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Vilnitis: reputation forbids Strike and Vilks to apply for CPCB director’s post

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CPCB Deputy Directors Juta Strike and Alvis Vilks

Juta Strike and Alvis Vilks, Deputy Directors of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB), have not applied for the director’s post, since they do not meet the criteria of good reputation, says Normunds Vilnitis, former head of the institution.

Vilnitis recognizes in an interview to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes that pictures circulating online with one of the directors drinking alcoholic beverages in a company of politicians speak volumes about Strike’s reputation. While the other Deputy Director is said to have had problems in implementing a particular PHARE project in Latvia.

In his opinion, the CPCB has employees enough to run the anti-corruption body. The new Saeima, he believes, needs to assess the CPCB’s performance and whether the state has funds for this type of an institution at all. For example, in Estonia, such a structural unit is very effectively operating within the Security Police, Vilnitis says. He also adds that the same amount of work, currently carried out by CPCB staff for a good salary indeed, could actually be done by one-third of them.

As reported previously, photos from some social event attended by Strike were distributed on the Internet. Criminal proceedings were launched, however, they were terminated shortly after.

Vilnitis dismissed Vilks from office due to disciplinary proceedings initiated for unfinished project of the European Union PHARE programme. After Vilnitis’ dismissal, Vilks was again appointed to the post.

On Tuesday, September 20, the State Chancellery will announce the candidates who have lodged their applications for the CPCB director’s post.

Nine job applications were received on Monday, September 19 (the last day of the competition), bringing the total number of applicants to 13. So far, ex-Interior Minister Maris Gulbis and the former State Revenue Service Customs Director Kalvis Vitolins were among the candidates officially announced.

The post is vacant after the previous CPCB’ director Normunds Vilnitis was removed from office.


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