Number of state administration officials to shrink by 2,000

Reforms in state administration will be designed so that out of 11,000 officials currently working in state administration, about 9,000 are left, the new head of the State Chancellery, Martins Krievins, said in an interview to Latvian Television Tuesday.

The planned reforms and staff reductions in state administration will be different from the changes that were implemented during the crisis years, when reducing the number of officials was linear. 

According to Krievins, Latvia's civil service system is not optimal, regardless of previous staff reductions. However, when discussing new reforms in state administration, service quality will be taken into account. The number of staff will be reduced across the state administration, including the State Chancellery itself.

In order to reduce the number of officials gradually and in a prudent way, the State Chancellery together with Finance Ministry will begin analyzing ministries' budgets, thus avoiding slapdash reforms. "In no way will this assessment process be done in a hurry. If we make haste, we will sink into deeper problems," said Krievins.

Krievins took office on September 21 after Elita Dreimane, the previous head of the Chancellery, was denied access to top-level state secrets after a suspected information leak from the State Chancellery.

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