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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s political environment has fused very closely with entrepreneurship, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers told Diena.

When asked to assess corruption level in Latvia, Kalnmeiers said that it is ‘sufficiently high’. «It is an iceberg – only one-third of it is visible. The rest is below the water. I don’t how it is in other countries, but, I believe, Latvia’s political environment has fused very closely with entrepreneurship. If we look at how many members of the parliament have relatives in the business environment… The media report such cases fairly often about such cases,» the prosecutor said.

Kalnmeiers did say that no one prohibits relatives of politicians to do business, «but this is exactly what I mean when I say the political environment has fused closely with entrepreneurship».

«It’s not always bad. But it is nonetheless hard to differentiate between areas in which things are going well and areas in which things are not exactly transparent. This is why it is risky to poke inside there with words alone. I don’t dare go in there without facts. But Latvia is a very small country. This is why we cannot simply come up to someone and blame them for something. If that person has a relative in the parliament, it means nothing on its own. But there could be problems – many and different problems,» said the prosecutor general.

In his opinion, Latvia has a very poor law on prevention of conflicts of interests among state and municipal officials.

As the biggest problem in all law enforcement institutions, Kalnmeiers mentioned the lack of qualified workers. «Following reorganization of SRS Customs Police and Finance Police, people have left their jobs and have been moved to other institutions. This rotates staff in the institution, brings over young and inexperienced workers. Quality suffers from that.»

He adds that work, on the other hand, gets more and more complicated – investigators are overburdened and demands for quality only continue to increase. Courts demand quality from the prosecutor’s office and we have to demand more from our investigators. «It should be noted that State Police have performed a wage reform – it is positive decision that may result in improvements for our field,» Kalnmeiers explains.

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