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Parliamentary commission proposes dismissal of Auditor General

Parliament will vote on Tytti Yli-Viikari's future as Finland's Auditor General on Wednesday morning at 10am.

Valtiontalouden tarkastusviraston VTV:n pääjohtaja Tytti Yli-Viikari puhuu medialle oltuaan eduskunnan kansliatoimikunnan kuultavana
The National Audit Office of Finland's (VTV's) Auditor General Tytti Yli-Viikari speaking to the media. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
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Parliament's Chancellery Commission has recommended that Auditor General Tytti Yli-Viikari be dismissed from her role when Parliament votes on the matter at 10am on Wednesday morning.

The commission said that public trust in the National Audit Office of Finland's (VTV's) operations and confidence in Yli-Viikari's ability to carry out her duties had "collapsed".

"Personally, I would say that making a decision on a matter like this is not easy, but I consider it important that the commission was unanimous in its decision," commission chair and Speaker of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen (Cen) said.

Yli-Viikari was suspended from her post in April, shortly after she became embroiled in an expenses scandal suggesting that she had spent about 5,000 euros of public money on hairdressing and beauty services. There were also questions over her use of Finnair Plus flight points.

She presented her case to the Chancellery Commission last week, later telling reporters that there were no legal grounds for her dismissal.

Following a press conference announcing the commission's recommendation on Tuesday morning, Vehviläinen told Yle that the decision was not influenced by public opinion on the matter, but was based on specialist opinions and reports.

"The National Audit Office has a special role to play. Its core function is to audit and control the state's financial management. When such a task is in place, the Auditor General has a particularly large and wide-ranging responsibility to lead the agency properly," Vehviläinen said.

She added that, therefore, it is legitimate to expect exemplary, impeccable and transparent operations from the Auditor General.

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