Latvian prosecutors informed about possible ministry violations in SEP
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.