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You can replace the finance ministers

At a time when the People's Party Rating balance on the 5% threshold, and a great extent in the Ministerial Working Party in government will identify opportunities to regain popularity, some members of the TA considers that the Cabinet of Ministers has to work for people, for the performance of the lot could be proud of.

Finance Minister Atis Slakteri (TA) for two-week absence during the public budget hearing is pārsteigusi Minister lot more of the members, after which the opinion, it leaves a negative impression of the party's image.

So on Monday when the board is intended DSB meeting with A. Slakteri can izskanēt also suggested finance ministers to change a lot, show the day held an informal information.

People's Party leader Mareks Segliņš Day reiterated that the Finance Minister has informed, why has gone on vacation, but was not mandated to tell the media. As long as the new Chairman of the DSB will not be heard by A. Slakteris explanation, he could not comment on anything more.

Also, the TA parliamentary fraction leader Maris Kučinskis is waiting for a meeting on Monday, during which he, the minister will be asked several questions. But, while the absence of A. Slakteris answers, "we can not judge anything." When asked whether the TA would also replace the finance minister, Mr Kučinskis Friday evening, replied: "Now no one can predict it." If Mr Slakteris resign and return to the Parliament, the mandate, it loses Eric Zommers. By A. Slakteri Day continued failure to communicate.

Daily, information available indicates that the Finance Minister Mr Slakteris preceding two weeks had gone to the International Monetary Fund meeting in the U.S., together with the Adviser Ingūna Gulbe, as well as lot members - Secretary of State for Martins Bicevskis and Edmunds Krastiņš advisor, both of which returned to Latvia and attended the the Congress Party 18.oktobra.

TP founder Andris Šķēle Congress, said that Mr Slakteris performed as Minister of Congress, and does not, therefore, A.Šķēle runāšu also on the financial situation. Executive Board members had understood that Mr Slakteris uzkavēšoties the U.S., only a few days. Prime Minister Edgar Vaikule spokesman confirmed that the minister is on leave from which he intends to return to the Budget in Parliament 1st reading.

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People's New Party Chairman

Saturday held in the People's Party (TP) 11. Congress in the current Interior Minister, was the only candidate for the office of Chairman of the DSB - other nominated candidates, the former Finance and Health Minister Gundars Berzins, TP parliamentary fraction leader Maris Kučinskis as well as triple ekspremjers Andris Šķēle of candidacies to the office of Chairman of the DSB refused.

About M. Segliņš who will be able to provide a rapid fall in popularity experienced a successful start TP 2009. On local government and European Parliament, as well as 2010. On parliamentary elections, their voices returned 608 TP congress delegates.

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Vaira Vike Freiberga condemns Aigars Kalvitis Government

Former State President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga believes that the former Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis (TP) the government was too wasteful, who left a negative effect on next year's budget. This view Vike-Freiberga expressed the interview in the "Telegraf. Eksprezidente also promise that the would return to politics, as evidence for a trust does not necessarily mean that one man can bestride atjāt white house in order and the country.

The government were happy about the state's coffers inlet money, but nepūlējās to build reserves against the Vike-Freiberga, indicating that after the same principle also lived people - spending, took credits, assuming that the upward movement will be constant, but it does not happen, because the economy is cyclical and everything that is growing at a given moment, also fell.

"Schiffer excuse that the government is no longer the instrument, which was earlier - the currency pegged to the euro, with the Bank of Latvia can not affect the credit rating," says Vike-Freiberga, in recognition that the government really did not have many tools to control processes, but Government, however, been able to limit their expenses to build reserves, to help the economic recovery in crisis situations.

"The fact that after long-term follow economic overheating economy cool, we were already warned a number of years previously, and once each Wednesday met with the then Prime Minister Kalvitis and took him to what is being done to halt the rise in inflation", said Vike-Freiberga. "All was clear that the decline will be, especially after having started to cool the real estate market, but the government felt otherwise - the economy evolves."

The former President also believes that life is not possible situation where one person "atjātu bestride the white flag of hands to perform mesijas role", and put its country.

"I am very demanding, and I'm ready to go in politics," said Vike-Freiberga. "Clearly, there is an idea that I should become a new slice, rap, or" Zīgerists, but it must be remembered that all these people once Mr. vilas. Once the trust has now hear statements and promises to vote, it still does not get to organize the country. "

Vike-Freiberga, and points out that "such a possibility, of course, remains, however, it is a great responsibility, because people he trusted, and therefore must be fully convinced that the other party members would be those in which they could" dive along the fire. "

TVnet, Telegraf

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Jurmala mayor declared suspects beyond the powers

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) the newly elected Mayor of Jurmala Ģirta Trence applied, the status of a suspected criminal case brought against a former Ltd. Jūrmala Hospital Board Chairman Juri Traces, the LNT television on Tuesday morning confirmed the same Ģ.Trencis.

"In this case, I can not give any information, I have kept in secrecy. But actually the situation is such that Tračuma Mr admitted very similar irregularities as many other leaders, and, among other things, the Constitutional Court Head Endziņš Sir, if nemaldos. He orders for premiums, where he premi, signed by himself. The bonus system the company had no any complaint, prēmēja more than half the company's employees. No other thing does not start - only Tračuma's based on the formal reason of the infringement, "the former Jūrmala Hospital infringement Trence explained.

However Tračums being at peace with the arrangements for the release of the work: "I look like that in this case must take into account also the other thing. In addition to cases of money are also Tračuma's complaint about how he was released from work, allowing the work of discrimination. "

Journalists at the "900 seconds" expressed their understanding that the new mayor of Jurmala not provide information about KNAB's questions, but sought to discover what the status for him in this case, as just revealed that the mayor Trence yesterday summoned the CPCB. Girts Trence then was forced to acknowledge that he applied to the suspect's status: "The status was that I should participate in criminal proceedings begun. The status of me is still to be consulted, but it is suspect. I will quietly and I can tell all the viewers, because I know: in this case, I much, there is a formal violation, and the composition, where appropriate, this te party make a refund, the municipality would be the best solution. "

Trence also was asked: if the conflict was about 23 thousands of pounds - about the fact that they were spent illegally, and the composition was about 11 thousands - why not the whole amount? Trence explained that to some extent in Latvia is guided by the precedents - had been a number of courts and, after Trenc's information, none of the defendants did not receive actual prison sentences: "Usually they are from ordered to repay thousands of eighty eight thousand. Also in this case I am not certain that the entire amount will be recovered. At the same time, Mr Tračuma have an opportunity and he also asks the court for discrimination, which, if the municipality loses, the amount recovered and will be higher. "

In response to the question whether such a compromise agreement with Traces was the best solution, Trence said that it as such.

KNAB confirmed that Ģ.Trencis found on the suspect official powers. The decision was issued on 30 September. Ģ.Trencim suitable for non-custodial safety measure. For more information, KNAB currently does not provide.


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The lot is indirect income - the Board and Council

If the economic downturn want to give your future, try to access the traffic minister Ainārs Šlesers (LPP / LC). Šlesers heart is wide, but the supervision of the Ministry - 15 state-owned enterprises. Of 93 members of that board 26 is connected with the LPP / LC - as members, advisors or donors.

As a result the average pension in 9800 for pensioners. Around 3500 teachers' loads. Increased salary around 2400 nurses. Sufficient for 2000 police paid. The same amount is spent on about 140 members of the Soviet state enterprises. Last year, their salaries paid at least 1.2 million lats. Why Godmanis negribas saving at their expense? Or because of all the parties to the majority of councils are seated LPP / LC members? Or maybe because of the nearly half a million legally leaves lots pockets?

Šlesers closest advisers in the range or Go to parties. Consider, achievers lauri Dripe. For several years, reliable pastrādājis Šlesers at the ministry last year Dripe Board Chairman of four companies (but he had five posts), the national bread together earned 77.8 thousand lats. Now he is a Latvian State Radio and Television Center (Center's) Board Chair. This is a more stable position than the boards, which usually change with change in composition of the coalition parties.

Center's Board chaired Godmanis spokesman Edgar Vaikule. This is nothing that undeniably cute Vaikule politics came from the news agency BNS and experience in business is minimal. But he has long worked in the GAP good and very hard - in parallel with these works Vaikule last year was also a parliamentary secretary in Parliament, Šlesers advisor, a GAP spokesman and has worked in the Riga International Bus Terminal Board (no longer). Vaikule believes his two higher education (political science and communication science), and the lengthy work of public sector makes him as entirely appropriate for the office.

Krisjanis Peters. Former MP, Šlesers former office manager, and facilitator of a close friend, the general public is known as the Riga airport manager. But he is the Chairman of the Board, not only there. Peters has worked in parallel with the Latvian Air, airBaltic, Privatization Agency, the State Information Network Agency (VITA) and the Center's board. Nearly 99 thousand lats.

Politizē of the Board

To get the service, should not be even close Šlesers facilitator. Caurkritušajai MEP Jevgeny Stalidzāns (LPP) was a place of Latvian road maintainer Board (LVL 610 per month), eksdeputātam and sports journalist Valery Karpuškinam VITA Board (LVL 199 per month). Postal Board appointed Integration Minister Oskars Kastens Adviser Anda Oak (LVL 855 per month), although the Secretariat only in connection with the post could be that the company is working both Latvians and Russians. Caurkritušajam Member, one moment Šlesers opponent Eriks Jēkabsons uzradusies place the Latvian Air Board. 4050 lats per month.

Board of Public Enterprises are not only safer, but they also better paid - and the salary ceiling higher and premiums may be paid by the councils can not. On Saturday the study shows that political argument - we have only the councils, boards of working professionals - is a lie.

Partijiska infiltration has begun and the boards. In most cases those in which most paid.

Ideally atalgotajā extremely well pelnošajā Latvian National Forest Board of Governors of the seven members of the board of the four are linked to parties.

The judge Aivars Caurkritušais member is from the People's Party (Ls 7011 per month on average), Karlis Boldiševicu (who is still one of the largest affiliate of Rural Development Fund Board) - a long zemsaviešu fraction of the employee (an average of Ls 6972 per month). The office is also a member of the board Modris Grantiņi and Andrei Brūvelis. Both monthly earning slightly more than 7000 lats.

All four are also the lot of the big donors - since 2002, when KNAB created in an electronic database of donors, Judge TP donation Ls 46 000, Boldiševicu LZS - Ls 29 698, Grantiņi LZS - Ls 22 860, Brūvelis LZP - LVL 3720.

Politicians associated with them or have the Privatization Agency Board of Governors - the Clouds Postman called Mikhail Pietkevičs (TP) and the former John Straumes Assistant Vineta Stolere (she also TB / LNNK Justice Ministry attachments Courthouse Agency Board). Latvia's Board of Governors headed by the TA lotto agent Arnis Razminovičs (he also managed the TA Finance Ministry of State property (VNĪ) board and remove the Diplomatic Service Board). VNĪ board chairman Maris Kaijaks is tautpartijietis (he is also the Latvian Air Board), Board Member Elmars Švedų is from office. Both are major contributors lot.

Riga Airport's Board, chaired by Peters, LVRTC - Dripe, Latvia's air traffic - tautpartijietis Marsan, Latvian Railway - Latvijas izbijušais path Minister Janis Krumins, and the board is Andrei Požarnovs (TB / LNNK). The RTA Board of Governors appointed tautpartijietis Valdis Dvinskis, Latvian Railway (which was headed by LPP / LC big contributor Ugis Magoni) board of works by Aigars Kalvitis (TA) and facilitator of the large batch Aivars Strakšas contributor.

Boards of politicization rate compared with the councils, yet is pure punk. By the same family names recur with amazing regularity absolutely unconnected areas - enough caurkritušo reveal the Saeima Janis Straumes or Charles Greiskalna income declarations. They are not the only "universal soldiers" - the Ministry of Transport to approve the Council's compositions are extremely similar, and they are not only members of the GAP.

Šlesers far from the only one who cares about us. For example, Kalvitis former press secretary Arno Pjatkins, adviser to John Rigas and former Dzanuškāns measured by the current Minister of Economy Kaspars Gerhard Press Secretary Inga Spriņķe - all proven to be less competent telecom professionals to be appointed to Lattelecom board. Kalvitis Assistant Vineta Šnore arranged airport board. Godmanis office manager Juris Radzevica led by the Latvian postal board at a time when it suffered losses of millions of lats, but now operates Latvenergo board. Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Armin Sprogis (LVL 1,500 per month salary) operates the Latvian Air Board, Counselor Education, Culture and Welfare Juris Smits - LDz and Latvian Road updated the board.

Saturdays study shows that 27 public joint stock companies and the largest corporation with the state share (airBaltic, Latvia's Cellphone, Lattelecom) from more than 140 workers last year's Board members at least 91 are associated with the lots. Most of the LPP / LC (minimum 36), 22 with TA, 19 with the office, with 11 TB / LNNK. The opposition is represented by very small - can be found along with four other persons.

The only unpoliticised council is the Mortgage and Land Bank and the Latvian Maritime Administration.

For energy saving mode to open a debate on the Soviet depolitizēšanu become constructive, agreed to make what is not done until now - to calculate how many they made. The savings and is not "directly" the state budget, but would remain in companies for which they are in times of economic downturn doubtless delight.

Soviet wages paid last year at least 1.2 million lats. And it is only the tip of the iceberg, because the councils are also many local businesses.

It does not necessarily mean that politicians would not be good business managers, and therefore should not be councils. For example, the Latvian National Forest Board Chairman Anatolijs Gorbunovs was raised from the office, but the industry talking about their satisfaction. However, the large proportion of politicians and the wider profile makes it possible to doubt that the spot they got competence. One of the most notable is the fact that most of their corporate boards, which pays most of the big companies, where government regulations allow the Council to be 11 to humans and the annual salary exceeds 10 000 lats or Ls 900 per month. Often, this amount is paid for attending one meeting a month and picking the relevant documents.

"Of course, 11 people on board has been great," said the former head of the Latvian postal Gints Škodovs. "Enough with the five to seven, but it is already decided by the shareholder. I agree that the Board might have some party funding source. "

According to the Saturday study of Soviet and current board member since 2002, lots legally donated 453 thousand lats. But the real figures are higher, because many of them also donated before.

Anti-corruption investigators Delna in 2005 concluded that their donations to LPP represents 20% of all income, LZP - 17%, LZS - 16% TP - 15%, JL - 6%.

Low wages?

"Council is, of course, is needed. They are highly regulated wages that their qualifications are on a very low, too low. Very low wages at a very high qualifications. Wages are low, "said this week in TV debate, Finance Minister Atis Slakteris.

Slakteris about Soviet salary levels should be informed, as his adviser on Ingūna Gulbe appointed profitable Latvian National Forest Board, she is also the Rural Development Fund Board. Gulbe while giving advice on farming and finance ministers atima Slakteris tracking regardless of the ministry, and last year just for this post only earned 33 thousand lats.

Most council members' salaries may be Ls 900, but the board's chairman - Ls 1200 per month. Wage councils workers down, depending on size. The ceiling was established in 2002 Einars Repšes government to "rein in the anarchy that made the board, salaries, because councils already was gone very well rewarded", says the then finance minister Dombrovskis.

Politicians defending the members of the Councils shall make a responsible job, monitoring and informing the Board of his party for business purposes, and private councils are also well rewarded. Open was the former Speaker of the Saeima Ingrida UDRE after leaving the Center's board in early 2007: "The Council is a political formation, which itself does not accept any decisions, because everything before that is the coalition board. There are people who want to be puppets, and there are people who do not want to. My conscience does not allow to formally present on the board, really nothing is done. "

Godmanis politicized council does not remove, only on the orders of the board and the salary freeze in 2008 in the run-up to limit the salaries of the ministry representatives in the form of equity share holders, and was willing to consider (which does not do so) the number be reduced. "There is no reason to state-owned enterprises operate on the other basis than private companies. Moreover, it would also be a question of discrimination because the man is a politician, "said the Prime Minister spokesman Vaikule.

LPP / LC member of the board Andris Berzins Godmanis before the government called for the approval to withdraw from Soviet-politicization, because few businesses remained. "With this position we will remove sufficiently large shadow of suspicion from both the government in general, to create a more accurate picture of the society for its own purposes."

He was not the first. "The business domain is jādepolitizē." The 1997 proposed LC President Valdis Birkavs.

"On the one hand, politicians are sometimes paglābj from undue criticisms. On the other, - we have degraded the role of the Board. Although politicians can understand. They will be present everywhere, all aptaustīt. While things have to be divided - as it is called by one other politician, meanwhile, will be a political council, "said the PA leader John Naglis. Ten years ago.

Visaizņemtākais man

Šlesers advisor Liepins, which the Minister for the donation of a lot more than 65 000 lats, working seven works: Riga Freeport Board, the Latvian National Forest (LSF) board, is board chairman of Latvian post (LP), the airport, the Latvian road maintainer, Road Traffic Safety Directorate ( RTA), the Latvian State roadway. Annual income - 108 778 lats. Not too far away from Latvia's best-bearing state employee, the Riga Freeport driver Leonid Loginova Ls 10 934 monthly. Liepina owned enterprise grb while the construction of private Ozolniekos. Local story that he was actually conducting the work. He claims that doing so only at weekends.

Big tall husband to determine the status of men performing typical svītraino suit me expects the airport VIP area before the Council meeting. His business was started in seven of the Ozolnieki leaving for Riga. Eight were in Board meeting, 11 work in the office of the LP Board, the Airport, the seven meetings, day beigšoties around 21-22. "I as the president of the Board are held in all the time, my reference point is the Council meeting, the issue of paper, I shall at all times komunicēju with the governing board," he says. "I do not have to be ashamed about. All companies in which I work, make money, and I hope to post next year succeed pull profitable waters. "

Liepina case and is not liable for the incompetence crying - he has worked in senior positions in the press distribution (PLUS director, the press association, Director General, Daily Sales Manager) and the real estate business (leader Šlesers and Viesturs Koziola Salienas project for construction near the town of Jurmala highway). From there, "nailed the popular" Šlesers summoned him as counsel, and generous ziedotāja career public enterprises.

Liepins believes that politicized councils have their own advantages. "If someone has a party member, he has the responsibility of his party ahead of what he was doing, and the lot is responsible to their voters. If there will be a singer, a lawyer's lawyer, his responsibilities will only half - came, izrīkojās inadequate, leading to losses and resigned from the board, and what's next? "He says. "Yes, a driver might say, they are kept well-paid, but who refuses to go the same route and get there that you would have the confidence that you have confidence in the Party and the Minister or delegate. Well, go and get it up a level because there is a competition! "

Liepins reluctantly talks about the reasons why Šlesers chosen to direct him. Sometimes it sounds rather than as a source of profit, but pure altruism. "When Ainars told me to take over that post, was not happy. (..) But, knowing that at the time was politically Ainars hair hanging over, I did that, he held each Wednesday at was called the Ministry of Transport companies accountable should it deserves, "asserts Liepins. They did not Šlesers with friends, but he is respectful of Transport Ministers of family guidance and determination.

Painful experience

Until the privatization agency in 1994, the government was not even known how many businesses it owns. Transforming state enterprises on the stock companies, appeared in council and the board. Andris Šķēle first time the Government party requested a quota for the boards, and then it became a routine practice. Lists of members and confirmed the seats under the party's mass was divided coalition government cooperation council.

Along with the Soviet oppression was politicizing the suspicion that they use lots of black kasu supplement, namely, the wage boards seated in hand clearing the lot (unless there are no seat pārlaist the difficult times until the next attempt to be elected). There is no proven case, but the reflection is enough.

This former head of defunct LNNK Andrei Krastins in 2003 revealed that the company Ventspils Nafta (VN) during the privatization in 1997, three political forces - LNNK, Latvia's path and the Democratic Party Saimnieks - was provided for the fifth tranche of shares that get a private investor in VN Latvian oil transit (LNT). Percent would be 6%, DPS, and LC - by 7%.

From 1995. up to 1997 meetings of the UN along with the privatization of LNT joint consultants also participated in the political parties. Originally was intended that a party will not receive the same share, but they were allowed to recommend companies who buy the shares, and later in the sponsorship of political forces. LNNK excluded from the games, taking over the place in the Fatherland and Freedom, claimed Mr Krastins. This was not a classic case of the batch used for the acquisition of council money, but marked a scheme which it was created alongside the councils.

The second case was in 1997 Latvenergo stolen three million lats, which disappeared, assignment to the Bank Baltija debt offshore company in Liechtenstein. Culprit prosecutor's office are looking for šobaltdien. It is believed that the affair could have happened because it was the politicians involved, in what The unnamed "patron" who could be one of the organizers. At the time, was first raised the question whether corporate boards should be the politicians and what is their responsibility.

Lauris Dripe, Šlesers former advisor. Five posts in public enterprises: the RTA, the Latvian State Radio and Television Center, the Electronic Communications Directorate, the State Information Network Agency, the Riga Airport. The annual income last year: Ls 77 897
Edgar Vaikule, spokesman of the Prime Minister, LPP / LC press secretary. The four posts: Šlesers Advisor, Chairman of parliamentary secretary, the Latvian State Radio and TV Center's board chairman, board member of the Riga International Bus Terminal. Income: Ls 42 558


Krisjanis Peters, LPP / LC, a former member and leader Šlesers office. Seven posts: Chairman of the Council of the Riga Airport, Board

Latvia's air traffic, airBaltic, Privatization Agency, the State Information Network Agency, the Latvian State Radio and TV Center

Minister Counselor. Income: Ls 98 990


John Marsan, TP, a former Transport Ministry State Secretary. Eleven posts: Latvian Railway, the Latvian State Radio

and TV Center, the Latvian air traffic, the Electronic Communications Directorate, airBaltic, Bikernieki komleksajā sports base, Latvia's post, the State Information Network Agency, Latvia pathways, the Latvian road maintainer, SEZ. Income: Ls 89 612


Dainis Liepins, LPP / LC. Seven posts: Chairman of the Council of Latvian post, Riga Airport, Latvia, road maintainer, RTA, State roadway. Another operating board of the Freeport of Riga, the Latvian National Forest Board. Income: LVL 108 778


Juris Radzevica, LPP / LC, the Prime Minister Head of the office. Two posts: Latvenergo board and was the Latvian postal board. Income: Ls 47 255


Roberts Dilba, office. Three offices: State Ministry of Agriculture Ltd. real estate Chairman, Board Member of Latvenergo and State forests. Income: Ls 43 932


Karlis Greiškalns, TP, izbalsots 8th Saeima elections, now Valmieras council member. The five offices: Board of Latvia bingo, Latvian Railway, the State Employment Agency, the State Employment Agency, adviser to the Interior Ministry. Income: Ls 29 899


Janis Straume, TB / LNNK, izbalsots 9.Saeimas elections. Six offices: Member of the Board of the Freeport of Riga, the Riga is measured and the Minister of External Economic padomnie ks, board member of Latvia's post, at airports in Riga, the Latvian road maintainer. Income: Ls 80 105


Arnis Razminovičs, TP, a former parliamentary now Jelgava City Council Member. Three positions: Board member, Latvian bingo, National real estate Diplomatic service. Income: Ls 11 040

* All data taken from an official declaration of 2007. Last year's income included salary paid to public institutions. In 2008, probably a few posts have been changed

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