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Privatization Agency claims LDz board chairman misleads society

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to Privatization Agency (PA), Latvian Railways (LDz) board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš’s publicly voiced opinion in regards to attempts to secretly privatize LDz misleads residents.

Privatization Agency categorically disagrees with Bērziņš’s opinion. PA turns attention towards the fact that public servants with appropriate education, experience and qualifications have to perform duties of a board member and be well-informed about the principles of state property conversion and regulations associated with such procedures. On top of that, PA reminds that non-compliance with regulations and intentional misleading of society for personal gain is unacceptable.

PA adds that Section 17 of the Law on Completion of the Privatisation of State and Municipal Property and Use of Privatisation Vouchers states that companies like Latvenergo, Latvian Post, Riga International Airport, Latvian Railways, Latvian Air Traffic and Latvian State Forests and their shares are not allowed to be privatized or alienated.

«LDz board member Bērziņš’s publicly voiced opinion points towards the negative effect of different statements on the reputation of his governed company. Bērziņš’s statements unambiguously leave a negative effect on PA and execution of objectives delegated by the state administration. PA invites Bērziņš to immediately withdraw his statements and avoid making legally false ruinous for reputation of other companies statements in the future,» notes PA.

As previously reported, on 7 May Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits publicly bashed Edvīns Bērziņš and other LDz board members Aivars Strakšas and Ainis Stūrmanis. The minister added that he intends to ask LDz Council to dismiss them from their posts.

The minister explained that the main criticisms are associated with possible distortion of competition, which could potentially result in serious consequences for LDz and Latvian state. The minister has acquired information about possible corruption. Relevant information has been passed to KNAB for investigation.


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