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The President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma received the annual report of the National Audit Office from the Auditor General Alar Karis on Monday and discussed the fundamental problem in it: the fact that the national development is very rarely discussed as a whole.

“We have to ask ourselves what would happen when the European funds run out. We have to ask why we do not have enough educated people, whether university education is provided in the correct proportions and whether public procurements could be used to build better infrastructures,” said Ergma as she accepted the annual report of the National Audit Office.

The Auditor General Karis said that we cannot keep from analysing the country as a whole for too long, because developing various fields separately will not take us forward. According to Karis, money will always be an important aspect and the National Audit Office will try to analyse the future in a longer perspective than the next few years; if the present conditions continue, the so-called free funds could be predicted to make up only 20% of the state budget.

The President of the Riigikogu and the Auditor General also discussed the quality of legislative work, the issues of the administrative reform and of national development plans.

Every year the Auditor General presents to the Riigikogu an overview on the use and preservation of state assets during the preceding budgetary year. The Auditor General will present the analytical report of the National Audit Office to the Plenary Assembly of the Riigikogu on Wednesday by giving a speech and answering the questions of the MPs.

Photos of the meeting

The Riigikogu Press Service