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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWages in the Anti-Money Laundering or Control Service should be equal to what is paid to people working in the Finance and Capital Market Commission, so twice as large as it is now, said Control Service’s Chief Ilze Znotiņa in an interview to Ir magazine.

She says that her goal is not earning money, but at the same time «people coming to work in my team should not feel like getting the short straw».

According to Znotiņa, structural changes are necessary for the Control Service. «It was necessary for me that they confirm – yes, we have understood that the matter of independence and autonomy is very important. We also needed green light for the development of a new Law on Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity. I don’t know any other country with such a low-quality law,» she said, adding that she is prepared to work on a new project.

Znotiņa did not exclude the possibility of disappointment in her job. «I don’t known – maybe I’ll get packed eventually, leaving me with nothing else but to accept disappointment,» she told Ir magazine. She only reaffirmed her promise to get to work.

Znotiņa expects banks to submit more reports involving politically important individuals. She says it is important to her to make sure banks and people are able to identify situations «when transactions involving politically important people are taking place, and that they are able to identify the origin of the money changing hands», because more often than not those same people make important decisions in Latvia.

In five years, Znotiņa said, it will be possible for her to conclude if something has been accomplished in that time. «If we know where money comes for our businessmen and politicians, we will have achieved something,» she said.

The new head of the Control Service does not plan to remain in her post for longer than five years.


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