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«Spring cleaning»: multiple Latvian Railway board members may be replaced

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSeveral board members of Latvian Railway, including board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš, are currently at risk of being dismissed from their posts, according to unofficial information.

Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits announced a press-conference on Tuesday, 7 May. During the event, the minister will «report on the situation in the administration of Latvian Railway», as confirmed by the minister’s advisor for communication affairs Aļona Zandere.

In a conversation with LETA, Zandere neither confirmed nor denied the potential plan to dismiss several board members of Latvian Railway, stressing that more information will be revealed at the press-conference.

The board of Latvian Railway includes Edvīns Bērziņš, as well as Aivars Strakšas, Ēriks Šmuksts and Ainis Stūrmanis.

According to information from the agency, Ēriks Šmuksts might retain his post in the board. However, information provided by sources differs as to whether or not changes the conference will focus on changes to the board or possible violations committed by Latvian Railway and changes could follow sometime later.

Bērziņš has yet to comment on this situation.

Bērziņš has been a board member of Latvian Railway since 2011 and its chairman since 2016. His term ends 24 February 2021. He is also the current deputy chairman of RB Rail.

Strakšas has been a board member since 2005 and his term ends 28 August 2022. Šmuksts has been a board member since 2008 and his term ends 1 December 2022. Stūrmanis has been a board member since 2016 and his term ends 17 July 2021.

Latvian Railway is in charge of maintenance of public railway infrastructure. The entire Latvian Railway concern includes six subsidiaries – LatRailNet, which establishes infrastructure fees and distribution of railway infrastructure’s capacity; LDz Cargo, which performs railway cargo freight and international passenger transportation services; infrastructure construction and maintenance company LDz Infrastructure; rolling stock and maintenance company LDz Rolling Stock Service; security company LDz Security, as well as logistics company LDz Logistics.


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