An education ministry official is to be investigated following a report by the Auditor General that she bought airplane tickets for official ministry business from her husband’s travel agency.
The report was handed to Education Minister Costas Kadis on Monday.
The official appears to have not notified anyone of her conflict of interests nor did she invite a tender process before deciding where she would buy the tickets.
According to the report, the official was tasked among others with buying airplane tickets for former minister’s Kyriakos Kenevezos trips to Brussels when Cyprus held the EU presidency, from July to December 2012.
The Auditor General notes that in some instances the tickets were more expensive than the current market price.
The report notes that the official booked herself into expensive hotels at the ministry’s expense through her husband’s travel agency – with taxi expenses to get to the Larnaca airport.
No receipts regarding that expense were ever presented.
The cost of the taxi ride came to €120 each time, an expense the report described as “completely unjustifiable.”
“We will get to the bottom of this,” said the Education Minister.