Kariņš' expensive flying habits might be further investigated

Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) and Head of State Chancellery Jānis Citskovskis plan to discuss the information voiced in the public space about Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) flights, and if the previously provided data is not correct, a check will have to be started.

In November, LTV's De Facto reported that former Prime Minister Kariņš used private jets for 18 foreign trips in the past three years, with more than 600 thousand euros paid for 32 flights from the state budget. Part of the voyages were paid for by the European Union.  Latvian Telelvision's broadcast "What is happening in Latvia?" previously reported that Kariņš' flights covered by the EU have cost more than any other EU country. Later the same broadcast revealed that about 40,000 euros were actually paid from the Latvian budget, not EU.

Commenting on the reveal of the program “What is happening in Latvia?” that several tens of thousands of euros were paid for Karins' special flights to European Council meetings from Latvia and not from the European Union budget, as claimed previously, the Prime Minister emphasized in an interview on the Latvian Television morning newscast February 14 that the data at the disposal of ministries must be correctly reflected.

“There are always potential loopholes in the interpretation of different ministries, but my setup is that this data should be given correctly. If there have been errors, they can be corrected and explained, but I will discuss the situation with the head of the State Chancellery. If I have a feeling that the situation or information is not correct, an appropriate examination will have to be launched.

“A human error is a human error, but if it is clear that there is something wrong with that information and data, there will have to be an investigation,” the prime minister said.

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