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Board of state-owned Radio and Television Center resigns

The board of the Latvian State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) e-services provider, including chairman Jānis Bokta and board members Aldis Lukašinskis and Indulis Šķibelis, have decided to resign, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) and LVRTC representative Vineta Sprugaine told LETA.

Linkaits said that today he received information that two board members planned to step down on their own accord.

The minister has not yet decided when a tender for new board members will be announced.

Linkaits indicated that he had had disagreements with Bokta on the implementation of major EU co-funded projects.

“Activities of the LVRTC board have resulted in sizable losses to the state. It will take additional work to successfully finish some of their projects. Project management was not Bokta’s forte,” Linkaits said.

Bokta, who is leaving his position on April 12 said that he is standing down because an enterprise “with such a large and complex project portfolio” cannot be managed without the ministry’s support and common understanding of how the projects should be implemented.

LVRTC is the main operator of the country’s terrestrial radio and television broadcasting network, and one of the leading electronic communication services providers. It is owned by the state and the stock holder is the Transport Ministry, while LVRTC itself is the stockholder of the state's shares in the Latvijas Mobilais Telefons mobile services provider. 

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