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Latvia never changes – greed of “bold” Mafia is boundless

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The greed and impudence of Latvia’s high and mighty can only be measured with infinity. Leaders of the ruling parties have accidentally made fools of themselves – while they talk on TV about their plans to settle state the management of owned enterprises and close the gap between the rich and the poor, managers of state enterprises triple wages for themselves, notes writer and publicist Otto Ozols.

“Leaders of the largest parties can talk all they want, while the “bold” do as they please. Even worse – PM Valdis Dombrovskis ended up being the fool. Now there is yet another ruffle and, again, the government seams to have a situation of “mixing flies with meatballs”. As the main argument, the government states the fact that managers of large enterprises should have competitive salaries. So things are in other countries. An argument that is hard to counter. However, what has happened also reveals serious problems in political management,” – TVNET cites Ozols.

The ruling coalition has yet to approve the summer developed draft law of the Economy Ministry on Public Persons’ Capital Companies and Company Shares Management. The measures aimed at improving management of other state enterprises are also stuck. These measures are called to present clearer and more united principles of remuneration of politicians at state joint stock companies. According to Ozols, those are state important rules that should have been settles several years ago.

“A strange criterion – salaries can be increased by capital companies the turnover of which exceeds 40 million LVL. Can responsibility and successful work for the good of the state can be measured in turnover of millions? In that case, what about doctors that have studied long and hard for decades and often perform complicated surgeries that last for up to eleven hours in order to save someone’s life? How exactly are managers of large enterprises better than fair and proud police officers who apprehend dozens of dangerous criminals every year? Some may say those things cannot be compared to one another; that this is an exaggerated comparison. No, the only thing exaggerated in this case is the several thousand LVL worth salaries of “the chosen” that control the flow of millions, which can be directed to the pockets of the “right” party or closely related employees at the right moment,” – notes Ozols.

He believes that, symbolically, one of the first enterprises to increase wages was Latvijas dzelzceļš. “Is this an exceptional company with a great leader? No. Transport Minister Aivis Ronis knows this very well, as well as state secretary Anrijs Matiss and parliamentary secretary Klavs Olsteins. The State Audit (SA) reported about concerns in relation to the company’s expenses on advertisements last November. LTV programme De facto noted that the State Audit assessed the state enterprise’s charity and advertisement contracts for the period between 2009 and the middle of 2012. The audit does not reveal what exactly was discovered during the revision. It is possible that the SA means the “advertisement contracts” with Ventspils and VEF basketball clubs. The latter is Unity’s and PM’s party comrade Edgars Jaunups’ represented private club. This means the following – rapid salary increase for officials and politicians is more important than the development of reforms and reasonable settling of the system. The “bold” rule of state owned enterprises, state millions, ministers and officials. Everything is back to how things were during PM Kristopans’ time. Latvia seems to be the land of immortal “bold” Mafia. PM Dombrovskis can run around the tree with all the leaders of the largest parties,” – concludes Ozols.


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