Puce confident KNAB will not find obstacles to her appointment as SIF director

  • 2019-11-01
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Zaiga Puce, the winning candidate for the post of the Society Integration Foundation's (SIF) director and wife of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce, is confident that the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) will not find any obstacles to her appointment as the next SIF director.

Zaiga Puce said in an interview with LNT TV channel this morning that before joining  the competition for SIF director, she discussed the situation with her husband, being aware that some might have suspicions of possible conflicts of interest. Zaiga Puce is therefore glad KNAB will be looking into this case. 

"The public might have doubts. In my view, a unequivocal conclusion from a competent authority would be highly desirable. It might dispel these doubts," the candidate for SIF director said, voicing confidence that the  outcome of the KNAB inquiry will be positive. 

As reported, Zaiga Puce, head of Ascendum nongovernmental organization, has won a tender to become the next director of the Society Integration Foundation. 

However, since her husband is the environmental protection and regional development minister, questions are being raised about a possible conflict of interest.  

KNAB said the bureau has turned attention to the situation and has decided to assess it.