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Ombudsman: it worries me that Kučinskis knew about the construction cartel

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Ombudsman Juris Jansons

The fact that Māris Kučinskis knew about the possible construction cartel during his term as prime minister makes me very worried, said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds on Friday, 6 September.

According to him, it is odd that Kučinskis was aware of the prohibited agreement but did nothing.

«This is major warning because it opens the way for the possibility of the highest level politicians may be involved in this. This troubles me a lot,» admits Jansons.

He expects law enforcement to be active and commence litigations over the possible cartel soon.

Unfulfilled promises

AS for the budget compilation process and the fight over healthcare budget, Jansons said the planned increase for wages of healthcare workers is written in the law and that this promise needs to be fulfilled.

At the same time, Jansons admits healthcare is not the only industry whose funding increase is outlined in the law. Unfortunately, this particular commitment of the government is not complied with. One another sector that suffers from this is higher education.

«This is to some extent political irresponsibility,» says Jansons, hoping President of Latvia Egils Levits has criticized the government for failing to fulfil commitments outlined in the law.


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