Helsinki University Hospital HUS may have spent tens of millions of euros on goods and services that hadn't been properly tendered first.
Parliament’s audit committee concluded that housing policy has been inconsistent while the state has taken a back seat and public costs have been skyrocketing.
Finnish government spending on subsidies for business increased in 2016, but the number of recipients fell, according to a new report from the State Audit Office. The report also uncovered deficiencies in oversight of the spending.
An Yle investigation found that auditors found discrepancies and breaches of official rules by senior officials at 43 of Finland's 60 government agencies. The Head of the National Board of Education granted some 300,000 euros to a higher education institution while serving on its board, while the head of the Environment Institute approved two new posts for a university where she was a board member.
The most typical forms of taxi tax fraud found in an in-depth investigation are not registering parts of one's income and spending company money on personal expenditure. The Tax Administration says that some errors may be due to ignorance.
Hospitality and entertainment budgets face a squeeze at the Defence Forces after an internal audit found excessive spending on wining and dining. Three units at the ministry were criticised by auditors, who among other line items uncovered a trip to the Santa Claus village in Lapland and a bill for a 13,000 euro night out.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has permanently recalled Finnish Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen from his post as the country’s representative in Sweden. Viinanen is suspected of sexual harassment of staff and guests at the Stockholm embassy. A new ambassador is expected to be named this week.
The Finnish Foreign Ministry says it will be keeping a hawk's eye on tax-free purchases by embassy staffers. It also wants heads of missions to ensure that personnel abide by local authorities' regulations governing tax-free purchases.
An audit by radiation and nuclear safety watchdog STUK has highlighted possible deficiencies by the Fennovoima power company as it prepares to build a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, western Finland. Yle obtained a copy of the STUK audit, in which workers complained of poor management, workplace discrimination, and a tendency to downplay safety issues. Fennovoima has denied the allegations.
Foreign Ministry officials have launched an internal investigation into suspected sexual harassment at its Sweden embassy, reports the tabloid daily Iltalehti. The paper writes that ambassador Jarmo Viinanen is at the centre of sexual harassment allegations involving embassy staff and guests.
Transport and Communications Minister Anne Berner has rejected the findings of state auditors, who determined that the ministry interfered in the actions of state-owned airports operator Finavia. In a report released Tuesday, the National Audit Office accused the ministry of "inappropriate interference" in the company's efforts to bring legal action against former managers for risky investments that eventually resulted in losses of 34 million euros.
Four former Finavia management officials are the main suspects in a police probe into a series of risky derivatives investments which racked up losses of 34 million euros for the state-owned company. Police have wrapped up a preliminary investigation into the dicey deals by the airports operator and have referred the case to prosecutors for consideration of charges.
Parliament’s Audit Committee decided Thursday to look into the question of international tax avoidance and the use of tax havens. The Committee has invited representatives of financial institutions operating in Finland to a parliamentary hearing.
An audit by worker rights protection officials discovered that nearly one-third of retail shops mainly staffed with workers of foreign background were underpaying their employees. The audit found that some workers were often unaware of minimum wage levels, work shift rights and health care benefits they were entitled to.
Finavia’s CEO Kari Savolainen says that Finavia, formerly the Civil Aviation Authority, is in better financial form than ever before. The agency was recently in the news regarding an out-of-court settlement over risky derivatives investments that lost Finavia 34 million euros.
Finnish tax officials have received a record number of tax evasion tip-offs since launching an online whistleblower service at the end of January. The tax administration says that nearly 80 percent of fraud reports now come in online.
Individuals looking to strike a blow against tax fraud can now easily do so online. Finnish tax authorities have launched a new service with a simple form to allow whistle blowers to anonymously log cases of suspected shady tax dealings.
The National Audit Office VTV has taken the government to task for its management of the economy. The state auditors say that decision makers have been flat-footed in reacting to slower than anticipated economic growth – and they predict that the next government will also be saddled with an extensive programme of spending cuts.