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Dreimane appeals the decision to revoke her access to official secrets

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Monday, April 20th, Director of Latvian State Chancellery Elita Dreimane submitted an appeal to Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers against the decision of the Constitution Protection Bureau to revoke her access to official secrets.

«Considering that I am a law-abiding citizen of the Republic of Latvia and an official that has always stood on the side of justice and principles of democracy, which is proven by my career, I am not aware of any reasons for the decision by CPB to revoke my access to official secrets. I believe this decision to be unjustified and the process in accordance with which this decision was made to be non-compliant with the EU Human Rights Convention and the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Considering all the aforementioned reasons, I have decided to appeal CPB’s decision,» – notes Dreimane in her announcement.

«CPB representatives held no conversations with me prior to the revoking of my permit. This is a clear breach of procedure stated in requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers. It also ignores the principle of competition and equality. In spite of my rights as a citizen of Latvia, clearly explained in Section 92 of the Constitution, CPB had refused to allow me to come to talks accompanied by my lawyer. […] I believe CPB had made its decision in regard to me illegally and solely based on their own subjective opinion and interpretation of facts I am not aware of,» – explains Dreimane.

As reported by State Chancellery, Gunars Kutris, former head of the Constitutional Court, has said that «refusal to allow a person to arrive for talks with his or her lawyer is an unnecessary restriction, which does not help the image of transparent and good management of the state. There is not a single institution in the world that can be considered flawless and always right – such a belief is common in non-democratic countries whose government apparatus is based not on regulations and strict criteria, but the authority of specific people. It is in our interest to make sure Latvia is a legal and democratic country and put extra emphasis on that».

Dreimane also calls to assess information featured by the media in regard to CPB Director Janis Maizitis’ official report, which stated that the decision to revoke the permit is allegedly related to «Dreimane’s work in the State Chancellery and breaches in matters of information circulation and other breaches uncovered in the institution».

According to Dreimane, the State Chancellery has performed unprecedented measures to ensure security of official secrets and the Cabinet of Ministers since 2013. Ever since taking the post of Director, one of Dreimane’s priorities has been the improvement of the level of security of the Cabinet of Ministers and its systems. Over the course of the past four years, major investments and fundamental reforms have been carried out to sort out security matters. Improvements have been added to the single magnetic cards system, visitor inspection, fire safety system, internal and external video surveillance, computer data protection, new and improved safes have been procured and countless other measures have been carried out in order to increase the level of security.

«I expect constructive, objective and backed arguments from high-rank officials, not surface, unchecked and populist claims. The latter includes the alleged leak of information within the State Chancellery,» – said Dreimane.

«Such unchecked and unjustified claims are not worthy of high-rank officials. Which is why I would like to ask them to avoid making such claims in the future, especially in regard to the State Chancellery and the people who work there. Not only do such claims negatively impact the reputation of this institution, but also discredit the prestige of state civil service and reduce the level of trust residents have for the government and authorities,» – says the Director of Latvian State Chancellery.


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