RIGA - One of the winners of the controversial competition to become a board member of joint-stock energy company Latvenergo, Pavels Rebenoks, who also serves as an adviser to Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV), would most likely not be granted access to classified information, Latvian Television reported last night.
According to information obtained by LTV, the initial assessments on Rebenoks by security services is negative, which means that he would most likely not be granted a security clearance.
As reported, following Nemiro's decision to dismiss the Economics Ministry's State Secretary Edgars Eglitis, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) is urging Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) to demand that Nemiro step down.
Nemiro on Wednesday suspended the ministry's state secretary Eglitis and asked law enforcement authorities to probe him for alleged violations related to the supervision of the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system. Eglitis, however, believes that he has been suspended for his resistance to the appointment of the minister's adviser Pavels Rebenoks to Latvenergo energy company's supervisory board.
A statement released by Bordans' press secretary Andris Vitenburgs says that Bordans deems Nemiro's actions unacceptable and unethical.
Bordans says that he, as a deputy prime minister and minister of justice, advocates rule of law, principles of good governance, sound and responsible management of state property, and democratic governance. Bordans also points out that Latvenergo, a company maintaining infrastructure of strategic importance, is critically important for national security.
The statement also says that the current developments at the Economics Ministry prove that Nemiro Nemiro, instead of performing his task of eliminating MPC, is devoting all his efforts to appointing individuals associated with him, who though are not qualified and have dubious reputation, to work at Latvenergo.
"The economics minister's recent actions and developments at the most valuable company in the country are not in line with the principles of good governance. In addition, a representative of the ministry at the company, who has been working thriftily and in line with the law to prevent destabilization, is being urged to step down."