Saeima okays upping salaries for Revenue Service employees

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Saeima on Thursday approved amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities in the final reading to increase salaries for the "key people" at the State Revenue Service, reported LETA.

The amendments were endorsed in the first reading early on Thursday morning. In the afternoon, the amendments were passed in the second and final reading, with 60 MPs voting for the amendments and 28 voting against.

According to the amendments, the salary of the Revenue Service's director general will be €4,030, with the possibility of receiving bonuses for good performance at a level of 60 percent of the monthly salary. At the moment, the Revenue Service head's monthly salary is €2,000 to €3,000.

The bill also stipulates increasing salaries for other Revenue Service employees.

The State Chancellery's Director Martins Krievins explained previously that the Revenue Service was the first institution where the remuneration system would be reformed, because budget revenue depended on the Revenue Service's performance. In the meantime, he State Chancellery is working on a project to make the entire public administration more efficient.

The reform of the remuneration system at the Revenue Service will be assessed in 2017, which is when it will decided whether the reform can also be applied to other public administration institutions.

The State Chancellery's objective is to bring salaries of public administration employees up to 80 percent of the average salaries paid to their peers in the private sector.

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