Coalition mulls centralization of corruption supervision

The ruling coalition is discussing greater centralization of institutions investigating corruption, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) told Latvian Television on January 17. 

The action plan of the Siliņa-led Cabinet of Ministers approved by the government on Tuesday states, inter alia, that it is planned to improve the capacity of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in “detecting significant cases of potential corruption”, as well as to expand the KNAB's material technical base for the performance of operational activities.

Therefore, the coalition, on the recommendation of the State Audit Office, has opened a discussion on the need to create more centralization of institutions investigating corruption, Siliņa noted.

"The State Audit Office also points out that there are too many institutions supposedly watching corruption cases, but overall those resources are being scattered across different places. It is the KNAB that should be strengthened, giving them more power, potentially removing part of the Interior Ministry's [responsibility]. Thus improving the practice of how we look at corruption cases. It would be easier for the prosecutor's office, there would be more equal practice, [..]” Siliņa said.

The prime minister said one of the Coalition's settings was to assess institutional work in general. 

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