for fuel consumption, so no serious analysis could be done. On the other hand, members of the administration who had the right to official vehicles in the travel orders only entered the initial and final balance per kilometer per hour, and never entered on which route they traveled.
For overtime work, the salary was increased by 35 instead of 30 percent as provided by the collective agreement, paid leave was paid as well as regular work, and linearly all workers had their salary increased by five percent regardless of distribution losses and the level of collection.
Fees are twice as high as prescribed
And in the Research and Development Center of Power Engineering (IRCE) numerous irregularities were noticed when it comes to the calculation of fees.
The member of the Management Board was paid per diems and transportation fees of 368 KM, which is twice as much as 150 as prescribed by the Decision of the General Meeting of Shareholders from 2013.
Employees who performed off-site work were paid per diems for business travel and other expenses such as accommodation, transportation, etc., and at the same time, on the order of the director, they received compensation for overtime work for which there was no basis.
“Hydroelectric power plants in Trebisnjica“,” Earned “the opinion with a reserve, primarily due to violations of laws and regulations in the field of public procurement.
Thus, for example, they did not conduct a public procurement for the display of billboards, which they were obliged to do. Public procurements that were conducted through the competitive bid procedure, the bid request was not sent to three addresses of potential bidders, and it often happened that the site did not inform the public about the basic elements of the contract.
It also happened to them that they initiated procurements without previously creating conditions for that. For example, during the construction of the bridge over the river Trebišnjica, they defined a deadline for completion of 730 days, but even after 400 days, they did not start the works.
It turned out that the hydroelectric power plants did not resolve the property-legal relations on the plot on which the construction of the bridge is planned, and thus the construction permit was not provided.
One of the few companies that received a positive auditor’s opinion is “Hydroelectric power plants on the Vrbas”From Mrkonjić Grad. However, they also received certain recommendations because they initiated part of the procurement in an urgent procedure without grounds. Also, they conducted procedures without publishing a notice, at the same time the least transparent, which the auditor assessed as unjustified.
CAPITAL: Dejan Tovilović
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