âThis time we have tried to minimize the likelihood that errors will remain in the budget bill due to time pressure or haste. I really hope there will be no such errors in the budget. budget 2022 “, said Pentus-Rosimannus at a press conference.
Sven Kirsipuu, deputy secretary general of the finance ministry, said the ministry has taken a number of measures to reduce the likelihood of errors.
âBudget preparation takes place under a very great time pressure, with a large number of parties and institutions working together, and the human factor always remains,â Kirsipuu told BNS.
“We have analyzed and modified our working procedures, and we have changed the organizational structure last year, so that the load is more equitably distributed and the control mechanisms are better ensured. The number of civil servants has not been increased. increased, “he said.
According to the Deputy Secretary General, the ministry has developed existing IT solutions and automated data flows.
“We are currently analyzing, with our partners, the means to make the next qualitative leap in software functionalities”, he added.
Kirsipuu also said that since this is already the third activity-based state budget for Estonia, the initial difficulties, hence also the errors in the budget cited by the National Office audit, were mostly overcome.
âNext year, we also plan to simplify the budget process as a whole – namely, where the process is currently carried out twice a year, in the spring and in the beginning of the fall, in the future the budget of the state and the state budget strategy will be prepared together in the fall. In this way, there will also be less room for error, âKirsipuu said.
A report by the Estonian National Audit Office published at the end of August shows that all consolidated amounts – revenue, expenditure, investment, financing operations – in the 2020 state budget adopted as law by the Riigikogu are incorrect because the Ministry of Finance, which prepared the bill, made accounting and calculation errors in the hundreds of millions of euros.
The audit report shows that the ministry presented higher budget revenues and lower expenditures, investments and financing transactions than they actually are. As a result, the difference between revenue and expenditure in the state budget was presented as more favorable by 365 million euros.
The government approved Thursday morning the draft state budget for next year, with budget revenue of 13.13 billion euros, expenditure of 13.64 billion euros and investments of 716 million euros. ‘euros.