CPLP considers new powers of Portugal’s Court of Auditors “exemplary”

25 July 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 25 July – The new powers of Portugal’s Court of Auditors in relation to public managers were considered “exemplary” by the counterpart regulators of the Community fo Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP).

Support for the new legislation, which was recently approved by the Portuguese parliament last week, was given in the conclusions of the IV General Meeting of the Upper Control Institutions of the CPLP, which took place in Maputo last week.

The new legislation outlines that the repeated non-compliance with recommendations from the Court of Auditors be considered a “financial infraction” and can become a penalty for the public manager, of between half of net income and half of annual income.

The Portuguese regulator is also empowered to force public bodies to inform it about the application of the recommendations made, within a 180 day deadline.

The conclusions of the Maputo meeting, the director-general of the Portuguese court, José Tavares told Portuguese daily Diário Económico, point out that the recommendations “should have an educational function, but also make public managers more responsible.”

Another Portuguese legislative move supported by the CPLP is the possibility, which is unique amongst member-countries, of public accounts regulators supervising contracts between public and private companies, from the outset.

The Maputo meeting also supported the model of public-private partnership which “could contribute to dealing with the needs of the States,” in terms of construction of equipment, and overcoming budgetary constraints, but only if, “they are properly prepared, safeguarding public interests, in terms of risk sharing,” the meeting’s conclusions said. (macauhub)