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SRS plans to get rid of dishonest workers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the next two weeks, Latvian State Revenue Service plans to submit reports to Finance Ministry on assessments of officials from Finance Police and SRS in order to decide how best to let go workers who are suspected to dishonest actions, as reported by Finance Ministry Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

SRS Director General Inara Petersone said during a press-conference that she will not reveal the names and ranks of the people suspected of dishonest behaviour.

Petersone does not exclude the possibility that the initial list of dishonest workers may grow over time. Finance Police employees will be added to the list initially. The list will likely grow following the addition of workers from customs and other SRS structures suspected of corruption.

«A tumour should not be kept around for long – it has to be cut out before it can do serious damage to the organism. We have clever and honest workers who do their best to fight crime. Unfortunately, there are also those who feed information to criminals to make some money on the side,» – said Petersone.

When asked which methods could be used to get rid of unwanted workers, Petersone said she would rather not reveal all proposals. She did say, however, that some of those methods can be read in the Prosecutor’s Office Law, especially in the section regarding conflicts of interest or serious breaches of ethics code.

Reizniece-Ozola noted that an enormous shadow has been cast at SRS. This shadow has effectively demoralized society; people no longer feel motivated to pay taxes. This is unacceptable, so swift action is required, said the minister.

«It is vital to get rid of the people under the shadow of doubt as soon as possible. The longer this problem remains unresolved, the more the system will degrade,» – explained Petersone.

The minister allows for the possibility that removing unwanted elements from SRS will leave the institution weakened for some time, possibly upwards to a year. «Nevertheless, if some of the professionals have ties to the criminal world, it would be best to get rid of such employees as soon as possible,» – adds the minister.

«We require a reliable and secure SRS. A view Chief of SRS Petersone as my partner and head of everything that goes down in that institution, especially when it comes to averting potential and actual security risks. If we make sure SRS workers can be trusted, society will trust SRS,» – said Reizniece-Ozola.


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