Suspect Revenue Service officials to be rotated

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Unscrupulous State Revenue Service (VID) employees will be moved to jobs not associated with the service or the Finance Ministry, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis told LETA Wednesday, reported LSM. 

Employees disagreeing to the rotation will be sacked. The changes will affect officials suspected of wrongdoing but not tried due to lack of enough evidence, the PM told LETA.

Further action is to follow within ten days, said Kučinskis. He did not name any affected officials and would not do so until there'd be enough evidence for prosecution.

Kučinskis also said that he has reached agreement with several ministries that the revenue service's institutions need to be reorganized, as problems at the Revenue Service should be perceived as a matter of internal security.

In February Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola tasked the revenue service to review the work of high-level employees and offer suggestions on how to get rid of unscrupulous officials.

The Finance Minister tasked Revenue Service head Ināra Pētersone to ensure that by May 1 the service's employees strongly suspected--one figure that has emerged is 173 officials--of official misconduct are fired.

Rotation in VID structures is also to be instated, with high-level employees to be rotated once every five years.

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