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Latvia’s minister wants an international selection process for LDz board members

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Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits

To pick board members for Latvian Railway (LDz), it would be best to organize an international selection process, said Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Monday, 29 July.

He mentioned that soon an international personnel selection company will be picked to search for new board members. The minister said he wants the selection process to be international.

Linkaits also wants new board members of LDz to be people with modern views on the country’s transport system.

Shadow of corruption

Latvia’s minister admits that recently there have been multiple cases of complaints being submitted in relation to procurements organized by LDz. At the same time, he said an inspection to find out what is going on in the company is underway. He stressed that the main objective of the board and council is following along to make sure the procurement system meets good management principles.

Commenting on the information reported last week, that LDz procures reinforced concrete sleepers for a higher price than Lithuania’s Railway, and from a Belarusian firm in which  ex-mayor of Liepaja Uldis Sesks son-in-law Raimonds Kisiels is a true beneficiary, Linkaits said Sesks had denied to him that he has any influence in procurements. Linkaits allowed that the real problem lies in specifications and requirements listed in the procurement.

It should be added that Sesks’ represented Liepaja Party is part of parties cooperating with the Union of Greens and Farmers.

As for the procurement of new electric trains, Linkaits affirmed that the procurement will have strict conditions to motivate suppliers to work responsibly.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has yet to sound any alarm horns about possible corruption, and Linkaits hopes there aren’t any. The minister also said it will be necessary to make sure no schemes are possible in the supply of spare parts.


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