The head of the Serbian State Auditing Institution (DRI) said that irregularities totaling 217 billion Dinars (1 Euro – 118 Dinars) had been found by auditors in the 2017 final accounts of budget beneficiaries.
Dusko Pejovic told a presentation of the DRI report for 2018 that Serbia’s public debt on February 28, 2018 stood at 62.5 percent of the GDP not including debts for restitution of property seized after World War 2. He said the public debt stood at 58.69 percent of the GDP on October 1, 2018 and recalled that the law on the budget system limits that debt to 45 percent.
He said auditors found serious errors in the final accounts of 77 percent of the users of public funds. “We found not small but fundamental errors,” the head auditor said.
He said almost 1.5 billion Dinars had been paid out in salaries which employees were not entitled to and cited the example of five state universities whose staff got higher salaries because the Education Ministry calculated those salaries based on an error dating back to 2014.
Pejovic said that one of the more frequent irregularities were road repairs done without valid paperwork before elections.
The DRI filed 289 charges against 157 people in 2018.