bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Tuesday 22.05.2018 | Name days: Emīlija
LatviaLatvia

Petersone does not plan to resign from her post

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDirector 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.

Ref: 102.109.109.7852


Leave a reply

First Russian floating nuclear power plant reaches Murmansk

Russia's floating nuclear power plant, after passing through the Baltic sea, has arrived in the Arctic port of Murmansk over the weekend as it prepares for its first mission, supplying electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska.

Foreign clients’ deposits in Latvian banks declined 27.1% in Q1 2018

Deposits of foreign clients attracted by Latvia’s banks have declined 27.1% in Q1 2018. At the end of March, it was EUR 5.869 billion, as reported by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

National Alliance proposes MEP Roberts Zīle as its prime minister candidate

The board of the National Alliance has decided to pick member of the European Parliament Roberts Zīle as its prime minister candidate for the 13th Saeima elections, as confirmed by the party.

Riga City Council changes internal rules again; each deputy given ten-minute limit for questions

On Monday, 21 May, Riga City Council changed its rules for Q&A sessions, providing a ten-minute limit for each deputy to ask questions. This is the third time the city council has changed its internal rules.

Committee head: EU funds would help secure meaningful education for youngsters

«Seven to eight thousand youngsters leave Latvia every year. While ten years ago 13 to 25 year old youngsters formed 20% of the country’s population, their proportion dropped to 13% in 2017,» says Saeima’s European Affairs Committee chairperson Lolita Čigāne.

River Emajõgi guarded by mass protest against pulp mill

In Tartu, human chain has been formed by about 4 500 people in protest against the plan to build a billion-euro pulp factory near the River Emajõgi, the organisers of the event have stated.

Association: loan repayment indexes improve in non-bank consumption loan segment

In 2017, members of Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services issued in loans EUR 180.5 million. Compared to 2016, this is an increase of 6.9%. Members’ credit portfolio was EUR 88.7 million at the end of 2017, which is 8.1% more than a year ago.

Estonian producer prices higher by 2.1 on year, due to energy supplies

Estonian producer price index of industrial output increased by 2.1% between April 2017 and April this year, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Vitol: limitation of shell companies’ activities cannot possibly affect transit companies

Changes to the law that provide restrictions for shell companies cannot possibly affect transit companies. Because of that, claims voiced prior to adoption of said amendments and their possible impact on transit sector seem rather confusing, says Vitol Baltic chairman Robert Kirkup.

De Facto: Latvian minister’s business partner manufactures ships for Russian army

Latvian Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs’ business partner in Piebalgas alus brewery – Russian businessman Igor Shekhelev – manufactures ships for the Russian army, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Property-sharing site Airbnb agrees to share owner income with tax authority

The home-renting service Airbnb has agreed to automatically report homeowners' income to tax authorities in Denmark in a landmark agreement, which is expected to make it easier to detect tax evasion by homeowners, who are renting out rooms and houses on the website.

Latvia shipped 11.7% more oil products in Q1 2018

As part of the postponed excise tax payment regime, the volume of oil products shipped from Latvia in Q1 2018 was 13,869 or 11.7% larger than the one recorded in the same period of 2017, according to data compiled by the State Revenue Service.

What have Italian makers of government agreed on?

In Italy, the two populist parties preparing form a national government have published joint policies including tax cuts, a guaranteed basic income for the poor and deportations of 500,000 migrants.

Thunderstorms expected in Latvia this week as well

On Monday, 21 May, weather in Latvia will not change much – dry and not cloudy for the most part. On Tuesday and Wednesday, however, precipitation areas will pass through Latvia, bringing heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong wind, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

The board of Lithuania's Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department, allegedly damaging the party's reputation.

BNN summary of the week: distorted state administration, Liepājas metalurgs recovery, and Latvia unemployment level

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Growth; Business; Fight; Future; Opinion

New approach to combating drunk drivers – forced correction programme

Latvia’s Justice Ministry reports that the administrative penalties reform proposes introducing stricter punishments for drunk drivers. If a person is caught drunk driving, their license would be confiscated. On top of that, to recover the license, that person would have to pass a social correction programme.

Latvian MEP to «cause a scandal» where he can to stop school reform

Members of the European Parliament Andrejs Mamikins and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs have gathered support from 114 of their fellow MEPs to request the Latvian government and Saeima to review the already approved amendments to the Education Law and General Education Law that govern realization of the national minorities’ school reform, as confirmed by Mamikins.

Germany criticises U.S. attempts to block Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

As to the controversial Nord Stram 2 Russian gas pipeline via Baltic sea to Germany, the German Economy has evaluated that American attempts to block it could be aimed at increasing U.S. a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to increase its own energy exports.

Number of complaints about taxi services at Riga International Airport on a rise

The number of complaints about taxi services at Riga International Airport continues to increase, said the airport’s board chairperson Ilona Līce in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Ryanair sees Estonia as important market, considers local hub option

Irish low-fare airline Ryanair considers Estonia an important market, the firm's chief executive Michael O'Leary noted while visiting Tallinn earlier in the week.

Minister: UN should act to call violators of international law to justice

«The United Nation Security Council, as the main institution maintaining peace and security, has a special responsibility, because its activities affect compliance with international law,» says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Banks to report private persons whose account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000

From 18 May onward, banks will have to report private persons whose annual account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000, as provided by the Cabinet of Ministers’ supported order, under which the State Revenue Service is to be provided with information about a private person’s turnover and balance.

Baltic States request expanding NATO’s battalion with air and naval forces

Baltic States plan to request expanding international NATO battalion with air and naval forces, as confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Lino Linkevičiaus, who met with US President’s National Security Advisor John R. Bolton in Washington alongside his Latvian and Estonian colleagues.

Poland uncovers Russian hybrid war networks

Poland has detained a Russian national suspected of working with accomplices to stimulate social tension with neighbouring Ukraine and neutralised two Russian hybrid war networks, the Polish Internal Security agency has stated.