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Work on amendments for Law on KNAB based on OECD recommendations is complete

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee supported the submission of amendments to the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to the Saeima on 1 March. These amendments provide clarifications and improvements to the work of KNAB and regulations regarding dismissal of the bureau’s chief.

This draft was developed based on recommendations provided by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. These recommendations were given to Latvia in order to improve its corruption prevention field, as previously reported by State Chancellery’s Director Martins Krievins.

The current redaction of the Law on KNAB does not fully comply with OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, as mentioned in the annotation of the draft.

Amendments suggest that a single person should not be allowed to remain in the post of chief of KNAB for longer than two consecutive terms. The current regulation states that the chief of KNAB is approved by the Saeima based on the Cabinet of Minister’s proposal for five year. The Cabinet of Ministers also holds an open personnel selection process for this.

The draft also states that the chief of KNAB and workers of the bureau will be engaged in state service relations. It is also stated that it will not be possible to end work relations without consent from the trade union.

Amendments also provide recommendations for improving the procedure of dismissing the chief of KNAB. From now on, a special commission led by the prosecutor general will decide whether or not to dismiss the chief of KNAB. This committee will consist of the Director of the State Chancellery, Director of the Constitution Protection Bureau, Chief of Security Police and no more than three representatives of the Public Advisory Council.

Authors of the draft had previously said that dismissal of the chief of KNAB would lonely be possible with justified reasons and with permission from the responsible commission.

The Saeima is set to review the proposed amendments in the third and final reading.

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