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Audit of Public Debt in Lithuania N ew challenges. Erika Latyšovič, Advisor Budget Policy Control Unit National Audit Office of Lithuania 23 October 2014 The Annual Meeting of INTOSAI working group on the Public Debt Seoul. The structure of the presentation:. I.

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Audit of public debt in lithuania n ew challenges

Audit of Public Debt in Lithuania New challenges

Erika Latyšovič, Advisor

Budget Policy Control Unit

National Audit Office of Lithuania

23 October 2014

The Annual Meeting of INTOSAI working group on the Public Debt

Seoul


The structure of the presentation

The structure of the presentation:

I.

  • Annual Public Debt Reports prepared by the Ministry of Finance

  • Audit Opinion on 2013 Public Debt Reports

    II.

  • New function of the National Audit Office – Independent Fiscal Institution


I public debt reports

I. Public Debt Reports

On behalf of the Government, the Ministry of Finance drafts annual reports on:

  • Public debt

  • Government borrowing limits

  • Loans givenfrom funds borrowed on behalf of the State

  • State guarantees


Recent data on public debt 2012 2013

Recent data on public debt, 2012-2013


Ratio of public debt to gdp per cent 20 07 201 6

Ratio of public debt to GDP (percent) 2007–2016 


Opinion on 2013 public debt reports

Opinion on 2013 Public Debt Reports

The purpose of the audit is to assess:

  • whether Government accounts in all material aspects are in compliance with legislative requirements,

  • reliability, accuracy and sufficiency of the data of public debt accounts,

  • compliance of Government borrowing with legislative requirements.


Audit of public debt in lithuania n ew challenges

Structure of the Opinion on Public Debt Reports

  • Opinion on Public Debt Reports:

  • Audit opinion

  • Main conclusions and observations

  • Audit Report:

  • Recommendations

  • Data on public debt and analysis of debt indictors and trends

  • Audit findings

  • Implementation of last year’s recommendations


Audit opinion

Audit opinion

  • Unqualified opinion on 2013 Public Debt Reports: the Public Debt Reports, in all material respects, were prepared and presented in accordance with the legislation governing the drafting of these reports.

  • Qualified opinion on the legality of borrowing: the audit identified a couple of municipalities and municipal budgetary institutions failing to comply with the established municipal borrowing limits and the municipal borrowing procedure laid down in relevant legislation.


Observations and recommendations

Observations and recommendations

  • Public Debt Reports:

  • included obligations not actually assumed (estimated using statistical methods);

  • did not include over financial lease (leasing) obligations.

  • In order to ensure presentation of correct debt obligations actually assumed only by the government sector, the Ministry of Finance was recommended to improve the provision of data by public sector entities to the Ministry of Finance and to amend legislation on the drafting of public debt report accordingly.


Ii independent fiscal institution

II. Independent Fiscal Institution

  • Current context

  • Developments in relevant legislation

  • New function of the National Audit Office

  • Next steps


Current context

Current context

Lithuania adopts the euro

The European Union’s new economic governance

Other important changes in fiscal surveillance and policy coordination


Developments in relevant legislat ion

Developments in relevant legislation


New function of the national audit office

New function of the National Audit Office:

monitoring the compliance to the rule on surplus in the government sector, rule on limiting growth in public expenditure, and rules on the budgets of government sub-sectors,

assessing the progress towards the Medium Term Objective,

monitoring the attainment of the structural impetus target,

issuing opinion on the unusual event,

endorsing the macroeconomic forecast.


Next steps

Next steps

  • The Draft Constitutional Law and amendments of related laws are expected to be approved by the Parliament in late autumn.

  • Budget Policy Control Unit.


Thank you for your attention

Thank you for your attention


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