Today, the Auditor General Mr. Mihkel Oviir is going to start his five years´ term of office

Kadri Lehenurm | 4/1/2003 | 12:00 AM

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TALLINN, 1 April 2003 - Auditor General Mr. Mihkel Oviir assumed his office today, taking the oath of office before the Riigikogu (the Parliament).

The Riigikogu appointed Mr. Mihkel Oviir to the office of the Auditor General on February 25, 2003.
The Riigikogu shall appoint the Auditor General on the proposal of the President of the Republic for a five years’ term and the Auditor General assumes his office by taking his oath of office.

The new Auditor General stressed the role of the State Audit Office in organising the relations between the Riigikogu and the Government.

"Our main task is going to be assisting the Riigikogu in exercising some real control over the Government and the ministers," said Mr. Oviir.

The Auditor General Mr. Mihkel Oviir was born on October 11, 1942. In 1975 Mr. Mihkel Oviir graduated the Faculty of Law of Tartu University cum laude. He started his professional career in the Ministry of Justice already during his studies in the University and worked in the Ministry for 30 years; for the last 10 years he had assumed the position of the Secretary General of the Ministry.
Before being appointed the Auditor General Mr. Mihkel Oviir worked as the Deputy Legal Chancellor-Advisor of the Republic of Estonia.

Mr. Mihkel Oviir appears to be one of the founding members of Estonian Association of Lawyers and was the first President of the said organisation. Today, Mr. Oviir is the member of the Council of Estonian Association of Lawyers.

In 2001, the President of the Republic awarded Mr. Mihkel Oviir with the III class Order of the White Star.


Kadri Lehenurm
Head of Public Relations Service of State Audit Office
Telephone: (372) 640 0719
GSM: (372) 51 67416
E-mail: Kadri.Lehenurm@riigikontroll.ee

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