He pointed to a number of countries whose parliamentary spending is being audited.
Irklis expressed the opinion that it would not be a problem to audit the Saeima’s expenditures in Latvia either, because the expenditures of the parliament are as important as the expenditures of the government and other institutions, which are audited by the State Audit Office.
Also, in Irklis’ opinion, there is no criticism that an institution, namely the Saeima, which appoints the management of the State Audit Office, may be subject to audit.
Irklis pointed out that the activities of the State Audit Office are regulated by law, therefore he does not see any objective obstacles to the possibility that the State Audit Office could audit the Saeima’s expenditures.
At the same time, the newly appointed Auditor General acknowledged that the decision on the parliamentary audit can be made by the Saeima itself.
The idea to audit is also supported by the current Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa, who has previously indicated that the State Audit Office does not have a legal authority to audit the Saeima, but in order to change the situation, the Saeima should decide on the respective task.
The Auditor General said that the audit institutions of the European Union member states have different practices regarding the audit of their national parliament. Krūmiņa mentioned examples that in countries such as Denmark, Finland and Belgium, audit institutions do not carry out parliamentary audits, France, Bulgaria and Greece have a limited audit mandate, but parliamentary audits are carried out in Spain, Germany and Poland.
According to Krūmiņa, in the case of Latvia, the State Audit Office must be independent of the audited institution, therefore she recommended to consider the possibility of involving an independent sworn auditor for the audit of Saeima spending.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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