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October 16, 2021
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Unjustified wage hikes at the Ministry of Transport during Anca Boagiu’s mandate, report unveils

Errors in accounting books, unjustified wage hikes and illegal expenses were committed by the employees of the Ministry of Transport during the mandate of Anca Boagiu, finds a report of the Court of Audits quoted by money.ro. “Granting undeserved salary incomes in 2011, above the 15 pc limit provided by the applicable acting regulations (Autoritatea Feroviara Romana – RON 1,589.5 thousand)”, writes the document.Another irregularity that did not pass unnoticed by the experts of the Court of Audits is the unjustified payment of phone calls made by the employees of the institution during their paid leaves. Plus, the ministry did not pay to the state budget the due quota of 50 pc from the sums obtained as rent for some buildings. The list of irregularities continues with the failure to update the inventory of assets belonging to the public domain of the state. In the conclusions to the report, the Court of Audits mentions that the way the Ministry of Transport administered the public and private patrimony of the state, as well as the execution of the budget are not totally in line with the purpose, objectives and attributions of the institution and do not entirely comply with legal principles.Another report of the Court of Audits, referring to the activity of the Financial Guard, shows that the efforts aimed at eradicating tax evasion failed outright, beginning with how the state’s most important institution of financial control is organised and operates. First, the lack of a special statute of Financial Guard commissaries is counterproductive. As a consequence, “the salary system does not reward the risks taken by commissaries and the special work conditions,” reads the report made by the Court of Audits.Moreover, there is no form of stimulating and compensating the commissaries that obtained outstanding results in fighting tax evasion. The Court also mentions that “the applications and data bases used by the Financial Guard do not allow the extraction of synthetic (centralised) information about groups of taxpayers or zones/sectors with high fiscal risk.” Although it seems hard to believe, the Financial Guard did not identify, based on clear data, the economic zones or sectors where most of the tax evasion is concentrated.

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