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Proposal to merge SRS Finance Police and Customs Police is declined

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFinance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola intends to look for ways to ensure the merging of State Revenue Service’s Finance Police and Customs Police.

On Thursday, 22 September, the Saeima decline amendments to the State Revenue Service Law that provided for the merging of SRS Finance Police and Customs Police.

Finance Minister expressed surprise over the Saeima deputies’ decision to change their opinion in the matter that was supported by the Saeima’s Budget Committee. «I had hoped the Seaima’s approach would have been consecutive. Today’s decision, however, shows that those with major influence do not want changes in SRS,» – added Reizniece-Ozola.

The minister does not know what she will do if the Saeima decides to decline the proposal in the final reading. She does say that she will not give up and will look for options to ensure the merging of the two institutions. «Everything will be dictated by political will,» – she said.

Amendments to the law were supported by 40 deputies from the Union of Greens and Farmers, National Alliance and To Latvia from the Heart. 22 deputies from Unity and Latvian Regional Alliance voted against. 29 deputies from Harmony and Unity abstained from the vote.

Previously, acting Director General of SRS Dace Peleka noted that SRS carried out a lot of work to prepare Finance Police and Customs Police to merge them. This is why Peleka hoped amendments would not be delayed and the new institution would be able to commence work in January 2017. Peleka also said that merging the two institutions would reduce the number of managers and increase the number of investigators.

Finance Ministry had previously reported that such changes are necessary to improve the efficiency of the work performed by SRS, as well as reduce the risk of corruption, enhance the trust of society in SRS and optimize the institution’s structures.

SRS currently has two investigative institutions – Finance Police and Customs Police.

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