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28 February 2017 [shall come into force from 2 March 2017].

If a whole or part of a paragraph has been amended, the date of the amending regulation appears in square brackets at the end of the paragraph. If a whole paragraph or sub-paragraph has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted paragraph or sub-paragraph.

 

Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 516
Adopted 2 August 2016

Regulations Regarding the Conditions and Procedures for Applying for the Position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau by Applicants, and also the Procedures for Selecting and Evaluating the Applicants

Issued pursuant to
Section 4, Paragraph two of the Law
on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

I. General Provisions

1. This Regulation prescribes the conditions and procedures for applying for the position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (hereinafter - the Bureau) by applicants (hereinafter - the applicant), and also the procedures for selecting and evaluating the applicants.

2. The Cabinet shall announce an open competition for the position of the Head of the Bureau (hereinafter - the competition) by determining the time period of 20 working days for the submission of the applications of applicants (Annex 1). After announcement of the competition, the State Chancellery shall inform the Public Consultative Council of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (hereinafter - the Public Consultative Council) regarding the time period within which representatives for the work in the Commission referred to in Section 4, Paragraph three of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (hereinafter - the Commission) shall be delegated.

3. The competition shall take place in two rounds and include selection of the applicants in accordance with the mandatory requirements laid down in external laws and regulations, and also assessment of the qualification of the applicant and the experience and knowledge necessary for the position.

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4. The status of the information created or received during the activity of the Commission is specified in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Freedom of Information Law.

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II. Operation of the Commission

5. The Commission shall take decisions at Commission meetings. The Commission meetings shall be convened and chaired by the Head of the Commission. The Commission meetings may take place in person or using video conferencing equipment. The Commission meetings are recorded in audio format, and also minutes are taken, and the minutes shall be signed by all members of the Commission.

6. The Commission shall take the decisions by the majority of votes.

7. If a member of the Commission refrains himself or herself from taking a decision in some issue, taking into account a conflict of interests or other considerations of ethical nature, it shall be regarded that the Commission is functioning in full composition.

8. Before commencement of the operation of the Commission the Head of the Commission shall ensure timely informing of the representatives delegated by the Public Consultative Council regarding the Commission meetings, indicating the time and place of occurrence thereof.

9. The Commission shall start the activity with an action planning meeting which is convened by the Head of the Commission not later than 10 working days after the Cabinet has announced the competition. During the action planning meeting:

9.1. the schedule of the working hours of the Commission shall be agreed upon;

9.2. [28 February 2017]

9.3. other issues related to the work organisation of the Commission shall be decided.

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10. Authorised representatives of the Public Consultative Council shall participate in the Commission meetings (except for the meetings in which issues containing official secret are examined) in an advisory capacity. The opinion of the representatives of the Public Consultative Council shall be of recommendatory nature.

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11. Each authorised representative of the Public Consultative Council shall attest that there are no such facts or circumstances due to which he or she would be interested in selection of any particular applicant, and also he or she shall undertake not to disclose restricted access information which has become known to the authorised representative during the course of the competition.

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12. The Head of the Commission shall ensure publication of the information referred to in Sub-paragraph 9.1 of this Regulation on the website of the Cabinet (www.mk.gov.lv).

13. The material and technical facilities for the activity of the Commission shall be ensured by the State Chancellery.

III. Announcement of the Competition and Requirements for Applicants

14. On the basis of the Cabinet decision to announce the competition the State Chancellery shall ensure publication of the announcement in the official gazette Latvijas Vēstnesis and on the website of the Cabinet (www.mk.gov.lv).

15. In order to apply for the competition, the applicant shall submit the following documents to the State Chancellery:

15.1. an application letter for the participation in the competition (Annex 1), providing the motivation and expanded vision on the priorities of the activity, development of the Bureau and improvement of anti-corruption measures in Latvia (at least 350 words);

15.2. the description of curriculum vitae (CV) of the applicant in conformity with Europass CV standard which is available on the website www.europass.lv;

15.3. at least two references from previous working places (indicating the provider of the reference) at which he or she has worked during the last three years. If the applicant has worked only at one working place during the last three years, he or she shall submit one reference;

15.4. copies of the documents attesting his or her education;

15.5. a copy of the document attesting fluency in the official language if the Latvian language is not the native language and the person has not worked in the authorities referred to in Section 6, Paragraph one of the Official Language Law;

15.6. documents attesting the skills of at least two foreign languages (for example, a certificate, diploma, or degree which is issued by the institution implementing a licensed education programme) or copies thereof which attest that the language skills of the applicant have been assessed at least on level B according to the European language passport assessment table;

15.7. the questionnaire sheet completed by the applicant himself or herself in accordance with Annex 2 to Cabinet Regulation No. 21 of 6 January 2004, Regulations Regarding the Protection of Official Secrets, and Classified Information of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the European Union and Foreign State Institutions. The applicant shall insert the questionnaire sheet completed by himself or herself and autobiography written by himself or herself in a separate closed envelope and submit it to the State Chancellery in person, indicating on the envelope "Aptaujas lapa" [Questionnaire Sheet].

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16. In order to ensure verification of the compliance of the applicant, the Commission, where necessary, may ask the applicant to present originals of the documents and submit additional documents or information.

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IV. Course of the First Round of the Competition

17. In order to verify the conformity of the applicants with the mandatory requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, in the first round of the competition the Commission shall assess the documents submitted by the applicants and the opinion provided by the Constitution Protection Bureau on the conformity of the applicant with the requirements laid down in the law in order to obtain a special permit for access to official secret, and complete the assessment sheet of the first round (Annex 2). The Commission shall verify the information submitted by the applicants regarding the conformity with the mandatory requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, where necessary, requesting additional information from the competent authorities.

18. If any doubts have arisen to the Commission, when assessing the documents submitted by the applicant or self-assessment of the language skills, on knowledge of foreign languages of the applicant, it may send the applicant to a foreign language knowledge examination to an educational institution or commercial company which ensures a licensed educational programme in the acquisition of foreign languages in the Republic of Latvia, specifying a time period within which the applicant shall submit a document attesting for his or her examination results of foreign language knowledge.

19. Applicants who fail to comply with the mandatory requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau are rejected.

20. If the Commission, when evaluating the compliance of the applicants in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraph 17 of this Regulation with the requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, takes a decision to forward one or several applicants to the second round of the competition, the Head of the Competition Commission shall, within one working day, inform the Prime Minister and within five working days - each applicant, in writing thereof.

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20.1 If, upon evaluating the compliance of the applicants with the requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraph 17 of this Regulation, the Commission takes a decision to reject all applicants:

20.1 1. it shall decide to terminate the competition;

20.1 2. the Head of the Commission recommends the Cabinet to announce the competition repeatedly.

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21. The Head of the Commission shall, within one working day, inform the Prime Minister and each applicant - within five working days, in writing regarding the decision of the Commission to refuse all applicants. When informing the Prime Minister and applicants regarding the decision taken, the Head of the Commission shall append an explanation on the reasons for each refusal in accordance with the requirements laid down in Section 4, Paragraph five of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

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V. Course of the Second Round of the Competition

22. In order to thoroughly evaluate the qualification of the applicants forwarded to the second round, the experience and knowledge necessary for the position, the Commission shall:

22.1. carry out interviews with applicants;

22.2. ask applicants to provide verbally their vision on the priorities of the activity and development of the Bureau;

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23. Assessment of each applicant in the second round of the competition shall take place according to the method and criteria referred to in Annex 3 to this Regulation. Each member of the Commission shall individually complete the assessment sheet of each applicant (Annex 3).

24. Compilation of individual assessments of members of the Commission and calculation of the joint assessment of each applicant shall be ensured by the Head of the Commission. Joint assessment shall be calculated by summing up the number of the points granted to the applicant by all members of the Commission and dividing it with the number of the members of the Commission who participated in the assessment. The result obtained shall be rounded up by indicating the value in decimal fractions after the point up to hundredths of the figure (for example, five point twenty five).

25. The Commission shall forward the applicant who has obtained the highest number of points in the total assessment for approval at the Cabinet meeting. If it is supported by the majority of members of the Commission, the Commission may take a decision to forward candidacies of two applicants who have obtained the highest number of points in the total assessment for approval at the Cabinet meeting.

26. After assessment of all applicants the Commission shall take one of the following decisions:

26.1. to submit a proposal to the Prime Minister on forwarding the candidacy(ies) of the applicant(s) for approval at the Cabinet meeting in accordance with Paragraph 25 of this Regulation;

26.2. to recommend the Cabinet to announce the competition repeatedly if all applicants are rejected.

27. The Head of the Commission shall, within one working day after taking of the Commission decision, inform the Prime Minister and within five working days - each applicant, in writing thereof.

[28 February 2017]

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis

Minister for Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 516
2 August 2016

[28 February 2017]

To the Chairperson of the Commission for the Assessment of Applicants for the Position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

   
(the given name, surname of the applicant)  
 
(the address of the place of residence of the applicant)  

application

Please, consider my application for the participation in an open competition for the position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

Motivation  
 
Expanded vision on the priorities of the activity, the development of the Corruption Prevention
and Combating Bureau, and the improvement of anti-corruption measures
in Latvia (at least 350 words).
 
Appended:
1.  
2.
3.
   
  (applicant's signature*)
   
  (date*)

Note. * The details of the document "date" and "signature" shall not be completed if the electronic document has been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding the drawing up of electronic documents.

Minister for Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 516
2 August 2016

[28 February 2017]

Assessment Sheet of the Applicant for the Position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

Applicant    
  (given name, surname)  

Round I

No. Assessment requirement Assessment criteria Assessment
1. Citizenship Must possess the citizenship of the Republic of Latvia Yes/no
2. Latvian language It is necessary to establish that the Latvian language is the native language or that the applicant has graduated from an educational institution where studies are in the Latvian language Yes/no
3. Knowledge of the 1st foreign language Documents attesting for the knowledge of the foreign language of the applicant on at least level B have been submitted Yes/no
4. Knowledge of the 2nd foreign language Documents attesting for the knowledge of the foreign language of the applicant on at least level B have been submitted Yes/no
5. Education Examine whether the applicant has submitted the documents attesting that he or she has acquired higher vocational or academic education and lawyer qualification Yes/no
6. Work experience The Commission shall ascertain that the applicant has the experience in a leading position in public administration or law-enforcement field Yes/no
7. Age verification The Commission shall ascertain that the applicant has not attained the age specified in the law On State Pensions for granting the old-age pension Yes/no
8. Criminal record, conviction The Commission shall ascertain that the applicant has not been punished for a criminal offence (regardless of removal or extinguishing of criminal record) and that he or she has not been convicted for a criminal offence by releasing from a punishment and that he or she has not been held criminally liable, except for the case if the person has been held criminally liable but the criminal proceedings have been terminated against him or her on exonerating grounds Yes/no
9. Access to official secret The Commission shall ascertain that it is indicated in the opinion of the CPB that the applicant complies with the requirements laid down in law in order to receive a special permit for access to official secret Yes/no
10. Prohibited activity The Commission shall ascertain that the applicant is not and has not been a participant to an organisation prohibited by the law or court ruling, and also that he or she is not and has not been a staff employee or a freelance employee, an agent, a resident, or a safe-house keeper of the U.S.S.R., Latvian S.S.R. or the security service (intelligence or counter-intelligence service) of any foreign state other than the Member State of the European Union or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Yes/no
11. Impeccable reputation Taking into account the information at the disposal of the Commission and provided by the applicant, the Commission shall ascertain whether the applicant has impeccable reputation, i.e whether the facts or circumstances indicating that there are risks for influencing of the applicant while performing official duties of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau have been detected Yes/no

Minister for Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola

 

Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 516
2 August 2016

[28 February 2017]

Assessment Sheet of the Applicant for the Position of the Head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

Applicant    
  (given name, surname)  

Round II

No. Assessment requirement Assessment method Maximum number of points Assessment criteria Maximum number of points in total Number of points granted
1. Experience in a leading position by assessing the competences of the applicant   15  
1.1. Development-oriented. Evaluation of the possibilities of purposeful improvement of qualification and improvement of knowledge and active participation in training and experience exchange measures of different kinds Based on interviews regarding past experience of the applicant and situation analysis carried out by the applicant, the Commission assesses the management competences possessed by the applicant 5 The applicant has purposefully defined personal development issues based on the development objectives of the institution or structural unit. The applicant has attended training and educating measures both in Latvia and abroad in regular manner and knowingly in order to improve knowledge and skills in the issues of management competences and professional issues 5
3 The applicant has used training possibilities in work situations, attended training and educating measures both in Latvia and abroad in order to improve knowledge and skills in professionals issues
0 The applicant does not consider that it is necessary to evaluate the possibilities for improvement of knowledge and skills
1.2. Ability to take decisions and undertake responsibility.

Ability to take decisions by accessing information and undertaking responsibility for them

  5 The applicant has proven the ability to take unpopular decisions independently and responsibly (including in situations of increased stress, i.e. in situations when there has been an attempt to illegally influence the result of the decision-making). Upon evaluating the risks, the applicant has been able to take a decision in situations when there has been incomplete information 5
3 The applicant has used different approaches for decision-making: consulted with other specialists, involved experts. In a situation when there has been an attempt to illegally affect the result of the decision-making, the approval of a higher official or institution has been necessary for the applicant for the decision-making. He or she has been certain of the correctness of the decision taken, ready to defend it
0 In situations when it is necessary to take a decision urgently, the applicant has undertaken the responsibility and has taken the decision. Initially, he or she tried to obtain support of others and to avoid unpopular decisions. He or she relied on the opinion of others and is ready to easily change the decision taken by him or her
1.3. Team management.

The skill to organise team work in order to ensure achievement of the objectives of the institution. He or she has the capacity to create positive environment, to take care of the team and motivate it for achievement of the joint objectives, including by ensuring supportive environment for strengthening the motivation of employees, improvement of the performance, and promoting the professional growth

  5 The applicant has experience in planning of the development of human resources in the institution or structural unit - he or she has initiated, planned the development of human resources, and also ensured introduction of successful and efficient measures for the development of human resources. The applicant is characterised by inspiring subordinates and engaging them for joint work, including by analysing different possibilities for the motivation of employees, training needs, by promoting initiative of subordinates, by involving them in decision-making, by concurrently undertaking full responsibility for the work results of the team 5
3 The applicant has participated in planning and implementation of the development of human resources of the institution or structural unit, has participated in implementation of plans. The applicant is characterised by the ability to work in a team, however, he or she does not always undertake the role of the leader. The applicant is characterised by involvement of the team participants in taking joint decisions by explaining complicated ideas and plans, by promoting initiative of the group participants, and also by analysing the needs of the growth and motivation possibilities of the subordinates
0 He or she has no experience in planning of the development of human resources of the institution or structural unit. He or she has not analysed the needs for work and professional growth of subordinates. Usually he or she has preferred the possibility to work individually and take decisions without involving the team participants. He or she has not been interested in promoting the growth of employees
2. Professional experience in the fields of activity within the competence of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau       5  
2.1. Experience in operational activity and investigation, in application of the activities of administrative proceedings or criminal proceedings, taking into account the time period worked The Commission shall assess the information included in the application of the applicant regarding his or her experience in operational activity and investigation, activity of administrative proceedings or criminal proceedings and clarify it during the interview 5 The experience of the applicant in operational activity and investigation, in application of administrative proceedings or criminal proceedings is 3 years and more 5
3 Experience of the applicant in operational activity and investigation, in application of administrative proceedings or criminal proceedings is 1-3 years.
0 The applicant has no experience in operational activity and investigation or it is less than 1 year
3. Knowledge in State administration issues and fields within the competence of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau   10  
3.1. Vision on the priorities of the activity and development vision of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, and improvement of anti-corruption measures in Latvia The Commission shall assess the motivation description included in the application of the applicant and shall examine the understanding of the applicant and his or her skills to present his or her opinion on the abovementioned issues during the interview 5 The description contains argumented analysis of the issue, current challenges and specific proposals for the improvement of anti-corruption measures in Latvia are included, priorities for further activity of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau are defined, the opinion is justified 5
3 The description contains an analytical assessment and general proposals for anti-corruption measures in Latvia, the priorities defined in certain issues of the activity of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, however, without any particular justification, based more on other information sources, not all proposals or challenges described are current
0 The description contains a general opinion, the described problematic issues are not current, suggestions fail to conform to the Latvian law system, opinion is not justified
3.2. Possesses skills to present vision on the priorities of the activity and development vision of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, and improvement of anti-corruption measures in Latvia   5 The applicant presents his or her opinion convincingly, constructively, justifying his or her opinion, referring to correct facts or regulation, having appropriate competence in issues of the sector 5
3 The applicant presents his or her vision convincingly, justifying his or her opinion, however, his or her competence in issues of the sector is fragmented
0 The applicant presents his or her vision unconvincingly, generally or with poor competence in issues of the sector, referring to incorrect facts or being unable to logically justify his or her opinion
Total number of points granted      
  (in figures)   (in words)
Member of the Commission          
  (given name, surname)   (signature)   (date)

Minister for Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola


Translation © 2019 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 516Adoption: 02.08.2016.Entry into force: 12.08.2016.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 154, 11.08.2016. OP number: 2016/154.3
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