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2011

After evaluating KNAB results in 2011 in conjunction with overall economic situation in the country and taking into account an average salary level of population, KNAB has concluded that corruption risks on administrative and on political levels are remaining relatively high. In circumstances when public officials have rights to perform control and monitoring functions unilaterally but their salaries has been cut, it creates a corruption risk and increases possibility of situational corruption. The economic crisis has made the competition among businesses more aggressive and in these conditions they might chose illegal activities such as bribery to obtain state contracts. Therefore the limited availability of financial resources is also increasing corruption risks.

Lately KNAB is increasingly involved in some of the most complex corruption investigations which go beyond the borders of Latvia.  During the first half of 2011 KNAB has sent more than 20 requests for mutual legal assistance on criminal matters to 16 countries.

Membership in OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and joining the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions is one of the country’s priorities. In December, 2010 Latvia in the capacity of ad-hoc observer for the first time participated in the law enforcement meeting organised for members of OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (Working Group) and in the regular meeting of the Working Group. At the same time representatives of the KNAB continues to participate in various activities of the OECD, for example, at the meetings of the Anti-corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including 10th Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan Meeting and 12th ACN Steering Group meeting which was co-chaired by a representative of the KNAB.

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