State Audit Office acquires the right to recover losses

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Amendments to the Law on the State Audit Office, which give the office the right to recover losses from persons who are found guilty of irregularities ascertained during audits, enter into force today.

The amendments add a new section to the law, which describes the procedure of the recovery of losses, according to LETA, August 1.

The amendments stipulate that if an audit ascertains unlawful activities that have caused damage to the state, the Audit Office will have the right to initiate a loss recovery process against the guilty officials. Initially, the audited entity will be responsible for the recovery of losses, but if the entity fails to take the necessary action, the Audit Office will issue an administrative act on the recovery of the losses. The accused officials will have the right to appeal to courts.

If the decision on the recovery of losses is undisputed and the person does not compensate the loss of his or her own volition, then the information about persons that the Audit Office has found guilty of causing losses to the state will be published on the Audit Office's website.

One of the persons who participated in drawing up the amendments, lawyer Edgars Pastars told Latvian Radio on August 1 that there would not be many such cases and that loss recovery processes would only be initiated if institutions, in which the Audit Office has ascertained violations, do not take any action.

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