Administrative errors in PM’s office cost taxpayers DKK 4.2 million

An administrative error has cost taxpayers 4.2 million kroner – the amount that the ’s Office spent on travel expenses to EU summits between 2016 and 2021.

The EU typically reimburses these expenses annually, but no one from the prime minister’s office has applied for reimbursement for several years, the has admitted.

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In May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the EU to investigate whether travel expenses could be paid retroactively – but without success.

The EU announced that repayment is no longer possible as the accounts in question are already closed. Therefore, the travel payments must now be covered by the Danish public.

The Prime Minister’s Office calls the debacle a “very regrettable administrative error”.

Security measures for the future
To ensure that Danish taxpayers do not lose more money unnecessarily, a new initiative has been launched, says Helene May Vibholt from the Prime Minister’s office.

“A new administrative practice has now been introduced to ensure that reimbursement is sought for both transport and hotel for all travel to EU summits that are or will be completed in 2022 and beyond,” she said.

Source: The Nordic Page


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