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Andrey Tiknuss

The Procurement Monitoring Bureau (PMB) is an academy to some extent – specialists work there for some time, receive experience and are then enticed to better paid jobs at the same procurement candidates or judicial bureaus, said former Chief of PMB Andrey Tiknuss.

According to him, the main reason for employing PMB specialists is an uncompetitive salary.

«A lawyer, who makes decisions after reviewing complaints and takes part in meetings, receives some 600 LVL on paper. Given this salary, it is clear he can be easily bought by a better salary,»- said Tiknuss. He added that PMB specialists are mostly enticed by legal firms and companies that are procurement candidates, especially construction companies.

Tiknuss also admitted that lawyers have better salaries at State agencies, where many PMB specialists have gone to work.

The former Chief of PMB says that salaries decreased significantly during the crisis. «For example, I had a good salary – but it dropped to nearly 48% from its initial amount. But it also applies to regular staff,»- he admits. It is stated in his State official’s declaration that he received 43 693 LVL in salary in 2007, 20 389 in 2009 and 16 437 in 2010.

He said that, before the crisis, PMB salary fund was able to pay its employees prizes up to 60% of their salaries. This practice was cancelled during the crisis. Vacation benefits for officials were also cancelled, as well as health insurance, etc. “It affects work environment,”- noted the former Chief of PMB.

It was reported that Tiknuss left his post on December 9, 2011.

In February, 2012, the Finance Ministry approved Dacis Gailis for this post. Gailis was the Director of the Methodology Department before then.

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