Organizational changes at corruption force

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The Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has conducted structural reforms, liquidating one of its divisions and several workplaces, while establishing an information analysis department, it reported Wednesday.

The bureau said in a statement to the press that the goal of restructuring is to optimize the bureau's structure, ensure more efficient implementation of its functions and strengthen its analytical work.

The corruption watchdog did not reveal which department has been liquidated, just saying that a special commission will assess compliance of employees from the liquidated division with the requirements for work in the new division.

The restructuring has been based on the new regulations of the bureau that were approved by Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis on Tuesday.

Possible changes in KNAB's structure have been discussed since 2014. A work group was set up to assess organization of analytical work in the bureau and submit proposals to the watchdog's chief.

The work group concluded that the bureau does not have additional resources for improvement of analytical work and recommended to improve such work within the framework of one of its existing divisions, but the bureau decided to liquidate one of the other divisions and form a new one, using the existing budget and workplaces.

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