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CPCB sees no violations in Sprūdž's decision to pay bonus money to Pelša

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn its investigation into the actions of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprūdžs, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) has not found signs of violations in the minister’s decision to pay bonus money to the minister’s office manager Kristīna Pelša.

In its investigation, CPCB had noted that the manager of the minister’s office is neither Sprūdžs’ relative nor business partner. There were no facts uncovered during the investigation that would imply that the paying of a bonus had affected or could have affected the minister’s personal interests in some way.

With that, the CPCB’s inspection did not find any signs of Sprūdžs’ violating regulations of the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Activities of Public Officials.

BNN had previously reported that CPCB had launched an investigation at the end of August 2013. After the story about the bonus caused a scandal, Pelša donated the money to the Children’s Clinical Hospital.

Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze (Independent Morning Newspaper) had previously reported that Pelša had received a total of LVL 2,942.98 this April. This amount consists of her salary (LVL 1,266.67), vacation money (LVL 276.31) and bonus (LVL 1,400).

“When I was signing the approval to pay bonuses to ministerial workers, I followed the proven criteria of professionalism and good management principles. I had no idea at the time that the paying of bonuses to Kristina Pelša, who is only one of a number of office workers to be paid bonuses, would be investigated as violation of norms of ethics,” – says minister Edmunds Sprudžs.

“I am sure I have not violated the law regarding the conflict of interests. I will be cooperating with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to prove this. I do understand that this event has caused a multitude of negative emotions and criticism of Latvia’s residents,” – he said.

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