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Unity prevents Kolegova’s approval as head of SRS

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAll government ministers from Unity have voted against Inga Kolegova’s approval in the post of head of the State Revenue Service.

The party has requested the review of this matter to be postponed by a week to continue discussions on selecting the most appropriate candidate for the aforementioned post.

It was previously known that Kolegova failed to acquire support from the entire coalition to become head of SRS. Nevertheless, the Union of Greens and Farmers and the National Alliance may yet support her.

Unity has decided not to support Kolegova as a viable candidate. This was announced by the party’s head Andris Piebalgs after meeting with Kolegova this Tuesday. He added that Unity will request a second personnel selection process. Piebalgs explained the party’s position by saying that the general consensus is that the reputation of the head of such an important institution has to be spotless.

«Unity’s decision is not to support this candidate. The reason for this is not so much related to her professional knowledge, but rather that the perfect person for such an important post needs to have an absolutely spotless reputation in terms of official declaration and in terms of transactions that are legal but also very, very hard to understand. No one directly criticized her for those transactions during the discussion. Nevertheless, there are certain people in which have to have spotless reputation,» – said Piebalgs.

It should be said that Kolegova’s reputation became stained after information surfaced that Kolegova allegedly owns a company that may be involved in paying envelope wages.

Kolegova owns 50% of shares in Pallogs. Information states that she had been paid EUR 320,000 in dividends last year. According to Kolegova, she had given this money to her brother Maris Zudans.

Kolegova explained to the media that she is only a formal co-owner in Pallogs. The true beneficiary, she said, is her brother. Some money was also given to her brother’s family. The company’s annual accounts contain no information regarding any significant amounts being issued by the company’s co-owner last year. This creates suspicion that the company may be involved in paying envelope wages.

Pallogs’ owners include Kolegova and Elmars Svirksts.

The National Alliance, on the other hand, urges its ministers to support Kolegova under the condition that her accomplishments be evaluated after one year of service. Einars Cilinskis mentioned after the meeting of the Coalition Council that ministers of this party will have a free vote. In general, he said, the National Alliance supports Kolegova.

The Union of Greens and Farmers also supports Kolegova. Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after the meeting that he finds it sad that Unity decided not to support Kolegova, adding that recognizing her professional skills and not supporting her is a sing against change. «At least that is how I see it,» – said Kucinskis. He believes that a new personnel selection process would lead to an unknown future in December. Having said that, Kucinskis also mentioned he may still bring up this matter at the next government meeting.

Three ministers were absent from the Tuesday’s meeting. Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis is away on an official visit to Brazil, Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics and Culture Minister Dace Melnbarde are both on vacation.

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  1. Ilmars says:

    Instead of appointing Inga Kolegova as head of the State Revenue Service, she should be in jail for deliberately avoiding paying tax with envelope wages.
    If UGF and NA are going to support a tax cheat for head of SRS, then they deserve to be kicked out at the next election.
    Latvia is run by liars, thieves and crooks.

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