Kosovo auditor general finds ministries do not know how to manage resources

Published on October 3, 2006, BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom

Category: Organized Crime in Kosovo

The last report of the auditor general reveals a chain of irregularities at the local level of Kosova [Kosovo] government. The auditor investigated the five biggest municipalities in Kosova, and the violations that were identified in the report are almost similar. Insufficient control over local income, improper financial management, and the local audit system not functioning properly are highlighted in the report. Municipalities do not have control over the internal flow of money, says the report.

A separate report by the auditor general was released on the managing of finances carried out in six ministries. Many violations were noted in the ministries. According to the report the ministries do not know how to properly manage their budgets. Most of the ministries do not have established systems to assess and classify their resources, and some of them do not even make a proper assessment, stresses the report. Improving financial management in the public sector remains a necessity in Kosova, concluded the report on the six ministries.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 30 Sep 06

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