Director General of the State Revenue Service Inara Petersone does not plan to resign from her post in the near future. Petersone informed Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola of her intention to remain at SRS during a previously unplanned meeting on 26 May.
A meeting with the minister was organized in the evening on Thursday, 26 May, following Petersone’s request. Unofficial information states that the head of SRS does not plan to resign anytime soon. After the meeting, which lasted one and a half hour, Petersone informed journalists that she does not plan to resign. «I do not exclude the possibility that I might submit my resignation, but I have yet to do that,» – Petersone said.
The minister told journalists that Petersone did not submit her resignation and that this matter was not discussed during the meeting. Both sides instead discussed ‘topical matters’. Petersome mentioned factors that make her work more complicated. One such matter was related to the recent surfacing of anonymous letters in the public space.
«Pressure is being exacted from different sides on SRS and Petersone. This pressure is related to the recently launched activities within SRS – the rotation of workers. We will try to determine where the wind blows from and think how to resolve it,» – said Reizniece-Ozola.
The minister emphasized that efforts to sort out SRS will continue. This also means that the campaign against Petersone may continue as a result of that. «Any attempts to obstruct SRS’ work will be unsuccessful. Petersone has power, motivation and support to continue her work,» – emphasized the Finance Minister.
The head of SRS said that in the past four months since SRS began internal cleanup process, she has been working under increased stress. Petersone admits having considered leaving the service.
«It was important for me to discuss matters related to the rotation of SRS workers with the minister. I also informed the minster of the plan to reduce the number of workers in order to motivate remaining workers with higher pay. The pressure exacted from the public space can stress out any person. It is also harder to lead the team, especially considering that not everyone is happy with some of my decisions,» – admits Petersone.
Petersone had previously mentioned the possibility of her leaving SRS in an interview to Latvijas Avīze. During the conversation about last week’s surfaced anonymous letter that detailed properties owned by Petersone’s family, she mentioned that the letter also stated that such materials are only the beginning. «I know that. I’m also in consideration of doing something new with my life and letting someone else steer this ship,» – Petersone said.
She also mentioned during the interview that there have been attempts to influence her decisions in regards to the rotation of workers. «I allow for the possibility that rotation is disliked by certain SRS workers and certain influential, possibly illegal, groups we have caught lately,» – Petersone added.
She mentioned in the interview that all decisions were made personally by her. Nevertheless, the rotation plan was previously discussed with SRS Internal Security Department manager Gita Plaude.
An unknown person or group of persons is trying to carry out a smear campaign against Petersone.