Around 500 Norwegian parliamentary representatives to be controlled by the Office of the Auditor-General

Parliament StortingThe Norwegian Storting. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The Office of the Auditor-General shall investigate whether 500 current and former representatives of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) have used various financial schemes in the Storting in accordance with the regulations.

The use of commuter housing, severance pay, and reimbursement of travel expenses will be controlled, among other things.

The investigation dates back to 2009 and applies to Storting representatives and their deputies who have attended more than 100 days in the Storting.

This means that around 500 representatives who have used one or more of the financial schemes will be covered by the investigation.

“As a parliamentary representative, you have the country’s most important position of trust. It places particularly high demands on the individual. Therefore, it is extra important that there is a high degree of transparency,” Auditor General Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen stated in a press release.

In addition, the Office of the Auditor-General will investigate whether the Storting and the Storting’s administration have managed the schemes in line with the regulations and whether there are weaknesses in internal control.

The result is scheduled to be announced during the first quarter of 2023.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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