23 want to be new tax chief

A total of 23 people have submitted applications to become the new head of Latvia's tax authority the State Revenue Service (VID) according to official information about the open competition for the post.

The candidates will now be whittled down in three rounds of assessment. The first round will see the competition commission evaluate submitted documents and the compliance of the tenderers with the minimum requirements. At the same time, the personnel selection team will prepare a potential reputation risk analysis for each candidate.

Within the framework of the second round of the competition, the applicants will explain their motivation to the competition commission and staff selection specialists and present their visions of the future of the institution.

In the third round, the commission will determine which of the remaining participants will receive the highest rating in total.

The position of VID chief has been fraught with problems in recent years even while reforms to the service have been introduced. In 2016, the incumbent Inara Petersone quit unexpectedly just weeks after her reform plan for the service was championed by ministers.

Her replacement, Ilze Cirule, was credited with making good progress until she died suddenly earlier this year.

The winner of a contest to find a replacement was found in June following an open competition but within days Maris Skujiņš announced he was withdrawing his candidacy, saying a smear campaign had forced him to reassess his acceptance of the job offer and forcing the selection process to start all over again.

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