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Latvian corruption prevention bureau undergoes reorganization; several experienced officials retire

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUReorganization has been performed at Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. As a result of this reorganization, seven of the bureau’s officials have decided to resign. Six of them have decided to retire.

CPCB claims the reduction of the number of officials will not have an impact on the quality of work performed by the institution.

«We stress that the reorganization at CPCB is a result of months of planning and analysis. No posts were terminated during reorganization. Changes were added to CPCB’s structure only,» the bureau explains.

CPCB has confirmed that as of 12 October, seven of its officials have decided to leave. Six of them have decided to retire. According to information from LETA, among those seven are experienced specialists that have taken part in investigations of several major cases.

CPCB adds that all officials that have decided to leave the bureau were offered posts equal or higher than their previous ones. No wage cuts were applied to any of those officials.

The bureau adds that the contribution of those seven officials to the work done by CPCB is highly valued. Those officials were given special awards by the chief of CPCB for their accomplishments in the line of work.

As of Monday, 15 October, CBCP consist of five departments, which consist of twelve offices and six separate units. There are no plans to found regional units at the moment. The total number of posts remains unchanged as of yet.

So far it is known that new departments are all numbered. Their names do not say anything about their areas of expertise.

It is also known that in addition to new departments the chief of CPCB will still have two assistants. Only their titles will change. The chief will have one deputy for investigative affairs and one for operational activities. Before the reorganization, the chief of KNAB had an assistant in corruption prevention affairs and an assistant for corruption combating affairs. The latter post was held by Jānis Roze, whereas his colleague was Ilze Jurča, who stepped down earlier in April this year. Nothing is known about her possible replacement.

More detailed information regarding the reorganization at CPCB will be released on Wednesday, 17 October, after a meeting of Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee. During this meeting, members of the committee plan to interview CPCB Chief Jēkabs Straume about the situation in CPCB.

Ainars Latkovskis, head of the committee, refrained from commenting on the changes in CPCB before interviewing Straume. It is unknown if the meeting of the committee is planned to be open or closed.

According to information from LETA’s archive, this will be another reorganization process at CPCB in the past four years. Changes to the bureau were also performed in 2014 and 2016, when Jaroslavs Streļčenoks was in charge. Several experienced officials left the bureau that time. Among them were the now members of the New Conservative Party Juris Jurašs and Juta Strīķe.


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