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Minister: the bonus paid to the head of the Minister's Office is donated to the Children's Hospital

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA decision has been made by the Minister’s Office of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry to have the bonus money that was paid to the head of the office, Kristina Pelša, be donated to the Children’s Hospital.

“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. This is why it has been decided to donate the money to those who need it the most – the Hemato oncology Wing of the Children’s Hospital. The transfer was completed today,” – he adds.

He also says: “In light of this unpleasant event, I would like to apologize to the people who were negatively surprised by this, and to the head of my office Kristina Pelša, who was forced to go through bad publicity because of me. I agree that the matter of remuneration in the government sector has to be resolved soon. Workers and officials should be paid fair bonuses, equal to their work. Hopefully, there will be no more problems such as this one.”

It should be noted that the management of Reform Party had requested the Ethics Commission to assess the actions of Edmunds Sprudžs in regard to the paying of bonuses to the workers of his office.

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