Latvia's anti-graft squad says it needs more funding

Latvia's dedicated anti-graft police force, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) needs an additional 1.5 million euros this year to fulfill its functions, KNAB Chief Jekabs Straume told members of the press after a Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee meeting March 12, the LETA newswire reported.

The committee heard a report from the KNAB chief on the bureau's activities in 2018 and financing plans for 2019.

He told members of the press that the bureau needs an additional 1.5 million euros to fulfill its functions and improve the work of the bureau.

''KNAB's budget has increased, as well as salaries for KNAB officials. However, we also have an increase in capital costs - we have moved into a new building, we have more security guard positions and we have had to replace the vehicles available to us. We would also like to improve our capacity with the purchase of various types of equipment,'' he added.

He also praised the work of the bureau last year, and said that it has achieved its objectives.

''I would also like to add that resident are becoming more active in notifying about possible corrupt activities,'' he said.

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