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Timely implementation of the National Audit Office recommendations would help manage the consequences of COVID-19 and the migrant crisis

2021-09-14

Picture for Timely implementation of the National Audit Office recommendations would help manage the consequences of COVID-19 and the migrant crisisTimely implementation of the recommendations issued by the National Audit Office can contribute to managing not only the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic but also the migration crisis that hit the country in the summer, as stated in the latest SAI report on the implementation of public audit recommendations. 

“Lithuania has been making particular efforts in recent years to manage the emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer, another state-wide emergency was declared due to the increased influx of irregular migrants. Action is needed to prepare for the management of all emergencies. It would be much easier to do this if the recommendations and suggestions made by our institution were implemented in a timely manner," says the Auditor General Mindaugas Macijauskas. 

The evaluation of the recommendations made to public authorities in 2017-2021 distinguishes between those whose implementation would contribute to a more efficient management of emergencies. According to the auditors, changes are needed in the areas of public procurement system, healthcare services, migration management, state border protection and other areas. 

The report states that one third of the recommendations of high and medium importance made by the National Audit Office are already included in the government’s plans. The planned work of the government in implementing the recommendations can make a significant contribution to positive developments in the country, but in order to do so, it is essential that all planned measures are carried out responsibly by the audited institutions. 

The implementation of the recommendations during the first half of 2021 monitors developments in the areas of sustainable finance, public sector governance, open data, environmental protection and justice. As the report shows, since 2017, 49% of all recommendations issued have been implemented.

The supreme audit institution, when carrying out its audits, make recommendations to the institutions and monitor their implementation. The report on the state of implementation of the key recommendations is submitted to the Seimas twice a year. The information on the implementation of all the recommendations of the audits carried out is open to the public on website of the National Audit Office, available in Lithuanian at: https://bit.ly/2WiG4PM.