The state wasted €553.5 million in 2011 according to a study released by the INESS economic think tank on March 7, the TASR newswire reported.
"This amount doesn't necessarily concern only waste in that year but includes waste that was published in the media or concluded in 2011," INESS stated, as quoted by TASR.
The INESS report includes what it called 824 cases of waste, cronyism and legal disputes reported in the press since 2007. While the total sum includes costs of legal disputes, the waste alone amounted to €446.7 million last year, which equals the yearly expenditures on secondary schools, INESS wrote.
The figure for waste also includes so-called 'golden parachutes', severance pay given to public officials who were terminated after mishandling their offices as well as manipulated public tenders, TASR wrote.
INESS calculated that the state has wasted more than €2 billion since 2007, TASR reported. The institute wrote that most political parties running in the general election are considering increasing taxes while arguing that money collected from higher taxes would represent less than the amount of money wasted by state bodies each year.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Mar 2012 at 14:00