The Audit Office accuses the Commissioner of Administration, for illegal use of the building that houses its Office and makes a recommendation & # 8220; to observe the principle of legality, in relation to procedures for renting buildings & # 8221 ;.
The Office of the Commissioner of Administration is still housed in a building that does not have a Certificate of Approval, despite the relevant opinion of the Attorney General of the Republic that this is an indisputable illegality, which invalidates the rental contract, the Audit Office said in a report. and despite the fact that the last contract in force has expired. As noted.
In its report on the audit of the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights, the Audit Office of the Republic points out that it is “the obligation of every public authority to respect the rule of law.” He reminds: “As explicitly defined in the Law on General Principles of Administrative Law (Law 158 (I)/1999), the activities of the administration are determined and limited by the applicable law and the excess of the limits of discretionary power, constitute abuse of power. Based on the above, the payments made to the owner of the building are illegal, both because the building does not have a Certificate of Approval, and because there is no valid rental agreement. “
The Audit Office recommends to those exercising public authority that “they must first of all observe the principle of legality, in general but also specifically in relation to the procedures concerning the rental of buildings”. And calls on the Commissioner to take action, without further ado, to end the illegal use of the building in question.
Based on the findings of the Audit, the Auditor General's “It is still housed in a building that does not have a Certificate of Approval, which is, according to the opinion of the Attorney General, illegal, while the last valid rental contract of that building has already expired.” The Commissioner concludes that she must abide by the principle of legality in relation to procedures relating to the rental of buildings.
The full report of the Audit Office can be found here:
Audit of the Commissioner of Administration 2022