Saeima passes conflict of interest bill

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The Saeima, in its final reading on Thursday, October 31, approved a bill that limits the ability of a Saeima deputy, prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries to combine their official work with other positions in unions, foundations and social enterprises.

Amendments to the law provide that officials of the state may hold a position in a society, foundation or social enterprise on condition that they are not paid.

Such a condition is necessary in order to avoid any conflict of interest, since the said organizations may also have economic or other objectives which may affect the performance of the duties of a public official, according to the annotation of the bill.

The legislation is intended to give the public more confidence that support expressed for a certain organization by high-profile and influential public officials does not have a financial motivation and thus the move should contribute to making parliamentary lobbying slightly more transparent. It passed by 76 votes to 4.

The amendments to the law will come into force on July 1, 2020.

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