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Petersone says there are no perspectives to improve the situation in state administration

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInara Petersone, Director General of the State Revenue Service, has made the decision to step down because she sees no perspectives for improving the situation in state administration.

On Tuesday, 31 May, Petersone mentioned at a press-briefing that her decision to step down from her post is not related to threats or psychological pressure.

SRS Director General emphasized that the state administration lacks a team with a common goal to achieve. She says there is no way to stimulate the government to work together to achieve common goals. There are many pointless things in the state administration structure. With state administration structure in its current state, it is impossible to exact any meaningful changes.

According to her, the country lacks a supervisory body that would lead state administration in a single direction. «Otherwise we could each go our separate way and fail to accomplish any meaningful results for the population,» – said Petersone.

The official also explained that there have been promises about remuneration reforms and changes in state administration for years. None of the promises have been realized so far. This is why it cannot be expected that people with higher education paid minimal or slightly above minimal wages to work honestly. This only creates stress, because of which people with strategic and innovative thinking avoid working in state administration.

«State administration lacks a team with a common goal,» – said Petersone, adding that there are plenty of planning documents no one has read.

According to Petersone, there is no place to speak of any psychological pressure coming from Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis or Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola. It is the opposite – Petersone and those officials share the same vision.

Petersone described experiencing psychological pressure coming from the situation in SRS and continued criticism from society. She does say that too much dissatisfaction has accumulated over the years. Now society vents its anger on state administration and SRS.

She added that her decision to step down is not related to the campaign against her. «I am sufficiently strong to withstand that. I proved it to my team and myself,» – said the head of SRS.

«Tension is enormous within the team,» – said Petersone.

As previously reported, Petersone submitted her resignation on Monday, 30 May. Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola has yet to accept it, however. According to the minister, this decision came as a complete surprise to her.

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