The Corruption Prevention and Control Bureau has for several months failed to submit the required proposals on the replacement of their supervisor to Prime Minister Indulis Emsis. For this reason proposals will have to be prepared by the State Chancellery, Emsis told Latvian Radio on Oct. 15. The prime minister would not specify how long it would take for the proposals to be drafted. Curiously, CPCB spokeswoman Ilze Leimane told the Baltic News Service that the bureau did, in fact, submit the proposals to Parliament's legal committee in April.
Nearly 500 alcoholic minors were registered last year, and the figures keep growing as narcologists have pointed out that the actual number is many times higher than official records show. According to information from the health statistics department, 488 minors were recorded as suffering from alcoholism last year. In 2002 this figure was 432 and in 2001 just 315. Children under age 14 account for some 40 percent of all registered juvenile alcoholics. The addiction is the most prevalent among teenagers aged 15-17.