New head at Environmental Service

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The Cabinet of Ministers on April 30 appointed Elita Baklāne-Ansberga the head of the State Environmental Service.

Baklāne-Ansberga won a competition for the position of the State Environmental Service’s director-general, and Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce (For Development/For) expressed support for her candidacy.

The official underscored that her challenge in the position will be to balance interests of the society, business and national economy. She is ready to follow implementation of the legislative norms, and also cooperate in development of new legislation to ensure that Latvia is in line with the global trends.

Baklāne-Ansberga has a master’s degree in management from the University of Latvia Faculty of Economics and Management. She has also earned a master’s degree in economics from the University if Latvia Institute of International Affairs.

According to information provided by the State Chancellery, Baklāne-Ansberga has acquired her managerial experience by heading the State Land Service for six years. After resigning from this position, she headed the economics department at the Ventspils City Council.

Baklāne-Ansberga said that her priorities include enhancing control systems for environmental pollution, particularly in waste management and air pollution, and promoting eco-innovation.

Baklāne-Ansberga said that the environment quality is significant for her not only as an official, but also as a ordinary Latvian resident. She will also focus on development and improvement of control processes, focusing on the companies who have just recently received permissions from VVD.

The candidate would also like to improve cooperation with NGOs and health sector organizations, improve communication with the society and customers.

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