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Coalition supports increase of salary for head of SRS

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPoliticians of coalition parties support increasing the salary of the head of the State Revenue Service. They allow that this may be the first step toward reviewing salaries in state administration.

At the same time, politicians emphasize that specific salary increase numbers will be discussed in the near future. The final decision has yet to be made.

Head of the Saeima faction of the Union of Greens and Farmers Augusts Brigmanis said that the increase of the salary of the head of SRS is the first step. After that, it will be possible to discuss other posts in state administration. He did not clarify which posts can expect an increase in pay in the future. Brigmanis added that UGF conceptually supports increasing the salary for the head of SRS. The exact amount will have to be discussed in the future.

A similar opinion was voiced by deputy chairman of Unity Edvards Smiltens, who said that it is necessary to review the motivation system for people working in state administration. He also noted that more discussions will be held in regards to the exact salary size for the head of SRS.

Gaidis Berzins, co-chairman of the National Alliance, said coalition partners were offered multiple solutions in relation to the increase of the salary for the head of SRS.

Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola offered coalition partners setting the salary for the head of SRS at EUR 8,100.

Reizniece-Ozola was confident that the salary of the person in that post should be equal to the salary of the head of a state enterprise. «EUR 8,100 could be the top threshold. Of this amount, the gross salary would be slightly above EUR 5,000 with the possibility to receive bonuses equal to 60% of the monthly amount,» – explained the minister.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told journalists that the finance minister offered members of the coalition four solutions for this matter. Nevertheless, it is too soon to speak of any specific solutions, as discussions continue.

Kucinskis noted – a repeated personnel selection process will be organized to find a new candidate to lead SRS. To make sure it does not end without result, the coalition was offered to decide on increasing the salary of the head of SRS.

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