The auditors have concluded that the project “Interfaith Kosovo”, led by Deputy Minister Petrit Selimi, received 15 thousand euro from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project envisaged public opinion research on issues of religious extremism. But holders of this project did not submit financial report to the ministry of narrative regarding these expenses.
Involvement in the project Interfaith Kosovo “, which advocates religious tolerance, Petrit Selimi has to be portrayed as a hero by his friends.
But this project is financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which holds the post of Deputy Minister Selimi.
Earlier it was the acting minister. Money that “Interfaith”, received by the MFA are audited by the Office of the Auditor General.
The auditor’s findings do not give an epithet hero deputy Selimi.
Rather, it is suspected that the project led by Selimi received money improperly from the state.
On the official website of “Interfaith Kosovo”, it noted that this initiative is part of “digital diplomacy”, a joint project of the British Council in Kosovo and MPJ’së. Also, it notes that the initiative “Interfaith Kosovo” has partners MFA, AUK, the Norwegian Embassy, the British Council and the Tony Blair Foundation.
“MFA has subsidized with € 15,000, the project for public opinion research on issues of religious extremism. Implementation has been ” Interfaith Kosovo ” and the agreement provided that the beneficiary of the subsidy to submit narrative and financial report on the implementation of the project. Payment is made despite the beneficiary had not brought the required report, “said the audit report, published last week.
Auditors estimate that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should not make the payment without first received reports.
“Do conditionality of payments narrative and financial report by the beneficiary can gamble spending public money for other purposes and that the subsidy affect not achieve the intended purpose,” the audit report said.
Also, auditors estimate that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj, shall ensure that the granting of subsidies monitored through narrative and financial reports.
This monitoring, according to auditors, will enable management to ensure that funds are spent according to the request submitted on the draft proposal.
The reports of the audits usually respond ministries listed in the audit findings. In some of the findings, the MFA has provided answers, while the report does not appear that responded to the findings of auditors in the case of “Interfaith Kosovo”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not replied to questions regarding this issue.