Revenue Service employee rotations a success - Finance Minister

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The rotation of suspect officials at the State Revenue Service (VID) has been successful as the goal to reduce corruption at the service has been attained, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) said in an interview with the Latvian Television broadcast Rita Panorama this morning.

The minister said that the rotation is almost over, but there are some "loose ends", i.e., people that are opposing the rotation and are avoiding the move to the new posts by calling in sick or demanding ever more information.

This can be expected in public service where experienced government officials fight for their rights, said the finance minister.

She mentioned that rotation was the best and fastest solution for the situation, and the main goal has been reached, which was to reduce the risk of corruption.

LNT television reported earlier this week that out of the 39 VID employees who were transferred to new jobs the change was unsuccessful with four employees, as two are sick and the other two are still waiting for the new job offer.

A total of 33 employees were assigned to new positions while two others have handed in their resignations. Some employees that are not pleased with their new positions, therefore more resignations can be expected. None of Revenue Service employees who were transferred to the Prison Administration have taken their jobs as yet.

In February Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola tasked the revenue service to review the work of high-level employees and offer suggestions on how to get rid of unscrupulous officials.

It was decided to rotate them to other state institutions as well as make high-level employees to be change posts once every five years.

Meanwhile Inga Koļegova, the head of the State Environmental Service, has emerged as the likeliest candidate of running VID as she has accepted the offer to be nominated chief of the tax institution, reported LETA Tuesday.

Previous head Ināra Pētersone stepped down as the head of the Revenue Service in late May, saying she felt her effort to reform public administration was futile.

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