For the past nine years, President Gjorge Ivanov’s Office has handled budgetary funds in the most responsible, conscientious and transparent manner, said the President’s Office in response to the Government’s statement.

“Regarding this issue, we emphasize that all public procurements by the President’s Office are carried out in the most transparent manner and in accordance with all legal regulations and are subject to public record. This can be confirmed by the audit reports carried out on the operation of the President’s Office by the State Audit Office. In order to provide objective information to the public, the President’s Office, as always, has made all information regarding financial operations and the spending of public money for official purposes, fully available, and will continue to do so in the future”, reads the statement.

The Office adds that “since there are already mechanisms for checking the financial performance of state institutions in place; the President’s Office has no legal obligation to accept additional “tools”.