Bulgaria Audit Office Rejects Ex-Cabinet Fiscal Report

Finance | September 29, 2009, Tuesday // 17:40|  views

The Director of Bulgaria's National Audit Office, Professor, Valeri Dimitrov, submitted to PM Borisov the auditors' opinion rejecting the 2008 fiscal report of the former cabinet. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's National Audit Office refused to certify the 2008 fiscal report of the Council of Ministers.

The Director of the Audit Office, Professor, Valeri Dimitrov, has submitted the opinion of the audit experts with Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

The reasons for the refusal is, according to the auditors, the fact the budget and the extra budgetary accounts did not represent a true reflection of the property and the financial state of the Council of Ministers.

The Audit Office had discovered evidence that is in stark contradiction with the previous opinion of the National Audit Office Department Head, Erdzhan Alkova, that the annual fiscal account of the Council of Ministers for 2008 is certifiable without objection,

For this reason Dimitrov issued an order to reassign Alkova and dismiss her from her current post overseeing the finances of the Council of Ministers, the National “Road Infrastructure” Agency, the Commission for Communications Regulation, the Ministries of Education and Sports, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and all colleges and universities.

Alkova has joined the staff of the National Audit Office in 2005 under the proposal of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) of Ahmed Dogan. Before that she has been Deputy Mayor of the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

Dimitrov has further ordered an internal checkup of the entire department and is going to personally head it until a replacement of Alkova is appointed.

The Audit Office reminds the Director does not have the authority to dismiss the members of the institution nor propose their dismissals to the Parliament. Dimitrov declined any comments regarding his decision.

Earlier Tuesday the leader of the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces (UDF), Martin Dimitrov, stated the audit was going to reveal serious violations of the Public Tenders Act committed by the former cabinet of PM and Socialist Party leader, Sergey Stanishev, and predicted the auditors will not certify the budget.

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Tags: National Audit Office, Valeri Dimitrov, 2008 fiscal report, Council of Ministers, Sergey Stanishev


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