Lat­vian pros­e­cu­tors in­formed about pos­si­ble min­istry vi­o­la­tions in SEP

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Lat­vian Min­is­ter of Eco­nomics Arvils Ašer­adens has turned to the Lat­vian Of­fice of the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral over pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions at the Min­istry of Eco­nomics when is­su­ing state per­mits for sub­sidised en­ergy pro­cure­ment (SEP).

The min­istry is per­form­ing a se­ries of changes as to how the manda­tory sub­sidised en­ergy pro­cure­ment is su­per­vised by amend­ing the cor­re­spond­ing reg­u­la­tions and or­der­ing con­trol vis­its at the power sta­tions that have been granted the prof­itable per­mits for sub­sidised en­ergy pro­cure­ment.

In ad­di­tion, an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of the min­istry’s ac­tions has been per­formed by SIA Price­Wa­ter­house­Coop­ers as to how these per­mits have been granted, power sta­tions are con­trolled and the per­mits are can­celled.

In the au­dit, a se­ries of short­com­ings in the min­istry’s de­ci­sions and ac­tions have been found re­gard­ing the pe­riod from 2012 to 2017. «The su­per­vi­sion of the manda­tory sub­sidised en­ergy pro­cure­ment, as well as the grant­ing and can­celling of the per­mits is the ad­min­is­tra­tion of an­nual state fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­ity worth 260 mil­lion eu­ros, paid by Lat­vian res­i­dents and busi­nesses. From an acute lack of good gov­er­nance prac­tices to even pos­si­ble in­ac­tiv­ity of civil ser­vants – these are the con­clu­sions I draw, when read­ing the results of the au­dit,» stated Lat­vian Min­is­ter of Eco­nomics Arvils Ašer­adens.

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