Western Union, considered to be one of the most coveted investors may have to repay 900.000 Litas out of 4.300.000 Litas that it received from EU development funds due to Lithuanian labor relations laws, Rima Rutkauskaitė, writes in VZ.lt portal
Accordung to VZ.lt sources, the National Audit Office performing audit on how the European aid is spent found that the international company Western Union does not have formal rules, as required by legislation in Lithuania, on how bonuses are paid in addition to salaries of their employees.
International companies usually bring their own standards when they start operating in Lithuania, which may slightly differ from Lithuanian Labour Code, but whether Western Union will be allowed to correct the violations, remains unclear.
Sigita Rojūtė, the 8th Audit Department Deputy Director points out that the audit is not yet completed, and during the process she cannot comment on the material. The inspection is scheduled for completion by December 31st.
“There are situations when audits can be set to correct the violations, then they immediately are corrected. However, there are situations where nothing can be done. In such cases the misused funds have to be repaid”, say the National Audit Office representatives.