Finance Minister endorses new tax chief

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Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) has nominated Māris Skujiņš, a former board member of Latvian Television, for director-general of the State Revenue Service.

The finance minister announced this to journalists on June 4 following a two hours long conversation with Skujiņš.

Skujiņš’ appointment as the Revenue Service’s new had has yet to be approved by the government. If Skujiņš secures the necessary support he will be appointed the Revenue Service’s director-general for a five-year period. The Cabinet of Ministers is likely to decide on Skujiņš’ appointment next week, June 12.

Last Friday, State Chancellery director Jānis Citskovskis named Skujiņšwinner in a tender for the vacant position of the Revenue Service’s director-general.

Skujiņš said at the news conference that he has been working in the financial sphere for two decades already.

Skujiņš does not work at the moment, but last year he worked on a “particular project” at a bank in Azerbaijan.

Before that, Skujiņš was an LTV board member in charge of the public broadcaster’s finances. His previous jobs have been at Baltcom TV and Energo Capital.

According to information available at LinkedIn, Skujiņš has graduated from the University of Latvia in 1994 and studied at the University of Zurich in 1995 and 1996. In 2008 he received an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga).

As reported, the Revenue Service's previous director general Ilze Cīrule suddenly passed away on March 10.

There were 19 applicants for the post which is one of the most important - and stressful - in the public sector.

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