Anger over audit report
Montenegro Airlines has denied claims of covering up 2.5 millions of euros worth of debt and will launch court proceedings against members of the Montenegro State Audit Institution. “Representatives of the State Audit Institution have through false interpretation, the malicious obscuring of facts and key documents misled the Montenegrin public”, a statement from the national carrier reads. In its report the Audit Institution found that Montenegro Airlines withheld parts of its losses from its financial report. However, the company insists, “Montenegro Airlines is one of the most controlled companies in the country’s history. There is no relevant state institution which has not checked the airline’s business practices. Even the police has been checking over every single paper in the company for the past five years. Offcourse, our business practices have always been and are in compliance with state laws and regulations“. Montenegro Airlines has contacted EX-YU aviation news requesting for the company’s response to the report to be published.
The Audit Institution, which spent six months compiling the report, accused Montenegro Airlines’ CEO, Zoran Djurišić, of singlehandedly ordering an Embraer jet. However, the national carrier again challenged the findings, saying that the government ticked off on the order. It says auditors who wrote the report were unable to understand how such a complex business is run. Montenegro Airlines admits that the global economic crisis has created problems at the company but says its restructuring program is under way and will be complete by 2015 when business should stabilise. The State Audit Institution has responded to accusations made by Montenegro Airlines saying the report is accurate and that the company should spend more time resolving its business errors.
Montenegro Airlines handled approximately 500.000 passengers in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 10% compared to the same period in 2011. Earlier this month, the government ruled out the possibility of privatising its national carrier, saying conditions on the market are not right for such a move.