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Belarusian, Russian watchdogs call for optimizing budget process and spending in the Union State

Following a request by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation have carried out and prepared an audit opinion on the report of the Union State Council of Ministers on the execution of the Union State budget in 2009. This issue was discussed at the 39th session of the Union State Parliamentary Assembly that was held in Minsk on 8 June 2010. Raisa Savritskaya, Deputy Chair of the State Control Committee presented the detailed audit opinion to the members of the Union State Parliamentary Assembly. She noted that the joint audit by the Belarusian and Russian watchdogs proved the veracity of the report compiled by the Union State Council of Ministers. However, some technicalities were revealed that are believed to stem from the imperfection of the legal framework and mistakes made by the Union State agencies and chief resource managers. On behalf of the watchdogs of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation Raisa Savritskaya emphasized the need to improve the legal framework of the Union State. Specific proposals on the issue were articulated in the audit opinion on the report of the Union State Council of Ministers on the execution of the Union State budget in 2009. Thus, the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia suggested revising the procedure of forming and executing the Union State budget, as well as a normative act on the legal status and social guarantees for the Union State officials, normative documents regulating accounting, evaluation and management of the Union State property. The Deputy Chair of the State Control Committee expressed confidence that these proposals will contribute to a better budget process and more efficient spending of the Union State budget funds.
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