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Today, Tytti Yli-Viikari, Director General of VTV, in the middle of the uproar, will appear before the Bureau of Parliament – Kotimaa

Over the weekend, Yli-Viikari denied committing an official crime.

On Monday, the Bureau of Parliament will meet with the Director General of the National Audit Office (VTV) Tytti Yli-Viikarin. The topic of the meeting is to get more information about the situation of the Audit Office.

Yli-Viikari’s operations, such as services purchased at the expense of the Audit Office, have recently been discussed in public. For example Evening News said on Friday that in 2018–2020, beauty care services were purchased for Yli-Viikari at the state peak for a total value of more than 4,700 euros.

Initially, the Bureau was to meet with Yli-Viikari only after Easter, but the Speaker of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen (middle) announced on the weekend that the meeting is brought forward. According to Vehviläinen, the public information on Yli-Viikari’s use of money in connection with, among other things, hairdressing and beauty services seems ill-considered and undermines the credibility of the agency that monitors the use of public funds.

Yli-Viikari has denied committing an official crime.

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– The ongoing police investigation has been mentioned in public. I deny having committed any official crime. Otherwise, I will not comment on the police pre-trial investigation, he said in a press release released on Saturday.

“Parliament draws the necessary conclusions”

It was reported that the Parliamentary Audit Committee would start investigating VTV’s internal control and risk management in the agency’s financial management at the beginning of February. The committee was to examine, among other things, VTV’s travel expenses and travel rules.

Vehviläinen said over the weekend that “the whole is currently being thoroughly investigated” in the audit committee.

– Once the matter has been clarified, Parliament will draw the necessary conclusions. The decision-making of the matter takes into account that the Director General of the Audit Office is appointed by the plenary session of Parliament, Vehviläinen said in a press release.

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The Parliamentary Office Committee is scheduled to discuss the situation on Tuesday. The Central Criminal Police also contributes to the investigation of the agency’s activities.

The task of VTV, which operates in connection with Parliament, is to supervise the state’s financial management and property management, as well as party and election financing, among other things. Yli-Viikari has been VTV’s CEO since the beginning of 2016. The term of office of VTV’s CEO is six years.

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