State Chancellery's director demoted over 'Air Kariņš' case

On Tuesday, July 9, in a closed session, the government decided to demote the Director of the State Chancellery, Jānis Citskovskis, in connection with irregularities in the case of special airline flights of former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity).

This was announced by Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) after a government meeting.

Earlier, in mid-May this year, the Prime Minister ordered disciplinary proceedings to be initiated in connection with the case. 

The interim report of the disciplinary case concluded that Citskovskis, by allegedly failing to comply with the provisions of the law, had committed a disciplinary offense, namely unjustifiable failure to perform his duties or negligent and inadequate performance of his duties, including improper handling of financial resources, resulting in substantial pecuniary loss to the State or substantial damage to the interests of the State. 

Siliņa said on Tuesday, after a government meeting, that a commission of inquiry into the disciplinary case had found irregularities in Mr Citskovskis' conduct and had recommended that he be demoted. The commission found that Citskovskis' actions were in breach of the Public Procurement Law. 

Citskovskis has been offered a different job at the State Chancellery, as the head of the economic provision department.

As reported numerous times by LSM, former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš went on foreign visits using private jets 36 times during his term of office. The flight orders were accepted by the State Chancellery, headed by Jānis Citskovskis.

The State Audit Office found that 222 thousand euros were spent unlawfully on flights and another 324 thousand euros were spent uneconomically. Whether these amounts remain unchanged and from whom they should be recovered will now depend on the criminal investigations of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) and the Prosecutor's Office.

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