News Local 'Cover up', cries Auditor General on government withdrawal of state guarantees bill

‘Cover up’, cries Auditor General on government withdrawal of state guarantees bill

 

Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides slammed the Anastasiades government over its decision to withdraw the state guarantees for the support of businesses bill from parliament, as the opposition claimed this was due to a proposal that his office monitors its implementation.

‘Τhey tried to cover up for the minister to prevent any wrondoing accusations’, the Auditor General’s Office said in a statement.

Responding to an interview by President Anastasiades on Alpha TV, the Auditor General Office notes that in countries like Cyprus, where accountability mechanisms are inadequate, with the latest example being the collapse of the cooperative system, ‘checks in real time, recognized since 1997, become even more significant’.

Michaelides presents the argument that the government had made certain that in its final amendment of the bill, accountability became almost impossible, with provisions keeping both the minister and the members of the Monitoring Committee members, safe from any wrongdoing or omissions accusations, a ‘civil cover up’, as he called it.

The Auditor General points out that even in the distant case where the minister or any of the members were called to pay compensation for any wrongdoing, this would be paid by the state, by extension, the citizens, through taxes.

It is noted that from 1997 onwards, the Auditor General’s Office takes part as an observer in the public sector tendering process, checking on changes and demands during the implementation of the contracts’. The legality of the AG’s participation, it’s added, has been confirmed by a number of court decisions.

‘We are committed to the constant upgrading of the services we provide for the public interest’, a statement says.

 

Top Stories

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Monday, 25 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Monday, 25 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Parking place Lidl supermarket, Limassol 08:30-16:30 Parking place Sklavenitis supermarket, Germasoyia...

130 new cases, three deaths announced on Sunday

The Health Ministry announced the death of three persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 186,...

-2 C on Troodos Mountain tonight

Tonight the weather will be mainly fine. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly, moderate, force 3 Beaufort. The sea will be slight to rough. The temperature...

Health Ministry to examine use of colchicine for COVID-19 patients

Regarding the use of colchicine to patients with COVID-19, due to relevant announcements made in Greece and Canada, the Advisory Committee of the Health...

Expert says lifting of all measures possible by March, if epidemiological figures allow it

Dr Petros Karayiannis, member of the Scientific Committee on the pandemic and Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School has...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...