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Naudiņš may select scandalous People’s Party member Atlācis to replace Antāne

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEnvironmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Romāns Naudiņš has, possibly, found a replacement for the recently dismissed Inga Antane in the Board of Riga Freeport. The minister will likely choose a former People’s Party member Edgars Atlācis.

Atlācis is responsible for the recently held tender aimed to choose an appropriate waste disposal company for Getlini landfill, which was won by a company with ties to Andris Šķēle’s family.

There are more than a dozen of candidates currently being considered for the open post in Riga Freeport Board. Atlācis is one of the most probable ones. Even though Naudiņš was previously reluctant to mention names, the minister has now confirmed this information, as reported by Panorāma programme of LTV.

In the past, Atlācis’ name was mentioned in relation to Riga waste management company Getlini Eko scandalous tender for the construction of a waste processing plant in Getlini landfill. Vides pakalpojumu grupa company, which has close ties with Andris Šķēle’s family, was chosen as the winner of this tender. Although a different potential winner – Eco Baltia vide – had previously challenged results of the tender, this plea was declined by both Procurement Monitoring Bureau and Administrative District Court.

In 2009, Atlācis was a candidate from the People’s Party in Valmiera Regional Council elections. Riga City Council also employs his services as a lawyer – the management had signed a contract with him worth LVL 15,000 for legal services at the beginning of 2014.

The decision regarding the choice of the next ministry representative in Riga Freeport Board will be made on May 19th.

BNN had previously reported that following the dismissal of Inga Antāne form her post as representative of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry in the Board of Riga Freeport, minister Romāns Naudiņš plans to perform changes in the Board of Ventspils Freeport. He plans to put his advisor as the new representative of the ministry in the Freeport.

Ģirts Kronbergs has been the ministry’s representative in the Board of Ventspils Freeport since 2012. However, this Tuesday, the government will discuss his possible dismissal. If the government supports the ministry’s proposal, Ojars Briedis will be selected as the ministry’s new representative in Ventspils Freeport, as reported by LETA.

It should be added that the government will also have to decide on allowing Briedis combine his work as the minister’s advisor and ministry’s representative in Ventspils Freeport Board. In 1998, Briedis graduated from Latvian Police Academy with professional college education. Briedis works in the State Environmental Service.

Prior to ending up in the Freeport, Kronbergs was the head of Liepaja wing of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He told LETA that he has ‘no idea’ as to why the new minister wants to replace him. ‘I sent him reports on the second day after his [Naudiņš] approval, but he wasn’t even interested in meeting. I have no idea what motivated him to decide such a thing. I offered the minister’s office to at least discuss principles of succession. It seems the new member of the Freeport’s Board will begin his work from a blank page,’ – said Kronbergs.

Kronbergs was active the most in his post in the Board of Ventspils Freeport in 2012, when he put up the matter for the need to evaluate the possible conflict of interest and Aivars Lembergs’ possible involvement in it. Lembergs had participated in a vote of the Board of Ventspils Freeport regarding giving green light to the LVL 717,000 worth contract with Baltimar VT, which is owned by his son Ainrijs Lembergs and son-in-law Janis Austrins.

Kronbergs was appointed as the ministry’s representative to Ventspils Freeport Board in summer of 2012, when Reform Party’s Edmunds Sprūdžs.


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  1. Ilmars says:

    The crooks are running Latvia again.
    Kronbergs is being sacked for being honest and questioning a contract awarded to Lemsbergs son.
    Its time the E.U. had its own anticorruption unit and involved itself in the blatant corruption in Latvia. The local anticorruption unit (KNAB) was set up to fail.
    Latvia is the most corrupt country in Europe.

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