RIGA, March 20 (LETA) - The work on the reforms in the Latvian public administration will continue also after resignation of Martins Krievins, who currently serves as the head of the State Chancellery, said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).
He said the public administration reforms handled by the State Chancellery was a responsibility of the prime minister and he was not willing to give up any ideas included in the government's action plan.
The prime minister said that Krievins' resignation would not affect the work of the commission that was to review the candidates to the top position at the Corruption Prevention Bureau. Krievins as the head of the State Chancellery is a member of this commission but for the time being his place at the commission will be taken by Inese Gailite, who has been promptly appointed as the acting head of the State Chancellery.
Earlier today it was announced that Krievins will step down from the position of the head of the State Chancellery as of March 21 "on mutual agreement", and it had also been agreed that neither Krievins nor the prime minister's spokespeople would give any detailed comments.
As reported, the State Chancellery with Krievins at the helm has been pushing for sweeping reforms in the Latvian public administration. It is planned to reduce the number of people directly employed in the public administration by 7-10 percent and to revise the salary policy, setting the maximum pay at 80 percent of salaries paid in the private sector, as well to achieve at least a 2 percent reduction of maintenance costs at each of the government agencies annually.