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Audit office increases its control

THE TOP audit authority will have greater powers when it comes to municipal spending.

According to a revision of the constitution, which the cabinet approved June 8, the powers belonging to Najvyšší kontrolný úrad (NKÚ) will be expanded, affecting towns, villages, and higher territorial units (VÚCs).

ZMOS, the association of towns and villages, opposes the change. The organization’s spokeswoman, Oľga Gáfriková, told the Pravda daily that the cabinet's revision disrespects the existing municipal control mechanisms.

She also said that of last year's Sk70 billion (€1.8 billion) in municipal income, the NKÚ had the right to control about half.

Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic argues that the NKÚ's current municipal powers are insufficient, considering the amount of funds handled by towns and villages.

Parliament must still approve the revision. In order for the revision to pass, 90 of the parliament's 150 MPs must support it.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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