Банкеръ Weekly



In 2002 the State Agency for Internal Financial Control (SAIFC) established injuries to the Treasury amounting to BGN112MN. This is the balance of a total of 4,128 inspections, carried out by the State auditors and included in the agency's 2002 report. It was presented and approved by the Government at its regular meeting on Thursday (July 31) by the agency's Director Ginka Draganinska. According to the data in the report, from the established injuries worth BGN112MN, only BGN1.4MN has been restored. Defalcation deeds are worth BGN2MN, and for the remaining almost BGN109MN other actions have been undertaken as per the stipulations of the State Financial Control Act, SAIFC insiders specified.During their inspections the auditors found unentered long-term state and municipal assets worth a total of BGN290MN. Among the most frequent violations is non-observation of the Public Procurement Act. The state auditors checked a total of 5,547 tender procedures and established 1,847 violations. The greatest amount is that of the incurred injuries to the Treasury from non-observation of the budget discipline and regulations for carrying out financial and economic activities. The State's losses from these irregularities amount to BGN102MN. Among the serious violations, found by the auditors, is the concealing of state and municipal receivables. It has been establsihed that additional proceeds amounting to BGN7MN have not been declared. In addition, municipal and state services have not entered in their accounting books surplus of tangible assets worth a total of BGN3MN.For elimination of the established irregularities the auditors drew up acts for administrative violations to the culpable officers, made recommendations and written instructions for doing away with the volations, and some of the cases have been moved to the prosecutors' office. Internal auditors in services liable to a stricter control were for the first time appointed in 2002 in order to improve their activities. For the purpose SAIFC's officials have been sent to the executive agencies which dispose of funds under the EU's ISPA Programme. Special attention has been paid to the structures, distributing the finances under two other pre-accession funds of the EU - PHARE and SAPARD. The inspections and certification of new those who could use finances from these funds have been carried out in compliance with the international audit standards and in conformity with the requirements of the European Commission, SAIFC's experts point out. As a result of the inspections in these structures the agency has established that some of the responsible officials were not acquainted with the accounting and taxation legislative regulations. One of the major problems is that the institutions where inspections have been carried out, are not managed efficiently.

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