bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Saturday 20.01.2018 | Name days: Aļģirds, Orests, Oļģerts, Alģis
LatviaLatvia

Strelchenok plans to become candidate for a second term as Chief of KNAB

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCurrent head of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strelchenok plans to become a candidate for a second term in his post.

He told 900 seconds programme that he plans to apply for participation. Before that, however, he wishes to learn the specific criteria of the personnel selection process

He noted that he has no plans to consult with political parties. He will, however, provide his views to Saeima factions if he makes it to the state of the selection process that requires it.

On Tuesday, 2 August, the Cabinet of Ministers will decide as to whether or not to accept the new personnel selection and evaluation process for candidates to become chief Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Previously the Cabinet of Ministers Committee excluded the point from the new order that stated the following: if all personnel selection contenders receive less than 40 points in the second stage, the committee decides to end the selection process without any results. Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis was the one who requested this point to be removed. He said that members of the personnel selection committee are all reasonable people who can decide on candidates’ approval. Other ministers agreed with Sadurskis.

Delna NGO opposed the practice to not disclose the name of the potential Chief of KNAB all the way until the final approval – a practice often used in other institutions. The Cabinet of Ministers Committee expressed support in favour of a compromise solution – disclosure of names of candidates who make it to the second stage of the selection process.

Previously the Cabinet of Ministers Committee held discussions in regards to taking action in situations when votes of the personnel selection committee divide evenly toward the same potential candidate. KNAB urged the government to establish a rule that in such cases the vote would be in favour of the person. The State Chancellery, on the other hand, stated that the vote of the head of the committee should be the deciding one. After discussions, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and several ministers noted that the vote of the head of the committee would be the deciding one.

In regards to the requirement for candidate to have ‘spotless reputation’, it was proposed during discussions to associate this requirement with access to official secrets. This means the chief of KNAB needs to gain access to official secrets, which is impossible for a person who has problems with his reputation.

Officials also voiced multiple proposals in regards to the scoring points to candidates for having certain skills. Delna, for example, opposed the current order under which points are awarded.

Nevertheless, the prime minister mentioned that he is not ready to change the rules regarding points and their proportion. Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis expressed a similar opinion. At the same time, KNAB and the State Chancellery could discuss this matter in detail later and offer changes based on results of those talks.

The new order states – to apply for participation in the KNAB chief candidate selection process, contenders have to submit an application to the State Chancellery and provide a letter of introduction, detailing personal motivation and vision for KNAB’s priorities, development and improvements to the established anti-corruption measures in Latvia. Candidates also have to provide references from previous job posts, a copy of their education certificate, documents proving their foreign language skills (at least B level).

KNAB officials and workers trade union has not approved this initiative. The trade union opposes the current redaction of the legislative draft because the importance of actual experience in operational activities and investigation accounts for only 5% of all requirements, which unjustifiably reduces the chances of crime and corruption prevention specialists to take part in the personnel selection process.

The trade union believes that it is necessary to clarify the point regarding the overall evaluation of candidates, specifically when the committee counts the total number of points given to candidates by the committee.

Yaroslav Strelchenok, the current Chief of KNAB, was appointed by the Saeima on 17 November 2011. At the end of 2015 Strelchenok said he will candidate for the next term if such a possibility appears.

Ref: 102.109.109.6571


Leave a reply

Economist: the most important reform has to happen in people’s heads

«Of all the clever things taught to us in school about psychology, one thing that has stuck with me over the years is the idea of internal/external control point. There are people who believe they make their own fate. There are also people who believe our fate depends on external powers. I suspect people in Latvia explain successes and failures with external factors much more than people in Switzerland or any other country that has enjoyed its freedom longer than Latvia,» comments Luminor Bank’s economist Pēteris Strautiņš.

Minister promises bigger wages for working people and support for country’s industry

«Latvian Economy Ministry’s priorities for 2018 include increasing wages for working people and providing support to the country’s industry. For Latvia’s centenary year, every resident should have the right to experience the increase of the personal and state welfare,» promises Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Latvenergo: electricity price has declined 30% in the past three years

Average electricity price in Latvia has declined in recent years. The average price of electricity has declined by 30% at Nord Pool exchange between 2014 and 2017, allowing end user costs to decline, says Latvenergo.

Alcohol sellers in Estonia to be checked by little «police»

To find shop assistants illegally selling alcohol or tobacco to minors, Estonian police introduces the method of sending minors as police aides to retail shops to try to purchase the products banned to them.

EY study: cyber security has become a priority to banks this year

Over the course of the year, priorities of banks around the world have switched from reputation and risk management to data security matters, as concluded in the latest EY Global Banking Outlook 2018.

Political association: UGF and Harmony are covering up state capture

«Parliamentary investigation of Oligarchs case has shown what is what in the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. Green farmers are in full harmony, covering up Aivars Lembergs and the fact of state capture. They and Inguna Sudraba have made the parliamentary investigation into a farce. Unfortunately, the power in those people’s hands is no farce – rather misfortune for all of Latvia. I hope citizens will take all that into account when they go voting,» says leader of Kustība Par! Daniels Pavļuts.

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel plan lacks ambition, says «Angry Birds» game maker

While Finland and Estonia work on plans of an under-sea tunnel from Tallinn to Helsinki, the construction of which could start in the 2030s, a Finnish businessman, previously involved in development of Angy Birds video game, has presented plans to finish the massive construction project in 2024 already.

Experts: healthcare financing law will deny healthcare to the least protected

In a discussion regarding healthcare, experts said that Latvian President Raimonds Vējoņis’ proposed Healthcare Financing Law is economically unjustified and ineffective. The document lacks principles of a socially responsible state, because healthcare is becoming less accessible, which will likely worsen public health indexes, says Kustība Par! political party.

Branded «aggressor state», Russia says Ukraine buries Minsk peace agreements

As the Donbas War continues, the parliament of Ukraine has passed the so-called Donbas reintegration bill after three days of debates defining territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as temporarily occupied by Russia.

Weather to remain winter-like in Latvia during the weekend and next week

On Friday and Saturday, no major increase of snow is expected. Air temperature will increase slightly, but colder masses of air will slow into the country on Sunday, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Winter storm in Netherlands and Germany turns tragic

A powerful winter storm in western and central Europe has claimed the lives of eight people.

Lithuanian bishops: skipping fasting on February 16 this year is not a sin

In an unprecedented move, the Conference of Lithuanian Bishops, the governing body of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, said that meat dishes okay for the people of faith on February 16, which marks the 100-year anniversary of Lithuania's statehood and the Lent Friday, which is traditionally a day of fasting for religious Catholic people.

Coincidence? Votes from Harmony and UGF ensure Sudraba remains the head of Oligarchs case committee

On Thursday, 18 January, the majority of Saeima members voted against the proposal to dismiss Inguna Sudraba from the post of the head of parliamentary investigative committee in charge of the review of the infamous Oligarchs case.

Kaljulaid criticised over involvement of acclaimed, but unrestrained director in centennial reception

As Estonia readies for the presidential reception to honour the 100th anniversary of Estonia, its President Kersti Kaljulaid is being criticised in an open letter for trusting Tallinn’s NO99 theatre, whose director physically assaulted a female colleague.

22.1% of Latvia’s residents subjected to risk of poverty

In 2017, 425 thousand persons or 22.1 % of Latvia population were at risk of poverty in 2016 – 0.3 percentage points less than in 2015. Equivalent income of this part of the population were below 330 euros monthly.

LAAC: Latvia’s milk market can be sorted out by joining forces in exports

Latvian Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (LAAC) has received support and praise for the public discussion regarding rapid milk procurement price changes, which is something that has recently affected the majority of agricultural cooperatives. This has helped cooperatives band together in order to sort out the milk market. This idea came from the example set by grain producer cooperatives, which did the same thing fifteen years ago, as reported by the association’s representatives.

Forevers announces its decision to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies

Forevers meat processing company has decided to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC). The contract between two parties will be terminated in January.

Saeima’s Oligarchs case investigative committee hastily approves final report

In spite of objections, grammatical errors, criticisms about lacking effort, as well as Inguna Sudraba’s unfit status to lead the committee, members decided to move the meeting from 11:00 to 08:00 and approve the final report in a rushed vote.

Removal of 1 and 2 euro cent coins from circulation suggested by Bank of Estonia

Estonian central bank is willing to follow the eurozone trend of limiting the circulation of euro 1-cent and 2-cent coins and in time to remove them entirely from circulation in the Baltic country.

Cert.lv: attacks on e-health system and LETA were likely ordered

Attacks on e-health system and LETA agency were likely ordered, said Cert.lv deputy manager Varis Teivāns in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

As Catalan parliament reconvenes, it elects pro-independence speaker

The Catalan regional parliament has in its first sitting since its ousting and snap December election elected a separatist-minded politician as its Chairman, which indicates that the attempts to break the region away from Spain would continue.

Latvia’s National Armed forces receive new Harris tactical radio equipment

In 2017, Latvia received tactical military radios worth USD 10.5 million from American Harris Corporation. Procurement of radio equipment will further improve command function and help develop a lasting communication system with other NATO member states, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

MEP: Europe continues strengthening its energy independence

«The European Parliament has voiced strong support towards Europe’s energy independence and moving its energy policy away from Russia’s monopoly by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources,» said MEP Krišjānis Kariņš after the vote on Clean Energy Act’s first reading in Strasbourg.

Apple expected to pay additional 38 billion USD in taxes for money kept abroad

Motivated by the U.S. tax reform, Apple will pay about 38 billion U.S. dollars (31 billion euros) in tax on the roughly 250 billion dollars (204 billion euros) the computer technology firm keeps outside of its country of origin as it plans to focus more on its contribution to the American economy.

Latvian police commenced three criminal processes for contraband of drugs this year

In the first two weeks of 2018, State Revenue Service’s Customs Police commenced three criminal processes in regards to illegal drugs contraband in postal packages from Lithuania to Latvia.

Would you be ready to boycott something in your life?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: