Finance Minister says Unity has put brake on Revenue Service reform

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Unity, a coalition party, is hindering proposed structural changes in Latvia's State Revenue Service, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens And Farmers Union) told Latvian Television Wednesday.

As a new head for VID is still being sought following the previous tax chief's resignation in May, the government proposes organizational changes at the country's tax service, which however have been stuck at the Saeima since summer.

"Colleagues from Unity have practically put a brake on the structural changes proposed by us," said the Finance Minister. 

Reizniece-Ozola told LTV that the legal arguments against the changes are only a pretense to reject the proposal.

"It's clear someone wishes for nothing at VID to change and to retain the status quo," said Reizniece-Ozola.

The government proposes organizational changes at the tax service, merging the Finance Police and Customs Police.

The changes aim to reduce the number of managers and increase the number of investigators. The interior security department of the Finance Police would be made directly responsible to the head of VID under the reform.

However Unity leader Andris Piebalgs denied the claims, retorting that the minister's claims were "incorrect".


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