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23 November 2018

Greater commitment is required by the Prizren municipal leadership to implement audit recommendations

Debati ne Prizren

Today in the Municipal Assembly in Prizren was held a debate regarding the level of implementation of external audit recommendations by the Municipality of Prizren, which was organized by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). Present at this debate were the Mayor of Prizren, Mr. Mytaher Haskuka, Deputy Auditor General of Kosovo, Ilir Salihu, municipal councillors and citizens and civil society representatives from Prizren Municipality.

The purpose of the debate was to discuss findings presented in the audit report for this Municipality, as well as the evaluation of degree of implementation of recommendations of the Auditor General by the Municipality of Prizren.

The Mayor of Prizren, Mr. Mytaher Haskuka, stated that audit findings have helped the Municipality particularly in budget management and budget planning. He added that the Municipality of Prizren has increased its commitment and has taken concrete measures for implementation of all audit recommendations.

Deputy Auditor General of Kosovo, Ilir Salihu has stressed the importance of implementation of audit recommendations for improvement of governance and better management of public funds. He added that it is of special interest for the Municipality of Prizren to avoid misclassifications in financial statements, be worked on verification, evaluation and recording of municipal assets, and to address the issue of debts collection owed to the Municipality as well as outstanding liabilities which have increased during 2017.

Today’s debate was preceded by an analysis of external audit reports of the last four years for the Municipality of Prizren, which was presented by Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, author of the TV show “Justice in Kosovo.”

The debate concerning the implementation of audit recommendations will continue the following week in Gjilan Municipality.

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