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Shadow of corruption hovers over nearly half of all Latvian EP candidates

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCorruption risks are present for nearly half of all Latvian European Parliament candidates, as reported by Society for transparency – Delna.

According to latest information, 25 out of 54 candidates are at risk of corruption. One candidate is evaluated as dangerous for an attempt to overthrow the government. 12 candidates are said to have a ‘low risk’ level.

23 out of 54 analysed candidates have switched parties, biography of 3 candidates contains cases of disrespectful or hateful speeches and 10 other candidates have considerable debts. It is also noted that MEPs who have considerable funds have been donating money to parties the most.

Delna Project manager Evija Goluba notes that there are no candidates with high risk factor this year. ‘The final conclusion about the current database of EP candidates is such that there are not that many candidates with questionable reputation or notable corruption risks. There is food for thought, however. Residents also have the final word in whether or not to support certain candidates,’ – she said.

The goal of the ‘You reap in Latvia what you sow in Brussels!’ is to make everyone understand that residents are the ones who elect Latvian MEPs for five years, and their decisions in Brussels or Strasbourg affect our lives in a long-term perspective, says Delna Director Gundars Jankovs.

The EP candidates’ reputation database is made available for the third time. However, for the first time it has been made available prior to EP elections.

This Wednesday, April 23rd, Delna published the reputation database of Latvian candidates on, which is a non-party alternative source of information for voters, journalists and other interested people. The reputation database was available prior to the 10th and 11th Saeima elections. Based on information in this database, portal was created to monitor the 11th Saeima.

Contents of the website are available in Latvian, English and Russian languages.


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  1. michael walsh says:

    In which case they wil find themselves in perfect company and harmony. I quote the BBC: The extent of corruption in Europe is “breath-taking” and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.

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