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Pulks: Europe’s democratic values create only headaches for «problem solvers» in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Europe’s democratic values are an infection, because they can cultivate thoughts that cause headaches for ‘problem solvers’. It has long since been proven that the best state administration has a vertical structure. In this structure, each lower level post completely relies on the post that is higher up the ladder. In this model, any personal opinions and mentioning of ‘unnecessary’ laws only serves to agitate,» – ironically says Riga City Council opposition deputy Olafs Pulks.

«It can slow down individual quality of life, which is the most important result of any activity! It is even better if there is some stain in the personal biography of one of the lower-level representatives, which, when mentioned, makes people say: ‘But that’s illegal!’,» – says Unity’s representative, adding that such thoughts come to mind when thinking about how Vitali Reinbahs became the head of Riga City Council’s Transport Department.

«It is a fact that the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is currently working on a criminal process in relation to possible act of bribery at Riga City Council’s Transport Department. Reinbahs is held suspect in this criminal process. Reinbahs was already the head of the Transport Department in 2013 – the year the criminal process was launched,» – explains Pulks.

Unity’s deputies did not support Reinbahs’ approval on the post of head of the Transport Department at the meeting of the Traffic and Transport Committee. A meeting at which Reinbahs was not even present, as he was on vacation at the time. «Even during the council meeting it was not possible for opposition deputies to interview Reinbahs. The chairperson of the city council had put the opposition’s proposal to interview the current head of the department to vote, and it is clear that the majority of loyal deputies will vote against it in order to spare Reinbahs the responsibility of answering uncomfortable questions,» – Pulks reminds.

«Well now, the vertical of power at Riga City Council functions well – a potentially compromised person has been elected to a very important post. We know it is a person who would jump through any hoops in order to impress his master and would never say anything against the will of this master, regardless of the legal status of desires of this master,» – Pulks continues.

According to him, taking action without a selection process and without giving the opposition an opportunity to interview Reinbahs is only logical, considering Rīgas satiksme’s ‘deeds’ and how Riga City Council chooses to ignore them.

Since November 17th, 2014, Reinbahs has been the acting Director of the Transport Department.

In May 2013 CPCB carried out searches in the Transport Department in relation to passenger carrying activities in the capital. CPCB representatives told at the time that the investigation had formed suspicion that some official of the Transport Department had received a bribe in exchange for allocation of regular payments to a specific trade union.

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