Ansip Rebuts Audit Office Criticisms (2)
Addressing Parliament today, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip took issue with the National Audit Office report released yesterday, saying assertions highlighted in the media paint an excessively grave picture of Estonia.
Noting that he had not yet read the report in full and adding that there would surely be useful information as well, Ansip challenged the general tone of the findings - that the Estonian government's fiscal successes have not translated into economic well-being for the people.
While not satisfied with the 1 percent economic growth predicted for 2013, Ansip pointed out that growth was still higher than in many other EU countries.
"Therefore I would not suggest that we are some kind of inept poor souls who are constantly in decline and can't do anything right," he said.
"I feel a sense of sadness in my heart. We have a new auditor general, but the conversation is somehow the same as it was before. Unfortunately that which has been amplified by the media is wrong. It's unfortunate," Ansip said.
In an address to Parliament yesterday, the head of the National Audit Office carried a critical tone, drawing attention to discouraging statistics, such as that the average net wage in Estonia has increased 5 percent since 2008 while prices have increased 12 percent.