The Defence Command has denied deliberately violating the State Budget Act. “We do not subscribe to these claims. In our view, there has been no budget overrun,” controller Tuomas Isoranta told Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday.
Isoranta points out that appropriations prescribed for specific purchases can be later re-allocated within the system, which today contains roughly 15,000 audit trail entries – that is, effectively, expenditure items. According to him, some misplaced entries may have cluttered the system.